Job Opportunities at EcoJustice: Communications and Digital Engagement


EcoJustice is currently hiring for two positions in Vancouver: Communications Associate and Digital Engagement Associate.

EcoJustice is Canada’s only national environmental law charity. From coast to coast to coast, their legal experts go to court to tackle Canada’s toughest environmental problems.

See below for job postings:

Communications Associate
Fixed term (6 months)
Salary: $42,214.85
Closing date: November 14th

As a member of the Ecojustice communications team, the communications associate helps develop and implement communications strategies designed to elevate the organization’s profile and enable its program and fundraising goals.  They play a key role in producing throughtful content that:

  • Engages, educates, and empowers value-aligned Canadians to create a groundswell of public support that sustains Ecojustice’s legal work;
  • Contributes to the social shift that will, over time, advance social and environmental justice; and
  • Positions Ecojustice as Canada’s expert on the intersection of law and the environment.

Responsibilities include writing press releases, developing digital content, and coordinating other communications products.  The associate will also assist with media outreach, contribute to Ecojustice’s social media channels, and take on other communications and outreach tasks as required.  This position reports to the Director of Strategic Communications.

Click here for more information.

Digital Engagement Associate
Full-time permanent
Salary: $42,538
Closing date: November 14th

As a member of the Ecojustice communications team, the digital engagement associate helps build Ecojustice’s online presence across digital channels to raise the organization’s profile and enable its program and fundraising goals.  The associate implements Ecojustice’s digital strategies, helps maintain its digital assets, and produces digital content.  They also play a key role in processing online transactions, enablling data integration, and supporting the development of data-driven recommendations to inform communications and fundraising strategies.  The ideal candidates is a team player who is able to innovate and experiment while delivering consistent results on current initiatives.  This position reports to the Director of Strategic Communications.

Click here for more information.


7th Annual National Roundtable for Disaster Risk Reduction


Canada’s Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will be hosting the Seventh Annual National Roundtable for Disaster Risk Reduction in Montréal, Quebec on November 21 – 22, 2016.

This year’s theme for the Roundtable, Understanding Disaster Risks, encourages participants to engage in dialogue related to the first four priorities for action under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Roundtable serves as an inclusive multi-sectoral consultative mechanism to advance disaster risk reduction in Canada. This day and a half event is free of charge and open to all interested participants, including the private sector; all levels of government; Indigenous peoples; non-governmental organizations; academia; and the general public.

This year’s program will include several workshops, panel discussions, and interactive activities on topics related to resiliency, private-public partnerships, and risk profiles, to name a few. It will also highlight Montréal’s designation as the first Canadian city to join the network of 100 Resilient Cities, a project pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Click here to view the program.

The Roundtable will be held in conjunction with the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network’s (CRHNet) Annual Symposium 2016. A block of rooms has been made available by the hotel. Please reference the DRR Roundtable when making your reservation.

The Sixth Annual National Roundtable for Disaster Risk Reduction took place on November 2 -3, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta. The Report for this event will be posted shortly on Canada’s Platform webpage. Reports of previous Roundtables are also available.


David Suzuki Foundation Climate Fellowships

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David Suzuki Foundation (CNW Group/David Suzuki Foundation)

Calling on scholars for climate solutions

Are you a scholar who can help lead Canada to a low-carbon future? Do you know someone who is?

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

This new program will invest in leaders with the potential to follow in David Suzuki’s footsteps — bringing important new thinking to the public and inspiring action on complex environmental problems.

In 2017, the David Suzuki Foundation will offer three $50,000 fellowships to scholars with expertise in:

  • Clean energy solutions or the economics of sustainable development (based in Vancouver)
  • Climate solutions and traditional Indigenous knowledge (based in Toronto)
  • Transportation, energy and climate solutions (based in Montreal)

In addition to financial support, David Suzuki Fellows will spend a year working with the Foundation. They will complete a research project, collaborate with Foundation staff, and be mentored by David Suzuki and other leaders.

For information on eligibility, please visit the website. Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2017.


Workshop Report Online: Vulnerability, Resilience, and Adaptation Concepts and Practice


The report is now online from the workshop Vulnerability, Resilience, and Adaptation Concepts and Practice.

This workshop focused on climate change resilience thinking for local governments, and was held January 29th 2016. The workshop was hosted by the Social Vulnerability team of the Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR) project, which was a five-year research project focusing on climate change responses in four major coastal cities. Workshop participants represented a cross-section of local organizations and governments involved in climate change adaptation planning.

