Speakers


Keynote Speakers


Jennifer Keesmaat, Former Chief Planner, City of Toronto | Renowned Urbanist

Jennifer Keesmaat is passionate about creating places where people flourish. Named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Maclean’s, one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life, and one of the top Women of Influence in Canada, she spent five years as Toronto’s Chief City Planner, where she was celebrated for her forward thinking and collaborative approach to city-building.

A Distinguished Visitor in Residence Emeritus at the University of Toronto, Keesmaat continues to share her vision for cities of the future, and her belief in the importance of public sector leadership through a variety of publications including The Guardian, Macleans, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and on her podcast, Invisible City, where she covers a broad range of future city and technological topics.

Over the past fifteen years, as a founding partner of the Office for Urbanism and subsequently Dialog, Keesmaat has worked in municipalities across Canada and around the world on urban design guidelines, official plan reviews, culture strategies, and university campus master plans. She has been recognized for her expertise in transit planning, heritage preservation, strategy development, communications, sustainable economic development, and the creation of walkable, complete communities.

In 2018, Keesmaat ran for Mayor in the City of Toronto on a progressive, visionary platform that included addressing the housing crisis by building at scale on city owned land and implementing a Rent-to-Own program; neighbourhood-based crime prevention through the development of Community Wellbeing Plans; redesigning city streets to prioritize vulnerable users; the development of five Cultural Hubs to instigate renewal outside of the core; and the tearing down of the Gardiner Expressway to build a new walkable, transit-oriented waterfront neighbourhood community.

Today, Keesmaat heads up The Keesmaat Group. With her team of city building experts, she provides inspiration through public speaking, and delivers impact through her consulting serv1ices pertaining to creating complete, walkable communities. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Urban Land Institute in Toronto and appointed to the International Panel of Experts for the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority.

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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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Courtney Howard, Emergency Physician and board President of Canadian Institute of Physicians for the Environment

Dr. Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Yellowknife, in Canada’s subarctic, and is board President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). She was the first author on the 2017 and 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Briefing for Canadian Policymakers as well as being the 2018 International Policy Director for the Lancet Countdown. In the pursuit of improved planetary health Dr Howard has done research on the health and environmental impacts of menstrual cups, as well as into the health impacts of Yellowknife’s 2014 wildfire season. She has been involved in work on active transport, plant-rich diets, integrating health impact assessments into environmental assessments, carbon pricing, coal phase-out, and the health impacts of fracking. She sits on the board of the Canadian Medical Association, the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health, and the steering committee of the Planetary Health Alliance. She has two young daughters and loves to dance.

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

Barbara started her business career as an independent insurance broker in Montreal and in 1997 joined The Co-operators Group Limited, a $45 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 the production of the Annual Integrated Report and carbon management programs. She is a member of The Co-operators Management 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 – a Board member of the United Nations Environment Program – Finance Initiative Global Steering Committee and the Foundation of the Guelph General Hospital.

 

Mary W. Rowe, President and CEO, Canadian Urban Institute

Mary is an impassioned civic leader with diverse experience in the business, government, not-for-profit and philanthropy sectors in Canada and the US. Over 30 years, Mary has been a steady advocate and champion for place-based approaches to building livable and resilient cities, and community-driven local economies. She has led campaigns, organizations, initiatives, and companies spanning a few months to several years. Mary was deeply engaged in the self-organizing initiatives that emerged in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, providing support to two dozen initiatives that focused on various forms of resilience. She also supported, in her role at MAS NYC, community engagement efforts during the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, and Rebuild By Design. Subsequently, Mary has led local, national and international urban initiatives from Toronto and New York City, including the initial development of Re-Imagining the Civic Commons, an initiative to strengthen elements of the urban fabric that create social cohesion and community resilience, including libraries, community centres, parks and other ‘third places’. Following her return to live in Toronto, Mary’s current roles include empowering Canada’s largest cities to be economically vibrant, socially inclusive, and environmentally sustainable as a Senior Fellow with Evergreen and Future Cities Canada, and as Lead Faciltator for the National Urban Project. She is also Senior Fellow with Shorefast, a charity and social enterprise focused on building place-based economic development strategies that strengthen local communities and foster resilience. Mary has been recently appointed as the President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute.

 

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Paivi Abernethy, Climate Change and Health Specialist, First Nations Health Authority

Dr. Paivi Abernethy is a Climate Change and Health Specialist with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Research Fellow in the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. She has been working in healthy and sustainable community development with Indigenous and Northern communities since 2005, focusing on social, ecological and Indigenous determinants of health and community capacity building. Her work has centred on impacts of various environmental factors, from climate change and pollution to socioeconomic influences, on community and ecosystem health – and how to strengthen community capacity and resiliency, building on existing assets. Before joining FNHA, she worked as a private sector scientist, academic researcher, Community Health Promoter, and Aboriginal Health Promotion Specialist.

