Not just an environmental group, the Fraser Basin Council is also involved in civic affairs in Kamloops.
Senior Regional Manager Mike Simpson says city staff has asked the group to facilitate meetings when capital projects wrap up, for a way to look back and determine what worked well, and what didn’t.
“We’re here to serve the local governments and all sorts of different groups within this region. So what we get out of it is just using our ability to be impartial in different ways. Not just on projects that we come up with through our committee. But it’s nice when we’re actually asked by the city and they see that role that we play. So we do it as a fee for service project for them.”
For instance, Simpson says, the reviews can include looking back at how things worked between the contractor, the consultants involved, and the city project manager.
“We’re not just an environmental group. Our mandate is sustainability, so economic, environmental, and social.”
Simpson says, it’s totally within their realm to be impartial and help out local governments.