Speakers


Keynote Speakers

Chris ArthursChristine Arthurs, Director of Resilience & Infrastructure Calgary, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, The City of Calgary

Christine (“Chris”) brings 21 years of experience across many business units and departments at The City of Calgary.  As the Director of Resilience & Infrastructure Calgary, and the Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Chris envisions the delivery of a long term investment and value strategy for a resilient Calgary. Previous to her current role, Chris was the Chief of Staff in the City Manager’s Office and contributed solution based approaches to very dynamic and complex issues. Chris was the Director of Recovery Operations for The City following the 2013 Southern Alberta Flood, which required significant public evacuation, created critical infrastructure damage, and cost more than $400M in response and recovery impacts in Calgary. Flood recovery activities continue under Chris’ oversight four years later. Her career experiences include leadership and collaboration in land use planning, departmental business plans and budgets, development and delivery of emergency management and public safety systems, and a variety of preparedness, response and recovery efforts from shocks and stresses including flood, fire, infectious disease and economic contraction.  Resilience is a value system for Chris that guides her personal and professional paths.

 

StewartJDutfield_Head2Stewart Dutfield, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, City of Toronto

Stewart Dutfield is the Project Lead for Resilience at the City of Toronto. Stewart led Toronto’s application to join the 100 Resilient Cities network and continues to support implementation moving forward. Stewart’s interests lie in better understanding the interdependencies between physical and social infrastructure, working with internal Divisions and external partners. Stewart is interested in the critical role social equity plays in making cities more resilient.

Prior to taking on his current role, Stewart served as a Health Policy Specialist at Toronto Public Health (TPH) where he worked on the development of TPH’s cross-cutting climate change and health strategy. Before joining the City, Stewart was a Program and Communications Manager with Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). In that capacity he played a key role in the development of the Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC), a partnership of universities, the public, private and NGO sectors whose projects and programs are focused on addressing climate resilience. Stewart has been working on multi-sectoral resilience building projects with various partners since 2009. Stewart holds a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, and a Bachelors in Environment Design, with a focus on architecture from the University of Manitoba.

 

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Lisa Helps, Mayor, City of Victoria

Mayor Helps believes that it is her job as Mayor of Victoria to employ business sensibilities and community values to lead an organization that serves all of its citizens.  With a transparent and common sense approach to decision-making, Mayor Helps has championed both citizen-led and local-business-led initiatives in a variety of areas. She’s leading a transformation at City Hall in order to foster a more innovative, proactive and responsive culture to meet and exceed the needs of residents and the business community.

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Katie McPherson, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Vancouver

Katie McPherson has recently been appointed to the role of Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Vancouver. In this new capacity, she is responsible for facilitating the development of a Resilience Strategy in collaboration with local and regional stakeholders, and through a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Her experience includes leadership roles in public, private and non-profit sectors spanning the fields of Emergency Management, Community Development, Climate Adaptation, and Disaster Recovery. She is passionate about connecting citizens to big ideas, and empowering communities to take action on global issues. She holds a Master’s Degree in Disaster and Emergency Management from York University, and a BA in International Development and History from Dalhousie University.

 

Megan Meaney headshotMegan Meaney, Director, ICLEI Canada

Megan is recognized by cities across Canada as an authority on municipal sustainability. She has been with ICLEI since 1999, over which time she has held many roles in strategic energy planning, climate mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity, as well as sustainability management. As Director of ICLEI Canada, Megan oversees the governance of the non-profit organization. She holds responsibility for strategic planning, partnership development, and financial systems. The favourite part of her job comes when she talks to ICLEI members; learning about how they are handling the day-to-day nature of the ongoing quest for sustainability in their community.

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Charles Montgomery

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

Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author, urbanist, and leader of a consultancy building more happiness into cities. He is the author of the book Happy City, about which The New York Times wrote: “Happy City is not only readable but stimulating. It raises issues most of us have avoided for too long. Do we live in neighborhoods that make us happy? That is not a silly question. Montgomery encourages us to ask it without embarrassment, and to think intelligently about the answer.” He has advised and lectured planners, students, and decision-makers across the USA, Canada, the UK, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico. He also creates experiments that challenge us to see our cities—and ourselves—in entirely new ways. Montgomery’s Home for the Games initiative led hundreds of people to follow his example and open their homes to strangers during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Working with the BMW Guggenheim Lab and the citizens of New York City, he transformed an empty lot into a machine to maximize feelings of altruism. Whether it is empowering people to re-imagine a city street using hundreds of giant building blocks, or challenging them to hug complete strangers, each experiment is driven by insights in the science of human wellbeing. Montgomery’s work ultimately nudges us out of our comfort zone to find a hopeful new vision for cities of joy.

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Barbara Turley-McIntyreBarbara Turley-McIntyre, Vice President, Sustainability and Citizenship, The Co-operators

Barbara started her business career as an independent insurance broker in Montreal and in 1997 joined The Co-operators Group Limited, a $43 billion Canadian-owned, multi-product insurance and financial services company.  Barbara has managed underwriting teams in property and casualty and held responsibility for community and shareholder relations. Presently, Barbara leads the enterprise-wide integration of the Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy with responsibility for leading the production of  the annual Integrated Report and carbon management programs. She is a member of The Co-operators Impact Investing Committee and has responsibility for The Co-operators community programs, including The Co-operators Foundation. Barbara holds a Masters in Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo and a Chartered Insurance Professional designation. She is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Waterloo, Faculty of the Environment. Barbara’s volunteering activities include organizations that advance sustainable development – Director with The Natural Step Canada and a Board member of the United Nations Environment Program – Finance Initiative Global Steering Committee.

 

 

 

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Program Speakers – Click on a speaker to open their biography

Lori Ackerman, Mayor, Fort St. John, BC

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Lori was born in Manitoba and raised in all four western provinces. She has lived in the Peace region since 1980 and in Fort St. John since 1988. She is the mother of 3 children and step-mom of 3.  Married to Andy and together they have 10 grandchildren. Prior to getting involved in politics, Lori was very active in nonprofit organizations.  Included in these are: Soccer, Scouts, United Way, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and Homeless shelter society.

Lori was first elected to City Council in 2005 and started serving as a Director for the Peace River Regional District in 2006. She was honoured to take on the Mayor’s seat in November 2011. Lori’s background is in marketing, economic development and small business counseling and she is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Governance Essentials Program and is presently completing the final course of the Northern Lights College Business Management Diploma program.

As the Family Service Director of the Salvation Army in FSJ from 1997 – 2002, Lori was instrumental in creating the City’s first staffed homeless shelter, 5 day/week soup kitchen and larger foodbank.  She became a Foodsafe instructor to ensure the volunteers and staff were properly trained for their positions. Lori was offered the position of Executive Director of Sci-Tech North, (the Science, Innovation and Technology council for NEBC), and bid farewell to the Salvation Army.  With this position, Lori worked with entrepreneurs and innovators in North East BC to assist them in taking their idea from “concept to commercialization”.  It is from this experience that Lori has seen proof that BC can harvest its natural resources and with the use of innovative BC born technology, doing it more efficiently, effectively and leave a lighter footprint.

In recognition of her community involvement in 2002 and 2012, Lori received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and in 2005, she received the Silver Acorn for her distinguished service to Scouting. Lori was named one of the Top 35 Most Influential Women in BC in February of 2016.  She represents the community on many local, regional and provincial boards and committees.

Session:

Decentralized and/or Locally Generated Energy Systems: Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Gillian Aubie Vines, Principal, Pinna Sustainability

Gillian is a social geographer, strategist, and founding Principal of Pinna Sustainability. She helps clients embed sustainability values into practice, and has been involved in many projects that bridge science with planning and public awareness. Currently, a main component of her work involves designing and facilitating stakeholder processes that engage communities in discussions around sustainable development. She is a registered member of the International Institute for Public Participation (IAP2), and is known for her innovative and creative approach to gaining access to hard to reach audiences, bringing energy to engagement events, and facilitating engagement on technical issues.

Session:

Three Important Factors for Adapting to Climate Change: Location, Location, Location: Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm

Travis Allan, Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP

Travis AllenTravis J. Allan is a partner at DeMarco Allan LLP. Travis advises on corporate and commercial legal matters, climate change and land use policy, carbon credit development and sale, renewable energy, electric vehicle policy and a variety of regulatory matters including energy and privacy.  Travis has written and spoken extensively about changes to land use planning law and policy that can support climate change adaptation and mitigation, focusing on promoting location-efficient and transit-oriented development and the preservation and cultivation of natural capital. He recently co-authored a report for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Economy on intersections between climate change mitigation and adaptation and regional land use planning.  Before joining DeMarco Allan LLP, Travis practiced at one of the world’s largest law firms in New York, NY focusing on project finance and corporate restructuring. Travis is a member of the Ontario and New York bars. He serves on the boards of the Climate Change Lawyers Network (as co-chair) and Project Neutral (as acting-chair) and formerly served as a governor of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance.

