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.

 

Sharmarke Dubow, Councillor, City of Victoria

Sharmarke Dubow is a former refugee who fled civil war in Somalia at the age of 8, and spent 20 years seeking safe haven until Canada offered a home in 2012. 

Sharmarke Dubow became a Canadian citizen on July 1 2017. A year and a half later he was elected a Victoria City Councillor in the first election in which he was eligible in his life. His passion and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and building equitable, inclusive and compassionate communities and his work for marginalized communities earned recognition and respect as a community leader and a voice for bold and courageous policies. Sharmarke’s outstanding activism has garnered him various awards and recognitions including the Victoria Community Leadership Award in 2017.

Dubow has extensive experience serving refugee and immigrant populations and community development. He holds a degree in Business Technology from the University of Cape Breton and has worked at the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria and the Victoria Immigrant Refugee Services Centre. He also has served on various organizations and groups, including the Canadian Council for Refugees, the Youth Crime Prevention Steering Committee, and the Victoria Tenant Action Group. 


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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

Louise Aubin is currently the Acting Director for the Health Protection division of Peel Public Health. 

Her current responsibilities include food and water safety programs, public health hazard investigations, the prevention and management of vector borne diseases, tobacco control and vaccine prevention programs.  She is currently working on an air quality modelling project for the region of Peel, the built form and public health, climate change adaptation, and other local environmental health issues.  

She holds a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from York University and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Toronto. She was the chair of the Ontario Public Health Association’s Environmental Health Workgroup from 2005 to 2008 and continues to participate on this committee. She was a member of the Ontario Environment and Cancer Stakeholder Committee and the provincial Toxic Reduction Expert Advisory Panel.  Previously, she worked at the Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco and chaired Peel’s tobacco by-law committee in the late 1990’s.  She has also worked on vaccine quality assurance with Connaught Laboratories and in the Biological Research division of Ontario Hydro.  

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 adaptation planning: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Laniel Bateman, Director, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Laniel is Director for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience policy at Environment and Climate Change Canada. Laniel grew up near Bancroft, Ontario in the Algonquin Park area where she developed her passion for nature and the environment.  She joined Environment Canada in 2003 and has worked on a broad range of files, primarily related to climate change. Prior to joining the Government of Canada she worked in the non-government organization sector at Nature Canada and in the private sector in wetland remediation field work.  Laniel holds an Environmental Science degree from the University of Guelph.

Session:

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

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 

Leya Berry, Climate Change Specialist, City of Mississauga

Leya Barry is a Climate Change Specialist for the City of Mississauga. She has over 10 years’ experience working on community sustainability and climate change. Leya joined the City of Mississauga in 2017 and comes from the non-profit sector where she worked with municipalities across Canada to build capacity for localized climate action.

Leya has a Master’s degree in Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University and Bachelor’s degree in Ethics, Society, and Law from the University of Toronto.

Session:

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

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

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 

David Blain, Director of Planning and Engineering, City of Chilliwack

David has been with the City of Chilliwack for 15 years and is the Director of Planning and Engineering.  He is  responsible for both the Planning and Engineering Departments at the City which include long range and development planning as well as  the planning, design and construction of municipal infrastructure in the City.     

David  is a civil engineer with a masters degree in environmental engineering and an MBA.   

Prior to joining the City of Chilliwack David was employed for over 16 years as a consulting engineer and has worked on a variety of municipal projects in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Montana.  

Outside of work David enjoys the outdoors including skiing, hiking, cycling, and golf.

Session:

Infrastructure for the People: 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

Roy is Executive Director of the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) and Principal of Brooke & Associates.

He served as Director of Sustainability for the City of Victoria between 2011-2013.  Between 2003-2011 he worked for the United Nations, including the World Health Organization, United Nations Environment Programme and UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and later in Rwanda, where he was UNEP’s Environment Programme Coordinator.  Prior to this he served as a political advisor to Canada’s environment minister.

