The LCF2017 Program will explore building low carbon, resilient communities through several key topics, posted below.

Curious about last year’s program? Click here to download the official conference program from the 2016 Livable Cities Forum!

Click through the day tabs below to see our three day program.

Sunday, September 17

1:30 – 5:30 PM

Pre-event workshop: Taking Action on Green Resilience - Adaptation & Mitigation Synergies

It is time to align our efforts on climate change mitigation and adaptation planning, to increase the returns on investment in climate change and infrastructure and attract more funding for implementation. Join us to explore “Green Resilience” measures that yield both climate change mitigation and adaptation benefits, and discover how they can be financed and implemented across Canada.

Green Resilience Strategies and ACT (Adaptation to Climate Change Team) at Simon Fraser University have documented examples of synergistic Green Resilience measures in a variety of sectors, including energy, transportation, water and flood management. Participants will learn about green resilience opportunities such as microgrids + efficiency + renewables, green infrastructure, flood-proofing mass transit, building efficiency, and water conservation. Breakout discussions will focus on research,  analysis, and policy needs to advance the state of practice and accelerate the financing and implementation of green resilience solutions. Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: $45.00 plus 2.5% processing fee and 5% GST.

To register:

To register for the workshop only, click here. Please note registration for the workshop alone will not include access to the Livable Cities Forum from September 18-20, 2017.

To register for both the Livable Cities Forum and the Workshop, visit the Register page. When registering, select “pre-event workshop + conference fee” on the form.  Email for any questions.

Join us Sunday evening for the LCF Dine-Around!

The Sunday dine around event provides an opportunity for delegates to dine at local restaurants and get to know the people attending the Forum.  You can sign up for the dine-around when you register for the Forum.

Please note that delegates are responsible for the cost of their own dinner.


450 Swift St, Victoria

Located in designated heritage site on Victoria’s inner Habour, the timeless waterfront location, the soaring timber frames and rustic brick architecture at CANOE create a vibrant and versatile atmosphere. CANOE handcrafted beers have become legendary in Victoria and throughout the Pacific Northwest for their crisp, clean & pure flavours.  Great food made sustainably, including local seafood.


611 Courtney St, Victoria

10 Acres Bistro Bar and Farm are pioneers in the local Victoria locavore and the farm to table movement. The 10 Acres Farm is located on the Saanich Peninsula and supplies the restaurant with the finest seasonal and organically grown produce and livestock. Their commitment to the farm to table movement and purveyance of locally sourced products has garnered national and international attention.  10 Acres’ locally inspired menu guarantees you that the freshest, often most innovative ingredients available, are used to prepare your meal.


536 Yates St, Victoria

Ferris’ Oyster Bar features deeply coloured wooden floors and rich brick walls accented by candlelight – all of which is supported by a great wine list and the best in fresh seafood from our local waters.  It’s a great place to lounge and enjoy what Vancouver Island has to offer.

Meeting place: The Victoria Conference Centre, first floor registration area at 6:30PM.

Please contact if you have any questions about the Dine-arounds.

Day One

Monday, September 18


7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Buffet Breakfast


9:00 – 10:30     OPENING PLENARY

10:30 – 11:00   COFFEE BREAK


Revenue Strategies for Financing Low Carbon Resilience Initiatives

Explore mechanisms for financing low carbon resilience in your community. Hear about best practices for ensuring the uptake and success of revenue strategies for resilience. You will also learn about current opportunities and strategies for securing the funding needed to advance and implement mitigation and adaptation actions in a meaningful way.


Guillaume Couillard, FCM Programs Advisor, Federation of Canadian Municipalities – Tackling climate change and much more through FCM funding

Joanna Kyriazis, Policy Director, Zizzo Strategy – Climate Change Impacts from a Business Perspective

Rebecca Newlove, Manager of Sustainability, District of Saanich – Financing Sustainability – A Municipal Perspective


Ewa Jackson, Manager, ICLEI Canada

Changing Transportation: Getting People out of Personal Carbon-based Cars

How can communities create sustainable, low carbon, and resilient transportation networks? Moving from single-driver, carbon-based automobiles to electrified vehicles and active transportation can reduce carbon footprints, improve individual health, and improve community livability. This session will explore the importance of regional collaboration in transforming transportation systems.

