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The LCF2014 Program explored building resilient communities through six themes, click here for descriptions. Click on the presenters name below to download presentation slides.

Day One

Wednesday, April 2nd


8:30 – 10:00 Working together to build resilient communities

This opening plenary will focus on a panel discussion between key stakeholders in building resilient communities. Representatives from government will sit alongside key industry and non-profit representatives to discuss the need for more resilient communities and how to achieve this while at the same time enhancing livability. The main focus will be on cross-sectoral action and priorities for collaborative efforts on improving livability and building climate resilience in North American cities.


Stephen Huddart, President, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

Jeb Brugmann, Managing Partner, The Next Practice

Mark Way, Director, Group Risk Management, Swiss Re

Barbara Turley-McIntyre, Senior Director, Sustainability & Citizenship, The Co-operators Group Ltd.

Ewa Jackson, Acting Director, ICLEI Canada (Moderator)

10:00 – 11:15

Cities preparing for extreme events

Extreme weather events are becoming more severe, more frequent, and more costly. From drought to flooding to tidal surges, these events can have devastating effects. Cities have a key role to play in preparing for and responding to these events. This session will highlight drivers of successful local preparedness strategies and will explore the experiences of select cities from across North America.


Claire Bonham-Carter, Director of Sustainable Development, AECOM

David Lapp, Manager, Professional Practice, Engineers Canada

John Bolduc, Environmental Planner, City of Cambridge

Brian Holland, Director of Climate Programs, ICLEI USA

Tamsin Mills, Senior Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver (Moderator)

Revitalizing established neighbourhoods to enhance resilience

Urban growth has traditionally been at the periphery of cities exacerbating problems of urban sprawl and low-density communities, at the same time resiliency efforts have traditionally focused on making these new communities resilient at the development stage. In contrast, neighbourhood revitalization and urban density strategies have often not included plans for climate resilience which must be integrated into these well-established urban areas.  This session will explore how established neighbourhoods can be transformed to become more socially, economically, and climate resilient.


Mark Roseland, Professor, Centre for Sustainable Community Development, Simon Fraser University

John Brodhead Executive Director, Evergreen CityWorks

Jeb Brugmann, Managing Partner, The Next Practice

Sadhu Johnston, Deputy City Manager, City of Vancouver

Ewa Jackson, Acting Director, ICLEI Canada (Moderator)

Managing flood risks in coastal and river basin communities

This panel will explore different local and regional government approaches to mainstreaming adaptation into decision-making. Panelists will highlight municipal experiences with the development of comprehensive adaptation strategies, examples of mainstreaming climate change considerations into planning, the application of sea level rise mapping to bylaw development, and the role of the Fraser Basin Council in facilitating collaboration and providing adaptation planning tools for local governments in BC.


Jim Vanderwal, Senior Manager, Fraser Basin Council

Maggie Baynham, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Surrey

Liz Ferris, Climate Action Program Coordinator, Capital Regional District

Steve Litke, Senior Manager, Fraser Basin Council

Thomas White, Manager, Science and Adaptation, Climate Action Secretariat, Province of British Columbia (Moderator)

11:15 – 11:45 COFFEE BREAK

11:45 – 1:00

#ClimateChange: Innovative communication and engagement strategies

As communities are affected by extreme weather events and other impacts of climate change more frequently, it is becoming clear that communication and education mechanisms can no longer be limited to reports, pamphlets, and presentations. Instead, interactive, hands-on outreach is necessary to grab public attention. This session will explore specific examples that have been used, such as social media, mapping, and gamification to engage audiences of all shapes and sizes.


Angela Danyluk, Senior Environmental Officer, Corporation of Delta

Amanda Mitchell, Public Engagement Specialist, City of Vancouver

Maged Senbel, Assistant Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning, Faculty of Applied Science, University of British Columbia and Jonathan Frantz, President, Ear to the Ground Planning Inc.

Holly Vaughan, Adaptation and Resilience Planner, ICLEI Canada

Ben Finkelstein, Manager, Green Communities, Climate Action Secretariat, Province of British Columbia (Moderator)

Measuring the cost of adaptation and funding it

As municipalities are on the front lines of preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change, regional, state, and local governments must look to creative sources of funding for adaptation and resilience actions. This session will explore the economic risks of climate change and practical tools and mechanisms – including market based strategies, community design and planning objectives – to measure the costs of adaptation options and fund resilience and adaptation at the local level.