The workshop included discussion of various understandings of vulnerability, resilience, and adaptation responses. One major conclusion from this day was that adaptation planning must include consideration of vulnerability from perspectives of sensitivity to risk and adaptive capacity as well as physical risk.

Click here to read the full report.


Coast Salish Protocol Panel Discussion


About: Learn about Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh protocol practices and how migrants and settlers can make ‘genuine reconciliation’ a part of their work. Are you unsure about your role and the base knowledge on how to conduct “territorial acknowledgements” and how to make them matter? This session is for people just starting to unravel, or active in solidarity work to end colonialism. Participants can come from a variety of backgrounds and may work with a variety of organisations with cultural, faith, labour, environmental, or social justice work.  Improve your solidarity work here in unceded Coast Salish Territory and work to confront Coast Salish cultural erasure.

Date: November 2nd, 2016

Speakers: Charlene Aleck (Tsleil-Waututh), Khelsilem (Squamish), TBA (Musqueam), and Irwin Oostindie (Dutch Settler). Facilitated by Aleks Besan.

Venue: Room 420, Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W. Hastings St

Tickets: Entry by donation, (suggested $3-20 for unwaged/waged). Your contributions goes towards venue rental, catering costs, printed flyer, and thank yous to the Coast Salish speakers.  Any remaining funds support the Coast Salish Cultural Network.


  • 4:00 A light meal will be served at the beginning of the event. [Chicken Vegetable with Wild Rice and (vegan) Butternut Squash soup with bread and sun-dried tomato pate.]
  • 4:30 Introductions
  • 4:40 Panel presentations
  • 5:30 Question and answers
  • 6:30 end time so folks can get to 7pm Joe Sacco at SFU Woodwards, or Flamenco event at Carnegie.

Produced for: Heart of the City Festival, in association with SFU Institute for the Humanities, Coast Salish Cultural Network, SFU Communications Graduate Caucus, Salish Coast LIVE, and Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group.

Click here to register for this event.


PICS District Energy + Water Academy 2016

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PICS at UBC has partnered with Ecodistrict on its inaugural District Energy + Water Academy. 

Throughout North America, cities, college-, corporate- and university campuses, sports stadiums and commercial districts have the potential to realize enormous benefits through utility-scale energy and water innovation. Such innovation can improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, offer fuel flexibility, enhance environmental protection, provide ease of operation and maintenance and decrease building capital costs. As interest in this area has rapidly accelerated, so has the demand for shared knowledge and practical expertise to get projects off the ground. Join the DE+WA to learn more about the role of integrated utility-scale energy and water projects in creating a sustainable urban fabric.

When: November 2-4, 2016

Where: Vancouver, BC

Register at District Energy + Water Academy 2016

Designed to help urban planners, designers, engineers and decision-makers advance innovative district-scale energy and water projects, DE+WA is a three-day symposium that mixes classroom instruction with peer-learning and case study tours. Learn how to successfully drive projects from concept to reality through success stories from the City of Vancouver’s Olympic Village, Simon Fraser University, Richmond, BC, Surrey BC, and University of British Columbia, as well as Vancouver’s legacy downtown steam loop. Local and international experts and industry leaders will share insight on overcoming some of the most common barriers to effective implementation including:

  • Building cooperation between developers and municipalities
  • Financing models to weigh up front capital costs
  • Building a compelling business case that attracts key stakeholders
  • Creative design and ownership models that keep the right players at the table
  • Rethinking “long-term” planning beyond the 5-year horizon

We’d be pleased to see you at DE+WA!

Please visit www.dewa.ecodistricts.org to review the program and to register.


Call for Proposals – 2017 Ontario Climate Symposium at York University


The Ontario Climate Consortium Secretariat is in the planning stages for the 2017 Ontario Climate symposium, taking place at York University on May 11th and 12th. Given year-over-year growth in attendance and overall interest in our flagship annual event, we are moving to a two-day format to provide more space for conversation and engagement with pressing climate challenges in Ontario.

The working theme for the upcoming symposium is Ahead by a Century and a Half: Envisioning Just Transformations in a Changing Climate. Given that Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary confederation in 2017, we are envisioning what Ontario could be like in the next 150 years, or seven generations. With this overarching vision, we’ve identified a number of sub-themes that we will be exploring at the symposium, including:

  • Regional Land Use Planning and Urban Design;
  • Sustainable Energy Transitions;
  • Ecological Economics,
  • Eco-Health;
  • Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Changing Culture in a Changing Climate.

We’re in the process of developing the program and have issued a Call for Proposals for individual presentations, art and digital media exhibits, posters, as well as workshops and interactive sessions that examine the symposium’s themes. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 4th. The organizing committee will make its decisions by November 11th.