David Williams, Engineering Supervisor, District of Saanich – Changing Transportation: Getting People out of Personal Carbon-based Cars

Sarah Webb, Active Transportation Project Management Specialist, City of Victoria – Mobility Matters: Resiliency through Active & Multi-Modal Transportation

James Wadsworth, Planning Manager, BC Transit – BC Transit – Developing Rapid Transit between Victoria and the Westshore – Multi Modal Integration


Chris Krasowski, Senior Policy Analyst, Carbon Neutral Government, Climate Action Secretariat, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Understanding Wildland Urban Interface Fire Risk in Canada

Development in Wildland Urban Interface areas, coupled with the the impacts of climate change, exposes thousands of households to costly and life-threatening wildland fire hazards. This session will explore the physical, ecological, and mental health implications of Wildland Urban Interface Fires and what communities can do to adapt to these impacts.


Steve Taylor, Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service – Building Resilience to Wildland Urban Interface Fire

Kelly Johnston, Executive Director, Partners in Protection Association, FireSmart Canada – FireSmart Canada

Doug Carey, Platoon Captain, City of Victoria – Structural Fire Department Operations in the Wildland-Urban Interface

Steve Sakiyama, Associate Professor, Royal Roads University – Smoke From Wildfires: Public Information Tools


Mark Boysen, Chief Administrative Officer, District of Ucluelet

Working Together Towards Low Carbon Resilient Communities: Public Sector Organizations and Local Governments

How can public sector organizations, such as conservation authorities or health units, work with local governments to build low carbon, resilient communities? Join us to learn about the projects and partnerships between public sector organizations and local governments that are improving resilience across Canada!


Magdalena Szpala, Senior Sustainability Advisor, BC Housing – Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation at BC Housing

Ting Pan, Sustainability Coordinator, Vancouver Island Health Authority – Opportunities for Collaboration to Build Climate Resiliency– An Island Health’s Perspective

Angela Danyluk, Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver – Services For People


Heather English, Senior Policy Analyst, Climate Risk Management, Climate Action Secretariat, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

12:45 – 2:00   NETWORKING LUNCH

12:45 PM Lunch and Learn: Making Canada's National Climate Change Assessment Relevant at the Community Level

Interested in climate change impacts and adaptation? Wondering how to find timely and credible information on the issue that’s relevant to you? Please join us for this interactive lunch-hour workshop on Canada’s national assessment process. Learn more about our assessments and our plans moving forward. Provide your input to help ensure the end products best meet your needs, and find out how to stay engaged as the assessment progresses.


Joanne Egan, Senior Policy Advisor, Natural Resources Canada

Don Lemmen, Manager, Research and Scientific Assessment, Natural Resources Canada

Fiona Warren, Senior Science Advisor, Natural Resources Canada


Blue, Green, and Gray Infrastructure: Integrated Solutions for Low Carbon Resilience

Learn about innovative ways that blue, green, and grey infrastructure have been used to meet challenges in urban water management. This session will explore how the three shades of infrastructure can be integrated, merged, and optimized to improve low carbon resilience along with several other co-benefits.


Doug Doyle, Associate Director, Municipal Engineering & Dean Gregory, Campus Landscape Architect, University of British Columbia – Evolving Green Infrastructure: Going From Good To Great

Luke Sales, Director of Planning, Qualicum Beach – Qualicum Beach Waterfront Master Plan

Steve Winkelman, Founder, Green Resilience Strategies – Blue, Green and Grey Infrastructure: Examples and Benefits


Edward Nichol, Senior Researcher, Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Simon Fraser University

Inspiring Climate Action: The Unusual Suspects

If you’ve ever felt like you’re just preaching to the choir on climate change mitigation and adaptation, join us to learn about engaging the more “unusual suspects.” You might be surprised about who can play important role in low carbon resilience in your community.


Alain Normand, Emergency Manager, City of Brampton –  Lighthouse Program

Jack O’Halloran, Director, Business Development, United We Can

Elizabeth Sheehan, President, Climate Smart Businesses – Harnessing the Power: Businesses and Data to accelerate Climate Action

Andrea McDowell, Project Manager, Air Quality and Climate Change, City of Hamilton – Non-Expert Experts in Adaptation Planning


Christine Callihoo, Senior Community Resilience Planner

Designing Resilient and Low Carbon Buildings: Emerging Technologies, Codes, and Standards

What are the “key ingredients” for low carbon buildings that meet standards and codes, integrate new technologies, and optimize resilience? Learn about the design of low carbon buildings and the co-benefits for community adaptation and urban resilience.