Sarah Clayton, Senior Economic Analyst, Finance Department, Regional Municipality of Durham

Jonathan Leonardsen, Consultant, Policy and Economics, Ramboll Inc., Copenhagen

Deb Harford, Executive Director, Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Simon Fraser University (Moderator)

Integrating resilience in small and medium sized urban settings

Small and medium sized communities are equally exposed to the risks of climate change as any large city but face a unique set of challenges and opportunities when integrating resilience and adaptation into local planning processes. This session will explore the use of official community plans, mainstreaming and placemaking strategies, and tourism as mechanisms for creating more resilient economies and communities.


Dr. Haris Alibašić, Director, Office of Energy and Sustainability, City of Grand Rapids

Michael Epp, Planner, Community Development, City of North Vancouver

Dr. Nicole Vaugeois, BC Regional Innovation Chair

Cheeying Ho, Executive Director, Whistler Centre for Sustainability (Moderator)

Building green and sustainable businesses: Lessons on saving money, energy, and resources

Local businesses in many ways are the engines of community economies and have been largely overlooked when exploring climate change response.  This session, combining both presentations and a question/answer period, will explore several programs to make businesses more sustainable by mitigating their greenhouse gas emissions, limiting their use of resources, and reducing their energy use.  Examples from across British Columbia and the US will be highlighted throughout the presentations.


Elizabeth Sheehan, President, Climate Smart

Christine Carter, BC Sales and Marketing Manager, Bullfrog Power

Brian Holland, Director of Climate Programs, ICLEI USA

Rob Abbott, Executive Director, Climate Action Secretariat, Province of British Columbia (Moderator)

1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH

2:00 – 3:30

Initiate, Research, and Plan: Moving through the milestones

This session will look at the experiences of North American municipalities in moving through the milestones of local adaptation planning. Speakers from four North American communities will highlight their experiences initiating, researching, and planning for climate change locally.


Curniss McGolderick, EarthCare Communication and Project Coordinator, City of Thunder Bay

Trevor Murdock, Lead, Regional Climate Impacts, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

Trisha Henderson, Environmental Policy Coordinator, Town of Oakville

Susanne Torriente, Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale

Ben Cross, Research Assistant, Climate Adaptation, City of North Vancouver

Leya Barry, Adaptation and Resilience Project Coordinator, ICLEI Canada (Moderator)

Responding to natural disasters: Case studies from the field

Communities and organizations of all shapes and sizes are involved in preparedness, response, and recovery efforts from disasters and extreme events. This session will look at case studies from the field from across North America on how communities have responded to and are preparing for natural disasters.


Paul Kovacs, Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

Daniel Stevens, Director, Emergency Management, City of Vancouver

Ian O’Donnell, Global Disaster Preparedness Center, American Red Cross

Charley Beresford, Executive Director, Columbia Institute (Moderator)

Placemaking 101: Putting the 'public' back into public spaces

Placemaking is all about improving neighbourhoods, cities, and regions through community-based participation in the planning, design, and management of public spaces. It is a concept that is growing in popularity, as its merits are being seen around the world. This session will provide an introduction to placemaking through the experiences of several communities throughout Canada and the United States.  After presentations, an interactive discussion among the presenters and the audience will be facilitated.


Denise Fairchild, President/Chief Executive Officer, Emerald Cities

Grant Pearsell, Director, Urban Parks and Biodiversity, City of Edmonton

Car Martin, Active Neighbourhoods Project Manager, Design Lead, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation and Mikey Bennington, Active Neighbourhoods Project Manager, Research Lead, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation

Ewa Jackson, Acting Director, ICLEI Canada (Moderator)

Healthy people, healthy places: Exploring the connection between public health and resilience

A discussion of climate change and resilience cannot be had without the inclusion of the effects on human health, and the adaptive capacity of the communities affected. Heat waves, invasive species, and flooding are just a few of the climate change impacts that are affecting the health of North Americans – especially vulnerable populations. This session will look at the linkages between climate change, resilience, and health from the city level to the national level.