Paivi has a Master of Research in Health Research (Public Health) from the University of Lancaster in England and a Master of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Her PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability, from the University of Waterloo, focused on bridging different ways of knowing and integrating health and sustainability governance for better policy development and decision-making. Paivi also studied Indigenous Studies at Laurentian University in Ontario and Biology at Lund University in Sweden. She has taught university courses in, i.e., Environmental Justice and Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, and Politics of Sustainable Communities. Her research interests include children’s environmental health and community-driven climate change and health adaptation and mitigation. All her work has an explicit equity focus.

Session:

Health and Equity in a Changing Climate: Understanding Vulnerability to the Health Impacts of Climate Change: Monday, October 28, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Louise Aubin, Acting Director of Health Protection, Region of Peel Public Health

Sessions:

Health and Equity in a Changing Climate: Understanding Vulnerability to the Health Impacts of Climate Change: Monday, October 28, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Trends and Emerging Issues World Café: Tuesday, October 29, 9:45- 11:00 AM

Stephanie Austin, Policy Advisor, Canadian Centre for Climate Services

Session:

Preparing for Climate Change Workshop: Using climate data in risk assessments for adaptation planning: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Stacy Barter, Director and Co-founder, SHIFT Collaborative

Stacy is a community engagement & learning specialist who has worked for over 20 years with a wide range of communities, non-profit, and public sector organizations in Canada and Latin America. Known as a dynamic facilitator, coach and educator, her recent work focuses on multi-sector collaboration, community resilience, and the links between climate change, human health and healthy communities. Stacy is co-chair of the BC Climate Health Network, and has developed and facilitated diverse workshops, training and learning events related to climate action and resilience. She is a Collective Impact coach, a certified Human Systems Dynamics Practitioner, and the lead facilitator for the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods initiative. Stacy holds a M. Ed. from Simon Fraser University specializing in Adult Education, community development, and organizational learning.

Session:

Social Resilience, Healthy Communities, and Climate Change: Monday, October 28, 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Kevin Behan, Deputy Director, Clean Air Partnership

Kevin Behan is Deputy Director with Clean Air Partnership, a charitable environmental organization launched in June, 2000 with a mission is help municipalities become sustainable, resilient, vibrant communities where resources are used efficiently, the air is clean to breathe and greenhouse gas emissions are minimized. Kevin’s research interests include climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the importance of effective communication in these areas.

Session:

Extreme Heat, Health, and Collaborative Responses for Resilient Communities: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 – 1:00 

Fawna Bews, Community Capacity Project Strategic Lead, Our High River

Session:

The Economics of Resilience: Understanding the business case for adaptation: Monday, October 28, 10:30 – 12:00 

Richard Boyd, Director of Research, All One Sky Foundation

Richard Boyd is Director of Research at All One Sky Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization that assists communities at the nexus of energy and climate change. An environmental economist, his research interests include climate change risk assessment methods and applications, evaluating the costs of inaction, and the use of economic tools to support climate-related decisions under uncertainty. He has authored numerous resource guides on these topics and is Coordinating Lead Author for the “costs and benefits” chapter of the current national assessment of climate change impacts, risks and adaptation in Canada. Over the last 25 years, he has led numerous socioeconomic assessments of the impacts of climate change on the built environment, human health, water resources and quality, transport infrastructure and energy systems, as well as the costs and benefits of adaptation strategies to inform decision-making at all levels of government, both within Canada and internationally.

Session:

The Economics of Resilience: Understanding the business case for adaptation: Monday, October 28, 1:30 – 3:00 PM 

Roy Brooke, Executive Director, Municipal Natural Assets Initiative

Session:

Who’s Got the Power?: Monday, October 28, 1:30 – 3:00 PM 

Chris Buse, CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia

Session:

Health and Equity in a Changing Climate: Understanding Vulnerability to the Health Impacts of Climate Change: Monday, October 28, 3:30 – 5:00 PM 

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

Session:

Renewable Energy Transition: From commitment to implementation: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 – 1:00  

Isabelle Charron, Training Coordinator, OURANOS

Session:

Preparing for Climate Change Workshop: Using climate data in risk assessments for adaptation planning: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 – 1:00  

Lo Cheng, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Climate Services

Session:

Trends and Emerging Issues World Café: Tuesday, October 29, 9:45 – 11:00 AM

Preparing for Climate Change Workshop: Using climate data in risk assessments for adaptation planning: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 – 1:00  

Denni Clement, Indigenous Engagement Consultant and Writer

Denni Clement, ʔinismin Paⱡkiy, is a Ktunaxa climate change writer, consultant and community organizer from ʔAq’am (St. Mary’s Indian Band). Since 2015, she has worked for the BC Ministry of Environment’s Climate Action Secretariat and the BC Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. She is currently responsible for writing the Indigenous perspectives contribution for the BC chapter of the national assessment on climate change titled Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for action. Denni has also worked for Indigenous governments for 17 years. Denni holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Victoria and is a dancer performing regularly with Indigenous women’s groups in Victoria. Denni is also an official team member of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health campaign and was on billboards all across Canada.  