Session:

Innovative Approaches to Implementation: Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm

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

Brad BadeltBrad Badelt is the acting assistant director of sustainability with the City of Vancouver. With more than 15 years of experience in local government, Brad has worked on a wide range of sustainability-related projects including sea level rise planning, waste reduction initiatives, and implementing rainwater management plans. He has a master’s degree in water resources engineering from the University of Guelph and speaks regularly in conferences and  classrooms about climate adaptation. An avid cyclist, he enjoys spending his weekends exploring Vancouver’s amazing parks with his family.

 

Session:

Renewable Energy: Moving Beyond Commitments to Implementation: Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Carrie Baron, Manager, Drainage and Environment, Engineering Department, City of Surrey

Carrie BarronCarrie Baron is a professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in municipal, water resources and environmental engineering. She is the Drainage Manager for the City of Surrey whose responsibilities include: overseeing the function of the natural and manmade drainage systems; floodplain & dike management, climate change adaptation and sea level rise planning initiatives. She is involved in the City’s Community Climate Action Plan &Climate Adaptation Strategy, Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy and the Fraser Basin Council’s Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy.

Session:

Managing Flood Risk: Extreme Rainfall, Overland Flooding, and Sea Level Rise Risk across Canada: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 -11:30 am

Sara Barron, PhD Candidate, Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), UBC Forestry

Headshot (1)Sara Barron is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. In 2013, Sara was awarded the prestigious Future Forests Fellowship–the world’s largest scholarship for forestry research. Sara’s research focuses on how suburban landscapes can be re-imagined to balance healthy suburban forests with higher density housing.

Sara holds a Landscape Architecture degree from UBC.  Her master’s research focused on restoring Garry Oak woodland ecology on the rural road right-of-ways of Pender Island, BC. Sara has worked with a diverse range of communities to improve sustainability, climate resilience and energy performance in residential neighbourhoods.

Session:

Decentralized and/or Locally Generated Energy Systems: Tuesday, September 19, 12:00-1:30pm

Natacha Beauchesne, Conseillère en planification, Bureau du développement durable, Ville de Montréal

Natacha BeauchesneNatacha Beauchesne has been working for more than 10 years in sustainable development. She has held the position of Head of the Environmental Quality Section in the Borough of Saint-Léonard and in the Ville de Montréal’s Office of Sustainable Development. She has also contributed to the development and implementation of three of Montréal’s Sustainable Development Plans in collaboration with multiple stakeholder. Among its mandates are the implementation of local waste management programs, the implementation of greening and biodiversity projects, the organization of eco-responsible events, and the management of Sustainable Neighborhoods programs.

Session:

The Circular Economy: Creating climate resilient economies: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

Rob Bernhardt, CEO, Passive House Canada

Rob BernhardtAs CEO of Passive House Canada, Rob works to advance building energy efficiency.  A certified Passive House consultant, and the developer of several certified Passive House projects; Rob is familiar with the economic and social advantages of high performance buildings.  As a participant in numerous policy development initiatives he is familiar with the challenges facing regulators as they seek to meet climate change objectives. Rob works with Passive House Canada’ s members, governments and industry organizations to make high performance buildings the norm.

Passive House Canada is Canada’s non-profit professional association and community of experts in the Passive House (Passivhaus) high performance building standard, recognized internationally as the proven best way to efficiently and affordably build for comfort and energy performance of residential and commercial buildings, through all stages of design, construction and livability.

Session:

Designing Resilient and Low Carbon Buildings and Institutions: Emerging Technologies, Codes, and Standards: Monday, September 18, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Alex Boston, Principal, Boston Consulting

Alex is principal of Boston Consulting, a firm dedicated to building better communities, a better climate, and a better country.

Alex understands traditional and innovative GHG and energy management across buildings, energy supply, transportation, and waste. His passion, nevertheless, is land use – the foundation of community energy dynamics, and dominant authority of local government.  He has led multiple award winning-community energy plans. He frequently serves the BC Government, local government organizations, professional associations, developers, academic and non-profit think tanks.

Prior to leading community climate teams with planning and design boutiques and global engineering firm Golder, Alex was senior climate policy analyst at David Suzuki Foundation.  He currently sits on the Real Estate Foundation’s Smart Growth Task Force and his city’s Advisory Planning Commission.

Session:

Changing Urbanism and Smart Growth : Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Morgan Braglewicz, Graduate Researcher, Simon Fraser University

Morgan Braglewicz is a graduate researcher at Simon Fraser University in the Energy and Materials Research Group. She received her undergraduate degree from McGill University in urban systems and planning, and has focused on energy policy while at SFU. Her research is focused on the use of energy economy modeling and spatial analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of climate policy at the municipal level.

Session:

Retooling Community Energy: Using Analytical Tools to Evaluate Municipal Plans and Policies: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30pm

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

Mark_BrostromMark Brostrom received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1984 and worked in the private sector prior to joining the City of Edmonton in 1990.

Since joining the City of Edmonton in 1990 Mark has worked in the area of environmental and energy policy and programs. Mark is currently leading the City Environmental Strategies Section which is implementing Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy that provides a framework for Edmonton to become a low carbon and energy resilient city and is developing Edmonton’s Adaptation and Resilience Strategy.

In 2010, Mark received the FCM Sustainable Community Award of Excellence and in 2013 received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his long-standing commitment to advancing municipal sustainability.

Session:

Innovative Approaches to Implementation: Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Fishbowl on Integrated Climate Action: Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm

Kirby Calvert, Professor, University of Guelph

Dr. Kirby Calvert received his PhD in Geography (2013) at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, where he worked with the Queen’s Institute of Energy and Environmental Policy. Kirby joined the department in 2015 after a brief but fulfilling stint at The Pennsylvania State University (2013-2015). He specializes in the study of renewable energy development and transition management from the perspectives of human-environment studies, multilevel governance, and applied GIS.

Kirby is Co-Director of the Community Energy Knowledge-Action Partnership (CEKAP); a national partnership of universities and non-academic partners with a shared interest in building more resilient and sustainable communities through community energy planning (www.cekap.ca). He is also a member and co-Chair of the City of Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative Task Force.

Session:

Retooling Community Energy: Using Analytical Tools to Evaluate Municipal Plans and Policies: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

Kerry Ann Charles, Environmental/By-Law Coordinator, Georgina Island First Nations

K.A.CharlesKerry-Ann is a Member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation and was the Environmental Coordinator for her Community for the past eight years where she was involved in and managed several diverse Environmental programs including the Communities Climate Change Adaptation Program, a program that has been very successful and is currently being undertaken by other First Nations through funding from the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change with her support and guidance. Ms. Charles was also responsible for researching and the development of funding proposals which helped sustain the Environment Department, initiating and building relationships with various Environmental organizations, developing partnerships to co-ordinate and carry out various environmental activities as well as promoting education and community involvement in Environmental Health within her community. She has recently just started as the Lands and Climate Change Project Manager with Cambium Aboriginal an Environmental Consulting Company that’s objective is to hire First Nation experts to work in First Nations Communities. Here she will have the opportunity to guide and help other First Nations carry out various environmental projects such as the Climate Change Adaptation Project as well as build the much needed capacity within those communities.

Session:

Highlight Reel: Municipal Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plans: Monday, September 18, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Naomi Cole, Director of Certification + Innovation, EcoDistricts

Naomi leads EcoDistricts programs that advance the market for exemplary sustainable neighborhood projects and practitioners.  She helped launch the precursor to the EcoDistricts Protocol, at the Portland Sustainability Institute, where she developed and piloted an EcoDistricts approach in Portland and began to expand it to other cities.

She brings over a decade of experience in urban sustainability including roles at ZGF Architects and CLEAResult. Naomi studied architecture, environmental studies and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Real Estate at Portland State University.

As a native Portlander, Naomi returned to her hometown after college, determined to invest her life and career in the place that was formative to her own development. She lives in a nearly net zero energy home in which she makes jewelry, bakes cakes, and speaks to her toddler in Italian.

Session:

Changing Urbanism and Smart Growth: Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Guillaume Couillard, Green Municipal Fund Advisor, Federation of Canada

Guillaume CouillardGuillaume Couillard is an advisor for multiple programs at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). He is responsible for leading business development and marketing efforts for FCM programs across Canada. He leads the FCM effort to identify, attract and develop the best environmental municipal projects to help Canadian municipalities and their partners address their environmental concerns. Guillaume has worked for eight years within the field of contaminated site management within the private and public sector prior to joining the FCM. He holds a Master of Science in Marine Resource Management from the Université du Québec à Rimouski and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Waterloo. Guillaume sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Brownfield Network.