Session:

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

Craig Brown, Project Lead, Climate and Health Adaptation Planning, Vancouver Coastal Health

Craig Brown is the project lead for climate and health adaptation at Vancouver Coastal Health, where he manages a three year, federally-funded adaptation project. Craig has also worked with many local and regional governments to collaboratively assess climate risk and to develop climate change adaptation plans, most notably on Vancouver Island.

Craig holds a PhD in Environmental Science and currently serves as a coordinating lead author for Canada’s next national climate change assessment, leading a chapter on climate impacts and adaptation in cities and towns. He is also a contributing author on the North America chapter for the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) international climate assessment.  

Session:

Advancing our Knowledge for Action: Canada’s climate change as-sessment and you: Tuesday, October 2, 2:00 – 3:30 PM 

Chris Buse, CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia

Chris Buse is a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia whose research program focuses on understanding and responding to the health impacts of environmental change (e.g. climate change, natural resource development). Chris received his PhD in 2015 from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He has published numerous manuscripts on health equity and public health preparedness under a changing climate; participated in the development and implementation of several climate change and health vulnerability assessments; and continues to work with health authorities and allied organizations to better prepare and adapt to the health impacts of climate change.

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 

Lisa Butler, Manager of Engineering Strategy, City of Courtenay

Lisa Butler is a Professional Engineer with expertise in environmental reclamation and remediation, capital project development and implementation, and project management. She has a focus on stakeholder consultation and engagement and has facilitated engagement processes on topics ranging from groundwater mapping for oil sands planning in Alberta to US EPA superfund mine sites in the United States. Lisa is the Manager of Engineering Strategy for the City of Courtenay, where she is responsible for long-term master planning for the City and its infrastructure, integrating community and development needs with environmental resiliency, climate change, and asset management.

Session:

Infrastructure for the People Monday, October 28, 10:30 – 12:00 

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  

Teresa Chan, Climate Change Specialist, City of Mississauga

Teresa Chan is a Climate Change Specialist with the City of Mississauga, where she works on a variety of issues related to climate change. This includes working on the City’s first comprehensive climate change action plan. Prior to joining the City in 2018, Teresa worked as a Senior Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC. She has also worked as an associate at the New York office of Sidley Austin, and served as a law clerk for the judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. 

Session: Does what makes a neighbourhood great also make it resilient? Collaborative workshop exploring the connection between placemaking and resilience: Monday, October 28, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Isabelle Charron, Training Coordinator, OURANOS

Isabelle Charron joined Ouranos in 2010 where she has worked in both the Climate Scenarios & Services group as well as the Vulnerability, Impacts & Adaptation group. She currently leads knowledge mobilization initiatives with a focus on building the capacity of decision makers, from the municipal sector and others, to use climate information in adaptation planning. Most notably, she has authored a guidebook on climate scenarios and has contributed her expertise to the publication of Ouranos’s synthesis on climate knowledge in Quebec and to the development of climate information web portals at both the provincial and national levels. Isabelle holds a doctorate in Forest Ecology from the University of Calgary and a post-doctorate in fluvial geomorphology from the University of Montreal.

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

Ms Lo Cheng is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Climate Services with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Lo has more than 20 years experience working in environmental policy and climate change in both the private and public sectors, bringing both a technical and policy lens to her work. 

During that time, she has implemented federal regulations, managed national programs, responded to environmental emergencies, conducted emissions verification and developed climate change strategies. She has also represented Canada at international climate change negotiations.

Session:

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

Preparing for climate change workshop: Using climate data in adaptation planning: Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 – 1:00  

Denni Clement, Indigenous Engagement Consultant and Writer (specialization in climate change)

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 Resilience through the Intersection of Climate, Food and Health: 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 

Angela Danyluk, Senior Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver

Angela Danyluk is a Senior Sustainability Specialist at the City of Vancouver. At the city, Angela works across disciplines on projects and programs related to adaptation, sea level rise, resilience, and ecology. She is a Registered Professional Biologist. Angela lives in Vancouver, BC where she enjoys hiking, art & culture and the local craft beer scene.

