The LCF2018  Pop-Up Event Program will explore managing climate risks as the foundation of building resilient communities through several key topics, posted below.

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Thursday, November 15


9:00 – 10:00     MORNING PLENARY

Managing Community Climate Risks in Newfoundland, Atlantic Canada, and Nationally

The Forum will be opened with an overview of the adaptation tools and programs available to communities from local, regional, provincial, and federal sources.


Corrie Davis, Director of Planning and Development, Town of Conception Bay South

Jeff Lawlor, Director of Economic Development, Marketing and Communications, Town of Portugal Cove St. Philip’s

Jackie Janes, Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Hollie McLean, Manager of Service Delivery, Canadian Centre for Climate Services

Michaël Houle, Manager, Quebec Office, ICLEI Canada


10:30 – 12:00  MORNING SESSION

Expanding your Climate Risk Assessment Toolkit: Examples of Tools for Managing Climate Risk at the Community Level

Explore practical tools available to communities to identify, understand, and map localized risks and vulnerabilities. The session will focus on vulnerability assessment tools available for Newfoundland and Labrador municipalities.


Kimberly Olson, Manager, Planning & Accountability, Climate Change, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

David Lapp, Manager, Globalization and Sustainable Development, Engineers Canada

Christina Schwantes, Climate Change Project Coordinator, ICLEI Canada

Moderator: Jonas Roberts, Climate Consulting Group Lead, Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions

12:00 – 1:00   NETWORKING LUNCH

1:00 – 2:30    WORKSHOP

Kickstarting Community Adaptation: Identifying. Mapping, and Planning for Local Climate Risks

This hands-on workshop will help participants learn how to identify and map community risks from more extreme weather and climate change.


Michaël Houle, Manager, Quebec Office, ICLEI Canada

Hana Lapp, Climate Change Project Coordinator, ICLEI Canada

Christina Schwantes, Climate Change Project Coordinator, ICLEI Canada



Adaptation Stories from the Field

Adaptation action takes many forms. While action often starts with formalized plans, there is typically a lot more going on “behind the scenes” to implement interventions that protect communities from extreme weather and other climate impacts. This session will combine stories from municipalities that have begun to adapt locally, with a chance to share your stories of local resilience.


Amy Daca, Stormwater Management Technologist, City of Burlington, ON

Luke Sales, Director of Planning, Town of Qualicum Beach, BC

Jamie Burke, Senior Manager, Corporate Projects, Town of Sackville, NB

Moderator: Kathleen Parewick, Community Collaboration & Development Officer, Municipalities Newfoundland & Labrador

Program Topics

This year’s program will be delivered in a variety of unique formats and several interactive and dynamic sessions.

Kick-starting your community climate change adaptation and resilience initiatives.

Managing local climate risks to social, natural, built, and economic systems within Canadian communities.

Showcasing local leadership in resilience of local governments and practitioners from across Canada.

Effectively communicating risks and opportunities associated with climate change to different types of stakeholders such as businesses, elected officials, and residents.