Session:

Health and Equity in a Changing Climate: Understanding Vulnerability to the Health Impacts of Climate Change: Monday, October 28, 3:30 – 5:00 PM  

Amy Coomes, Sustainability Coordinator, Earthcare, City of Thunder Bay

Amy Coomes is the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Thunder Bay, coordinating the efforts of EarthCare, the sustainability initiative at the City of Thunder Bay. Amy has an extensive background in environmental program development, promotion, and implementation. She is currently responsible for coordinating, implementing, and updating the City of Thunder Bay’s Sustainability Plan and Climate Adaptation Strategy. Amy looks forward to collaborating with stakeholders to coordinate decision making and planning efforts, in order to build a more sustainable and resilient Thunder Bay. 

Session:

Coming Together: Collaborative co-governance as a key towards resilience: Monday, October 28, 10:30 – 12:00  

Liese Coulter, Science Policy Fellow, BC Ministry of Agriculture (TBC)

Session:

Building Health & Resilience through Sustainable Place-based Food Systems: Tuesday, October 29, 9:45 – 11:00 AM

Erica Crawford, SHIFT Collaborative

Erica brings over a decade of experience working with local governments, organizations and non-profits as a planner, researcher, facilitator and coach. With a background in community planning and climate change adaptation, she applies a deep understanding of change processes to the practicalities of policy, planning and community development. As a certified Human Systems Dynamics Practitioner, she brings systems thinking, pattern recognition and adaptive action to her work with organizations and collaborative initiatives.

For the past three years, Erica has worked as a Community Facilitator and Coach, training and coaching groups on core capacities for systems change, including studying theory of change, Collective Impact and adaptive action. Prior to this, she was the lead designer, researcher and facilitator of a province-wide assessment of risks & opportunities for the agriculture sector due to climate change, as well as the lead planner for four regional adaptation plans.

Erica has a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from UBC.

Session:

Stories of Resilience in the Face of Climate Change: Monday, October 28, 10:30 – 12:00 

Ann Dale, Author and Professor at Royal Roads University

Ann Dale is a Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University. She held her university’s first Canada Research Chair in sustainable community development (2004-2014), is a Trudeau Alumna, and a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Sciences. She is a recipient of the CUFA Paz Buttedahl Distinguished Career Academic Award (2014); the Canada Council for the Arts, Molson Prize for the Social Sciences (2013) and the 2009 Bissett Award for Distinctive Contributions to the Public Sector. Her book, At the Edge: Sustainable Development in the 21st Century, received the 2001 Policy Research Initiative Award for Outstanding Research Contribution to Public Policy. Her most recent book is entitled Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development.  Professor Dale has published five other edited books on achieving sustainable development, social capital, communities and sustainable development, industrial ecology, and community vitality. 

In addition to her CRC research program, she leads a major climate change adaptation and mitigation research project in British Columbia, and is a co-investigator on four other SSHRC funded grants. Her newest research is exploring how to integrate modern museum curatorial practices with research dissemination using diverse social media channels, which she refers to as research curation. Professor Dale is a leader in the country on virtual on-line real-time e-Dialogues.  

Professor Dale holds degrees in psychology (1975) and public administration (1994) from Carleton University, and a doctorate in Natural Resources Sciences from McGill University (1999), Dean’s Honour List.

Session:

Low carbon resilience (LCR): Synergies between Adaptation and Mitigation in Practice: Monday, October 28, 10:30 – 12:00 

Marla Desat, Sector Specialist, Strategic Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, Standards Council of Canada

Session:

Greening and Cooling Playgrounds in Canada: Tuesday, October 29, 9:45 – 11:00 AM  

Erin Desautels, Sustainability Planner, City of Surrey

Erin Desautels is the Sustainability Planner for City of Surrey and has worked for local governments and non-profits for over 15 years focusing in the areas of sustainability, environmental education, stewardship, and diversity & inclusion. 

With a science background and Masters degrees in both Business Administration and Environmental Education, Erin brings a systems approach to the overlapping relationships amongst the economic, environmental and social pillars of sustainability.

Her passion lies in exploring strategic and interdisciplinary approaches to addressing climate action while building community capacity and resilience.  From forest to field, she is passionate about encouraging personal relationships with nature and fostering an environmental ethic.

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

Session:

Why Green Your City? Aligning LCR and Eco-Based Planning: Monday, October 28, 3:30-5:00 PM

Laura Dewar, Community Wellness Manager, United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo

Laura is a Community Wellness Manager for the 100 Mile House region of the interior of BC.  She is one member of the Community Wellness Team consisting of four managers (Ashcroft, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Quesnel-Nazko).  The team was hired with funding from United Way’s United for Wildfire Recovery initiative as well as the Canadian Red Cross.  The Community Wellness and Wildfire Recovery project is based on recommendations of local mental health working groups and the provincial government following an unprecedented 2017 wildfire season.  So far, the team has been working to reduce gaps in mental health services and to develop and implement initiatives to improve resiliency in their perspective communities.  Laura is also a research consultant for United Way and is collaborating with several researchers to develop community-based research projects geared to improve resiliency in specific populations in the wildfire-impacted areas. 

