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June 24th to
June 26th, 2016

Thompson River University
Kamloops, BC

The next election will be won on the strength and skill of our team. Join us in Kamloops and learn about the latest ideas, strategies and technologies progressives are using to win campaigns across North America.

Gain the Advantage

Be at the forefront of modern campaigning

Our work is always evolving. Learn the newest skills and tactics that will be invaluable to success in 2017.

Join the team

Who should attend

Forward 2016 is for New Democrat members and supporters looking to play a key role in electing John Horgan and the BC NDP in 2017. All levels of campaign experience and leadership are welcome.


Whatever your past campaign experience or wherever you see yourself in the next campaign, Forward 2016 will feature sessions and keynote speakers that will boost your campaign game and improve your leadership skills.

GROUND GAME   In tight races, effective ground games are the difference between winning and losing. Forward 2016 will turn you into a ground game leader.

TECHNOLOGY   Data is at the heart of modern campaigns, but systems are only as good as the people using them. Put your candidate over the top by taking full advantage of the latest tools.

COMMUNICATIONS   Every campaign tells a story and all of us have a role in telling that story. At Forward 2016, you’ll learn how to sharpen your message across channels from the doorstep to Twitter.

FUNDRAISING   Campaigns cost money and lots of it. Fundraising experts will help you make sure your bank account is full when the campaign starts.



4:00pm Registration
6:30pm Opening Reception presented by CUPE BC


8:00am Registration
9:00am Sessions Begin
5:00pm Sessions Close
5:30pm BBQ and Social presented by MoveUp
8:00pm Reception


9:00am Sessions Begin
1:00pm Conference Ends

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Members of the BC NDP

Register Now

Members of the BC NDP receiving a sponsorship

Please contact your constituency president for more details.

New to the BC NDP

Forward 2016 is only open to members of the BC NDP. If you are not a member and wish to attend, please contact us at 604 430 8600 and ask to speak to our Forward 2016 coordinator or email us at forward2016@bcndp.ca.

Apply for a scholarship

We’re proud to offer 25 Young New Democrats an opportunity to have their accommodation, travel and tuition covered as part of the Scholars of Steel program – a scholarship sponsored by the United Steel Workers, District 3.

Apply for a scholarship

Regular tuition is $250.00.


A number of rooms have been blocked off at the Thompson River University (TRU) Residences and several hotels in Kamloops for Forward 2016. Please contact them directly and mention that you are in town for BC NDP Forward 2016 or quote the group code to receive the stated rates.

Coast Hotels
10 min. drive from TRU

1250 Rogers Way, Kamloops, BC V1S 1N5

A number of different room sizes at different rates.

To reserve, call 1-800-663-1144 and quote group code CKH-GFC5170 or BC NDP to receive the discount rates. The deadline to book is May 19th.

Plaza Hotel
10 min. drive from TRU

405 Victoria St, Kamloops, BC V2C 2A9

Two suites available for $224/night.
Two double beds available for $179/night.

To reserve, call 250-3778075 and quote code “BC NDP” to receive the discount rate.

TRU University Residences
Located on the campus of TRU.

950 McGill Road, Kamloops BC V2C 0E1

Two Bedroom Suite (two separate rooms)- $104.95 + 15% tax
Four Bedroom Suite (four separate rooms)- $159.95 + 15% tax
Each room contains a double bed.

To reserve, call 250-828-8999 or email tru@stayrcc.com. Check-in time is 3pm on the scheduled day of arrival and check out time is 11am.

Booking deadline is June 5.

Hospitality Inn Kamloops
A 5 minute drive or 10 minute walk from TRU.

500 West Columbia Street, Kamloops BC, V2C 1K6

Rooms are $85 plus taxes per night.

To reserve, please call 1-800-663-5733. Quote group code #7583 to receive the discount rate.

Booking deadline is June 19.

Fairfield Inn and Suites
Less than a 10 minute drive from TRU.

1475 Hugh Allan Drive, Kamloops BC, V1S 1J3

Rooms are $119 plus taxes per night.

To reserve, please call 778-471-0902. Quote group code NDPG to receive the discount rate.

Accent Inns
A 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk from TRU.

1325 Columbia St W, Kamloops BC, V2C 6P4

Rooms are $109 plus taxes per night.
There is an extra $10 charge for rooms with kitchenettes.

To reserve, please call 250-374-8877. Quote group code #87661 to receive the discount rate.

The deadline to book is June 16.


Forward is established to develop and promote New Democrat campaign leaders in British Columbia.


Forward 2016 will be held Friday, June 24 (evening) to Sunday, June 26 at the Thompson River University (TRU) in Kamloops.

In addition to covering the latest campaign techniques in voter contact, communications, data and campaign management, the weekend will focus on what the BC NDP campaign of the future will look like and what new strategies will be essential for success in 2017.

The weekend will include a number of inspiring and thought-provoking keynote speakers and panels that will examine where our campaigns are heading. There will also be a series of workshops that will be taught by experienced campaign staff who will share stories and lessons directly from campaign offices and war rooms across Canada and the United States.

Forward 2015 was a great place to network and build relationships. Forward 2016 will offer even more networking opportunities for you to engage with experienced campaign staff, elected officials, MLAs and even John Horgan. You will make lasting connections that will help you play a key role in our path to government.

By the end of Forward 2016, we will have inspired the next generation of organizers, activists and staff to step up and play key roles in next year’s BC election. That election will be won on the strength and skill of our team – we’re in this together. Join us at Forward 2016 and help us gain the advantage.

Appetizers and refreshments will be provided at a reception on Friday. Lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday. Coffee and tea will be served at breaks throughout the weekend.

We want to ensure that everyone who wants to attend Forward 2016 can.

Additionally, we encourage accepted applicants to pursue sponsorships from their local BC New Democrat Constituency Association, their union or their employers.

Parking is free on campus after 5:00pm on Friday and all weekend.

Air Canada, WestJet and Central Mountain Air fly into Kamloops Airport.

When booking a flight with WestJet, use the coupon code MW9F1W7 and promo code YKA02 to receive a 10% discount flights.

There is regularly-scheduled Greyhound service to Kamloops from all over British Columbia.

There are multiple taxi companies in Kamloops. Both Kami Cabs (www.kamicabs.ca) and Yellow Cabs Kamloops (www.yellowcabskamloops.com) have cabs that are wheelchair accessible, but they require 24 hours notice.

Information on public transportation can be found here: bctransit.com/kamloops/home.

TRU campus is accessible for people of all mobility needs. Ten rooms have been set aside on campus specifically for those who need to be close to the convention. To book these rooms or if you have any other questions about accessibility, please email forward2016@bcndp.ca.