Session:

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

Nigel Deans, Research Coordinator, Royal Roads University

Session:

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

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

Marla Desat is a Sector Specialist in the Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement Branch at the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). Her focus is on standards policy and programs related to environment and climate change, infrastructure, and clean technology. Marla began her career at Environment Canada, working on regulatory development and implementation for air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from the chemical manufacturing sector.  In 2016, Marla joined SCC to focus on climate change adaptation. Marla holds a BASc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

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

Victoria Idea Camp on Open Smart Cities: Wednesday, October 30, 9:00 – 2:30 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

Al Douglas is the president of the Climate Risk Institute, located at Laurentian University in Sudbury. He has been working in the field of climate change impacts and adaptation since 2002 and has partnered with many different organizations in Ontario and Canada to develop and deliver adaptation resources, including advice to governments on the development and implementation of climate change adaptation plans.

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, Healthy Communities Interior Health

Anita Ely is a Specialist Environmental Health Officer focused on Healthy Built Environments with the Healthy Communities program at Interior Health. The purpose of the Healthy Communities program is to create strong collective action to promote, improve and protect the health and well-being of communities in the Interior of BC. This work is accomplished through collaboration with local governments and community partners, and offering a population health perspective to community planning and design. She has a B.Sc. in Ecology & Environmental Biology, a B.Tech in Environmental Health, and has been a Certified Environmental Health Officer working with Interior Health since 2004.

Session:

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

Kyle Empringham, Co-Founder, The Starfish Canada

Kyle Empringham is the co-founder of The Starfish Canada, a national non-profit empowering youth in the environmental sector. He has twelve years of experience in conservation, community engagement and public participation, working with groups like the David Suzuki Foundation, Camosun College, and Thoughtexchange. You can find him in Victoria, British Columbia running on the Lochside Trail or steadily working away in a local coffee shop.

Session:

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

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 

Pamela Gerardo, Youth Voices Rising, Fort McMurray

Session:

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

Robert Gifford, Professor, University of Victoria

Robert is a professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. He studies resource management, climate-related behaviour, attitudes, and interventions, and the perception of architecture. In addition to his research, Robert is also a faculty member of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic), and a Program Committee member with Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. He holds a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University.

Session:

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

Summer Goulden, Climate Change Planner and BC Lead, ICLEI Canada

Summer is a Climate Change Planner and  Lead with ICLEI Canada’s British Columbia office in Victoria. She works with numerous Canadian municipalities participating in the Building Adaptive and Resilience Communities (BARC) Program, and is responsible for coordinating ICLEI Canada’s work on a variety of local-level climate adaptation research, planning and implementation projects. She has supported and managed projects at various scales relating to renewable energy, water, climate, GHG emissions, green infrastructure and sustainability. Prior to working at ICLEI Canada, Summer gained experience working in the non-profit sector on various climate change issues including grassroots climate adaptation, conservation, climate education, community resiliency, and food security. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Victoria.

Session:

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

Andrea Hamberg, Program Supervisor<br />Multnomah County Environmental Health

Session:

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

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

Alex Harned, Food Systems Coordinator, City of Victoria

Session:

Exploring Urban Food Systems Study Tour: Wednesday, October 30, 9:00 – 12:00 PM 

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

Katie Hayes is a Ph.D candidate in the Social Behavioural Health Sciences program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto (UofT). She is also the lead author for the mental health and climate change chapter for the upcoming National Climate Change and Health Assessment Report being led by Health Canada. Her research investigates the mental health consequences of climate change, with a specific focus on addressing the inequitable risks and impacts on marginalized groups. Her research also explores what is being done to support psychosocial resilience within a changing climate in Canada. Katie has written and published a number of recent articles exploring the mental health consequences of climate change. Her current doctoral research investigates the psychosocial consequences of the 2013 flood in High River, Alberta. She holds an M.A from Royal Roads University in International Communications and a B.A in Sociology and Intercultural Education.

