Conference Presentations

We will be nicely represented at the upcoming APEGBC Annual Conference and AGM – October 21, 22

The Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) annual conference and AGM is being held this week in Victoria, BC. Two of Urban’s own professionals will be facilitating workshops at the event. Trina Wamboldt, Executive Director of Urban Matters CCC and Community Consultant will be leading two different workshops. One will be alongside Ken Gauthier, founder of Urban Matters CCC and a managing partner at Urban Systems. In the second workshop Trina will be facilitating alongside with Bob Joseph, founder of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.. For more information about each session please read further below.

Social Innovation: What is it and What Does It Mean for the Engineering and Geoscience Professions?

When: Friday, October 21, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Presenters: Ms. Trina Wamboldt and Mr. Ken Gauthier, P.Eng.

Social innovation is a term used to describe new ways for people and organizations to work together to create a better society. Trends towards social media, social procurement, social enterprise, and the sharing economy (e.g., Uber) point to the rising tide of social consciousness and connectedness within Canadian communities. Learn how one professional service firm has strengthened its financial and competitive positioning through social innovation. This interactive workshop introduces participants to the concept of ‘shared value’ and demonstrates how embedding a social purpose into core business strategy can pay big dividends in terms of improved design process, client relationships, financial returns, brand value, and the ability to recruit and retain top talent.

Bridging the Gap: Tips for Building Stronger Relationships with Indigenous Communities

When: Friday, October 21, 2016 2:00 PM -3:15 PM
Presenters: Ms. Trina Wamboldt and Mr. Bob Joseph

Academic research, national inquiries, government reports, case law, media reports and political discourse all point to the need for private companies and governments to build stronger relations with Indigenous peoples. But what does this look like in practical terms? This interactive workshop explores why stronger relationships are required and will offer practical tips for engineers and other professionals who wish to engage more effectively with First Nations. Participants will review the municipal and corporate ‘calls to action’ issued by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and discuss opportunities and challenges related to applying these principles within their own business context.

Trina has recently written an article titled, ‘Reconciliation: Whose Responsibility Is It?’ that has been featured in the lastest edition of APEGBC’s Innovation Magazine. You can download the magazine here, the article can be found on page 16.


Ms. Trina Wamboldt

Urban_Systems_Trina_WamboldtTrina has worked alongside professional engineers for most of her career. Trina holds a master’s degree in professional communications and has over 20 years of business and communications experience. Trina’s main areas of practice include strategic planning, community engagement, organizational development, social innovation, and shared value consulting. Most recently Trina has been working with First Nation governments to create innovative capacity building strategies. Her experience working with public, private and NGO clients enables Trina to bring a uniquely holistic yet practical perspective to her capacity building work. Trina is convinced that society is moving into a social era where businesses, governments, and community organizations who learn how to work together for mutual benefit will thrive while those who cling to traditional siloed approaches will fall behind.

Mr. Ken Gauthier, P.Eng.

Urban-Matters-Ken-GauthierKen is a Social Entrepreneur, and founded Urban Matters CCC, social venture platform ( as a means of achieving better outcomes for communities. Urban Matters, a registered Community Contribution Company, operates at the intersection of business and philanthropy by developing system changing initiatives and collaborations, and the sustainable business models to support them. Urban Matters CCC is uniquely focused on developing new approaches to addressing systemic issues around housing and homelessness, water and food security and livelihoods for communities where the market economy isn’t effective. Ken is also the Chair of the BC Partners for Social Impact (, and is a Managing Partner at Urban Systems Ltd.

Mr. Bob Joseph

Bob-Joseph-Indigenous-Corporate-TrainingBob is the founder of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc., he has provided training on Indigenous and Aboriginal relations since 1994. He has assisted both individuals and organizations in building Indigenous or Aboriginal relations. His Canadian clients include all levels of government, Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, including the World Bank, small and medium sized corporate enterprises, and Indigenous Peoples. He has worked internationally for clients in the United States, Guatemala, Peru, and New Caledonia in the South Pacific. In 2006, Bob co-facilitated a worldwide Indigenous People’s roundtable in Switzerland which included participants from the United Nations, Australia, New Zealand, North, Central and South America, Africa, and the Philippines.

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