Rob Bernhardt, CEO, Passive House Canada – High Performance:Resilience, Quality, Affordability

Ronald Kellet, Professor and Director, School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia & Jon Salter, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture, UBC – Energy, Emissions and Urban Form – Investigating Solutions for BC’s Built Environment

Thomas Mueller, President & CEO, Canada Green Building Council – Building a Low-Carbon Economy


Devon Miller, Community Energy Specialist, City of Victoria

Effective Climate Communication: Strategies For Getting Your Message Across

What is the role of communications in building low carbon and resilient communities? Learn from experts about tools, tricks, and trends in climate communications across Canada. Find out how climate communicators have engaged communities and helped to mobilize climate action through innovative, targeted strategies.


Mark Groulx, Assistant Professor, University of Northern British Columbia – Utilizing arts-based partnerships and practices to support personally meaningful climate change communication and engagement

Ewa Jackson, Manager, ICLEI Canada – Is what we are doing good enough? Or do we need a bag full of new tricks?

Cara Pike, Executive Director, Climate Access – Climate Engagement Practices


Leya Barry, Climate Change Coordinator, City of Mississauga

3:30 – 4:00    COFFEE BREAK


Highlight Reel: Municipal Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plans

This session will feature cities that have worked on combined climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Learn about the successes and challenges of doing so, and discuss ‘failing forward’ toward stronger frameworks for integrating mitigation and adaptation into municipal plans and policies.


Erin Desautels, Sustainability Planner, City of Surrey – Surrey’s Community Climate Action Strategy

Kerry Ann Charles, Environmental/By-Law Coordinator, Georgina Island First Nation – Climate Change Adaptation Planning Within First Nation Communities

Kate Miller, Manager, Cowichan Valley Regional District – From Theory to Reality

Jill Yanch, Outreach & Communications Specialist, Town of Bruderheim – The Town of Bruderheim

Julius Lindsay, Climate Change Specialist, City of Mississauga – The Climate Change Project


Megan Meaney, Director, ICLEI Canada

Creating Resilient, Low Carbon Food systems

Collective impact coaches have been supporting BC communities to focus their collaborative food system work to achieve a defined, measurable impact. All communities are at different stages and have focused on different food system topics, but all are using a collaborative impact framework.  This panel discussion will include collective impact coaches and  community representatives to talk about how they are using the collective impact framework to build and mainstream more local/low-carbon and resilient food systems.


Erica Crawford, Adaptation Planner and Facilitator, SHIFT Collaborative (Moderator)

Deirdre Goudriaan, Coordinator, Surrey/White Rock Food Action Coalition

Jenn Meilleur, Coordinator, North Shore Table Matters Network

Paris Marshall Smith, Sustainability Coordinator, Regional District of Central Kootenay

Changing Urbanism and Smart Growth

Changing urbanism and smart growth promotes a shift in the conventional development patterns, and reaches out across disciplines.  This session will explore the implications of compact urban design for low carbon resilience and the importance of smart growth in creating walkable, safe, and sustainable communities.


Alex Boston, Principal, Boston Consulting

Naomi Cole, Director of Certification + Innovation, EcoDistricts

Catherine Dubois, Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Landscape Research, University of Toronto

Timothy Hewett, Interdisciplinary Planner, City of Victoria


Ray Tomalty, Principal, Smart Cities Research Services

Is the Medium Really the Message? A Workshop to Explore Messages, Mediums, and Overcoming Communications Pitfalls

The ultimate workshop to learn tips and tricks on how to engage people and get results from experienced communicators. Learning how to develop an elevator pitch and apply gamification strategies to climate communications. ICLEI Canada has also been working on something big…don’t miss the launch of our newest gamification project!


Ewa Jackson, Manager, ICLEI Canada (Facilitator) – Is the Medium Really the Message? Using Games to Engage People in Building Resiliency

Shelley Hazen, Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Specialist, AECOM – Communicating Climate Change – What works, what doesn’t and why?