Click here for more information.


Carbon Talk View Online- Climate Action in BC


The video is now online from October 4th’s Carbon Talks event, entitled “Climate Action in BC: Where do we go from here?”

Click here to watch the video.

BC’s updated Climate Leadership Plan was released in August 2016 and many have said that it fell short in ambition and specificity to get BC on track to meet its greenhouse gas emissions targets. In this Carbon Talk, we heard from two experts on what this new plan means for BC, and what opportunities exist and could emerge to keep BC’s climate action on track with its legislated goals.

• Nancy Olewiler, economist and professor of Public Policy at SFU
• Jeremy Moorhouse, Senior Analyst at Clean Energy Canada

Recorded live at SFU Vancouver on October 4, 2016.

Click here for more information on Carbon Talks.



Call for Nominations of Canadian Experts – Scoping Meeting for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6)


Call for Nominations of Canadian Experts – Scoping Meeting for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6)

Deadline: October 27th 2016

This is a call for nominations of Canadian experts to be considered for participation in the scoping meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

The scoping meeting will be held tentatively during the week of May 1-5, 2017 (venue to be confirmed). It will result in a draft scoping paper and an annotated outline, which will be considered at the IPCC’s 46th Session in September 2017. Following approval of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report outline, a call for authors will be launched.

NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS: If you wish to be nominated for participation in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report scoping meeting,please complete the attached nomination form (both tabs) and return it along with your short Curriculum Vitae (max. 4 pages, in English) to ec.giec-ipcc.ec@canada.ca by 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time on October 27, 2016.Please use the following format to name files: LastName_FirstInitial.xls.

SELECTION PROCESS: Nominations will be assessed and submitted to the IPCC by the IPCC Focal Point for Canada. Restrictions on the number of Canadian nominees may be imposed based on nominees’ qualifications, as well as financial or other considerations. The IPCC Secretariat for Canada will inform successful candidates of their nomination status. Individuals selected to partake in the scoping meeting will be notified directly by the IPCC in February 2017. The Government of Canada may provide financial assistance for the travel expenses of selected experts.

EXPERTISE: Scoping Meeting participants should have a broad understanding of climate change and related issues, and should collectively have expertise in the following areas.  While the final outline for the Sixth Assessment Report may not include all areas listed below, broad expertise is solicited in order to determine robust areas for consideration.

Working Group I

  • Climate system (atmosphere, ocean, land surface, cryosphere): observations (past and present), processes, and interactions.
  • Natural and anthropogenic drivers of climate change (land use, well-mixed greenhouse gases, short-lived forcers including aerosols), carbon and other biogeochemical cycles.
  • Climate modelling, model evaluation, predictions, scenarios and projections, detection and attribution, on global and regional scales.
  • Earth system feedbacks and dynamical responses, including abrupt change.
  • Climate variability, climate phenomena and teleconnections, extremes and implications for regional climate.

Working Group II

  • Impacts on and vulnerability of natural and managed systems (land, freshwater and oceans) including genetics, physiology and regional ecosystem expertise.
  • Palaeo and historical views of natural, managed and human systems across regions.
  • Impacts, vulnerability and risks for sectors including fisheries, agriculture, tourism, transport, resource extraction, energy.
  • Impacts, vulnerability and risks for human systems including health and wellbeing, indigenous and cultural, livelihoods, poverty.
  • Impacts, vulnerability and risks for settlements, including rural, urban, cities, and those on small islands and in coastal areas, and related systems and processes including food, economic and energy security, migration.
  • Adaptation needs, options, opportunities, constraints and influencing factors including contributions from psychology, sociology, and anthropology.
  • Approaches for adaptation to climate change: ecosystem and community based adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and early warning systems.
  • Socio-cultural, anthropological and psychological background of making and implementing decisions.

Working Group III

  • Socio-economic scenarios, modelling and transitions at the global, regional, national and local scales including integrated assessment approaches.
  • Energy systems including supply and energy demand sectors (e.g., industry, transport, buildings).
  • Mitigation responses in agriculture, forestry, land use and waste.
  • Consumption patterns, human behavior and greenhouse gas emissions, including economic, psychological, sociological and cultural aspects.
  • Policies, agreements and instruments at the international, national and subnational levels, including those at the city level.
  • Technology innovation, transfer and deployment.
  • Financial aspects of response options.

