Apply Now: Canadian Science Policy Fellowship

Apply now to be a Canadian Science Policy Fellow with the BC Ministry of Agriculture:

Project Title:  Understanding Barriers to and Determinants of Climate Change Adaptation

Climate change is already impacting the agriculture sector in British Columbia. The BC Ministry of Agriculture and the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative have made significant progress in identifying agricultural adaptation priorities in recent years. However, understanding of actual adaptation practice adoption rates and determinants of adoption remains unclear. It is necessary to gain a better understanding of the opportunities and barriers to adaptation practice adoption, for example how regulations and policy impact BC producers’ ability to adapt to climate change. This is key to designing programs and policies to increase adaptation practices adoption in BC.

Required expertise
The fellow would have a diverse skill-set and interdisciplinary background in order to leverage knowledge and expertise across the sector (from science, industry, and the public service);
A PhD in Agricultural science, land and food systems, land use planning, environmental studies, geography, resource management, soil science or a related field;
Experience working with diverse stakeholders through collaboration and/or consultation;
Experience conducting meetings, speaking publicly, and producing high quality publications;
An ability to work independently, define appropriate project scope, and manage time and project milestones effectively.
Desirable qualifications
The ideal candidate would also have:
Knowledge and expertise in BC food system and climate change impacts;
Policy knowledge and/or experience.

David Suzuki Fellowships: Deadline January 15

Do you know a scholar interested in helping Canada transition to a low-carbon future?

If so, here’s an exciting opportunity: David Suzuki Fellowships!

Three $50,000 (plus $5,000 for travel and professional development) fellowships are available:

  • Climate change communications: The role of climate change communications to ignite the movement toward a lower-carbon future
  • Indigenous knowledge and climate change: Integrating traditional Indigenous knowledge into climate change solutions
  • Climate change adaptation and cities: Researching climate change adaptation and the development of sustainable cities

David Suzuki Fellows will spend a year with one foot in academia and the other in learning strategies to get their research the attention it deserves. They’ll make complex issues easy to understand and help motivate people to take action. Foundation senior staff and David Suzuki will mentor them all!

Application deadline: January 15.

Click here for more information.


2018 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship Application

The 2018 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship Application Opens January 1st!

The Bullitt Foundation will start to accept applications for the Bullitt Environmental Fellowship beginning January 1st. Each year, one graduate student attending a university physically located in British Columbia, Washington State, or Oregon is selected for this prestigious award of $100,000, distributed over two years. 

Eligible candidates will have a strong academic record, a demonstrated capacity for leadership, the promise of emerging as an environmental leader, and be nominated by a university faculty member. Students of color, those who come from a disadvantaged background, or who have overcome significant hardship are highly encouraged to apply for this award. 

Please spread this announcement widely and encourage any graduate candidate student with the desired qualities to apply by April 1, 2018.

Visit the Bullitt website for more information, FAQ’s, and complete application instructions.


ACT Article in Public Sector Digest: Low Carbon Resilience

The latest issue of Public Sector Digest includes an article from ACT!

ACT’s Senior Researcher, Edward Nichol, writes about low carbon resilience in Canadian municipalities. He emphasizes how municipalities are at risk from a variety of current and future climate change impacts, and that these risks affect the built and social infrastructure within municipalities – the buildings, transportation networks, energy systems, telecommunications, and water treatment systems, and the people that depend on them. Green infrastructure is critical to protect the well being of communities and to ensure social, environmental, and economical sustainability in an uncertain climate future.

Read the article here, beginning on page 16. 


Abstracts Due: Melbourne Climate Adaptation Conferece

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) in Australia is inviting abstracts for their Sixth National Climate Adaptation Conference, May 8-10 in Melbourne.

Climate Adaptation 2018 is the major Australian forum focused exclusively on climate impacts and adaptation. In 2018, NCCARF is partnering with Engineers Australia to incorporate Practical Responses to Climate Change.

Submit your abstract!

Abstracts will be accepted until February 2, 2018 for presentations at the conference.

Click here for more information. 


Webinar: Forest Pathogens and Climate Change

The Forestry Adaptation Community of Practice (FACoP) is pleased to announce the following webinar:

Forest Pathogens: It’s not just trees that will respond to a changing climate
Wednesday, January 10
1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

Pathogens cause diseases of forest trees and the environment plays a critical role in regulating the disease process. It is expected that trees will be affected by future climate conditions, but how will future conditions affect the interactions between trees and pathogens? In this talk, Tod will outline potential changes in disease processes by closely examining how environmental conditions affect the life stages of foliar, rust, and root diseases as well as decay agents. He will also discuss potential adaptation strategies that can be utilized to mitigate the impacts of climate change on forest trees and potential forest pathology issues associated with assisted migration.