Shawna Peddle, Director, Partners for Action – Is the Medium Really the Message? A workshop to explore messages, mediums and overcoming communication pitfalls

6:00-9:00     MAYOR’S DINNER: A night of networking and dialogue on low carbon resilience

Keynote Speakers:

Lisa Helps, Mayor, City of Victoria

Charles Montgomery, urban design consultant, award-winning journalist, & author of Happy City 

Location: Crystal Garden

Day Two

Tuesday, September 19


7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Buffet Breakfast


8:30 – 9:30     MORNING PLENARY

Meet Canadas newest Chief Resilience Officers: A program just for Canadas big cities or a model to be applied in all communities? 

This plenary will focus on whether the 100RC model of having an executive level position can help advance low carbon resilience from within cities. A panel discussion among Canada’s four Chief Resilience Officers will explore how the work they are undertaking could act as a model for other Canadian towns and cities irrespective of their size. The session will conclude with a brief Question & Answer period from the audience.


Elliott Cappell, CRO, City of Toronto

Katie McPherson, CRO, City of Vancouver

Christine Arthurs, Deputy CRO, The City of Calgary

Chair: Jon Philipsborn, Associate Vice President, Climate Adaptation Practice Director for the Americas, AECOM


Retooling Community Energy: Using Analytical Tools to Evaluate Municipal Plans and Policies

This session will feature a workshop organized through the Community Energy Knowledge Action Partnership, a nation-wide research project that aims to improve data-driven decisions and the use of decision-support tools within community energy planning and local policymaking. The workshop will explore three central questions:

  • What analytical tools are currently available to community and corporate energy managers to make decisions about local energy initiatives and policies?
  • How have these tools been used in the decision-making process? That is, what questions are being asked and answered through these tools?
  • What are the opportunities to improve these tools for local energy advocates and decision-makers?


Morgan Braglewicz, Graduate Researcher, SFU

Kirby Calvert, Professor, University of Guelph

Sarah Marchionda, Senior Lead, Communities & Services, QUEST – Quest in 2017- Ontario Cost-Benefit Analysis Tool


Ian McVey, Project Manager, Ontario Climate Consortium

The Power of Partnerships: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Building Low Carbon and Resilient Communities

Building livable, resilient, and low carbon communities requires interdisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional coordination.This panel includes representatives from  a university, local government, private consultant, climate science provider, and a professional association.


Deborah Harford, Executive Director, Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Simon Fraser University

David Lapp, Practice Lead, Globalization and Sustainable Development, Engineers Canada

Caroline Larrivée, Chef Vulnérabilités, Impacts et Adaptation, Ouranos

Jon Philipsborn, Associate Vice President: Climate Adaptation Practice Director, AECOM

Cindy Toth, Director, Environmental Policy, Town of Oakville


Dave Dilks, President, Lura Consulting

Climate Change and Human Health: Identifying Connections, Assessing Risks, and Moving to Action

This session will explore multilevel perspectives on the impacts and importance of climate change and health. Questions to be discussed will include: What are the implications of climate change on health? How do these impacts affect communities and sectors differently?  How can public sector organizations work with local governments to reduce impacts of climate change on health? Applying the human health lens, what are the co-benefits of working on adaptation and mitigation?


Gregory Richardson, Policy Analyst, Health Canada – Protecting Canadians from Heat in a Changing Climate

Karina Richters, Environmental Coordinator, City of Windsor – Improving Thermal Comfort in Windsor’s Public Spaces

Angie Woo, Lead, Climate Resilience & Adaptation, Lower Mainland Facilities Management, Fraser Health – Anchoring Community Resilience in Healthcare

Magdalena Szpala, Senior Sustainability Advisor, BC Housing – Risk and Resilience in Social Housing

The Circular Economy: Creating Climate Resilient Economies

This session will look at how moving towards a circular economy can help reduce carbon footprints and promote economic and social resilience. Presenters will explore concepts such as sustainable consumption, resource productivity, and closed-loop thinking.