Manon Fleury, Biostatistician/Epidemiologist, Public Health Agency of Canada

Gregory Richardson, Policy Analyst, Health Canada

Ali Grant, Social Planner, Healthy City for All, Social Policy Department, City of Vancouver

Karina Richters, Environmental Coordinator, City of Windsor (Moderator)

3:30 – 4:00 COFFEE BREAK

4:00 – 5:30

Workshop: Exploring tools for municipal climate response

This workshop will highlight the variety of tools and resources that ICLEI has to offer on adaptation and mitigation planning. Participants will have an opportunity to explore, first hand, the suite of solutions that are available as either no cost or low cost options.

Holly Vaughan and Leya Barry, Adaptation and Resilience, ICLEI Canada

Creating connections: Finding the linkages between municipal areas of work

Building a resilient community requires an interdisciplinary approach. In this session, speakers will present their experience with creating connections among municipal departments and community groups to improve resilience. Focusing both on working internally and externally with a broad set of stakeholders the role of personal and professional networks, neighbourhood associations, and other groups will be discussed.


Danielle Lussier, Urbaniste, Chef de division, Service de la qualité de vie, Division du développement durable, Ville de Montréal and Annick Le Floch, Chef de division, Direction de l’environnement, Ville de Montréal

Melanie Nutter, Former Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment, City and County of San Francisco

Curniss McGoldrick, EarthCare Communication and Project Coordinator, City of Thunder Bay

Thomas White, Manager, Science and Adaptation, Climate Action Secretariat, Province of British Columbia

Devin Causley, Manager, Climate Change Programs, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (Moderator)

From farm to fork: Building resilient local food systems

The objective of this session is to look at how to build resilient local food systems, particularly in the face of a changing climate. The session will also connect to key Forum themes of preparedness, mainstreaming, and placemaking exploring ways to promote vibrant, healthy and inclusive communities. Speakers will touch on topics such as local food production, food security, and urban agriculture.


Wendy Mendes, Food Policy, Community Services, City of Vancouver and Zsuzsi Fodor, Coordinator, Westside Food Collaborative and Member of the Vancouver Food Council

Colleen Hamilton, Planning Associate, EcoPlan International

Sara Blenkhorn, SPEC’s Program Facilitator, Society Promoting Environmental Conservation

Trisha Henderson, Environmental Policy Coordinator, Town of Oakville (Moderator)

Measuring progress on climate change adaptation: A Canadian interdisciplinary perspective

Effective measurement helps both to assess whether resources have been adequately allocated and to design better programs, policies, and actions that deliver adaptation benefits to end users.  This session will look at the work of the Adaptation Platform’s Measuring Progress Working Group and how it is (and will) help to measure the success of Canadian adaptation efforts.


Liza Leclerc, Spécialiste en adaptation aux changements climatiques Ouranos Inc.

Ewa Jackson, Acting Director, ICLEI Canada

Jeff Zukiwsky, Community Project Liaison. Columbia Basin Trust, Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative (CACCI)

Al Douglas, Director, Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources OCCIAR

Jennifer Ardiel, Policy Analyst, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division, Natural Resources Canada (Moderator)


Day Two

Thursday, April 3rd


8:30 – 9:45 The power of provincial, state, and national government efforts to build resilient communities

Building livable and resilient communities requires coordination at all levels of government.  This session will explore the role of provincial and national governments in building livable communities and will examine the nexus between these jurisdictional efforts. Representatives from the Province of Ontario, Province of British Columbia, and Government of Canada will give presentations on their efforts to build livable communities and how these enhance local resilience.  Panellists will then engage in a discussion on how these efforts can be strengthened to create more livable and resilient cities.


Larry Clay, Assistant Deputy Minister, Growth Secretariat, Ministry of Infrastructure, Province of Ontario

Robert Abbott, Executive Director, Climate Action Secretariat, Ministry of the Environment, Province of British Columbia

Nick Xenos, Director, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division, Natural Resources Canada

Andrea Reimer, Councillor, City of Vancouver (Moderator)


9:45 – 11:15

Moving to alternative energy

Communities across North America are embracing alternative energy; seeing that continuing dependence on fossil fuels may be a risky proposition (e.g., long-term availability), are not the best approach for keeping energy expenses within the community (e.g., community economic development), and are not the environmentally-friendly choice. Communities, instead, are becoming more resilient by shifting to more reliable and renewable sources of energy. This session will look at alternative energy (e.g. district and renewable energy) and its role in creating resilient communities.