Session:

Revenue Strategies for Financing Low Carbon Resilience Initiatives: Monday, September 18, 11:00 – 12:30pm

Curran Crawford, Associate Professor, University of Victoria

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Using zero emissions vehicles to improve post-disaster resiliency: Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm

Erica Crawford, Adaptation Planner and Facilitator, Erica Crawford Consulting

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Creating Resilient, Low Carbon Food systems using the Collective Impact Framework: Monday, September 18, 4:30 – 6:00pm

Angela Danyluk, Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver

Angela Danyluk is a Sustainability Specialist at the City of Vancouver. At the city Angela works across disciplines on projects and programs related to adaptation to sea level rise and heat as well as biodiversity. Angela has worked on corporate and community mitigation plans & projects, the green economy, sustainable lifestyles, water quality, bogs and agricultural projects. Angela has a BSc in marine biology, a certificate in storm water management and an MSc in environment and management. She is a Registered Professional Biologist with the BC College of Applied Biology. Angela lives in Vancouver, BC where she hikes, paddles and enjoys delicious craft beer.

Session:

Working Together Towards Low Carbon Resilient Communities: Public Sector Organizations and Local Governments: Monday, September 18, 11:00 – 12:30pm

Jeremy Murphy, Director, Sustainability Solutions Group

jeremy__686px_686pxJeremy is an urban planner, project manager and sustainability specialist who continues to generate cutting-edge community solutions. Jeremy is an instructor in the Simon Fraser University Community Economic Development program. He is also one of the two Co-founders of The HiVE – Vancouver’s social impact co-working space.

Session:

Plan4DE Workshop: Tool to embed district energy into municipal planning: Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm

Jan de Wolde, Senior Manager, District Energy, ENMAX

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Decentralized and/or Locally Generated Energy Systems: Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Erin Desautels, Sustainability Planner, City of Surrey

Erin DesautelsErin has worked with the City of Surrey for over 11 years and has held positions in the sustainability, environmental education, stewardship, and diversity and inclusion fields.  Her passion lies in strategic and interdisciplinary approaches to fostering sustainability, as well as building capacity within organizations and throughout the community while encouraging an environmental ethic. Erin has a degree in Environmental Biology from SFU, a Masters in Environmental Education & Communication from Royal Roads, and is currently finishing her Masters of Business Administration at SFU.

Erin is also actively involved in Metro Vancouver community as an environmental education workshop facilitator with WildBC, a steering committee member of the Institute for Environmental Learning, and previously as a Director with the Surrey Urban Farmers Market. In her spare time, she enjoys wine tasting, traveling, and hiking.

Session:

Highlight Reel: Municipal Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plans: Monday, September 18, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Doug Doyle, Associate Director, Municipal Engineering, Sustainability and Engineering, University of British Columbia

Doug Doyle, P. Eng., is the Associate Director, Municipal Engineering for the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  He is primarily responsible for sustainable civil engineering policy for the campus and is the author of the UBC Integrated Stormwater Management Plan.  His role also includes regulatory responsibilities for coordinating and managing development of the campus.  Doug also advised the UBC Okanagan Campus on engineering and sustainability concerns.  Other areas of concern in his portfolio include: lighting, security, biodiversity and partnerships with external organisations.  Doug is a 1991 graduate from UBC’s Civil Engineering program and returned to the Campus after 20 years in consulting and local government engineering.  Potable water systems and development related design are areas of specialist knowledge.

Session:

Blue, Green, and Grey Infrastructure: Integrated Solutions for Low Carbon Resilience: Monday, September 18, 2:00 – 3:30pm

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

Postdoctoral fellow at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, Catherine Dubois holds a Ph.D. in urban and architectural ambience. She was awarded the prize for the best dissertation realized under a joint supervision (Université Laval & INSA de Toulouse) in 2015. Being a former professional, her research interests are strongly connected to the practice of architecture and urban design. Her expertise lies in the adaptation of cities and buildings to climate change through the improvement of the designers’ knowledge. To this end, she has created an interdisciplinary design-aid tool, the climate adaptation roadmap. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses related to architectural and environmental design. She has also written extensively on the relationship between architecture, climate adaptation, design, and information. In sum, through her teaching and research, Catherine is committed in demonstrating the value and the relevance of design to build sustainable living environments.

Session:

Changing Urbanism and Smart Growth: Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Joanne Egan, Senior Policy Advisor, Natural Resources Canada

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Making Canada’s national climate change assessment relevant at the community level-Tell us how!: Monday, September 18, 12:30 – 2:00pm

Nikki Elliott, Climate Action Program Coordinator, Capital Regional District

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Three Important Factors For Adapting to Climate Change: Location, Location, Location: Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm

Barbara Emanuel, Manager, Toronto Food Strategy, Toronto Public Health

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The Role of Municipal and Regional Governments in Building and Mainstreaming more Local, Low-carbon, and Resilient Food Systems: Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 – 4:00pm

Tom Ewart, Senior Manager of Sustainability, The Co-operators

Tom_EwartTom Ewart is Senior Manager of Sustainability at The Co-operators Group. He and his team help the organization realize its vision of being a ‘catalyst for a sustainable society. Prior to joining The Co-operators, Tom was the founding Managing Director of the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS)–a not-for-profit organization that bridges research and practice. Alongside his work at NBS, Tom taught courses in the University of Western Ontario’s Masters of Environment and Sustainability program, and in the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Environment and Business. Tom graduated from the University of Western Ontario as a gold medalist in the Engineering Faculty and as an Ivey Scholar from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

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Is the medium really the message? A workshop to explore messages, mediums, and overcoming communications pitfalls: Monday, September 18, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Liz Ferris, Climate Action Analyst, Capital Regional District

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Using zero emissions vehicles to improve post-disaster resiliency: Tuesday, September 19, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Chris Frye, Director/A- Communities and Transportation Branch, BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

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Using zero emissions vehicles to improve post-disaster resiliency: Tuesday, September 19, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Kyrke Gaudreau, Sustainability Manager, University of Northern British Columbia

Kyrke Gaudreau is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy at UNBC. Formerly the Sustainability Manager at UNBC, Kyrke has been involved in campus sustainability, energy and climate planning since 2013.

Kyrke completed his PhD in social and ecological sustainability at the University of Waterloo where his research focused on the sustainability assessment of energy systems. He has consulted on various strategic and environmental assessments of energy systems in Canada, and has researched and written about energy systems sustainability internationally.

Kyrke is involved in sustainable business and community planning, with a particular focus on carbon accounting, cycling, and food security.

Session:

Exploring Post-Secondary Leadership in Climate Action: Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 – 4:00pm

Matthew Godsoe, Manager, Research Unit, Public Safety Canada

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Revenue Strategies for Financing Low Carbon Resilience Initiatives: Monday, September 18, 11:00 – 12:30pm

 

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

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Creating Resilient, Low Carbon Food systems using the Collective Impact Framework: Monday, September 18, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Dean Gregory, Campus Landscape Architect, Campus & Community Planning, University of British Columbia

Dean Gregory, BCSLA, ASLA, LEED, is Campus Landscape Architect at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and in Kelowna. In addition to directing the implementation of the landscape vision embodied in the University’s $46M Public Realm Plan, he directs and reviews the work of landscape architects associated with consultant teams working on new campus buildings. Dean provides leadership, conceptual design development, and professional advice for any policy initiatives related to campus landscape architecture. Prior to joining the University of British Columbia in 2009, he was in private practice in Chicago and Seattle where he was involved in significant streetscape, plaza, and park projects throughout the United States. He began his career at the Vancouver firm of Durante Kreuk. Dean received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies at the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph in 1993.

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Blue, Green, and Grey Infrastructure: Integrated Solutions for Low Carbon Resilience: Monday, September 18, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Mark Groulx, Assistant Professor, University of Northern British Columbia

UNBC Faculty AssociationDr. Mark Groulx is an assistant professor in the UNBC School of Environmental Planning. Mark’s research focuses broadly on sustainable and resilient communities, and specifically on the importance of community engagement and place-making in effective collaborative planning. Mark is currently researching the impact of nature based citizen science programs on environmental stewardship, the benefits of arts-based climate change communication and engagement strategies, and novel planning approaches for promoting low-carbon resilience in northern communities.

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Effective Climate Communication: Strategies For Getting Your Message Across: Tuesday, September 19, 2:00 – 3:30pm

James Gudjonson, Director of Environment and Sustainability, Thompson Rivers University

IMG_0214Jim, the director of the Sustainability Office at Thompson Rivers University (TRU), developed TRU’s first Strategic Sustainability Plan and is responsible implementing sustainability-related programs, policies and initiatives across campus. The comprehensive plan covers operation & Planning, Advocacy and Engagement, Learning and Governance and has 130 strategies with time bound Key Performance Indicators in order advance sustainability and reduce GHG emissions throughout every level of the organization. Jim has overseen a wide range of projects and initiatives to reduce energy, paper and waste by 30, 60 and 50 percent respectively. Jim was recently recognized by BC Hydro for saving over $500,000 per year in energy savings, which go into a Revolving Energy Fund (REF) that was created by Jim in 2009.  Jim sits on or chairs numerous local, provincial and international committees and working groups that aim to develop policies, procedures and best practices regarding sustainability in higher education. He has technical background as Red Seal Electrician and Energy Manager as well as a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Sustainable Community Development.