Prior to working for United Way, Laura was a coroner in the BC interior for 24 years.  She has a PhD in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology from SFU and continues to collaborate on various research projects at SFU and UBC.

Session:

One & All: Climate Impacts on Mental Health & Wellbeing: Tuesday, October 29, 2:00-3:30 PM

Al Douglas, President, Climate Risk Institute

Session:

Advancing our knowledge for action: Canada’s climate change assessment and you: Tuesday, October 29, 2:00 – 3:30 PM 

Virginie Dufour, City Councillor, Sainte-Rose, City of Laval

Virginie Dufour is the City Councillor of Sainte-Rose in Laval and a member of the Executive Committee since 2013. She holds an MBA from the Laval University, specialized in Information Technology.

As part of the Executive Committee, she is responsible for the city’s Urbanism and Environment. She is a member of the Planning Committee and holds the chair position of the Environment Committee and of the Transportation Committee. She is also the Vice-President of the Quebec Urban Planning Association and sits on the board of directors of Tricentris, a recycling center.

Session:

Why Green Your City? Aligning LCR and Eco-Based Planning: Monday, October 28, 3:30 – 5:00 PM 

Anita Ely, Environmental Health Officer, Interior Health Authority

Session:

Low Carbon Resilience Linkages: Synergies for infrastructure and health planning: Tuesday, October 29, 2:00 – 3:30 PM 

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

Tom 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.” Their efforts have resulted in The Co-operators being recognized as the most sustainable insurer in the world, the most sustainable co-operative in the world, and among the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada for ten consecutive years, including #1 in 2019.

Prior to joining The Co-operators, Tom was the founding Managing Director of the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS.net)—a network of more than 6,000 researchers and managers committed to advancing sustainable business. Alongside this work, he also taught courses in Western University’s Masters of Environment and Sustainability program, and in the University of Waterloo’s Environment and Business Program.

Tom graduated from Western University as a gold medalist in the Engineering Faculty and as an Ivey Scholar from the Ivey Business School. In 2015, he was recognized as an Emerging Leader by Canada’s Clean50.

Sessions:

The Economics of Resilience: Understanding the business case for adaptation: Monday, October 28, 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Trends and Emerging Issues World Café: Tuesday, October 29, 9:45 – 11:00 AM 

Lawrence Frank, Professor, University of British Columbia

Session:

Low Carbon Resilience Linkages: Synergies for infrastructure and health planning: Tuesday, October 29, 2:00 – 3:30 PM 

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

Deborah Harford is the Executive Director of ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team), based in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Deborah co-founded ACT in 2006 with the goal of exploring policy options and developing resources for adaptation to a range of climate change impact areas, including water, food, health, biodiversity, energy, infrastructure, and population displacement. Deborah is responsible for development of ACT’s pioneering work on low carbon resilience and formation of the Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative (ICABCCI). She recently served as a member of the Council of Canadian Academies expert panel on Top Climate Risks for Canada and is a member of the expert adaptation panel for the new Clean Growth and Climate Institute.

Sessions:

Low carbon resilience (LCR): Synergies between Adaptation and Mitigation in Practice: Monday, October 28, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Who’s Got the Power?: Monday, October 28, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Why Green Your City? Aligning LCR and Eco-Based Planning: Monday, October 28, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Low Carbon Resilience Linkages: Synergies for infrastructure and health planning: Tuesday, October 29, 2:00-3:30

Katie Hayes, PhD Candidate, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto

Session:

One & All: Climate Impacts on Mental Health & Wellbeing: Tuesday, October 29, 2:00 – 3:30 PM 

Michelle Hoar, Project Director, Hey Neighbour Collective at the Simon Fraser University’s Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Michelle is Project Director for the Hey Neighbour Collective at the Simon Fraser University’s Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, a multi-stakeholder collaborative project aimed at building community and resilience in multi-unit housing. She is an SFU Dialogue Associate and also does community engagement work on various housing and land use projects.

Previous to this, she was the co-founder of The Tyee and Tyee Solutions Society, leading the business operations of one of Canada’s most highly-regarded independent media companies and its sister non-profit from 2003 through 2016. From 2016 to 2017 she managed The Tyee’s Housing Fix, a special solutions-journalism and civic engagement project focused on Canada’s housing crises.

Michelle is the mother of two young daughters, a renter since age 19, and an avid community gardener and cyclist. Her professional passions are affordable housing, social and environmental resilience, and urban planning. One of her favourite hobbies is talking to strangers.