Jim Andrais, Program Manager, Planning and Policy Development, City of Edmonton

Richard Laszlo, Director, Research and Education, Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)

Stephan Schmidt, California Polytechnic State University

Anna Mathewson, Sustainability Manager, City of Surrey

Ted Sheldon, Special Advisor, Climate Action Secretariat, Province of British Columbia (Moderator)

Resilient ecosystems in resilient communities

This session will highlight local government achievements in the field of biodiversity conservation, and the relationship between healthy natural systems and resilient communities. Speakers will discuss urban biodiversity policy, the restoration and management of natural systems in urban areas, and the role of conservation in building community resilience. They will share their insights on the use of land use policy to advance ecosystem resilience, and on working with landowners and other partners to increase the resilience of natural and human systems.


Amy Greenwood, Assistant Manager, Watershed and Water Resources Program, Fraser Basin Council

Chris Manderson, Natural Area Management Lead, City of Calgary

Stephen Godwin, Environmental Coordinator, City of Surrey

Todd Cashin, Manager, Agriculture & Environment Services, City of Kelowna

Pamela Zevit, Program Coordinator, South Coast Conservation Program

Jenny Fraser, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist at British Columbia Ministry of Environment (Moderator)

Exploring the implementation gap: Lessons on moving from planning to action

Although a plan is a great step towards becoming more resilient, it is through the implementation of actions that a community’s adaptive capacity and overall resilience will improve. This is why it is so important to devote sufficient time and resources to the ongoing implementation of any action plan. This session will highlight local best practices from across North America in implementing adaptation, resilience, and sustainability plans.


Adriane MacDonald, Doctoral Candidate, University of Waterloo

Kristin Baja, Hazard Mitigation Planner, Office of Sustainability, City of Baltimore

Mark Boysen, Sustainability Coordinator, District of Saanich

Karina Richters, Environmental Coordinator, City of Windsor

Bahareh Toghiani Rizi, Climate and Energy Planner, ICLEI Canada (Moderator)

Ready, Set, Go! Using gamification to advance livability and resilience

The success of products like Nike+ FuelBand and apps like Farmville, proves that gamification is on the rise. The use of game mechanics in typically non-game contexts to make them more fun and engaging, is a growing trend that is leaving a lasting impression with users. This workshop will explore the use of games to improve stakeholder engagement and motivate action on building climate change resilience. Participants will engage in two distinct games and learn how they can be applied in other settings.


Holly Vaughan, Adaptation and Resilience Planner, ICLEI Canada and Tom Ewart, Manager, Sustainability and Citizenship, The Co-operators Group Ltd.

11:00 – 2:30 Using Political Leadership to Strengthen Local Resilience A Working Luncheon for Elected Officials

11:15 – 12:45

Stakeholder engagement and climate resilience: Why and how

Engaging different stakeholders in the planning process has become a mantra in urban planning practice. This panel will explore successful stakeholder engagement strategies and will demonstrate how shared learning processes can strengthen climate communications and improve resilience strategies.


Panel Slides

Stephen Tyler, President, Adaptive Resource Management

Jeff Zukiwsky, Associate at C3

Ellen Pond, Senior Advisor, Pembina Institute

Trevor Murdock, Lead, Regional Climate Impacts, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

Jenny Fraser, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist at British Columbia Ministry of Environment (Moderator)

Cities for people: Learning from experiments in resilience

In this session, delegates will learn about urban resilience and livability through an interactive session in which participants analyze case study experiments.  Cities for People will explore how to support and scale promising innovations through collaboration, exchanges and the sharing of knowledge and learning across Canada and beyond. This session will include dialogue on opportunities to foster the reach and impact of such innovations through an individual’s own work and through connecting with Cities for People to co-create better cities.