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:

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

Does what makes a neighbourhood great also make it resilient? Collaborative workshop exploring the connection between placemaking and resilience: Monday, October 28, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

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

Victoria Idea Camp on Open Smart Cities: Wednesday, October 30, 9:00 – 2:30 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

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 adaptation planning:  Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Victoria Idea Camp on Open Smart Cities: Wednesday, October 30, 9:00 – 2:30 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

Session:

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 – 2:30 PM  

Amy Lubik, Policy Analyst, Fraser Health Authority

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, Past Warden, Oxford County & Mayor, Township of South-West Oxford

First elected to the Township of South-West Oxford Council in 1994, David has been Mayor since 2010.  From 2015 to 2018 he was Warden of Oxford County during the time when Oxford County committed to 100%Renewable Energy by 2050, Zero Waste and Zero Poverty. Now a retired dairy farmer, David and Kathryn have been married for 45 years, have 4 children, 7 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Session:

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

Jill McDowell, Health Promotion Specialist, Toronto Food Strategy, Toronto Public Health

Since 2000, Jill has worked for Toronto Public Health in the role of Health Promotion Specialist advancing knowledge exchange, capacity building and community engagement on a range of topics, including food access & security, air quality, and children’s environmental health.  During this time, Jill also worked as a Community Health Officer in many of Toronto’s neighbourhoods brokering actions, policies and programs that support community-based health outcomes.  In 2015, Jill joined Toronto Public Health’s Food Strategy team, focusing on building resilient neighbourhoods and a healthier and more sustainable food system.

Session:

Building Resilience Through the Intersection of Climate, Food and Health: Tuesday, October 29th, 9:45-11:00 AM

Megan Meaney, Executive 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. Megan has shared her experiences by serving on steering committees with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canadian Standards Association, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Urban Institute and QUEST.

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.

Megan is member of ICLEI’s global senior management team which includes the Directors of all 14 ICLEI offices from around the world.

Sessions:

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

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

Shannon Miedema is the Energy & Environment Program Manager with the Halifax Regional Municipality. Her team is the corporate lead for programs, policies and projects that promote environmental sustainability. Key areas of focus include renewable energy and energy efficiency, watershed management and water quality monitoring, climate change mitigation and adaptation, flood risk and preparation, green infrastructure, environmental planning and the management of contaminated sites. Shannon has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Earth Systems Science from Queen’s University, a Master of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Kings College. Shannon uses her passion, education and experience to lead Halifax towards increased resiliency and sustainability for the betterment of our community, economy and environment.

Sessions:

Does what makes a neighbourhood great also make it resilient? Collaborative workshop exploring the connection between placemaking and resilience: Monday, October 28, 3:30 – 5:00 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

Cait has worked on environmental and social sustainability initiatives locally and abroad. With a great interest in climate change and methods to motivate sustainable action, she works with the Fraser Basin Council as a climate change adaptation Program Coordinator and facilitates the regionally-based Northeast BC Climate Risk Network. Previously, she engaged local government employees in sustainable behaviour-change in the San Francisco area, analyzed seniors’ wintertime health and social connectedness in London, and coordinated communications for a BC-based environmental charity. She has a MA in Disasters, Climate Change Adaptation and Development from King’s College London.

Session:

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

Sheila Murray, Co-founder, Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW) Toronto

Sheila Murray is a writer, documentary filmmaker, sound editor and communications specialist. She has led the Toronto based organization, Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW), since 2014. CREW explores the various ways in which community resilience is developed at the grassroots level. It encourages and supports the local relationships and networks that prove to be crucial in the first few days of an emergency. Her 2009 – 2013 research, communications and outreach for the Omega Foundation’s community-based project, SmartSaver, contributed to reaching thousands of Toronto community workers and families and creating successful partnerships and networks. She has a BAA in Journalism and MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies where her research focused on climate change refugees.

Session:

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

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.

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

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

Peter leads Wood’s Canadian Climate, Resilience and Sustainability Services program. Peter has been involved in climate change themed projects for about 15 years and has a background in vulnerability assessment, adaptation planning, resilience engineering and life cycle road map development in the municipal, water resources, transportation, energy and mining sectors.