Cross-cutting areas of expertise

  • Co-benefits, risks and co-costs of mitigation and adaptation, including interactions and trade-offs, technological and financial challenges and options.
  • Ethics and equity: climate change, sustainable development, gender, poverty eradication, livelihoods, and food security.
  • Perception of risks and benefits of climate change, adaptation and mitigation options, and societal responses, including psychological and sociological aspects.
  • Climate engineering, greenhouse gas removal, and associated feedbacks and impacts.
  • Regional and sectorial climate information.
  • Epistemology and different forms of climate related knowledge and data, including indigenous and practice-based knowledge.

IPCC SELECTION CRITERIA: scientific, technical and socio-economic expertise, including the range of views; geographical representation; a mixture of experts with and without previous experience in IPCC; gender balance; experts with a background from relevant stakeholder and user groups, including governments.


IPCC Secretariat for Canada

Science & Technology Branch
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Government of Canada
200 Sacré-Coeur Blvd, 11th Floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3



Resilient-C Online Platform: Planning for coastal hazard risk reduction and climate adaptation


MEOPAR and UBC presents:

Planning for coastal hazard risk reduction and climate adaptation

You are invited to participate in our next webinar introducing the Resilient-C platform.

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the Resilient Coasts Canada Platform, including how to use it for coastal risk reduction and climate change adaptation planning. The hosts will demonstrate how to access and use the interactive Resilient-C platform to gain insight on local initiatives for coastal community planning in the Strait of Georgia. The session will feature several relevant user scenarios to guide participants through the tool, followed by a Q&A period.

The 30min webinar will be offered at 11am, Thursday, 27th October, 2016*

*Note: If you would like to join the webinar but cannot join at this scheduled time, please register and select “Other” in the webinar times question, then a recording of the webinar will be sent to you.

Click here to register.


Canadian Water Research Society Undergraduate Water Essay Prize


Canadian Water Research Society Undergraduate Water Essay Prize

The CWRS is announcing its inaugural student water essay contest. The essay winning first prize will receive $2000.

Canadian Water Research Society (CWRS) is a British Columbia based provincially incorporated Society with federal Canadian charitable tax status. CWRS thinks globally, acts locally and conducts applied research in the areas of water law, water policy and water education. The objective of CWRS is to make Canada, and the world, a better place one waterway at a time.

Contest Rules and Submission Guidelines

Prizes: First prize: $2000; Second prize: $1000; Third prize: $500

Topic:  Essays on any aspect of “fresh” water issues in western Canada are accepted. “Fresh” water is defined as including creeks, rivers, lakes, wetlands, ground water, aquifers and estuaries (but does not include the “ocean”).  “Western Canada” is defined as British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Students are encouraged to submit an original essay on any aspect of water in western Canada that captures their imagination or interest.  Policy and discussion-oriented essays rather than purely data-oriented submissions are encouraged as are essays written in a clear and easy-to-read style making them readily accessible to a non-technical or non-academic reader.

Who Can Enter: Undergraduate students enrolled in (or just completing) a degree, diploma or certificate program at an accredited post-secondary institution in British Columbia or Alberta.

Submission Deadline: Essays can be submitted anytime from October 1, 2016 until midnight (PST) May 24, 2017.  Late entries will not be accepted.

Originality:  The submission must be the original work of the student.  The research, writing and editing of the essay must be done solely by the student.

Word Limit: A maximum of 3500 words (not including footnotes, endnotes or bibliography).

Entry Limit:  Only one entry per student will be accepted.

Submission Format:  Essays should be in English; typed in a 12 point font; double spaced in a MS Word format; with the pages numbered; and have a cover page containing the author’s name, contact details (including an e-mail address); and the institution they are attending.

Can I Submit a Term Paper? Yes, providing you edit it to comply with the word limit noted above and follow the approved referencing and citation system used by your institution.

Submit Entries to: cwrs_essaycontest@outlook.com

Judging Criteria:  Submissions will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • relevance to the topic of water in western Canada
  • originality and topicality of subject matter
  • clear expression of ideas and understanding of the topic
  • excellence in writing
  • topic’s potential interest to a broader public readership
  • author’s ability to articulate possible policy implications for the future

Announcement of Winners:  The winning essays will be announced in September 2017.

For Additional Information: Go the CWRS Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/CanadianWaterResearchSociety/


Metro Vancouver Sixth Annual Zero Waste Conference












Join Metro Vancouver for the Sixth Annual Zero Waste Conference, November 3rd at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Featuring leaders at the intersection of science, politics and economics, this years’ conference will showcase thought leadership and best practices from across the globe as well as our own backyard.

neri Neri Oxman, Architect and Designer. Oxman combines breakthroughs in materials science with design principles found in nature – bringing a sustainable future within reach.
 eben Eben Bayer, CEO and Co-Founder of Ecovative. Ecovative is a world-leading biomaterials company that is specialized in adapting natural processes to create sustainable materials.
Panelist: Innovation in the Marketplace
 owen Owen Zachariasse Innovation and Sustainability, Delta Development Group, the Netherlands. Zachariasse specializes in Cradle to Cradle®, Circular Economy and sustainability for real property development.
Panelist: The Built Environment

For more information and to register, click here.