Tracy Casavant, Executive Director, Light House Sustainable Building Center

Mark Anto, Program Coordinator, Centre d’écologie urbaine de Montréal

Shawn Van Sluys, Executive Director, Musagetes Foundation

Janice Astbury, Co-Coordinator, Cities for People

Jayne Engle-Warnick, Co-Coordinator, Cities for People and Vanessa Timmer, Executive Director, One Earth (Facilitators)


Dealing with stormwater: Sink it, slow it, reuse it, move it

The practice of managing stormwater has continued to evolve as the science of watershed management and understanding of watersheds grows. Effective management of  is critical to the continued health of streams, rivers, lakes, fisheries and terrestrial habitats. This session will look at how four strategies (sinking, slowing, reusing, and moving) can be used to deal with stormwater. Experiences from the Credit Valley Conservation, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, and the City of Surrey will be shared.  Many free and widely available resources on low impact development and stormwater management will be presented to participants.


Carrie Baron, Drainage and Environment Manager, City of Surrey

Zimmer Christine_ Lessons learned

Sandink – ICLEI LCF – 2014

Kathy Edwards, Engineering Technologist, City of Fredericton (Moderator)

The road to resilience: Creating weather-resilient transportation systems

The impacts of climate change have been known to bring bustling metropolises to a stand-still, strand drivers on the freeway, and even make pedestrian travel treacherous. Flooding, extreme heat, and ice storms are just a few of the obstacles that can stop us getting from Point A to Point B, but various organizations and levels of government are looking at how transportation systems can be weather-proofed and diversified to prepare for the impacts of climate change.


Dirk Nyland, Chief Engineer, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Kathy Palko Vancouver ICLEI

Derek Gray, Manager, Environmental Services, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)

Nancy Hackett, Environmental Initiatives Supervisor, City of Red Deer (Moderator)

12:45 – 1:30 LUNCH


City of Vancouver - Food security and access: A look at food production, distribution, and food waste

This study tour will focus on food accessibility and procurement, urban agriculture, and waste management in Vancouver. The main goal is to show participants how access to food and urban agriculture is being encouraged in the City. The tour will take delegates to local urban agriculture production at Sole Food Farms; a food incubator operation that promotes both learning and access to food in the downtown eastside at Save-on-Meats; and finally a trip to the Strathcona Business Improvement Association Green Zone in the False Creek Flats where food waste from businesses are composted on site.

City of Vancouver - Neighbourhood energy utility and sustainable neighbourhoods

This study tour will highlight sustainable design, buildings, district energy, and social cohesion. The tour will explore Southeast False Creek (SEFC), a mixed-use community in Vancouver that features efficient energy solutions, high performance green buildings, and easy transit access. The tour will also visit the SEFC Neighbourhood Energy Utility. The Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) provides heat and hot water to the new Southeast False Creek community, including the Olympic Village. As the city’s first renewable district heating system, it launches a program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources.

City of Vancouver - Innovative stormwater management and habitat restoration

This study tour will show participants innovative examples of stormwater management projects that have helped lower crime and create social cohesion. Delegates will discover infiltrating curb rain gardens at Tupper Greenway and will travel to the St. George Street project which uses rainwater runoff from the street and connecting laneways to recreate a lost stream. The tour will also visit Hasintings Pond and Creekway Park, which was transformed from a parking lot into a ecologically diverse creekside landscape.

City of Vancouver - Biodiversity and Habitat Restoration

This study tour will focus on habitat restoration and biodiversity. Issues around integrated stormwater management, country lanes, habitat restoration and social cohesion will be discussed. The tour will take delegates to the restored Jericho shoreline, a historic beach that once housed a Royal Canadian Air Force station from 1921-1945. Delegates will also travel to Southeast False Creek Habitat Island, an urban sanctuary along the Southeast False Creek.

City of Vancouver - EVs Please! How to re-charge your region with electric vehicles

Participants will ride in a convoy of electric vehicles (EVs) to sites around Vancouver to experience the vehicles and supporting infrastructure in action. They will meet the diverse individuals, businesses and organizations leading the deployment and mainstreaming of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the region and province. Participants will learn how to engage and target businesses and locations within a city/region for EV charge stations; the business case for EVs and EV charging stations from the perspective of municipal fleet managers, private business owners, and citizens; how to facilitate the installation of EV charging stations into new and existing multi-unit residential buildings governed by strata corporations; and, key lessons learned over the past three years as Vancouver and the region have worked to get stations in the ground.