Peter contributed to the development of version 1 of the Engineers Canada PIEVC Protocol and now supports capacity development for government decision makers and practicing engineers in risk based design, vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning both in Canada and abroad.

Peter was Chair of the Climate Change Committee for the Ontario Water Works Association in 2016 and was an active member of the Climate Change Task Force of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers during its mandate. Peter also sits as a member of the national Infrastructure and Buildings Working Group, part of Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform.

Peter is a strong advocate of advancing better understanding of our vulnerabilities and future uncertainty as a path to better, more informed decision-making and policy development by providing a basis for establishing priorities that increase confidence related to system planning and support enhanced infrastructure management.

Session:

Livable Cities Require Resilient Infrastructure and Resilient People: Monday, October 28, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

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

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

Shane is a consultant with management, research, and planning skills in the areas of sustainable development, urban resilience, and climate risk analysis. He is a systems thinker and problem solver with a background in civil engineering and urban planning. He helps communities, cities and developers plan for and adapt to a future of climate uncertainty.

His work in Canada, Ireland, and Germany has taught him that technical solutions alone will not solve the problems our society and planet is facing. He strongly believes cultural and social practices hold the greatest opportunity for innovation and regenerative action. With a background in engineering that allows him to understand technical concepts and develop strategies and frameworks, his work facilitating community input and co-creating plans ensures that ideas move to implementable actions.

Session:

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

Lory Oberst, Director of Operations, Skwah First Nation

Lory Oberst has been working with for Skwah First Nation for over eight years, starting as the Housing Manager and gradually taking on more duties until becoming the Director of Operations last year.  She comes from a strong background of administration and management and holds a First Nations Housing Manager Certificate from Vancouver Island University and is a Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator through the AFOA.  She is passionate about community, working with Chilliwack Healthier Communities and the Housing Task Force on behalf of Skwah First Nation.  The dike project holds a special place in her heart and she loves how it has brought Skwah First Nation, Shxwha:y Village, and the City of Chilliwack together in pursuit of a common goal.  In her spare time she is the executive secretary for the 147 Airwolf Air Cadets Parent’s Society, the co-captain of her local Blockwatch, as well as co-captaining a team in the Ride to Conquer Cancer with her husband. In the past 10 years their team has raised over half a million dollars for cancer research. 

Session:

Infrastructure for the People: Monday, October 28, 10:30- – 12:00 PM

Heather Olsen, Executive Director, National Program for Playground Safety

Dr. Heather Olsen is a faculty member in the Department of Recreation, Health, and Community Service at the University of Northern Iowa.  Her research collection for the past twenty years has focused on playground injury prevention and on outdoor play targeting children’s health and well-being. Dr. Olsen is the Executive Director for National Program for Playground Safety.  She is an active member of ASTM International, Head Start Association, SafeKids Worldwide, Agritourism Advisory, the Bilaterial Americas International for Harmonization of Playground Standards, and partners with a number of Public Health agencies. 

Session:

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

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

Chris Osborne is the Supervisor of Long Range Planning at the City of Campbell River, and a chartered member of both the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Planning Institute of BC.  Chris has over 12 years’ experience in municipal planning with time spent equally between long-range planning and current development planning.  He holds a Masters in Planning from London South Bank University in addition to a Masters in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Surrey.  Chris currently leads the City of Campbell River’s Sea Level Rise planning work, in addition to assessments on housing land supply, zoning bylaw and OCP updates, and downtown revitalization. Chris is particularly interested in the theory and philosophy of planning, governance and local government service delivery, and exploring the tensions between ecological sustainability and growth-based societies.

Session:

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

Brian Patterson, Principal and Senior Planner, Urban Systems Ltd.

Brian is a Principal and Senior Planner with Urban Systems.  Brian has 15 years experience and specializes in multi-modal transportation planning, active transportation and road safety.  Brian leads Urban Systems’ active transportation practice across Canada, and was recently named the 2019 Professional of the Year (Private Sector) by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.  Brian has led the development of over 80 transportation plans, designs, and studies across Canada, including the recently released British Columbia Active Transportation Design Guide.