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Exploring Post-Secondary Leadership in Climate Action: Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 – 4:00pm

Cora Hallsworth, ecoCity Footprint Tool Project Manager, Cora Hallsworth Consulting

Cora HallsworthCora has nearly 20 years experience advancing community and organizational sustainability. She has worked on award winning plans and has been contracted and appointed to advise on municipal, regional and corporate climate action and sustainability initiatives.

Previously Cora was the Manager of Integrated Resource Planning & Stakeholder Engagement at the Sheltair Group (now Stantec). She also worked as a consultant in Toronto, and coordinated environmental education and awareness programs for the Recycling Council of Ontario. Cora served on the Capital Regional District Roundtable on the Environment from 2014-2016, and was the founder and past President of Connecting Environmental Professionals in Vancouver. She is now Principal of her own consulting practice based in Victoria, BC. Recently, Cora has been managing the pilot of the ecoCity Footprint Tool; this Tool provides the capacity to create consumption based emission inventories and ecological footprint assessments for communities.

Session:

The Circular Economy: Creating climate resilient economies: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

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

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The Power of Partnerships: Interdiscplinary Approaches to Building Low Carbon and Resilient Communities: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Fishbowl on Integrated Climate Action: Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm

Shelley Hazen, Climate Change Specialist, Savanta

Shelley HazenShelley is a Climate Change Specialist with Savanta. In this role, she provides research and planning support to private and public-sector clients to understand and adapt to risks related to climate change and extreme weather events. Her work spreads across government, energy, agriculture, transportation and other sectors to provide strategic information so that organizations, infrastructure and services can adapt. Shelley’s diverse experience includes climate change projects and assessments in Canada’s North with Indigenous Communities, and across Ontario.

Prior to joining the Savanta team, Shelley’s was a Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency Specialist with AECOM. She has also worked as a Research Analyst with the Ontario Climate Consortium in the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation program.

Shelley completed her Masters in Geography from the University of Guelph and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree with a specialization in Biophysical Earth Systems from the University of Waterloo.

Session:

Is the medium really the message? A workshop to explore messages, mediums, and overcoming communications pitfalls: Monday, September 18, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Yuill Herbert, Founding Director, Sustainable Solutions Group

yuill_686px_686px (1)Yuill has worked as a member of Sustainability Solutions Group for over fifteen years and has worked on or led more than forty community energy and GHG plans and models across Canada. He has leading expertise on climate change mitigation and adaptation – systems modelling that incorporates energy, GHG emissions and co-benefits. Yuill serves as a director on the boards of the Canada Research Chair on Sustainable Community Development, the Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation and Tatamagouche Community Land Trust.

Session:

Plan4DE Workshop: Tool to embed district energy into municipal planning: Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm

 

Timothy Hewett, Interdisciplinary Planner, City of Victoria

Tim is an urban designer who’s focus on planning, design and the implementation of neo-traditionalist community development and active transportation investments contribute to advancing urban sustainability. His current responsibilities with the City of Victoria are to implement an All Ages and Abilities cycling network while accommodating complete street design considerations to shift transportation mode choice away from single occupancy vehicle use and establish attractive conditions for new urban development and employment opportunities.

Session:

Changing Urbanism and Smart Growth: Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Ewa Jackson, Manager, ICLEI - Canada

Screenshot 2016-07-27 10.46.27Ewa has worked with municipal governments for over 14 years in the fields of sustainability, public participation, and climate change. She holds degrees from the University of Toronto in environmental management and political science, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Environment and Business. In addition to managing ICLEI Canada’s operational and program activities, Ewa is project manager for many ICLEI Canada consulting activities including the current Great Lakes Climate Change Adaptation Project to help build capacity for local resilience in municipalities around Ontario.  She has worked on numerous adaptation and sustainability monitoring and evaluation projects, including those of local, national and international scope.

Ewa is a leader in the field of municipal climate adaptation and resilience. Since 2007 she has been engaging with communities from coast to coast to coast on the issue. She led the development of ICLEI’s Guidebook, Changing Climate Changing Communities, which ultimately was a 3-year process of research, collaboration and piloting with experts in the field including municipal practitioners, climate scientists, planners, disaster specialists, extension agents and academics.  Ewa’s particular field of interest is in the area of climate communications, and how effective and targeted communications can be used to move forward with the implementation of adaptive actions. She continuously works with specialists in the field to keep municipal officials at the forefront and responding to the advancements being made. She often speaks publicly on the state of municipal adaptation planning across Canada and internationally.

Session:

Effective Climate Communication: Strategies For Getting Your Message Across: Monday, September 18, 2:00-3:30pm

Is the medium really the message? A workshop to explore messages, mediums, and overcoming communications pitfalls: Monday, September 18, 4:00-5:30pm

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

Kelly began his wildfire management career in 1991 as a seasonal firefighter for the BC Forest Service and has since continued to develop his fire management experience across Canada while progressing to the position of Western Canada Fire Management Officer with Parks Canada and as the Community Wildfire Protection Coordinator with the City of Kamloops, BC. Kelly has continued his contributions in key roles on various wildfire initiatives and working groups at the regional, provincial national and international levels as an independent wildfire consultant, Executive Director with the national non-profit, Partners in Protection (FireSmart Canada) and appointed member of the National Fire Protection Association Committee on Wildland and Rural Fire Protection. He is heavily involved in developing innovative fire management solutions across Canada and throughout the USA. Kelly maintains his qualifications as a Registered Professional Forester, IFSAC accredited Structural Firefighter, Fire Behavior Analyst and Ignition Specialist.

Session:

Understanding Wildland Urban Interface Fire Risk in Canada: Monday, September 18, 11:00 – 12:30pm

Ronald Kellett, Professor and Director, School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia

Ronald Kellett is Professor and Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, co-director of the elementslab in the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability and the High Performance Buildings, a post-professional degree program in the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia. His research develops sustainability-oriented approaches to urban design at neighbourhood scales. He is principal investigator of the Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment project for the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, a research program to develop practical strategies and policy recommendations that reduce the energy and carbon emissions intensity of British Columbia’s buildings and communities.

Session:

Designing Resilient and Low Carbon Buildings and Institutions: Emerging Technologies, Codes, and Standards: Monday, September 18, 2:00 – 3:30pm

 

Joanna Kyriazis, Policy Director, Zizzo Strategy

Joanna KyriazisJoanna is Policy Director at Zizzo Strategy, where she helps public and private sector clients integrate climate change into their policies, projects, and planning. She is a trained lawyer who combines her strategic advocacy skills and strong background in science to deliver innovative solutions. Before joining Zizzo Strategy, Joanna practiced at a boutique law firm where she advised clients on emerging issues in climate change, energy and environmental law and policy. Prior to that, she practiced at a premier law firm in New York, representing global financial institutions, major investment banks and private equity firms in complex litigation and regulatory matters in federal and state courts. Joanna graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in Natural Resources (BSc) and obtained her law degree (JD) from the University of Toronto.

Session:

Revenue Strategies for Financing Low Carbon Resilience Initiatives: Monday, September 18, 11:00 – 12:30pm

David Lapp, Practice Lead, Engineers Canada

David graduated with a degree in geological engineering from the University of Toronto in 1978. After nearly twenty years working as a consulting engineer in Canada’s Arctic regions, he joined Engineers Canada in July 1997. He has been part of the Secretariat supporting the Engineers Canada Qualifications Board. His national and international work focuses on infrastructure, environment, sustainability and climate change issues and their impact on the practice of engineering. In the past three years he has focused on the development of national and international professional practice guidelines for sustainable development, environmental stewardship and climate change adaptation. He recently completed an eight year assignment as the Secretary for the World Federation of Engineering Organizations’ Standing Committee on Engineering and the Environment. Since 2005 he has served as program manager for a long-term national project to assess the engineering vulnerability of public infrastructure to the impacts of a changing climate. This project developed an infrastructure climate risk assessment tool known as the PIEVC Engineering Protocol. David provides advice, training and ongoing technical and administrative support for applications across Canada and internationally. Currently he is also responsible for the development and operation of Engineers Canada’s Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) certification program, which was launched in June 2016.

Session:

The Power of Partnerships: Interdiscplinary Approaches to Building Low Carbon and Resilient Communities: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

Caroline Larrivée, Chef Vulnérabilités, Impacts et Adaptation, Ouranos

Session:

The Power of Partnerships: Interdiscplinary Approaches to Building Low Carbon and Resilient Communities: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

Julius Lindsay, Community Energy Specialist, City of Mississauga

Julius LindsayJulius is the Community Energy Specialist at the City of Mississauga. He is currently leading the City’s community energy, and climate change adaptation and mitigation work.  Prior to joining Mississauga in 2012, he worked with Infrastructure Ontario (formerly Ontario Reality Corporation) where he worked with a wide-variety of stakeholders in implementing energy master plans, modelling and verifying greenhouse gas emissions, performing vulnerability assessments and developing a variety of corporate social responsibility and sustainability plans. Julius has a H.B.Sc in physics and math from the University of Toronto.