Session:

Social Resilience, Healthy Communities, and Climate Change: Monday, October 29, 1:30 – 3:00 PM 

Sarah Hunn, Emergency Management Community Liaison, City of Victoria

Sarah Hunn is the Emergency Management Community Liaison with the City of Victoria where she is responsible for public outreach around emergency preparedness. This outreach focuses on community connectedness and everyday readiness to create disaster-resilient communities. She has a BSc in Geography and minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria and Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management from Sheridan College. Starting as a volunteer, Sarah is the team lead of the VictoriaReady Cyclist Response Team, a unique group of skilled volunteers who train to respond after a damaging earthquake. Along with emergency management, Sarah is passionate about environmental and social sustainability and believes small everyday decisions can have a big impact.

Session:

Social Resilience, Healthy Communities, and Climate Change: Monday, October 29, 1:30 – 3:00 PM 

Ewa Jackson, Managing Director, ICLEI Canada

Ewa Jackson is a leader in the field of municipal climate adaptation and resilience. Ewa has worked with municipal governments for over 16 years in the fields of sustainability, public participation, and climate change.

In addition to managing ICLEI Canada’s operational and program activities, Ewa Jackson is project manager for many ICLEI Canada consulting activities and has worked on numerous adaptation and sustainability monitoring and evaluation projects, including those of local, national, and international scope.

Ewa Jackson’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 works with specialists in the field to keep officials at the forefront and responding to the advancements being made. She often speaks publicly on the state of adaptation planning across Canada and internationall

Sessions:

#climatechange: Climate communications in the digital era: Monday, October 28, 3:30 – 5:00 PM 

Who’s Got the Power?: Monday, October 28, 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Trends and Emerging Issues World Café: Tuesday, October 29, 9:45 – 11:00 AM

#climatechange: Workshop exploring climate communications: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Melanie Kawalec, Sustainability Manager, City of Peterborough

Melanie is the Sustainability Manager for the City of Peterborough where she leads climate mitigation and supports adaptation projects across the Corporation. Melanie also acts as a resource to Sustainable Peterborough, developing twelve Climate Change Action Plans for each of the municipalities and First Nation partners in the Greater Peterborough Area. Currently all twelve partners are completing Milestones 4 and 5 for their Corporate Sector for Partners for Climate Protection, followed shortly by the Community Sector reporting.

 

Melanie is a Planner, graduating from the University of Waterloo.  With over 28 years of municipal experience in planning, waste management and sustainability, she says that her job is really about brokering people, projects, funding and action.

Session:

Low carbon resilience (LCR): Synergies between Adaptation and Mitigation in Practice: Monday, October 28, 10:30 – 12:00  

Kerri Klein, Director and Co-founder, SHIFT Collaborative

Kerri Klein is a learning specialist, facilitator and coach who has worked for the last 15 years designing and leading collaborative planning and engagement processes with a wide range of sectors and communities. She spent the last 10 years working with BC Healthy Communities developing and facilitating innovative initiatives, supporting non-profits, local governments and provincial public sector organizations to develop shared leadership capacities to address complex issues such as climate change, chronic disease and poverty reduction.

Most recently, Kerri’s work focuses on supporting collective impact, systems change and leadership development with community and sector leaders in BC. Kerri has a certificate in Community Economic Development, and holds an MA in Environmental Education & Communications with a specialization in leadership for social change. Kerri is a certified Human Systems Dynamics practitioner and an approved Innoweave Collective Impact coach.

Sessions:

Health and Equity in a Changing Climate: Understanding Vulnerability to the Health Impacts of Climate Change: Monday, October 28, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Extreme Heat, Health, and Collaborative Responses for Resilient Communities: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 – 1:00

Paul Kovacs, Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

Session:

Advancing our knowledge for action: Canada’s climate change assessment and you: Tuesday, October 29, 2:00 – 3:30  

Hana Lapp, Climate Change Project Coordinator, ICLEI Canada

Hana leads the implementation of ICLEI’s Building Adaptive and Resilience Communities (BARC) Program, and has worked with numerous municipalities throughout Canada to develop localized climate change adaptation plans. By providing guidance throughout project planning and implementation, Hana helps Canadian communities effectively respond to the impacts of a changing climate. She is an expert in collaborative community vulnerability and risk assessments, multi-sector adaptation planning, and stakeholder engagement. She frequently develops and leads workshops and outreach strategies to engage multi-stakeholder groups in the climate change planning process.

Hana also assists in the development of new ICLEI resources and projects, including the Collaborative Implementation Group Case Study Series and Making Strides on Community Adaptation. She aids in coordinating ICLEI Canada’s Membership, and works with ICLEI’s international network of local governments to share best practices, tools and resources for achieving sustainability. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Ryerson University, and is currently completing her Master’s of Environment and Business at the University of Waterloo.

Sessions:

Coming Together: Collaborative co-governance as a key towards resilience: Monday, October 28, 10:30 – 12:00  

Preparing for Climate Change Workshop: Using climate data in risk assessments for adaptation planning: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Morgan Lay, Policy Advisor, CIHR Institute of Population & Public Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Session:

Healthy Cities Research and the role City research partnerships play in building livable, learning cities: Tuesday, October 29, 9:45 – 11:00 AM  

Rob LePage, Building Science Research Engineer, RDH Inc.