Session:

Active Transportation for a Better World: Tuesday, October 29, 9:45 – 11:00 AM

Robert Plitt, Executive Lead, Evergreen

Robert has spent two decades working to make cities better. Passionate about transformative placemaking , has has played various leadership roles in some of Canada’s leading civic asset redevelopment projects, including the  Wychwood Barns, Toronto’s  Distillery District, and Evergreen Brick Works. Currently Robert champions Evergreen’s efforts to create a Canada-wide network of academics, foundations, governments, and corporations focused on building flourishing cities. He leads Evergreen’s work with Future Cities Canada and develops novel partnerships and innovations in the key fields of infrastructure, capital, governance, and civic engagement. He is a passionate believer in innovation through collaboration. He holds a Master’s of Fine Arts from the State Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam. 

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

Dave Ramslie, VP Sustainability, Concert Properties

Session:

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

Jody Rechenmacher, Community Infrastructure Consultant, Urban Systems Ltd.

Jody works with local governments and First Nations to lead and facilitate the development of integrated and service focused strategy, planning, and management programs that span all types of community infrastructure. Her expertise is in navigating complex problems that require both a technical and a social lens, using processes for co-developing effective and practical solutions. She has recently applied this expertise in developing joint service delivery agreements; regional infrastructure strategy development; Integrative Design Process facilitation; asset management; infrastructure risk assessment and management; financial analysis; and strategic communication and engagement. Jody is a Professional Engineer and is a certified Envision Sustainability Professional. Jody is also a director on the board of Urban Matters Community Contribution Company.

Session:

Infrastructure for the People: Opportunities for leveraging co-benefits: Monday, October 28, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Livable Cities Require Resilient Infrastructure and Resilient People: Monday, October 28, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Karina Richters, Supervisor, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change, City of Windsor

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Karina Richters works for the City of Windsor in the role of Supervisor, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change.  She is responsible for the implementation of four corporate plans focused on environmental sustainability and Climate Change.  Karina was the driver behind the development of the City’s Adaptation Plan (2012) and Community Energy Plan (2017) as well as other reports including thermal comfort studies.  She works to ensure that a climate lens is considered across City departments and agencies.  The City is currently updating the Climate Change Adaptation Plan, including a new focus on Community actions.

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

Yvonne Ritchie, Project Coordinator, Knowledge and Sector Development, Green Municipal Fund, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Yvonne Ritchie is a Project Coordinator, Knowledge and Sector Development, working with the Green Municipal Fund at FCM. She delivers capacity building to Canadian municipalities through webinars, workshops and online resources, helping equip municipalities from across Canada and their partners with the tools they need to pursue ambitious environmental projects.

She has a Masters of Climate Change from the University of Waterloo and previously worked with both federal and provincial government in Nova Scotia and with Dalhousie University on climate change topics, including impact assessments, carbon offsetting and sequestration, and inventorying GHG emissions. At FCM, she is currently supporting the design and development of the new Community EcoEfficiency Acceleration Fund, which aims to support residential energy efficiency programs that deliver innovative approaches to community financing. 

Session:

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

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

Masheed Salehomoum, Program Lead, Park People

Mash is the Program Coordinator for Park People. She is based out of Vancouver where she is helping Park People build new partnerships and programs throughout the Lower Mainland.She has a passion for building stronger communities by bringing nature and people together in a way that is sustainable for the long term. She graduated in 2016 with her BSc in Ecological Restoration and a Diploma of Technology in Fish,Wildlife, and Recreation from BCIT. In her spare time, Mash enjoys hiking, playing board games, andtraveling. Her goal is to visit as many different parks in as many different countries as she possibly can. Park People helps people activate the power of parks to improve the quality of life in cities across Canada.

Session:

Infrastructure for the People: Monday, October 28, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Does what makes a neighbourhood great also make it resilient? Collaborative workshop exploring the connection between placemaking and resilience: Monday, October 28, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

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

Sarah Dal Santo (RPP, MCIP) is the Natural Resources Planning Manager for Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN). Her work includes implementing the TWN Burrard Inlet Action Plan, updating the Provincial Water Quality Objectives for Burrard Inlet, and leading the TWN Community Climate Change Resilience Planning project.  

