Program


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Day One

Monday, November 16

 


 

11:30 – 12:30   OPENING PLENARY

Central Challenges and Key Opportunities for Building Climate Resilient Communities in the time of COVID19

COVID-19 has upended life across Canada, and around the world. At the same time, the impacts of climate change continue to be felt in communities across Canada complex, interconnected ways. More than ever, collaborative community-level action is required to build sustainable, healthy, and equitable communities that are resilient to the risks posed by the pandemic and a continually changing climate. Actions that transform and protect our cities must play a role in fostering livable, thriving communities. The Opening Plenary of the Forum will kick-off with a panel discussion among leaders from various sectors to consider the central challenges and key opportunities to address the pandemic and climate change while building more resilient, healthy, and equitable communities.


 

12:30 – 2:00   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Finding Ways to Multisolve: Building Resilience as part of COVID Response and Recovery

Throughout the pandemic, institutions across Canada have and continue to respond to compounding challenges through revised policies and programs to provide much needed relief to communities. Many of these responses include resilience focused co-benefits that will strengthen communities in the future.

Resilience to climate change impacts is inextricably linked to myriad issues that communities and the people who live in those communities face. Issues such as food insecurity and extreme heat are being addressed in innovative ways. These and similar policies and activities, if preserved and scaled, could accelerate our work toward greater climate resilience for communities in the long-term.

Seizing Stimulus: Building Infrastructure for the People

In the recovery phase from the COVID pandemic, public investment will turn to stimlus and infrastructure. Municipal infrastructure provides critical core services like clean drinking water, flood protection, and transportation – but what else could it do for us? As we think about accessing stimulus spending, is there an opportunity to achieve other benefits without significantly increasing costs? This session will have participants explore the ways in which investments in infrastructure systems can be leveraged to achieve benefits beyond the traditional services these systems have typically been designed for. Speakers will provide examples of real world applications, successes, and challenges. Participants will contribute to an interactive discussion designed to uncover further examples and identify new opportunities in their own communities.

Advancing Adaptation Through Assessment, Planning, and Implementation

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Day Two

Tuesday, November 17

 


 

11:30 – 12:00   MORNING PLENARY

Day 2 Morning Plenary

Building on the conversations from the first day of the Forum, the morning plenary will set the stage for the day – a solutions focused day that will leave delegates with actionable ideas to apply in their communities. Our plenary host will offer some initial reflections on the issues that were presented on Day One and connect these to the innovative discussions and workshops planned for Day Two.


12:00 – 2:00   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Engagement and Outreach: Mobilizing Communities for Action

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Natural Capital: Valuing Nature as Infrastructure

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Connected, Resilient, and Smart Cities: Can technology help build resilience?

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Day Three

Wednesday, November 18

 


11:30 – 1:00   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Best Practices in Implementing Resilience Actions

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Monitoring and Evaluation: Can we do it better?

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1:00 – 2:00   CLOSING SESSION

Where do we go from here? And how do we get there?

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