Session:

Highlight Reel: Municipal Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plans: Monday, September 18, 4:00 – 5:30

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

Session:

Making Canada’s national climate change assessment relevant at the community level-Tell us how!: Monday, September 18, 12:30 – 2:00pm

Chris Ling, Assistant Professor, Royal Roads University

chris_lingDr. Chris Ling is an Associate Professor, and Director of the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University in Victoria. He runs the RRU’s Masters of Environment and Management program and teaches land use planning and sustainable development. He researches issues relating to sustainable community development, landscape planning, quality of life, and urban and post-industrial landscapes. His recent projects include Transition Emerging, an examination of the Transition Towns movement in Canada, and an analysis of the City of Colwood’s Solar Colwood program. He has a PhD in Planning and Landscape from the University of Manchester in England and has lived in Victoria since 2006.

Session:

Integrating Ecology and Nature into Low Carbon Resilience: Monday, September 18, 4:00 – 5:30pm

John Madden, Director, Sustainability and Engineering, University of British Columbia

John MaddenJohn directs the activities of the Sustainability and Engineering unit within Campus and Community Planning at UBC. The unit is responsible for setting policies on resource and infrastructure management plans for both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. John oversees operational sustainability planning and reporting, creating incentives for sustainable behaviours among staff, faculty and students, green building programs and providing engineering services for land use planning and permitting processes. John is responsible for advising the UBC Okanagan campus efforts in sustainability and infrastructure management planning and ensuring alignment between the University Sustainability Initiative and Campus Sustainability.

John brings over 18 years of experience working for local municipal government, international agencies and non-profit consulting to advance sustainability policies and implementation strategies. While working in the Middle East, John led efforts in the design and implementation of an innovative green building and sustainability program which was awarded the “Best Regional Sustainability Initiative” by the World Green Building Council. John is also a sessional instructor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design teaching on the subject of Sustainable Master Planning. He holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia as well as graduate studies at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning.

Session:

Innovative Approaches to Implementation: Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm

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

Session:

Creating Resilient, Low Carbon Food systems using the Collective Impact Framework: Monday, September 18, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Zachary May, Director, Policy and Codes Development, Building and Safety Standards Branch, Government of BC

Zachary May is the Acting Director of Policy and Codes Development with the Building and Safety Standards Branch. He is a member of the national standing committee for housing and small buildings (Part 9) with OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe National Research Council and participates in a number of provincial construction-related committees. In his role with the Building and Safety Standards Branch he leads projects related to energy efficiency in buildings, including the recently adopted Energy Step Code.

Session:

Designing Resilient and Low Carbon Buildings and Institutions: Emerging Technologies, Codes, and Standards: Monday, September 18, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Gordon McBean, Professor, University of Western Ontario

Gordon_McBeanProfessor Gordon McBean is President of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Co-Chair of the Governing Council for Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability, Professor Emeritus, Geography and Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Western University, London, Canada.  Through the MEOPAR NCE, he is studying policy and governance issues of climate change and coastal cities on both east and west coasts and he recently completed 5-year IDRC-supported Coastal Cities at Risk: Building Adaptive Capacity for Managing Climate Change in Coastal Megacities, studying Vancouver, Bangkok, Manila and Lagos.  He was Professor at Western (2000-2015); Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment Canada (1994-2000); Professor, Atmospheric-Oceanic Sciences, University of British Columbia (1988-94); and Senior Scientist in Environment Canada.  He is a Member of the Orders of Canada and of Ontario and awarded, in 2017, 62nd International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize for outstanding contributions to meteorology, hydrology and geophysical sciences.

Session:

Managing Flood Risk: Extreme Rainfall, Overland Flooding, and Sea Level Rise Risk across Canada: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

Andrea McDowell, Project Manager, Air Quality and Climate Change, City of Hamilton

Andrea McDowell is a Project Manager, Air Quality and Climate Change in the City of Hamilton’s Public Health Services Department. She has worked in the environmental field for twenty years in the private sector and at all three levels of government, including climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Session:

Inspiring Climate Action: The Unusual Suspects: Monday, September 18, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Ian McVey, Project Manager, Ontario Climate Consortium

Ian McVeyIn his role with the OCC Ian McVey works to support the development and operation of interdisciplinary partnerships that span academic, policy and practice communities.  In this role of Partnership management, Ian provides facilitation and coordination services to enable collaboration, as well as subject matter expertise on the integration of climate policy with land use and energy policy.  Ian McVey completed a Master of Environmental Studies at York University focused on environmental economics and climate change policy. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business from Concordia University. Prior to the OCC, Ian worked in a research analyst roles with Export Development Canada, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Loop Initiatives, and the Pembina Institute.

Session:

Retooling Community Energy: Using Analytical Tools to Evaluate Municipal Plans and Policies: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

Jenn Meilleur, Coordinator, North Shore Table Matters Network

Session:

Creating Resilient, Low Carbon Food systems using the Collective Impact Framework:  Monday, September 18, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Julie Meyer-Macleod, Director, Sustainability Solutions Group

Julia-Meyer-MacLeod-portrait-686Julia is a planner and designer with SSG who specialises in spatial analysis and visualisation of energy and emissions. She has led or worked on municipal energy plans and corporate and climate action plans for municipalities across Canada.

Session:

Plan4DE Workshop: Tool to embed district energy into municipal planning:  Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm

Kate Miller, Manager, Cowichan Valley Regional District

Kate brings a set of unique perspectives as a “Plangineer” working within local government to address climate adaptation within the region where her role has been in developing policy and programs based on sound planning and science (not always an easy sell).   The focus of work to date has been on the nexus of environmental challenges, land use and people, intertwined with the hard and soft engineering challenges related to watershed management, infrastructure, energy and communities.

Kate focuses on the utilization of partnership models and technology to understand and visualize change in order to develop resilience and adaption frameworks relevant to her community.

Kate is currently charged with the development of the regional climate adaption strategies based on high resolution downscaled data and multi partnership models.

  • Water security planning (Cowichan Watershed Management Plan, Regional watershed planning frameworks, agricultural water use modeling, water balance calculators).
  • Flood modeling and protection programs including the development of the Cowichan Koksilah Integrated Flood Management strategy as well as leading the multiyear implementation phase.
  • Alternative energy modeling and scenario development for achieving both resilience and GHG reduction pathways
  • CVRD Sea level rise analysis and input into provincial policy development recommendations

Session:

Highlight Reel: Municipal Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plans: Monday, September 18, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Devon Miller, Community Energy Specialist, City of Victoria

Devon Miller is a Community Energy Specialist at the City of Victoria, where he works on a variety of climate action projects in the Community Planning department. Currently, he is leading the green building policy work for the City, including Step Code adoption and energy retrofit policy for aging rental buildings. Prior to working at City of Victoria, he was a Sustainable Building Advisor in Toronto, where he worked on a wide range of green building and sustainable design guideline projects.

Session:

Designing Resilient and Low Carbon Buildings and Institutions: Emerging Technologies, Codes, and Standards: Monday, September 18, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Michelle Molnar, David Suzuki Foundation, Founding Partner of Municipal Natural Assets Initiative

Michelle MolnarMichelle Molnar is works at the David Suzuki Foundation as an Environmental Economist and Policy Analyst, where she focuses on the conservation of natural capital using various tools of ecological economics, policy analysis, and public outreach. She teaches Introduction to Ecological Economics at the British Columbia Institute of Technology through the Sustainable Business Leadership Program and is president of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE). Michelle has an M.A. in Public Policy from Simon Fraser University, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario, and a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario.

Session:

Integrating Ecology and Nature into Low Carbon Resilience: Monday, September 18, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Jennie Moore, Associate Dean, School of Construction and the Environment, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Jennie MooreDr. Jennie Moore is the Associate Dean of Building Design and Construction Technology programs at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). She is situated within the School of Construction and the Environment, concerned with the natural environment, the built environment, and the relationship between them. She currently serves as a core advisor to the International Ecocity Framework and Standards, an initiative aimed at developing performance metrics for cities in balance with nature. Prior to joining BCIT, Dr. Moore worked for over a decade at Metro Vancouver as the first Air Quality Planner responsible for climate action, a Demand Side Management Planner, and as Manager of Strategic Initiatives where she inspired the Sustainable Region Initiative. Jennie is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional and a Registered Professional Planner. She has a PhD in planning from the University of British Columbia.

Session:

The Circular Economy: Creating climate resilient economies: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

Thomas Mueller, President & CEO, Canada Green Building Council

tHOMAS MUELLERThomas Mueller is a Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and became President & CEO of the Council in 2005. As Chief Executive, he leads the Council’s national green building strategy, programs and standards along with advocacy and policy initiatives.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC), and as a past Board member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC), he supports the transition toward green building, neighbourhoods and cities at home and globally.

