The Salt Spring Forum is a non-profit charitable organization that brings prominent public figures - thinkers, scientists, writers, advocates and national leaders - to beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, for community discussions and democratic debate. A hallmark of the Forum is that guests do not present speeches or lectures but rather engage in audience-led exploration of themes and issues.

We pursue our commitment to examine ideas of national and global significance through our annual guest speaker series, through members-only salons, through workshops, conferences, literary festivals, and more. 


Our Mission

To inspire creative dialogue about a wide range of significant ideas and solutions to the major challenges of our times. 


What We've Achieved

  • Presented over 100 events with diverse speakers & different points of view.
  • Develop solutions to some of the world’s pressing problems by presenting leading conferences.
  • Enhance Salt Spring Island’s engagement with current issues.
  • Provide a model for the world to tackle the big issues of our times through dialogue.
  • Maintain a vibrant partnership with the local Gulf Islands Secondary School students who help organize and run Forum events.
  • Make our events accessible to students and low-income residents by offering them complimentary tickets.
  • Foster strong local partnerships to support important local and global initiatives.

We much appreciate that the Forum consistently fosters stimulating and informative conversations with truly outstanding guests as well as with fellow Islanders.
— Linda Siegel and David Hart, Long-time Forum Members and Supporters