Robert Lepage is a building science research engineer who specializes in research and investigation work, with a focus on materials and systems testing. His work experience consists of a wide range of projects, including: building enclosure condition assessments, forensic investigation, building monitoring, field review, and laboratory and field testing.

Rob’s strong theoretical background in hygrothermics and continuum mechanics, coupled with his practical field experience and proficiency with state-of-the-art analysis software, allows him to apply his skills across multiple RDH core service areas. This includes building enclosure design, forensic investigations, existing building repair and renewals, structural analysis, and laboratory and field research.

Rob is currently researching biological deterioration of building materials as part of his Ph.D. As a result, Rob is quickly becoming an industry recognized specialist in biodeterioration and fungal growth. This builds on Rob’s master’s degree research, which focused on moisture durability of cross laminated timber panels. His dissertation informed the development of the CLT Handbook, published by FP Innovations. Recently, Rob has also been developing his expertise in the field of climate change adaptation and mitigation, and was the project manager for the first climate change vulnerability assessment of a hospital using the PIEVC protocol. Robert has lectured on topics such as mass timber and tall wood construction, as well as biodeterioration and material durability. Rob Lepage is a shareholder and committed to the success of RDH projects.

Session:

Who’s Got the Power?: Monday, October 28, 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Wilma Leung, Senior Manager, Technical Research and Education, BC Housing

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Who’s Got the Power?: Monday, October 28, 1:30 – 3:00 PM  

Carly Livingstone, Senior Program Manager, Evergreen

Session:

Victoria IdeaCamp Workshop: Wednesday, October 30, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM  

Amy Lubik, Policy Analyst, Fraser Health Authority and Councillor, City of Port Moody

Amy Anne Lubik is a policy analyst for Fraser Health Authority with a focus on health equity, healthy environments and climate change. Her former work for BCCDC focused on municipal planning for extreme heat and the mental health impacts of social isolation and what municipalities can do with the built environment to mitigate it. She holds a PhD in cancer research, is an alumna of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives NextUp program, a member of the Canadian Associations of Physicians for the Environment, and a member of the Public Health Association of Canada. 

Session:

Extreme Heat, Health, and Collaborative Responses for Resilient Communities: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 – 1:00   

Emanuel Machado, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Gibsons

Emanuel Machado is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Gibsons, BC and the Chair of the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI), which was created in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation, Smart Prosperity Institute and Brooke and Associates.

Since 2001, Emanuel has worked with communities throughout Canada, promoting a greater use of renewable energy, net-zero buildings, water strategies, social plans and sustainability frameworks, all with a focus on people, recognized with numerous awards including the Arbor Vitae Award from the Province of British Columbia and the Professional Award for Innovation in local government.

More recently, Emanuel lead the development of the Town of Gibsons Eco-Assets Strategy, a first in North America to formally recognize the role of nature as a fundamental component of the municipal infrastructure system, leading to a greater understanding of the value of ecosystems services and improved financial and operational management plans of the community’s natural assets.

Session:

Why Green Your City? Aligning LCR and Eco-Based Planning: Monday, October 28, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

David Mayberry, Councillor, Oxford County

Session:

Renewable Energy Transition: From commitment to implementation: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 – 1:00 PM

Katie McPherson, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Vancouver

Session:

Low Carbon Resilience Linkages: Synergies for infrastructure and health planning: Tuesday, October 29, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Shannon Miedema, Program Manager, Energy & Environment, Halifax Regional Municipality

Sessions:

Does what makes a neighbourhood great also make it resilient? Collaborative workshop exploring the connection between placemaking and resilience: Monday, October 28, 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Renewable Energy Transition: From commitment to implementation: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Tamsin Mills, Senior Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver

Tamsin Mills is a planner by training after an early career in forest ecology. She has worked in the climate change adaptation field for almost a decade after looking at structured decision making for adaptation decisions during her Master’s degree. Tamsin led development and implementation of the City of Vancouver’s adaptation plans including the novel Coastal Flood Risk Assessment. She now works both for the City of Vancouver and as a consultant for local governments and organizations around BC supporting resilience and climate change action planning.

Session:

Low carbon resilience (LCR): Synergies between Adaptation and Mitigation in Practice: Monday, October 28, 10:30 AM – 12:00

Cait Murphy, Program Coordinator, Climate Change & Air Quality, Fraser Basin Council

Session:

Trends and Emerging Issues World Café: Tuesday, October 29, 9:45 – 11:00 AM

Tina Neale, Director, Climate Risk Management, Climate Action Secretariat

Tina is the Director of Climate Risk Management in the Climate Action Secretariat, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.  Her career spans 20 years in leadership, policy development, program management, and research roles focused on climate change adaptation, water management, and solid waste management.  Tina started her career in government in 2009 as a policy analyst in the Climate Action Secretariat working on sea level rise. She has recently returned to the Climate Action Secretariat to lead development of a climate change preparedness strategy for BC.