About the Presenter

Tod Ramsfield received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in Forest Pathology under the supervision of Professor Bart van der Kamp in 2002. From 2002 to 2010, Tod was employed by Scion (the New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd.) where he worked on DNA-based detection of forest pathogens that were of biosecurity concern to New Zealand. In 2010, Tod returned to Canada to work for the Canadian Forest Service in Edmonton, Alberta. Current projects include silvicultural control of Armillaria root disease, soil microbial community assessment in natural and reclaimed areas around Cold Lake and Fort McMurray, heart rot of aspen caused by Phellinus tremulae, and Dothistroma needle blight. Tod also maintains an active interest in invasive forest pathogens and is the leader of IUFRO research group 7.02.00 – Forest Pathology.

Click here to register.


Sierra Club BC Hiring Executive Director


About us

Sierra Club of BC Foundation is a non-profit environmental and social justice organization whose mission is to defend British Columbia’s wilderness and ecosystems, within the urgent context of global climate change. We advocate for the responsible use of B.C.’s natural resources while promoting a modern, equitable economy that sustains our planet in every way. Sierra Club BC works with First Nations and other levels of government to provide science-based advice on policy decisions that affect a range of environmental issues. Based in Victoria, B.C., we are a dynamic and influential organization. Learn more at www.sierraclub.bc.ca.

Position summary

This is an opportunity to help take B.C.’s oldest environmental non-profit to the next level of influence and effectiveness.

As Executive Director, you are a highly experienced, strategic leader with a proven track record in senior management. You can especially demonstrate consistent success in fundraising. You have a clear commitment to upholding Indigenous title and rights, ideally reflected in a proven understanding of Indigenous and colonial history, and a demonstrated track record working in solidarity. You are able to work with people from diverse backgrounds and engage constructively with a wide range of stakeholders, including funders and donors, First Nations, scientists, industry, environmental and social justice organizations, senior public servants and elected officials. You hold compelling communication and interpersonal skills, are an effective motivator and coach, and are adept at media relations. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and collaborates with a Management Team that is responsible for overall strategic direction and overseeing operations, including fiscal management, fundraising, campaigns and programs, digital systems and engagement, communications, and human resources.


Fundraising and Financial Management

  • Lead and collaborate with the Development Team to develop and implement a strategy that achieves ambitious multiyear targets to strengthen the organization’s impact on the world. Targets will include significant expansion of membership base, delivery of a major capital plan in association with Sierra Club BC’s 50th anniversary, and growing foundation funder support.
  • Develop and oversee the annual budget and monitor/manage financial performance.
  • Ensure that appropriate financial systems and controls are maintained to meet the needs of the organization and its funders.
  • Fundraising and financial management will be a major focus of the successful candidate’s time.

Program Support and Strategic Planning

  • Collaborate on ongoing development of the organization’s strategic plan and oversee its successful execution.
  • Oversee the effective planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of the organization’s operations, campaigns, and programs.
  • Ensure the organization’s IT systems and digital strategies are optimized to support all aspects of Sierra Club BC’s success.
  • Collaborate with the Management Team, and in particular the Campaigns Director, to plan and execute new programs, campaigns or initiatives to address emerging needs and opportunities.

Human Resources and Team-Building

  • Ensure a robust approach to staff recruitment, retention and performance management.
  • Oversee staff development, training and mentoring.
  • Promote equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Ensure respectful, collaborative relationships among all parts of the organization, including staff, Board and volunteers.


  • Represent Sierra Club BC in media, and through public speaking engagements.
  • Ensure effective internal communications.
  • Work with Communications Director to implement effective strategies for external communications, including media relations, digital communication and other communications touch points.

Government Relations

  • Collaborate with Management Team to develop and implement a results-oriented government relationship strategy.

Working conditions

Salary is $84,064 to $89,914, subject to experience and qualifications. We offer a generous vacation allowance and a solid benefits package. Some travel is required, especially to the Lower Mainland. Occasional weekend and evening work as needed.

To apply

Sierra Club BC is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women, people of Indigenous ancestry, people of colour, LGBTQQIP2SA individuals and members of other diverse communities to apply for careers with our organization.

Submit CV and a statement of interest, with the words “Application for Executive Director” in the subject line, to Sierra Club BC Office Manager Lynn Bakken at lynn@sierraclub.bc.ca. No phone calls please.

To enjoy the earliest consideration for this position, please submit by January 5, 2018.


Report: Getting to 2050 – Citizen Recommendations

Today the report Getting to 2050: Citizen Recommendations was released. This report contains the results from the Citizen Dialogues on Canada’s Energy Future, a major initiative of the SFU Centre for Dialogue. The project marks the first ever cross-Canada deliberative dialogue where randomly selected citizens have advised the Government of Canada on energy policy. It was funded by Natural Resources Canada as part of the Generation Energy initiative.
“The Citizen Dialogues provided an important platform for us to engage and listen to Canadians from all walks of life,” says Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, “and turn their innovative ideas into constructive planning for Canada’s low-carbon energy future.”
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