Natacha Beauchesne, Conseillère en planification, Bureau du développement durable, Ville de Montréal – Towards a Circular Economy

Jennie Moore, Associate Dean, School of Construction and the Environment, British Columbia Institute of Technology and Cora Hallsworth, ecoCity Footprint Tool Project Manager, Cora Hallsworth Consulting – Carbon and Ecological Footprint Analysis for Achieving One Planet Living

Paul Shorthouse, BC Regional Director, Delphi Group – Circular Economy: Driving Resiliency through Collaboration & Innovation

Ryan Zizzo, Technical Director, Zizzo Strategy – Life Cycle Assessment to Reduce Embodied Carbon and Other Procurement-based Environmental Impacts of Construction Projects


Fraser Work, ‎Director of Engineering & Public Works, City of Victoria

Managing Flood Risk: Extreme Rainfall, Overland Flooding, and Sea Level Rise Risk across Canada

Climate change impacts facing coastal communities are exacerbated by risks of extreme weather, storm surge, and flooding. Innovative advancements to address flood risk at the community level across Canada. This session will highlight new findings and best practices in adaptation to flooding, while exploring the low carbon opportunities that stem from these initiatives.


Angela Danyluk, Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver

Carrie Baron, Manager, Drainage and Environment, Engineering Department, City of Surrey – Multilevel Approach to Comprehensive Climate Change Adaptation

Gordon McBean, Professor, University of Western Ontario – Addressing Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction –Moving from Planning to Action

Dan Sandink, Director of Research, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction – Urban and Basement Flood Risk in Canada: Critical issues and risk reduction resources

Barbara Turley-McIntyre, Vice President, Sustainability and Citizenship, The Co-operators – The Role of Insurance in Managing Flood Risk


Ewa Jackson, Manager, ICLEI Canada

11:30 – 12:00    COFFEE BREAK

12:00 – 1:30      CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Integrating Ecology and Nature into Low Carbon Resilience

What is the interaction between biodiversity, resilience, and climate change? What is the role of the natural environment in building low carbon and resilient communities? This session will explore case studies of organizations and initiatives that work to integrate ecology into resilience and low carbon planning, as well as the multiple co-benefits of doing so.


Michelle Molnar, Environmental Economist and Policy Analyst, David Suzuki Foundation – Municipal Natural Assets Initiative

Chris Ling, Assistant Professor, Royal Roads University –  Urban Biodiversity and Climate Change: Co-Benefits, Case Studies and Novel Approaches

Dave Murray, Principal, Kerr Wood Leidal – Urban Creek Restoration – Building Resilience, Reducing Carbon and Enhancing Habitat

Edward Nichol, Senior Researcher, Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Simon Fraser University – Low Carbon Resilience Case Study: Transboundary Municipal Ecosystem Governance in Still Creek


Michaël Houle, Project Coordinator, Adaptation and Resilience, ICLEI Canada


Renewable Energy: Moving Beyond Commitments to Implementation

Less than a handful of cities in Canada have committed to 100% renewable energy. Being the first to do so means that these cities will face new challenges, and opportunities. This session will explore some of the tools cities can use to move from commitments to implementation. Discussions will explore how to support cities through the transition to 100% renewable energy and the importance of maximizing the co-benefits and opportunities for resilience.

Brad Badelt, Acting Assistant Director, Sustainability, City of Vancouver

Rose Murphy, Postdoctoral fellow, Simon Fraser University – Low Carbon Resilience: Finding Synergies Between Mitigation and Adaptation

Steve Young, Climate and Environmental Sustainability Specialist, City of Victoria – Targeting Renewable Energy


Ben Finkelstein, Manager: Communities and Built Environment, Climate Action Secretariat, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Innovative Approaches to Implementation

Pushing traditional boundaries of decision making and implementation requires creativity and local innovation.This session will explore unique and effective ways that communities have been able to bolster the implementation of low carbon and resilient action using partnerships, innovative financing, and communication and engagement.


John Madden, Director, Sustainability and Engineering, University of British Columbia – Advancing Towards a Net Positive Campus: A Case Study

Mark Brostrom, Director, City Environmental Strategies, City of Edmonton – Spot the Difference:Edmonton’s Energy Efficiency Citizen-Centric Designed Program

Karina Richters, Supervisor, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change, City of Windsor – Public Engagement on Climate Action – Showcasing a Climate Resilient Home Retrofit Project

Travis Allan, Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP & Suzanne Goldberg, Director of Research and Outreach, Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team (SFU START) – The Transportation rEVolution: Innovative Electric Vehicle Policies from Leader Municipalities


David Coney, Manager, Climate Innovation and Intergovernmental Relations, Climate Action Secretariat, BC Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Decentralized and/or Locally Generated Energy Systems

This session will explore district energy, local renewables and the carbon and resilience implications and opportunities for pursuing cheap, local, energy now and into the future! Get inspired by practitioners and municipal leaders who are spearheading innovative renewable energy in their communities!