Free Event: Engaging Citizens on Climate Change with Powerful Digital Media

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Join the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) and the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) for a free event in Vancouver:

Cool Tools for a Warming World: Engaging Citizens on Climate Change with Powerful Digital Media
Thursday, October 13th
7:00 – 8:30 pm
HSBC Hall, Room C680, UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St

This talk will offer success stories on the use of innovative digital media and other social mobilization strategies for climate change education, planning, and action. Leading climate change researchers Stephen Sheppard, Maged Senbel and Adam Fenech will demonstrate interactive visual tools and share information on new research findings, including PICS supported social mobilization research results.

Expert panelists Robert Gifford and Daniel Kreeger will offer their thoughts on the research, as well as insight into what works in building climate change awareness and fostering community-led action. Audience participation is encouraged. Refreshments provided.

This event is free, but please register in advance by clicking here.


Two New Adaptation Projects in the Okanagan


The Okanagan Regional Adaptation Strategies plan was released in July and the first two projects are underway to strengthen the agriculture sector’s resilience to climate change in the region.

1) Agriculture Drought Status Outreach Project
As summers become warmer and drier, agricultural water users have a growing need for timely and accurate information about the status of local water supplies. To address associated communication challenges, this pilot project will develop, test and evaluate outreach mechanisms with two water purveyors and their agricultural water users. Following the completion of the pilot, a summary of the results – along with a set of communication guidelines and sample outreach materials – will be made available to water purveyors across the region. This will help to facilitate the adoption of effective and consistent methods for communicating with agricultural water users about water supply status during drought.

2) Decision Support Tool for Local Tree Fruit Pest Management
As average annual temperatures increase, particularly minimum winter temperatures, the range and prevalence of agricultural pests (including insects and diseases) are anticipated to shift, and new pests are expected to emerge. Within this changing context, resources to support timely, efficient and effective pest management decisions will be increasingly important.

This project will adapt a successful pest management decision support tool – Washington State University’s Decision Aid System (DAS) – for the Okanagan. The system has been in operation in Washington State for nearly a decade and is highly valued by Washington growers. The DAS tool has a clear, simple interface that can be accessed on a computer, tablet or phone and is programmed for conventional and organic management recommendations. The tool is anticipated to be rolled out for Okanagan tree fruit producer use in 2018.

To see more about these and other updates from the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative, go to their website here.


Carbon Talk with ACT’s Deborah Harford: Low Carbon Resilience


ACT’s Executive Director Deb Harford presented at SFU’s Carbon Talks on September 27th 2016. The video of this presentation is now online.

In the presentation, Deb explores the concept of lowcarbon resilience and outlines some of the conclusions in ACT’s recent report, Low Carbon Resilience: Transformative Climate Change Planning for Canada. Following the presentation, audience members participated in a rich dialogue about policy, public engagement, and other tools to achieve our goals of becoming resilient while decreasing carbon emissions.

Click here to view the presentation.


Presentations Online from 2016 Livable Cities Forum


The 2016 Livable Cities Forum took place September 12-14 in Halifax, and all presentations given at the Forum are now online.

In addition to other exciting and innovative sessions, Senior ACT Researcher Edward Nichol delivered two important presentations at the conference. Click below to see his presentations on:


Low Carbon Resilience: Transformative Climate Change Planning for Canada 
(Day 1 of the Forum, in the session “Finding the Synergies between Low-carbon and Resilient Communities”)
In this presentation, Edward explains the concept of low-carbon resilience and why it is a crucial way to think about climate change work. He also provide examples of how this concept can be implemented through avenues such as carbon pricing, resilient renewable energy, ensuring soil health, and responding to extreme heat.

Adaptation Financing for Local Governments in Canada
(Day 1 of the Forum, in the session “The Economics of Resilience: From Business Case to Financing”)
Here, Edward provides an overview of various economic instruments which local governments can use to fund or finance adaptation projects. These tools include utilizing possible internal revenues, seeking external revenues, and implementing innovative programs. An evaluation of these tools reveals recommendations, both for local governments and for other levels of government to advance and improve these tools.

To view the entire conference program and access all other presentations, click here.

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