Thomas is a well-known advocate for green buildings and sustainable community development. He participates frequently in government and industry consultations on green development and is a nationally and internationally recognized authority and speaker on green buildings.

He is currently participating in a number of initiatives and groups including the World GBC Global CEO Network, the Advisory Board of CIRS (Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability), and the Advisory Committee of Energy Efficiency in BC’s Built Environment Research Project at UBC.

Thomas has an Undergraduate Degree in Geography, Planning and Applied Ecology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany; and holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning & Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

For his green building work, Thomas has received numerous awards. Most recently, he became a recipient of Canada’s 2015 Clean50 Award and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in 2016.

Session:

Designing Resilient and Low Carbon Buildings and Institutions: Emerging Technologies, Codes, and Standards: Monday, September 18, 2:00 – 3:30pm

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

Session:

Three Important Factors For Adapting to Climate Change: Location, Location, Location: Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm

Rose Murphy, Postdoctoral Fellow, Simon Fraser University

Rose received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. After completing her master’s degree, she worked for several years as a consultant and university researcher on a variety of projects, many of which used the CIMS energy-economy model to analyze policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Her doctoral research involved a number of projects on themes such as the risks associated with geological carbon storage, energy efficiency opportunities in the US economy, and the cost of forest carbon sequestration. Her work as a post-doc with the PICS Built Environment project aims to combine advancements in energy-economy modeling at the national/regional scale with the spatial elements necessary to understand energy use within the built environment of cities.

Session:

Renewable Energy: Moving Beyond Commitments to Implementation: Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Dave Murray, Principal, Kerr Wood Leidal

Dave Murray, P.Eng. is a Principal and water resources engineer with Kerr Wood Leidal Consulting Engineers based in Victoria. He has a particular interest in urban creek restoration.  Past President of the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) , he has over 25 years of experience working with communities, planning and designing stream restoration using bioengineering techniques to stabilize banks with natural materials.  His first creek daylighting project was designed in 1999 on Thain Creek in North Vancouver which won an ACEC Award of Excellence.  Since then he has been involved in over 100 projects in BC and Alberta involving bioengineering techniques.  KWL undertook the design and construction of the Bowker Creek Restoration beside Oak Bay High School as part of the new high school project with funding from the FCM Green Municipal Fund.

Session:

Integrating Ecology and Nature into Low Carbon Resilience : Monday, September 18, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Rebecca Newlove, Manager of Sustainability, District of Saanich

Rebecca NewloveRebecca is the Manager of Sustainability at the District of Saanich.  She has twelve years of experience in sustainability and planning in both the UK and Canada.  This includes such projects as zero carbon housing-led regeneration, Food System Assessments, City Sustainability Strategies, regional transit plans and Environmental Impact Assessments for major wind farm developments.  She truly values the collaboration and systems-based approach required for success and loves that it takes a whole community to deliver on these projects.  So she is extremely grateful for the networks and friendships built in the pursuit of sustainability throughout her career.

She lives with her husband and daughter here in wonderful Victoria and can be found hiking or biking the regional trails, eating the fantastic local food or in one of the great local brewpubs.

Session:

Revenue Strategies for Financing Low Carbon Resilience Initiatives: Monday, September 18, 11:00 – 12:30pm

Edward Nichol, Senior Researcher, Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT)

Edward PhotoEdward Nichol is a Senior Researcher for the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) at Simon Fraser University. At ACT, Edward is engaged in a variety of research projects related to ecosystem health, sustainable planning, and climate change action in Canada. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from McMaster University in Geography and Environmental Studies, and a C.I.P. accredited Masters in Environmental Studies degree from York University. Edward was the lead author on ACT’s most recent report, Low Carbon Resilience: Transformative Climate Change Planning for Canada, which outlines the environmental, social, economic, and health benefits that can be achieved by combining climate mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Session:

Integrating Ecology and Nature into Low Carbon Resilience: Monday, September 18, 4:00-5:30pm

Peter Nimmrichter, Associate and Climate Change Specialist, Water Resources, Amec Foster Wheeler

Session:

Water, Water Everywhere… or Nowhere: Resilience in the Face of New Extremes: Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 – 4:00pm

Alain Normand, Manager, Emergency Management Office, City of Brampton

Alain Normand 2016Alain Normand is an author, lecturer, teacher and expert in Emergency Management. Currently the Manager of the Brampton Emergency Management Office since 1999, he has worked for over 25 years in the field. Deployed to numerous disaster zones over the years, he was recognized in 2010 as the top emergency management professional in Canada receiving the Canadian Award for Emergency Management. He teaches part-time at York University and Sheridan College and lectures regularly in Canada and abroad. He is also the author of a series of novel based on emergency management issues available at Chapters and Amazon.com

Session:  Inspiring Climate Action: The Unusual Suspects: Monday, September 18, 2:00-3:30pm

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

Jack O’Halloran has been following his passion of working to change the face of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver working with United We Can as the Director of Business Development for the past 2 years. Thru sales skills honed over the years Jack serves the environment, economics and  the social stigmas seen in downtown Vancouver.

Previously Jack served as the Director of Operations of the Vancouver Whistler Games Network and the Christian Community planning outreach initiatives/Volunteer Opportunities in partnership with VANOC towards the 2010 Winter Olympics. In his role as Director of Ops using his unique skill set, Jack worked with an incredible team to see change happen in Vancouver, Whistler and all of British Columbia and Canada.

Jack has spent most of his time in the 5 years leading up to the Olympics travelling all over the world studying Major Events Outreach, and working alongside Official Organizing Committees. Prior to this Jack spent 20 years in management specializing in operations, purchasing, negotiations and business development. Jack is married to his wife Anne and has 2 children Zachary, 19 and Emma, 16. The family resides in Tsawwassen, BC.

Session:

Inspiring Climate Action: The Unusual Suspects: Monday, September 18, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Jason Owen, District Energy Manager, City of Surrey

Jason OwenJason Owen, P.Eng., M.Sc, is the District Energy Manager for the City of Surrey.  He is a professional engineer and urban planner with a background in municipal infrastructure, green buildings, community energy planning and renewable energy systems.  Jason has an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from McGill University and a graduate degree in urban planning from the University of British Columbia.  Before entering the public sector, Jason worked as a consulting engineer in the fields of municipal infrastructure and building science.  He can be reached at jowen@surrey.ca.

Session:

Decentralized and/or Locally Generated Energy Systems: Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Ting Pan, Sustainability Coordinator, Vancouver Island Health Authority

Ting Pan is the Sustainability Coordinator at Island Health. Through presenting regional, relevant climate projections, she is raising awareness of the impact of climate change on the organization’s core mission of providing quality care. She is leading the efforts to collect information on the impacts that extreme weather events have on infrastructure, patients and staff in order to understand and prepare for the potential negative effects. She continues to work on implementing and integrating climate adaptation assessments into operational and decision-making processes.  Ting has previously worked at a local government and has a Masters degree in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from the University of British Columbia.

Session:

Working Together Towards Low Carbon Resilient Communities: Public Sector Organizations and Local Governments: Monday, September 18, 11:00 – 12:30pm

Shawna Peddle, Director, Partners for Action

shawna peddleShawna has 17 years of experience in the environmental field, managing environmental assessment and aboriginal and public engagement programs for infrastructure and energy projects throughout Ontario. That experience allowed her to engage with local municipal governments, aboriginal communities, and residents on a number of often contentious projects. As the Director for Partners for Action, Shawna is responsible for strategic oversight of all P4A programs (events, research, reports, etc.), fundraising, managing relationships with stakeholders, funders and research partners, and promoting the network.

Session:

Is the medium really the message? A workshop to explore messages, mediums, and overcoming communications pitfalls: Monday, September 18, 4:00 – 5:30pm

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

Session:

The Power of Partnerships: Interdiscplinary Approaches to Building Low Carbon and Resilient Communities: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30pm

Cara Pike, Executive Director, Climate Access

Cara PikeCara Pike is the CEO of Social Capital Strategies, an environmental communications consulting firm; and is the founder and director of the nonprofit Climate Access, an organization focused on building public support for climate solutions. Her work includes creation of the Ecological Roadmap, a values-based approach to building support for environmental protection; Climate Communications Behavior Change – A Guide for Practitioners, and other widely used publications and toolkits. Strategic communication clients have included BC Hydro, the Province of Alberta, Clean Energy Canada, the Obama Administration, City of Boston, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Session:

Making Canada’s national climate change assessment relevant at the community level-Tell us how!: Monday, September 18, 12:30 – 2:00pm

Isabella Polenghi-Gross, Senior Environmental Scientist, Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure (Oakland, CA)

Session:

Water, Water Everywhere… or Nowhere: Resilience in the Face of New Extremes: Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 – 4:00pm

Gregory Richardson, Policy Analyst, Climate Change and Innovation Bureau, Health Canada

Gregory Richardson is a Policy Analyst in the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau at Health Canada (Government of Canada) where he works with Canadian communities to reduce the urban heat island effect and improve indoor and outdoor thermal comfort. He’s supported six pilot communities across Canada with developing plans, actions and decision-support tools to help reduce the urban heat island effect. Gregory is a Registered Professional Planner in Ontario and a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. In addition to his efforts working directly with communities, he’s authored various articles and reports describing how cities can adapt to climate change.