Lori Ackerman, Mayor, City of Fort St. John – Micro Hydro project

Sara Barron, PhD Candidate, Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, University of British Columbia – Community Energy Explorer

Jason Owen, District Energy Manager, City of Surrey – Implementing Low-Carbon District Energy in Surrey


Kenneth Porter, Senior Policy Analyst, Climate Action Secretariat, BC Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy

1:30 – 2:30    NETWORKING LUNCH


The Role of Municipal and Regional Governments in Building and Mainstreaming more Local, Low-carbon, and Resilient Food Systems

Municipalities and regions have an important role to play in creating more local, low-carbon, and resilient food systems and are increasingly taking a coordinated approach to retaining and expanding regional food and farming viability. This panel discussion will compare municipal and regional food system initiatives, highlight how this area has evolved over the past 20 + years, and look ahead at what is to come from a low-carbon perspective.


Barbara Emanuel, Manager, Toronto Food Strategy, Toronto Public Health – Urban Resilience & Food Systems: Lessons from the Toronto Food Strategy

Virginie Lavallee-Picard, Food Systems Coordinator, City of Victoria – GROWING IN THE CITY: Cultivating food and community in the City of Gardens

Brenda Wallace, Director, Environmental & Corporate Initiatives, City of Saskatoon – Community Food Drive: Opportunity for Municipal Government to Follow

Jeff Weightman, SGI Economic Development for Food & Agriculture, Capital Regional District – Southern Gulf Islands Food and Agriculture Strategy


Marika Smith, Executive Director, Victoria Compost Education Centre

Water, Water Everywhere... or Nowhere: Resilience in the Face of New Extremes

Climate change is driving more frequent or more intense extreme weather events such as heat waves, large storms, floods and droughts; the impacts of which are ultimately experienced at the municipal level. This session will explore experiences and introduce next-generation forecasting tools from Canada and the United States addressing these changes from the point of view of uncertainty, flood risk mitigation, stormwater management planning and scarcity of water supply.


Jonas Roberts, Climate Change Consultant, Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure – Next Generation Forecasting Extreme Weather and Flooding

Peter Nimmrichter, Climate Resilience Program Lead for Canada and Associate Water Resources Engineer, Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure – City of Welland, Ontario – Building Municipal Infrastructure Resilience for an Uncertain Future

Isabella Polenghi-Gross, Senior Environmental Scientist, Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure – Amec Foster Wheeler

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Mitigation and adaptation, although in the past often considered as antagonists, now share a common objective: the development of resilient communities. This session is meant to be a space for collaborative learning. The presence of adaptation and mitigation experts with their specific knowledge and experience will open the debate on resilience as an integrative and useful concept for fighting climate change in urban environments.


Edward Nichol, Senior Researcher, Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Simon Fraser University – Low Carbon Resilience: Finding Synergies Between Mitigation and Adaptation

Shane Patey, Officer, Let’s Talk Energy – There is an ‘and’ in Climate Change

Sara Barron, PhD Candidate, Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, University of British Columbia – Urban Forests as a Catalyst for Increasing Resilience in North American Suburbs

Catherine Dubois, Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Landscape Research, University of Toronto – Resilient communities by Design: are Synergies between Adaptation and Mitigation Enough?


Alexandrine Bisaillon, Natural Risk Management & Resilience Specialist Vulnerability, OURANOS

Exploring Post-Secondary Leadership in Climate Action

What is the role of post-secondary institutions in developing low-carbon resilient communities? Hear from experts at universities and colleges about how they increase their resilience and reduce emissions both on campus and through local partnerships. 