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 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)

Alison is Research Lead on SFU ACT’s Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative (ICABCCI). Working with diverse local government across the Province, she and the ICABCCI team are building the capacity needed to integrate climate action and embed low carbon resilience into municipal decision processes. The goal is to identify strategic synergies and co-benefits in local government strategy and operations that reduce community vulnerability and emissions into the future, while also expanding and evaluating transformative opportunities for transitioning toward sustainable development and governance.

Alison brings 20 years of experience in leading-edge, trans-disciplinary climate change and sustainability planning research and practice at international, national, regional, and local scales. As founder of FlipSide Sustainability, Alison leverages her training as a researcher, science-policy strategist, and organizational coach to catalyze the leadership and innovation needed, across diverse sectors, to accelerate the transition toward sustainability. She regularly presents and publishes on topics of climate change and sustainability.

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:

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

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

Stephen Sheppard, Professor, Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia

Stephen is a Professor in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, teaching landscape and climate change planning, community engagement, and visualization. He developed UBC’s Urban Forestry program and directs the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), a research group which works on community-based solutions for low-carbon, attractive, resilient neighbourhoods. He has over 30 years’ experience in environmental planning, energy project planning, and public involvement. His book Visualizing Climate Change focuses on what climate change looks like in everyday neighbourhoods and the power of visualization to foster awareness and action. His research at CALP focuses on scaling up social mobilization for visible climate action led by citizens and youth using practical, fun tools and processes such as the Citizens Coolkit and educational videogames.

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

Jesse Skulmoski, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Active Transportation Grants, Province of BC

Jesse Skulmoski is the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and Active Transportation Grants. His responsibilities span a diverse portfolio of projects beyond the Active Transportation Strategy including leading the Province’s Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant program, following its recent renewal and expansion to increase eligibility. He is also the lead on the BC Active Transportation Infrastructure Design Guide – a resource seen to be a global first and anticipated to have a lasting positive impact on planning, design and infrastructure. Jesse is a strategic professional with experience in performance audit, management consultancy, strategic planning, performance, risk, change and project management. Most of all, Jesse is creative and a free thinker with a mind that is open to, and encourages new ideas.

Session:

Active Transportation for a Better World: Tuesday, October 29, 9:45 – 11:00 AM

Paul Shorthouse, Senior Director, The Delphi Group

Paul is a recognized economic development expert who has been at the forefront of defining and measuring key sectors of the green economy for over a decade. He leads the Delphi Group’s activities in British Columbia and its Green Economy Services nation-wide, including leading Delphi’s work with local governments. Over the last decade, Paul has successfully directed a range of clean economy sector industry development projects, research and stakeholder engagement initiatives, and workforce studies. 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.

Session:

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

Sasha Sud, Director, Smart Cities, MaRS Solution Lab

Sasha leads the Smart Cities practice at MaRS Solutions Lab. This practice aims to catalyze the adoption of innovation to enable the quick-paced transformations being experienced in the Smart Cities sector and specifically includes their convergence and integration between and across key emerging technology areas, such as mobility, buildings and energy.

Prior to his work at MaRS, Sasha lead the design and delivery of smart-grid enabled conservation and demand response programs for the govt. of Ontario.  Sasha received a distinction from the University of Oxford, for an MSc. Environmental Change and Management – where he specialized in Environmental Finance, Energy Management and Climate Change.

Session:

Victoria Idea Camp on Open Smart Cities: Wednesday, October 30, 9:00 – 2:30 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

Reem Tanta, Socio-economics Lead, Wood

Ms. Tanta is a senior socio-economist and sustainability specialist with 20+ years of experience in Canada and Internationally. In Canada, she has managed and technically led social, economic, health, land use, culture and sustainability components for Development, Infrastructure, Hydrocarbon, Minerals and Mining, and Power development projects, through which she managed projects’ impacts on the community, consulted with the stakeholders and proposed appropriate mitigation measures. Internationally, she worked with international development agencies including the Red Cross and Red Crescent, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNIFEM and the European Commission, through which she worked as a community development manger advocating for change and supporting the sustainable development, livelihoods’ diversity and gender equality in projects’ areas. Ms. Tanta has a Professional Environmental Designation from Eco-Canada, Certified by the Gloval Reporting Initiative GRI and is a member in the International Association of Public Participation Professionals IAP2.