Session:

Climate Change and Human Health: Identifying Connections, Assessing Risks, and Moving to Action: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40- 11:30am

Karina Richters, Environmental Coordinator, City of Windsor

Head shot_RichtersAs the Supervisor, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change, Karina is responsible for the implementation of the City of Windsor’s Environmental Master Plan (EMP) and the Climate Chang Adaptation Plan. Over the last 2 years, she has also been the project manager for the development of the City’s Community Energy Plan and Corporate Climate Action Plan. Karina is also working closely with the Asset Management department on incorporating triple bottom line and climate change considerations into the City’s asset management framework.

Working out of the Lou Romano Water Reclamation Plant, Karina continues to have a passion for educating the public on wastewater and stormwater issues and how climate change may strain these services in the future.

Session:

Climate Change and Human Health: Identifying Connections, Assessing Risks, and Moving to Action: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40- 11:30am

Innovative Approaches to Implementation: Tuesday, September 19, 12:00-1:30pm

Jonas Roberts, Climate Change Consultant, Amec Foster Wheeler

Jonas Roberts is a Climate Change Consultant with Amec Foster Wheeler’s Met-Ocean Services group. In this role, he investigates the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on communities, infrastructure, and energy projects. Jonas obtained his PhD from Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science where he focused on the impacts of climate change on hydropower in Labrador. He has a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and previous work experience in the construction, manufacturing and energy industries.  Jonas sits on PEGNL’s Environment Committee where he leads their Climate Change Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association’s Policy Committee and Municipality Newfoundland and Labrador’s Environment and Sustainability Committee.

Session:

Water, Water Everywhere… or Nowhere: Resilience in the Face of New Extremes: Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 – 4:00pm

Dian Ross, Clean Transportation Engineer, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Province of BC

Session:

Using zero emissions vehicles to improve post-disaster resiliency: Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm

Luke Sales, Town of Qualicum Beach

Session:

Blue, Green, and Grey Infrastructure: Integrated Solutions for Low Carbon Resilience: Monday, September 18, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Jon Salter, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia

Session:

Designing Resilient and Low Carbon Buildings and Institutions: Emerging Technologies, Codes, and Standards: Monday, September 18, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Dan Sandink, Manager, Resilient Communities and Research, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

D SandinkDan Sandink joined the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) in 2006 and is currently Director of Research. ICLR was established by Canada’s property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry as an independent, not-for-profit natural disaster mitigation research institute affiliated with Western University. Since joining ICLR, Dan has led a significant portion of the Institute’s urban flood risk reduction work, and he has authored or co-authored dozens of reports and articles on topics related to urban flooding. Dan’s writing has focused on public risk perceptions, adoption of lot-level basement flood risk reduction practices, insurance, climate change, lot-level flood protection technologies, inflow/infiltration, construction code development, interpretation and enforcement, among many other topics. Dan is a graduate of the geography and planning programs at the universities of Guelph, Western Ontario and Toronto.

Session:

Managing Flood Risk: Extreme Rainfall, Overland Flooding, and Sea Level Rise Risk across Canada: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

Elizabeth Sheehan, President, Climate Smart Businesses Inc.

Elizabeth SheehanElizabeth is co-founder and president of Climate Smart Business Inc., an award winning social enterprise and certified B Corp. Climate Smart offers a unique blend of training, advisory, software, certification and unique data reports to engage small and medium sized businesses for governments, financial institutions and transport hubs. Elizabeth brings 20+ years experience working with private sector, philanthropic and government partners to scale up innovative business-focused programs with economic and environmental impact.

Elizabeth holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (B.Sc), and Cornell University (MRP). Last year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Climate CoLab awarded Climate Smart the Grand Prize in a global competition for climate change-fighting innovations.

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Inspiring Climate Action: The Unusual Suspects: Monday, September 18, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Ted Sheldon, Clean Energy Advisor, Province of BC

unnamedTed is the Renewable Energy Advisor with the BC Ministry of Energy & Mines. Starting in 2015, Ted has undertaken a whole home energy retrofit review, development of the community energy leadership program and becoming increasingly engaged in a range of renewable energy initiatives across the Province. Ted has also been networking internationally to develop a better understanding of (100%) renewable energy commitments and progress in other jurisdictions.

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Plan4DE Workshop: Tool to embed district energy into municipal planning: Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm

Paul Shorthouse, BC Regional Director, Delphi Group

Paul Shorthouse_sizedPaul is a recognized economic development expert who has been at the forefront of defining and measuring key sectors of the green economy and currently leads the Delphi Group’s activities in British Columbia, as well as the company’s green economy advisory services nationwide.

Over the last decade, Paul has successfully directed a range of industry development projects, research and stakeholder engagement initiatives, and industry and workforce studies across key sectors of the green economy including renewable energy, clean transportation, natural resources, waste / circular economy, and green building / construction. Outcomes have focused on building sustainable economic development strategies in order to promote energy and resource efficiency, stimulate job creation, and increase investment and trade for clean technology and environmental solutions.

Paul is currently the Chair for the Board of Directors for the Synergy Sustainability Institute, is a founding Executive Member of the BC Home Performance Stakeholder Council, and is a member of the Program Advisory Committees for BCIT’s School of Business as well as UBC’s Masters in Energy Leadership Program. Previously, Paul served as Managing Director of Vancouver-based GLOBE Advisors and has been on a number of advisory committees on energy and green economy subjects in Canada.  Paul has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UVic, a Certificate in Environmental Stewardship from Camosun College, and a Diploma of Technology in Entrepreneurship from BCIT’s School of Business.

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The Circular Economy: Creating climate resilient economies: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

Suzanne Spence, Executive Director, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Suzanne Spence is executive director at the BC Climate Action Secretariat. Responsible for the Climate Investment Branch, Carbon Neutral Government program and climate action outreach, Suzanne oversees investment in BC-based projects that reduce or sequester GHG emissions to meet BC’s carbon neutral commitments. Suzanne has dedicated the past seven years of her career to climate and sustainability work, reaching out to BC business sectors to develop new opportunities in GHG emission reductions. This year, her focus will be on leading a shift to greater emissions reductions within the BC public sector. Suzanne holds a Master of Business Administration in Executive Management.

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Exploring Post-Secondary Climate Action: Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 – 4:00pm

Magdalena Szpala, Senior Sustainability Advisor, BC Housing

In her role as a Senior Sustainability Advisor at BC Housing, Magda recognized that social housing tenants might become one of the populations most affected by extreme weather and other climate hazards. She led a cross-departmental working team to identify the risks for tenants, buildings, and organizational capacity. As a result, in 2017 BC Housing developed its first Climate Adaptation Strategy. Magda continues to work on the implementation of the strategy and deepening the understanding of impacts and potential adaptation measures. This includes collaboration with asset management, community development, health services, and others. Magda holds a Masters degree in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability, at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.

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Climate Change and Human Health: Identifying Connections, Assessing Risks, and Moving to Action: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

Steve Taylor, Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service (TBC)

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Understanding Wildland Urban Interface Fire Risk in Canada: Monday, September 18, 11:00 – 12:30pm

Ray Tomalty, Principal, Smart Cities Research Services

Ray Tomalty is a consultant in urban planning and policy issues related to urban sustainability. He specializes in research on urban growth and development, active transportation, smart cities, green infrastructure, community energy management, and affordable housing.  He has a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s in Public Administration from Queen’s University. Over the last 25 years, he has taught in urban planning and environmental studies at the University of Toronto, Vancouver Island University, and McGill University and has been involved in over 80 research projects. Last year, he published his first book (co-authored with Alan Mallach), America’s Urban Future: Lessons from North of the Border, which highlights what the US can learn from the Canadian city-building experience since WWII. He lives in Vancouver and Montreal.

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Changing Urbanism and Smart Growth: Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Colin Thorne, Professor and Chair of Physical Geography, Nottingham University

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Blue, Green, and Grey Infrastructure: Integrated Solutions for Low Carbon Resilience: Monday, September 18, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Cindy Toth, Director, Environmental Policy at Town of Oakville

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The Power of Partnerships: Interdiscplinary Approaches to Building Low Carbon and Resilient Communities: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

Barbara Turley-McIntyre, Vice President, Sustainability and Citizenship, The Co-operators

Barbara Turley-McIntyreBarbara started her business career as an independent insurance broker in Montreal and in 1997 joined The Co-operators Group Limited, a $42 billion Canadian-owned, multi-product insurance and financial services company. She managed underwriting teams in property and casualty and held responsible for community and shareholder relations. Presently, Barbara leads the enterprise-wide integration of the Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy with responsibility for producing the annual Integrated Report and carbon management programs.  This also includes responsibility for The Co-operators community programs, including The Co-operators Foundation.  Barabara hold a Masters in Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo and a Chartered Insurance Professional designation. She is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Waterloo, Faculty of the Environment. Her volunteering activities include organizations that advance sustainable development – Director with The Natural Step Canada and a Board member of the United Nations Environment Program – Finance Initiative Global Steering Committee and the Principles of Sustainable Insurance.