Kyrke Gaudreau, Sustainability Manager, University of Northern British Columbia – Working towards Climate Leadership in Northern BC

James Gudjonson, Director of Environment and Sustainability, Thompson Rivers University – Green Is the New Black

David Woodson, Managing Director, Energy + Water Services , University of British Columbia – Livable Cities Forum

Nancy Wilkin, Director, Office of Sustainability, Royal Roads University – Exploring Post-Secondary Leadership in Climate Action


Suzanne Spence, Executive Director of Climate Risk & Investment Branch, Climate Action Secretariat, British Columbia Ministry of Environment

4:00 – 4:30    COFFEE BREAK


Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Interactive Fishbowl on Integrated Action

Under the banner of low carbon and resilience there is no shortage of work to be done – from active transportation and smart growth, to vulnerability and assessment, to integrated planning and innovative implementation strategies – it is almost impossible to imagine how one could ever get to the bottom of a “to do” list. We are expected to have the latest information and be ready to take on the next idea instantly.  Join us for this Fishbowl session where the audience and panelists are merged into one “bowl” to have a guided discussion on strategies, successes, failures, and opportunities relating to integrating action on low carbon energy and resilience.


Mark Brostrom, Director, Sustainable Development Department, City of Edmonton

Megan Meaney, Director, ICLEI Canada

Deborah Harford, Executive Director, Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT), Simon Fraser University (TBC)


Devin Causley, Manager, Capacity Building, Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Three Important Factors For Adapting to Climate Change: Location, Location, Location

In this session, representatives from three geographically adjacent regional districts (Metro Vancouver, the Capital Region, and Cowichan Valley) will compare and contrast recent experiences with climate adaptation planning initiatives. Each is at the regional district level, made use of the same future climate projections from the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, and even involved the same third party consultant to assist with authoring respective reports about the climate projections and impacts. All these similarities help to highlight the very different ways that information was received and used in each case. The lessons learned from this comparison should be useful to anyone carrying out adaptation planning in Canada.


Trevor Murdock, Lead, Regional Climate Impacts, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium –  Local Climate Change Projections

Gillian Aubie Vines, Principal, Pinna Sustainability – Low Carbon Resilience: Finding Synergies Between Mitigation and Adaptation

Nikki Elliott, Climate Action Program Coordinator, Capital Regional District

Kate Miller, Manager, Cowichan Valley Regional District – Achieving Our Goals Begins with Seeing the Future in Focus

Lillian Zaremba, Senior Project Engineer, Metro Vancouver Regional District – Climate Projections for Metro Vancouver – From Technical Report to Front Page News


Amanda Broad, Policy Analyst, Climate Risk Management, Climate Action Secretariat, Province of British Columbia

Plan4DE Workshop: Tool to Embed District Energy into Municipal Planning

District energy is a key strategy in the transition to renewable heating and cooling as well as increasing resilience of the energy system. Plan4DE (Plan for district energy) is an open source tool designed specifically for planners to facilitate consideration of district energy into official plans and neighborhood plans. Municipal planning can either enable or prevent the feasibility of district energy and Plan4DE is designed to embed district energy into the planning process. Attend this session to learn about Plan4DE!


Yuill Herbert, Director, Sustainability Solutions Group

Jeremy Murphy, Director, Sustainability Solutions Group

Julie Meyer-Macleod, Director, Sustainability Solutions Group

Ted Sheldon, Clean Energy Advisor, Government of British Columbia

Using Zero Emissions Vehicles to Improve Post-disaster Resiliency

As local governments work to reduce operational GHG emissions, the addition of zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) to large vehicle fleets provide an added value of energy storage. This creates interesting new possibilities for local governments to improve resiliency alongside GHG reductions. In partnership with the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Instiute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) at the University of Victoria, the CRD has launched a zero emissions fleet initiative with the goal of significantly reducing emissions from the the CRD fleet. Through a research partnership with IESVic, an innovative element of the initiative includes investigating opportunities to use electric vehicles in emergency scenarios. With speakers from the CRD, BC Ministry of Energy and Mines and IESVic this panel discussion will present results of the Zero Emissions Fleet Initiative achieved to date.


Liz Ferris, Climate Action Analyst, Capital Regional District – Zero Emissions Fleet Initiative Capital Regional District

Curran Crawford,  Associate Professor, University of Victoria – Zero Emissions Vehicle Fleets: Opportunities to Improve Resiliency

Chris Frye, A/Director Communities and Transportation Branch, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Government of British Columbia – BC Clean Energy Vehicle Program

6:00-7:30  Partners for Climate Protection and City of Victoria LCF Reception 

Location: Parkside Hotel (5 min walk from Victoria Conference Centre)

Day Three

Wednesday, September 20


7:00 – 8:00 Buffet Breakfast


8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast


Imagining the Future of Energy Efficiency in Canadian Communities (9:00-11:00am)

As part of the Government of Canada’s Generation Energy initiative, QUEST will deliver a workshop entitled Imagining the Future of Energy Efficiency in Canadian Communities.