City of Surrey - Exploring vulnerability, sea-level rise, and flood management

This study tour will focus on sea level rise, flood management, and infrastructure in the City of Surrey. Delegates will visit the Scott Road Skytrain Station and the Brownsville Bar Park to highlight some of the vulnerabilities of local infrastructure as well as the jurisdictional challenges involved in flood management initiatives. The tour will then visit the Honey Bee Centre to illustrate river system dynamics and agricultural vulnerabilities. Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss ocean and river interactions as well as some of the challenges involved when working with vulnerable neighbourhoods and accommodating sea-level rise in communities.

Municipality of Delta - Adapting agriculture and infrastructure

This study tour will focus on adapting agriculture, dikes, and drainage infrastructure to the impacts of climate change, e.g. sea level rise, creeping salt wedge, and extreme precipitation events. The main goal of the tour is to show participants how the impacts of climate change may be mitigated in the context of farm operations, invasive plant management, and large diking and drainage infrastructure.

Day Three

Friday, April 4th


9:00 – 10:00 The new normal? Exploring insurance risk and legal liability in a changing climate

Weather events like Superstorm Sandy and other multi-billion dollar weather-related natural disasters such as the floods in Alberta and Toronto, are significant events that impact cities, towns, and regions in many ways: by putting residents in danger, by dedicating staff time and resources to emergency management and cleanup, by disrupting economies, and by forcing limited funds to be spent. With more of them coming as the climate changes at a rapid pace, it behooves local governments to look at the potential insurance risks and legal liabilities associated with a changing climate.  This session will explore these issues and help decision-makers to decide how best to prepare and adapt so their towns and cities remain livable, resilient places.


Dr. Blair Feltmate, University of Waterloo, Co-Chair Weather Wise Partnership

Paul Kovacs, Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

Patricia Koval, Partner, Torys LLP

Ewa Jackson, Acting Director, ICLEI Canada (Moderator)

10:00 – 11:00

Practical actions on climate resilience

This hands-on workshop will explain the range of actions within the authority of local governments that can be used to prepare for climate change, from land-use planning, to asset management, risk management, and local by-laws. The panel will introduce an award-winning climate adaptation guide book prepared for local governments in BC, and share a practical Framework for Climate Resilience that will help local governments identify resilience building actions.


Stephen Tyler, President, Adaptive Resource Management Ltd

Cathy LeBlanc, Intergovernmental Relations and Planning Branch, B.C. Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development

Deborah Carlson, Staff Counsel, West Coast Environmental Law

Brian Holland, Director of Climate Programs, ICLEI USA (Moderator)

Cooperating with Nature: Stories from the field

This panel will explore best practices in managing natural hazard risk for sustainable communities. Through innovative examples of risk assessment and risk management from Vancouver and the surrounding region (Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, Squamish), the panel will explore how traditional means of managing natural hazard risks can be adapted in a changing climate to bolster the resilience of communities of varying sizes and stages of growth.


Tamsin Mills, Senior Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver

Fiona Dercole, Manager of Public Safety, District of North Vancouver

Dr. Murray Journeay, Research Scientist, Public Safety Geoscience, Natural Resources Canada

Jessica Shoubridge, Planner and Convenor (Moderator)

Sustainable consumption and urbanism: Building neighbourhood cohesion and resilience

The session will focus on the City of Vancouver and the City of Eugene’s experiences with creating neighbourhood cohesion, community identity, and local level resilience. Speakers will highlight sustainable urbanism practices in Southeast False Creek and the co-benefits of sustainable and collaborative consumption at the neighbourhood and community scale.


Scot Hein, Senior Urban Designer, City of Vancouver

Babe O’Sullivan, Sustainability Liaison, City of Eugene

Leya Barry, Adaptation and Resilience Project Coordinator, ICLEI Canada (Moderator)

Coastal cities at risk: Building adaptive capacity for managing climate change in coastal megacities

Adaptation to climate change impacts everything from health to water supply to ecosystems. International collaboration with cities that are advancing their planning will help to address these and other challenges presented by climate change. This 2-hour workshop will highlight the Coastal Cities at Risk: Building Adaptive Capacity for Managing Climate Change in Coastal Megacities study, which has brought together researchers from four locations around the globe, including Manila, Lagos, Vancouver and Bangkok. The session will also look at the City Resilience Simulator (CRS) which captures the spatial and temporal dynamics of disaster resilience and simulates the impacts of climate hazards on city systems.


