Program – Priority Viewing

The LCF2014 Program will explore building resilient communities through six themes:

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

Responding – recovering, restructuring, and rebuilding after the storm

Mainstreaming – connecting ideas and integrating resilience into the everyday

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

Measuring – assessing risk, improving processes, and evaluating success

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

Call for Presentations

If you are interested in submitting a presentation proposal, please complete the form below and return to no later than November 25, 2013. Download Form


Take a look at the variety of sessions – panel discussions, breakouts, and workshops in the program-at-a-glance:

Wednesday, April 2nd

8:30 – 9:30 OPENING PLENARY: Working Together to Build Resilient Communities
9:30 – 11:00 The power of neighbourhoods in enhancing resilienceWhat is the role of neighbourhoods in building resilience? This session will explore the concept of community building for resilience look at the use of community-based assets, economic resiliency, engaging people creatively, community building for resilience.
The power of cities to respond to extreme weather eventsWhat are the drivers of successful responses to climate change and extreme events in North American communities? A comparison of successful response efforts.
The power of governments in building resilient communitiesLooking at the role of state, provincial, regional and federal governments in creating resilient and livable communities
The power of resilient local businessExploring ways to make businesses resilient and ensuring business continuity in the face of climate change impacts. Ideas such as satellite locations, electronic records, and business continuity insurance will be discussed.
11:00 – 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
11:30 – 1:00 Measuring progress on climate change adaptation: A Canadian interdisciplinary perspectiveLooking at the work of the Natural Resources Canada Measuring Progress Working Group and how it is helping to measure the success of Canadian adaptation efforts.
Measuring the costs of adaptation and finding ways to finance itExploring the use of cost-benefit analysis (and other tools) to measure the costs of adaptation options and practical ways to fund resilience and adaptation at the local level.
Social issues in a resilient communityLooking at how issues of poverty, income inequality, homelessness, limited social mobility, and social inequality affect the adaptive capacity and overall resiliency of communities and neighbourhoods.
Creating connections: Mechanisms for collaboration and establishing networksExploring ways to create connections among individuals in existing communities to improve resilience. The role of personal and professional networks, neighbourhood associations, and other groups will be discussed.
2:00 – 3:30 Communicating climate science and avoiding “lost in translation”Connecting practitioners and climate scientists to explore practical communication tools that can be used to effectively engage and educate various audiences.
Responding to catastrophic natural disasters: How have communities responded to these mega-events?
Looking at major natural disasters - earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes - and sharing lessons about how various communities have responded.
#Resilience: Innovative engagement strategies
Using creative and unique engagement techniques to get people involved in climate change preparation and response. Specific examples of successful outreach methods will be explored.
Revitalizing established neighbourhoods to enhance resilience
Looking at how established neighbourhoods can be transformed to become more socially, economically, and climate resilient.
3:30 – 4:00 COFFEE BREAK
4:00 – 5:30 Initiate, research, and plan: Moving through milestones in resilience planning
Interactive workshop looking at how to move from measuring climate risks and vulnerabilities to planning and implementing actions.
From farm to table: Building resilient local food systems
This session will look at how to build resilient local food systems - including food production, food secuity, urban agriculture.
Ready, set, go! Using gamification to advance livability and resilience
This workshop will explore the use of games to improve stakeholder engagement and motivate action. Participants will engage in 1-2 distinct games and how they can be applied in other settings.
Dealing with the storm: Beyond the usual suspects in emergency response
Exploring the role of key industries and organizations in responding to natural disasters. How can these groups leverage their expertise to respond, rebuild, and recover?
5:30 – 7:00
Cocktail Reception

Thursday, April 3rd

9:00 – 10:30 Moving to alternative energy: Challenges and opportunities for local resilience
Exploring alternative energy (i.e. district energy, waste to energy) and its role in creating resilient communities.
Resilient by design: Shaping urban areas
Urban design - the arrangement, appearance, and function of neighbourhoods - includes planning, architecture, engineering, economics, and more. This session will explore the use of smart, forward-thinking urban design to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Exploring the implementation gap: Lessons on moving from planning to actionA lesson to help answer the question: I've measured my risk, and written my plan - now what do I do? Looking at implementation best practices from across North America in adaptation, resilience, and sustainability planning.
Healthy people, healthy places: Exploring the connection between public health and climate resilience.
A discussion of climate change and resilience cannot be had without the inclusion of the impacts on human health - this session will delve into these linkages.
10:30 – 11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00 – 12:30 Planning tools to tackle community resilience
Looking at how various planning tools (eg. zoning, official plans, approvals) can be used to prepare for climate change and extreme weather.
What is the role of the “Main Street” in building resilience?
What is the role of small businesses and community meeting spots in creating and enabling local placemaking and resilience? This session will look at how the places where public and private life meet can be supported to enhance resilience.
Batten down the hatches: Exploring architectural resilience
How do we make our buildings more resilient? Exploring how to retrofit existing buildings to withstand extreme weather.
Using natural systems to further resilience
Exploring the role of landscape urabnism, low-impact development, and landscape architecture in mitigating against climate impacts.
LOCAL HARVEST DINNER – with 360 degree views of Vancouver

Friday, April 4th

9:00 – 10:00 Plenary
10:00 – 11:00 Weather-proofing the electricity sector
Exploring ways to fortify the electricity sector - How can we protect existing distribution networks?
Aligning emergency responses with adaptation plans: Stories from the field
Looking at how municipalities have coordinated adaptation strategies with emergency response efforts.
Slow-growth cities and regions: Integrating resilience when development is not driving growth
Looking at resiliency challenges presented in slow-growth and no-growth communities.
Placemaking in a growing city: Addressing challenges faced by newer neighbourhoods
This session will explore mechanisms to improve the sense of place particularly in newer neighbourhoods and the role of the private sector in building resilient communities.
11:00 – 12:00 Role of large institutions in placemaking, city building, and resilience
This session will explore the role of larger institutions - including universities, think tanks, hospitals, and school boards - in driving community level resileince and placemaking.
The road to resilience: Creating weather resilient transportation systems
Looking at how to weather-proof transportation systems against climate impacts and extreme events.
Dealing with storm water: sink it, slow it, reuse it, move it.
This session will look at how four strategies (sinking, slowing, reusing, and moving) can be used to deal with stormwater.
Resilience lessons from unexpected places
Investigating unique examples of community resilience. This panel discussion will explore the various shapes and sizes of successful adaptation and response efforts.
12:30 – 1:30 CLOSING LUNCH
**Program subject to change