In a charrette-style energy mapping workshop, drawing on CanmetENERGY’s Putting Energy and Emissions on the Map exercise, participants will be encouraged to discuss and visualize their vision for the future of energy efficiency at the community level. Workshop participants will be invited to share their vision for energy use in buildings, land use and transportation, distributed energy resources and more. We encourage local governments, utilities, real estate developers, non profit organizations, researchers and energy service providers to participate in the workshop.

To register for the conference and to attend this workshop, select ‘Energy Mapping Workshop’ on the dropdown menu for Wednesday morning study tours/workshops on the Livable Cities Forum registration form. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to sign up for this workshop, email 

If you wish to attend ONLY this workshop (and not the Forum), please contact Sarah Marchionda at

Tour of Dockside Green

Dockside Green is a landmark sustainable development project located on 15 acres on Victoria’s Inner Harbour. This project is an excellent example of brownfield redevelopment and green building design including LEED for Neighbourhood Development certification, on-site wastewater treatment, water management, renewable energy technology, diverse mobility, and affordable housing options. The tour will include a historical and current review of the property and tours of the biological wastewater treatment plant and biomass gasification plant.

Heritage Building Tour

Much of Victoria’s lasting charm and character stem from its unique collection of well-preserved historic buildings, many of which date back to the earliest days of settlement in British Columbia. During this current period of high economic activity, a range of important issues must be considered to maintain the City’s commitment to preserve its heritage including seismic upgrades, affordability, and the low-carbon goals of the City. This tour will visit several development examples where the City and the development community have looked to find solutions to these broad challenges.

Bicycles, Buses, & Boats– Oh My!

Victoria is a city on the move. In order to accommodate new growth and support objectives on climate action, health, economic development and community resiliency, the City of Victoria is transforming the built environment to increase mode share for cycling, walking and public transit. This free multi-modal tour will showcase examples of transportation infrastructure and services and provide delegates with insights on land use and development policies that help to reduce demand for parking. The route will feature protected bike lanes, electric busses, car sharing, harbour ferries, bike parking, pedestrian paths and much more!

Explanatory note: This tour will be a true multi-modal experience. Participants should expect moderate physical activity and be prepared for the weather. Bicycles and helmets will be provided for the cycling portion of the tour. Tour Size minimum of 10, maximum of 24.

Local Food Tour

Not only does Victoria have excellent local restaurants, gardening and urban food production are popular year-round activities in Victoria, the City of Gardens. Come learn about the innovative ways that the City of Victoria is helping to increase the amount of food grown in the city. Hear about commercial urban agriculture, backyard chickens and bees. Visit a community commons garden, a community orchard, and boulevard gardens. We will also visit a small-scale commercial urban food producer, growing and selling food crops right here in the City.

Exploring Bowker Creek: Watershed Restoration in a Changing Climate

Bowker Creek is a highly developed, multijurisdictional, urban watershed. The Bowker Creek Blueprint sets out 100-year vision and opportunistic plan to restore hydrological function and includes climate-adapted watershed-wide and reach-specific recommendations. A key short-term action was achieved through a successful collaboration between the Bowker Creek Initiative, District of Oak Bay, School District 61, Oak Bay High School, and the Capital Regional District to restore a section of the creek through the school grounds and create a unique outdoor classroom built into the bank of the creek. the outdoor classroom while learning about Bowker Creek Blueprint and other climate change adaptation actions being taken by Bowker Creek Initiative partners.

The tour will be outside and a bus will transport participants. Participants should be prepared for the weather.

Program Topics

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

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

Building the business case for investing in resilience, economic tools for measuring and financing actions, and ways the financial sector can be engaged in the conversation.

Maximizing the co-benefits of synergizing low carbon and resilient initiatives.

Integrating local solutions and building innovative, community-wide partnerships to enhance low carbon resilience.

Moving from planning to action on climate change adaptation and low carbon initiatives.