Session:

Who’s got the Power?: Monday, October 28, 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Edward Nichol, Senior Policy and Planning Analyst, Metro Vancouver

Edward Nichol is a Senior Policy and Planning Analyst in Metro Vancouver’s Regional Planning division. Edward has a strong professional background in climate change adaptation and urban sustainability. He holds a Masters degree in Urban Ecology and Sustainable Planning from York University.

Session:

Who’s got the Power?: Monday, October 28, 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Peter Nimmrichter, Climate, Resilience and Sustainability Lead for Canada, Wood

Session:

Trends and Emerging Issues World Café, Tuesday, October 29, 9:45 – 11:00 AM

Shane O'Hanlon, Sustainable Development and Resilience Consultant, Stantec

Session:

People, Pipes, or Both: Applying integrated thinking for resilient solutions: Monday, October 28, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Chris Osborne, Acting Supervisor, Long Range Planning & Sustainability, City of Campbell River

Session:

Low Carbon Resilience Linkages: Synergies for infrastructure and health planning: Tuesday, October 29, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Robert Plitt, Executive Lead, Evergreen

Session:

Does what makes a neighbourhood great also make it resilient? Collaborative workshop exploring the connection between placemaking and resilience: Monday, October 28, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Jody Rechenmacher, Community Infrastructure Consultant, Urban Systems

Session:

Using Asset Management to Build Low Carbon Resilience: Monday, October 28, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Karina Richters, Supervisor, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change, 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.

Sessions:

Greening and Cooling Playgrounds in Canada: Tuesday, October 29, 9:45-11:00 AM

Low Carbon Resilience Linkages: Synergies for infrastructure and health planning: Tuesday, October 29, 2:00- 3:30 PM

Paul Ross, Branch Manager, Regional and Economic Development, City of Edmonton

Session:

Low carbon resilience (LCR): Synergies between Adaptation and Mitigation in Practice: Monday, October 28, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Tami Rothery, Sustainability/Alternative Energy Coordinator, District of Summerland

Tami is the Sustainability / Alternative Energy Coordinator for the District of Summerland. She has worked for over a decade in post-secondary, not-for-profit, and private organizations to advance the balance between profit, planet, and people, and has been involved with organizations such as The Meaningful Work Project, Bullfrog Power, and The Recycling Council of Alberta.

As a passionate community leader, Tami is a firm believer in working collaboratively to find opportunities to create resilient, net-positive systems that improve quality of life for all peoples and that empower community members to create the changes they wish to see in the world.

Session:

Low carbon resilience (LCR): Synergies between Adaptation and Mitigation in Practice: Monday, October 28, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Sarah dal Santo, Natural Resources Planning Manager, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation

Session:

Why Green Your City? Aligning LCR and Eco-Based Planning: Monday, October 28, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Rebekka Schnitter, Policy Analyst, Climate Change and Innovation Bureau, Health Canada

Rebekka is a policy analyst at Health Canada’s Climate Change and Innovation Bureau. Her work includes contributing to the National Climate Change and Health Assessment, supporting HealthADAPT, a national climate change and health adaptation capacity building program and leading the development of sex and gender-based analysis strategy for the bureau. Her primary research interests include exploring the relationship between climate change, food security and human health, and analysing the development and implementation of adaptation actions from a health equity lens. Rebekka completed her Bachelor of Science in geography at the University of Victoria and obtained a master’s degree in climate change from the University of Waterloo.

Session:

Health and Equity in a Changing Climate: Understanding Vulnerability to the Health Impacts of Climate Change: Monday, October 28, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Christina Schwantes, Climate Change Project Coordinator, ICLEI Canada

Christina helps lead ICLEI’s adaptation projects and programs, including the Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC) and other capacity-building programs. She works closely with municipalities, developing tailored tools and resources to help them complete comprehensive climate change adaptation plans. She is an expert in collaborative community vulnerability and risk assessments, as well as multi-sector adaptation planning. Christina also manages ICLEI Canada’s marketing and communications, and organizes a variety of events and workshops, including the annual Livable Cities Forum, which has taken place in cities across Canada since 2011.

Christina has assisted in developing several tools and resources such as the Get Ready! mobile app, the Adaptation Library and climate science reports for municipalities. Before working with ICLEI, Christina has 4 years of experience working in environmental and sustainability planning. She has an Honours BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University.

