Extreme Weather

Extreme Weather Reports

Climate Change Adaptation and Extreme Weather: Summary Recommendations (PDF: Weather Session – SummaryReport)
September 9, 2009
Authors: Dr. Gordon McBean, Chair for Policy, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction; Dr. Dan Henstra, Assistant Professor, University of Windsor Political Science

Climate Change and Extreme Weather: Designing Adaptation Policy: Background Report (PDF: Weather Session – BackgroundReport
September 9, 2009

Authors:
Dr. Gordon McBean, Chair for Policy, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction; Dr. Dan Henstra, Assistant Professor, University of Windsor Political Science

Extreme Weather Conferences

The ACT Extreme Weather session ran from May-December 2008, and focused on municipal adaptation, infrastructure, and public safety. Zurich Canada partnered with BC’s Ministry of Environment to create this session; engineering firm AMEC funded publication and distribution of the report. Dr. Gordon McBean, one of Canada’s leading climate scientists and Policy Chair for the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, was ACT’s policy author for the Extreme Events session – findings were released September 9, 2009.

On June 2-3, 2008, ACT hosted conferences titled Extreme Events: Municipalities Adapting to Climate Change in Vancouver BC. Participants explored the current and projected climate change impacts on municipalities, the current responses, and discussed the policy challenges associated with these impacts and responses.

Among the featured speakers were:

  • Brian Beck, Project Manager, Sustainability Group, City of Vancouver
  • Stuart Cohen, Senior Researcher, AIRD, UBC
  • Neil Cunningham, Acting Manager, Climate and Green Initiatives Branch, Department of Science, Technology and Mines, Government of Manitoba
  • Margot Daykin, Manager, Sustainability Programs, Richmond BC
  • Gordon McBean, IPCC Author, Policy Chair, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

Speaker presentations and group discussions were captured in videos, which have been archived here for you.

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 On October 17, 2008, ACT hosted Extreme Events: Adapting Infrastructure, where conference participants explored practical considerations, opportunities, motivations and constraints associated with climate change adaptation planning for infrastructure developers, managers and practitioners. We framed the workshop content in terms of best practices, discussed the legal and regulatory structures involved, and identified generalizable information that we can extrapolate for decision-makers.

Among the featured speakers were:

  • Cameron Ells, Cameron Ells Consulting Ltd.
  • Chris Corps, Principal, Asset Strategics
  • Efrosini Drimoussis, CH2M Hill Canada Ltd.
  • Erik Sparling, Project Manager, Climate and Infrastructure, Canadian Standards Authority
  • Ewa Ciuk, Program Coordinator, ICLEI Canada
  • Gordon McBean, IPCC Author, Policy Chair, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
  • Sarah Burch, Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) Department of Community and Regional Planning, UBC

Speaker presentations and group discussions were captured in videos, which have been archived here for you.

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 On November 20, 2008, ACT and Imagine BC hosted International Climate Impacts and Responses and the Future for BC, held at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver, BC.

Among the featured speakers were:

  • Allan Lavell, Coordinator, Facultad Latino Americana de Ciencias Sosicales (FLACSO), Costa Rica
  • Bruce Campbell, Special Projects Engineer, Murray-Darling Basin Commission, Australia
  • Dave Porter, Chair, Kaska Dena Tribal Council
  • Elizabeth Elle, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Hassan Virji, Director, International Start Secretariat, Washington, BC
  • John Streicker, Former Director, Northern Climate ExChange, Yukon
  • Kindy Gosal, Director, Water & Environment, Columbia Basin Trust
  • Richard Lipsey, ACT Co-Founder, Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University
  • Warren Bell, Executive Director, Climate Change Policy, BC Climate Action Secretariat

Speaker presentations and group discussions were captured in videos, which have been archived here for you.

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Climate Impacts and Public Safety was held at SFU Vancouver on November 21, 2008. The conference explored practical considerations, opportunities, motivations and constraints for emergency planners, industry practitioners, government and communities. The workshop was framed in terms of best practices, and participants discuss the legal and regulatory structures involved, and identified information that could be extrapolated for decision-makers.

Among the featured speakers were:

  • Alain Normand, Manager, Emergency Measures and Corporate Security, City of Brampton, Ontario
  • Heather Auld, Associate Director, Adaptation and Impacts Research Group, Meteorological Service of Canada
  • Kellie Mitchell, NWT, Nunavut, and Yukon Emergency Preparedness, Public Safety Canada
  • Sheena Vivian, Emergency Planning Manager, BC Hydro

Speaker presentations and group discussions were captured in videos, which have been archived here for you.

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