Session:

Livable Cities Require Resilient Infrastructure and Resilient People: Monday, October 28, 3:30 – 5:00 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

Dr. Eileen de Villa is the Medical Officer of Health for Toronto Public Health, Canada’s largest local public health agency that provides public health programs and services to 2.9 million residents.

Dr. de Villa received her degrees as Doctor of Medicine and Master of Health Science (MHSc) (Health Promotion) from the University of Toronto and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Health at the University 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

Christian Walli, Community Advisor, Tree Canada

Christian Walli R.P.F. graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor Degree in Forestry. He has been a Tree Canada Community Advisor since 1993 for British Columbia. Over the last 40 years, he held managing positions with several forest companies involved in developing and managing seed orchards, forest research facilities and forest nurseries in British Columbia and Ontario. Recently, Christian is involved in the advancement of Canadian urban forestry including a national and regional network, UBC urban forestry department and urban forestry being an integral part of Association of British Columbia Professional Foresters.

Session:

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

Fiona Warren, Knowledge Assessment Manager, Natural Resources Canada

Fiona is the Knowledge Assessment Manager with the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division of Natural Resources Canada. She has extensive experience leading and working on science and knowledge assessments, as a science editor, lead author and project coordinator. She was a contributing author to the North America chapter of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report and has been an expert reviewer of several reports and papers on climate change issues.

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

Meghan Winters, Associate Professor, Health Science, Simon Frasier Uniersity

Session:

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

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

Angie leads a Climate Resilience & Adaptation Program that serves four health organizations in BC’s lower mainland, including Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health. The program emerged from a recognition that climate risks and impacts to health infrastructure already have cascading impacts on health service delivery; development of low-carbon adaptation options will increase the long-term resilience of health campuses, communities of care and organizations to climate shocks and stresses; and, co-benefits with human health and emissions reductions must be identified and prioritized wherever possible.

Previously, Angie developed and managed programs integrating sustainability and adaptation into disaster risk management in Asia; and guided cities and corporations in sustainability reporting in Europe and B.C.. Her passion for cross-disciplinary learning and application through collaboration and communities of practice is grounded in a Master’s of Science in Environmental Sustainability (University of Edinburgh) and a Bachelor’s in Earth Sciences (University of Calgary).​

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

Jade Yehia is a specialist with degrees in Environmental Health, Human Geography, and a Master of Science (MSc) in the field of Health Impact Assessment. For the past eleven years, she has been working in the Health Protection & Environmental Services departments with the BC Regional Health Authorities. Her work focuses on ways of bringing a health lens to land-use planning. Jade has led Island Health’s – Healthy Built Environments program, and her work includes topics such as, Housing, Transportation, Climate Change Adaptation… to name but a few, both internally across Island Health portfolios and externally with local government and community partners. She is passionate about creating healthier communities for all and loves to sing, dance, play, especially in a park or at the farmers markets with her wee lil two year old.

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

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.

Session:

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

Sheri Young, Climate Change and Energy Specialist, Town of Okotoks

Sheri Young is new to public service after 15 years working as a Professional Agrologist in the Canadian energy industry monitoring, assessing, and reclaiming former oil and gas sites. Following graduate studies work with the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Bonn, Germany, Sheri arrived at the Town of Okotoks in March 2019 to develop and implement the Town’s first Municipal Climate Change Action Plan. She is responsible for implementing sustainability initiatives, including supporting the uptake of renewable energy for municipally-owned buildings, with the view to meet the Town of Okotoks’ ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

Sheri holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Conservation Science from the University of Alberta and a Master of Science in Environmental Practice from Royal Roads University.

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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