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

Angela Peck, PhD Candidate, Western University

Yaheli Klein, Coastal Cities at Risk Social Vulnerability Index Team

The psychology of place

Local governments are working to identify probable impacts, to assess key vulnerabilities, and to develop strategies that increase urban resilience. However, as we build resilience into our urban fabric, it is important to recognize that tangible vulnerabilities are often underpinned by an intangible system of attitudes, values, and cultural traditions that are rooted in place. Drawing on the psychology of place, this session will critically examines the benefits of place-based adaptation planning. Case studies of Thunder Bay and Churchill will be explored.


Mark Groulx, PhD Candidate, School of Planning, University of Waterloo

Visualizing Resilience: Using Mapping Tools to Plan for Climate Change

Mapping is often considered an integral component of planning for climate change. Maps help planners and community members visualize impacts such as sea level rise, identify vulnerabilities, and locate helpful resources including adaptation mechanisms such as cooling or warming centres. This session will look at different mapping tools that have been developed across Canada that engage communities in adaptation and resilience planning.


Amin M Owrangi, PhD Candidate, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Western Ontario

Mehdi Aminipouri, PhD Candidate, Simon Fraser University

Brian Montgomery, Air Quality and Climate Change Coordinator, City of Hamilton

Elisabeth Arnold, Principal, Sustainable Development Consulting (Moderator)

11:00 – 12:00

Weatherproofing the electricity sector: Lessons from the WeatherWise partnership and beyond

The session will involve members of the WeatherWise Partnership in presentations and discussions that explore ways to fortify the electricity sector, and discuss ways to better protect existing distribution networks.  The session will be rounded out with a presentation on two current projects being carried out by QUEST to assess the resiliency of the energy sector more broadly across Canada; QUEST is currently exploring the use of smart energy in Canadian communities facing increasingly extreme weather.


Dr. Blair Feltmate, University of Waterloo, Co-Chair Weather Wise Partnership

Richard Laszlo, Director, Research & Education, Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)

Joyce McLean, Director, Strategic Issues, Office of the President, Toronto Hydro Corporation

Bahareh Toghiani Rizi, Climate and Energy Planner, ICLEI Canada (Moderator)

The role of large institutions in placemaking, city building, and resilience

Developing creative solutions and facilitating meaningful dialogue are crucial in the creation of resilient communities. This session will explore the role of universities and  public health authorities  driving community level resilience and placemaking.


Deanna Fourt, Provincial Environmental Technical Team, British Columbia Health Authorities

Iram Farooq, Acting Deputy Director for Community Development, City of Cambridge

Heather English, Senior Policy Analyst, Province of British Columbia (Moderator)

MC3: Meeting the Climate Change Challenge

The MC3 project brings together researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from non-governmental organizations, provincial ministries, and three of BC’s universities to research climate action in the province of British Columbia. MC3 has identified emerging best practices and innovations in community climate change responses, and has developed strategies to share policy innovations, facilitate peer-to-peer learning exchanges, and stimulate the widespread knowledge mobilization needed to move communities beyond the changes required by current legislation and policies. This session will showcase the work of the MC3 project and the research teams lessons learned through an interactive dialogue and panel discussion.


Panel Slides

John Robinson, Associate Provost, University of British Columbia

Leslie King, Director, Canadian Centre for Environmental Education, Royal Roads University

Ann Dale, Canadian Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development (Moderator)

Creating an Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) Tool for Canadian cities

The use of IDF curve data is an essential component of the municipal climate change adaptation toolkit. However, the frequent updating of these curves is laborious and most municipalities lack the necessary expertise to implement these updates. This session will showcase a new computerized IDF update tool being developed by Western University to help municipalities capture precipitation changes caused by climate change.


Dr. Roshan Srivastav, Postdoctoral Fellow, Western University and Dr. Andre Schardong, Postdoctoral Fellow, Western University


Program Themes

Preparing – accessing scientific information and getting ready for the new normal

Responding – recovering, restructuring, and rebuilding after the storm

Mainstreaming – connecting ideas and integrating resilience into the everyday

Placemaking – promoting vibrant, healthy, and inclusive neighbourhoods to enhance resilience

Measuring – assessing risk, improving processes, and evaluating success

Politicking – using political leadership to strengthen local resilience  *exclusively for elected officials