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Managing Flood Risk: Extreme Rainfall, Overland Flooding, and Sea Level Rise Risk across Canada: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

James Wadsworth, Planning Manager, BC Transit

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Changing Transportation: Getting People out of Personal Carbon-based Cars : Monday, September 18, 11:00 – 12:30pm

Brenda Wallace, City of Saskatoon

Brenda WallaceBrenda Wallace is the Director of Environmental & Corporate Initiatives with the City of Saskatoon where she leads a team of environmental professionals, engineers, and project managers to improve environmental performance and plan major city-building projects that enhance quality of life.  Ms. Wallace is a Professional Community Planner with a background in urban and environmental planning and has worked in the economic development sector, the affordable housing sector, and spent 3 years as Resource Planning Manager with the Meewasin Valley Authority, Saskatoon’s regional watershed stewardship agency.   Her interest in community sustainability planning is what drove Brenda to join the City of Saskatoon in 2010.  She has a specific interest in working with community stakeholders on greenhouse gas emissions reduction, including initiatives like urban agriculture that empower the community she has been working within for 23 years.

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The Role of Municipal and Regional Governments in Building and Mainstreaming more Local, Low-carbon, and Resilient Food Systems: Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 – 4:00pm

Fiona Warren, Senior Science Advisor, Natural Resources Canada

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Making Canada’s national climate change assessment relevant at the community level-Tell us how!: Monday, September 18, 12:30 – 2:00pm

Sarah Webb, Active Transportation Project Management Specialist, City of Victoria

Sarah Webb

Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge to transportation policy and planning in her role as Active Transportation Program Manager for the City of Victoria. She has a successful track record in building alliances between government agencies, community organizations, businesses and residents to support investments in new cycling and pedestrian infrastructure and delivery of education, evaluation and enforcement programs.  Before joining the City, Sarah led the implementation and monitoring of the Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan at the Capital Regional District and transportation demand management programs at the University of Victoria. Sarah has a background in biology and environmental studies with expertise in project management, construction monitoring, GHG accounting, and sustainability management systems. She is a member of the Healthy Built Environment Alliance of BC and is an avid volunteer with Modo car share and SPOKES bicycle recycling program.

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Changing Transportation: Getting People out of Personal Carbon-based Cars : Monday, September 18, 11:00 – 12:30pm

Jeff Weightman, SGI Economic Development for Food & Agriculture, Capital Regional District

Jeff’s background spawns from the diversity of regional growth strategy and swells into wildlife management then shifting into regional food and agriculture planning. By his own admission, he knows very little about a lot of things. On matters of food agriculture, Jeff is committed to life long learning. He eagerly shares what little he knows, and looks to others to learn and receive knowledge. Jeff is a planner and project manager and helped to complete the recently approved Southern Gulf Islands Food and Agriculture Strategy and Capital Regional District Food and Agriculture Strategy in the CRD.

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The Role of Municipal and Regional Governments in Building and Mainstreaming more Local, Low-carbon, and Resilient Food Systems : Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 – 4:00pm

Nancy Wilkin, Director, Office of Sustainability, Royal Roads University

Nancy Wilkin 2 (2)Nancy Wilkin has been the Director, Office of Sustainability, at Royal Roads University since 2009. The University has  achieved a Gold STARS ranking and is proud of its sustainability accomplishments. Prior to coming to Royal Roads, Nancy was the Assistant Deputy Minister for the BC Ministry of Environment, with responsibility for Fish & Wildlife, Ecosystems, and BC Parks. Nancy was also a Chief Negotiator in the BC Treaty Process. Nancy represents Royal Roads on the Esquimalt Lagoon Stewardship Committee and gives back to the community through her board positions on Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Robert Bateman Foundation, the Elder’s Council for BC Parks and as a Treaty Commissioner for the Canada/USA Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission.

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Exploring Post-Secondary Leadership in Climate Action : Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 – 4:00pm

David Williams, Engineering Supervisor, District of Saanich

David WilliamsDavid Williams is a Transportation Engineer and is currently managing the development of the Active Transportation Plan for the District of Saanich.  David has worked in the Transportation field for over 15 years with a number of municipalities including the City of Toronto, City of North Vancouver and most recently the District of Saanich.  He has recently moved to Victoria with his young family and continues to enjoy a car-free lifestyle.

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Changing Transportation: Getting People out of Personal Carbon-based Cars : Monday, September 18, 11:00 – 12:30pm

Angie Woo, Lead, Climate Resilience & Adaptation, Lower Mainland Facilities Management, Fraser Health

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Climate Change and Human Health: Identifying Connections, Assessing Risks, and Moving to Action: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

David Woodson, Managing Director, Energy and Water Services, University of British Columbia

David Woodson is the Managing Director of Energy and Water Services (EWS) at UBC, Canada’s second largest university, which ranks amongst the top 35 research universities in the world.

As part of this role, David oversees the management of UBC’s $50 million annual budget for the operations and maintenance of over $420 million of utility infrastructure including: high-voltage electricitydistrict energy (steam and hot water)natural gas and water systems. David is leading the transformation of the University’s utility infrastructure on the 1,000 acre campus, in association with the Campus as a Living Lab initiative and the alternative energy sources project, to achieve UBC’s aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets. At the heart of the unit’s activities are new, collaborative relationships between administrative units, academic departments, governments, communities, and private industry partners.

Prior to taking on this new role, David held several leadership positions within UBC Building Operations, Utilities, and Plant Operations over the past 17 years. His responsibilities ranged from managing capital renewal and deferred maintenance to resource planning and work control. He began his career as a Building Systems Engineer with the City of Surrey in 1993.

David has a Master of Business Administration from UBC and a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington. David is a Professional Engineer in B.C. (mechanical), Facilities Management Administrator (FMA), and a Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP).

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Exploring Post-Secondary Leadership in Climate Action : Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 – 4:00pm

Jill Yanch, Outreach & Communications Specialist, Town of Bruderheim

Jill YanchJill Yanch has a passion for municipal government and a soft spot for small towns. A background in environmental sciences and communications has brought Jill exciting work with university research groups, provincial government, environmental agencies and a variety of municipalities in all shapes and sizes. Jill is leading the Town of Bruderheim in an “out-of-the-box” regional climate adaptation project that shows special consideration for how municipalities, particularly small ones, work and excel.

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Highlight Reel: Municipal Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plans: Monday, September 18, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Steve Young, Climate and Environmental Sustainability Specialist, City of Victoria

Steve Young

Steve Young graduated as an ecologist in the UK back at the time atmospheric CO2 first breached 350 ppm. He has lived in BC for almost 20 years, and has worked with Sierra Club of BC, in the private sector as an environmental consultant and is currently as municipal public servant working at the City of Victoria.  Steve heads the Climate Action Program. In the climate sphere, his particular areas of expertise is municipal climate change adaptation. During his spare time, Steve and his wife are constructing a house using natural building materials such as cob and straw bales.

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Renewable Energy: Moving Beyond Commitments to Implementation: Tuesday, September 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Lillian Zaremba, Senior Project Engineer, Metro Vancouver

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Three Important Factors For Adapting to Climate Change: Location, Location, Location: Tuesday, September 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm

Ryan Zizzo, Technical Director, Zizzo Strategies Inc.

Ryan HeadshotRyan has worked on over 50 green building and neighbourhood projects  with leading Canadian and European architects, developers, and property management firms (including over 30 LEED projects). He gained this unique experience through his previous position as a project manager at the leading green engineering firm Halsall Associates (now WSP) in Toronto and through three years working in the cutting-edge Nordic green building scene in Helsinki, Finland operating through his own consultancy, ZED Consulting.  In addition, he developed and delivered graduate level courses in Sustainable Building Engineering at Helsinki’s Metropolia University of Applied Science and provided professional development training through the Green Building Professional education series in six European countries.  Ryan sits on the Technical Advisory Board for the Toronto-based Project Neutral, which focuses on improving the sustainability of neighourhoods, and is a regular contributor and speaker at Canadian Green Building Council events.  Ryan holds a Masters degree in Applied Science in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto, is a licenced Engineer in the Province of Ontario, and holds a LEED Accredited Professional designation in Neighbourhood Development.

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The Circular Economy: Creating Climate Resilient Economies: Tuesday, September 19, 9:40 – 11:30am

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The 2017 Livable Cities Forum will have a diversity of speakers representing local governments and climate change adaptation experts from across Canada. Experts from public sector organizations, municipalities, private sector, academia, and the NGO community will highlight how they are working to build low carbon, resilient communities.
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