Session:

Preparing for Climate Change Workshop: Using climate data in risk assessments for adaptation planning: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Alison Shaw, ICABCCI Research Lead, Low Carbon Resilience, ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team), Simon Fraser University (SFU)

Sessions:

Low carbon resilience (LCR): Synergies between Adaptation and Mitigation in Practice: Monday, October 28, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Who’s Got the Power?: Monday, October 28, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Why Green Your City? Aligning LCR and Eco-Based Planning: Monday, October 28, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Low Carbon Resilience Linkages: Synergies for infrastructure and health planning: Tuesday, October 29, 2:00-3:30

Sarah Shenstone-Harris, Climate and Energy Planner, ICLEI Canada

As Climate and Energy Planner, Sarah contributes to ICLEI’s Community Energy Planning activities, program activities of the Partners for Climate Protection program, and climate mitigation planning and reporting. She also helps in the development and delivery of tools and resources for local governments to build capacity on mitigation strategies and community energy planning. Sarah holds a Master of Science in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University. Prior to working at ICLEI Canada, Sarah worked on climate and energy and other sustainability issues in the NGO and government sectors.

Session:

Trends and Emerging Issues World Café: Tuesday, October 29, 9:45  – 11:00 AM

Paul Shorthouse, Senior Director, Delphi Group

Session:

The Economics of Resilience: Understanding the business case for adaptation: Monday, October 28, 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Magdalena Szpala, Senior Sustainability Advisor, BC Housing

Magdalena Szpala is a Senior Sustainability Advisor at BC Housing. She is responsible for sustainability planning and integration, in policies, programs, and practices. Magda led the development of BC Housing’s first Climate Adaptation Framework, which identified extreme heat as one of the top risks for social housing. This led to new collaborations with health experts and other partners, on the development of tools and resources for addressing this risk. Magda is also a coordinator for the Mobilizing Building Adaptation and Resilience (MBAR) project that focuses on resilient building design and renovations. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability.

Session:

Extreme Heat, Health, and Collaborative Responses for Resilient Communities: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Susan Todd, President, Solsticeworks

Susan Todd is the President of Solsticeworks and a trusted advisor to business, government and not-for-profit organizations.  She began her career as a financial auditor for KPMG in Toronto and Brussels, then did her Masters in Natural Resource Management at Simon Fraser University.  Since 1997 she has worked through consulting and training to elevate the practices of sustainability reporting and stakeholder engagement, and to embed sustainability in organizational strategy. 

Since 2013, her focus has been on building organizational capacity to address the impacts of climate change.  As part of a CPA Canada-NRCAN project, Susan has led workshops for almost 500 professional accountants across Canada to help them recognize their role in adapting to a changing climate.  She is currently developing next stage training materials. 

Susan has a particular interest in using natural assets/living green infrastructure to improve resilience. Most recently she worked with District of West Vancouver staff to author West Vancouver’s Natural Capital Assets: A Preliminary Inventory.  The report was accepted by the District Council in July 2019. She led a workshop for the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition on Green Infrastructure Asset Management.  She was also a co-sponsor of a submission to the Public Sector Accounting Discussion Group on accounting for urban forests.

Susan is a Visiting Lecturer in SFU’s Beedie School of Business, teaching two upper year courses in sustainability.  She also serves on the Board of Douglas College.

Session:

Why Green Your City? Aligning LCR and Eco-Based Planning: Monday, October 28, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Graham Twyford-Miles, Principal, Vancouver Sustainability and Resilience Team, Stantec

Session:

People, Pipes, or Both: Applying integrated thinking for resilient solutions: Monday, October 28, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health, City of Toronto

Session:

Healthy Cities Research and the role City research partnerships play in building livable, learning cities: Tuesday, October 29, 9:45  – 11:00 AM

Fiona Warren, Knowledge Assessment Manager, Natural Resources Canada

Session:

Advancing our knowledge for action: Canada’s climate change assessment and you: Tuesday, October 29, 2:00  – 3:30 PM

Sarah Webb, Manager, Sustainable Transportation Planning and Development, City of Victoria

Sessions:

People, Pipes, or Both: Applying integrated thinking for resilient solutions: Monday, October 28, 10:30 AM  – 12:00 PM

Study Tour – Community Building, Equity, and Wellbeing: A multi-modal tour in Victoria: Wednesday, October 30, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Lisa Westerhoff, Associate, Integral Group

Session:

Challenges and Opportunities in Resilient Building Design: Tuesday, October 29, 2:00  – 3:30 PM

Angie Woo, Climate Resilience and Adaptation Lead, Fraser Health Authority

Session:

Low Carbon Resilience Linkages: Synergies for infrastructure and health planning: Tuesday, October 29, 2:00  – 3:30 PM

Jade Yehia, Regional Built Environment Consultant, Island Health

Session:

People, Pipes, or Both: Applying integrated thinking for resilient solutions: Monday, October 28, 10:30 AM  – 12:00 PM

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

Session:

Renewable Energy Transition: From commitment to implementation: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 AM  – 1:00 PM

Sheri Young, Climate and Energy Specialist, Town of Okotoks

Session:

Renewable Energy Transition: From commitment to implementation: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 AM  – 1:00 PM

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Our program brings together a diverse group of panelists, workshop hosts, and speakers from across North America. They will share stories, innovative ideas, and lessons learned on the conference themes and engage in thoughtful, valuable dialogue with delegates.
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