Workshop: Floods and Drought- Tackling Wild Weather




9:00AM TO 5:00PM



9830 100 AVE, FORT ST JOHN

Climate change is exposing Northern BC communities to changes in weather patterns and an increase in extreme events. These changes place local and regional critical infrastructure at risk, which the Northeast region has witnessed in recent flooding. Changing climate hazards have created the need to adapt the design and maintenance of critical infrastructure.

This full-day introductory workshop will address the future climate trends for the Northeast region and how existing online tools can support adaptation. Presenters will share their experiences with climate risk assessments of highway infrastructure, community flood response and collaborative drought management. The workshop will also highlight available funding opportunities and learning resources for climate change adaptation and asset management.

Registration is free of charge. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for participants.

This workshop is supported through Fraser Basin Council’s BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative program (funded by Natural Resources Canada and the BC Ministry of Environment). 



ACT moves to a new home in the SFU Faculty of Environment’s Pacific Water Research Centre

ACT is excited to announce a new partnership with SFU’s Pacific Water Research Centre (PWRC) based at the Faculty of Environment. Please see the press release below for details:

{Click here for SFU’s Pacific Water Research Centre Statement}

SFU’s Pacific Water Research Centre beefs up with Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT)

07 February 2017

Deborah Harford on left working with Surrey residents at City meeting co-hosted by ACT on sea level rise.

Deborah Harford on left working with Surrey residents at City meeting co-hosted by ACT on sea level rise.

SFU’s Pacific Water Research Centre (PWRC) is boosting its research capabilities, with ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team) joining the centre as one of its programs.

ACT brings leading experts together with industry, community and government decision-makers to find ways to sustainably adapt to priority climate change issues.

“Most climate change issues have water at their core,” says Deborah Harford, executive director of ACT.

“For instance, climate change magnifies the severity of extreme events such as flooding (too much water) and droughts (too little water), and both can lead to poor water quality.

“Joining the Pacific Water Research Centre is a strategic partnership that will allow us to collaborate closely and work together to advance climate change adaptation.”

SFU’s Faculty of Environment established the Pacific Water Research Centre in 2015 as a response to water challenges encountered in British Columbia, Canada and the world. The centre brings together researchers, academics and experts to look at a range of water issues, from water’s influence on communities and human wellbeing—particularly First Nations and indigenous communities, to water ethics, resource management and coastal ecosystems.

“Climate change adaptation is a major strategic priority for the PWRC,” says Zafar Adeel, PWRC’s executive director.

“We’re delighted to welcome ACT. They bring a decade of specialization in all aspects of climate change adaptation, including community engagement and innovative research, as well as publication of highly respected and well-received policy reports and other resources.”

ACT joins PWRC from SFU’s School of Public Policy where it had been housed since its founding in 2006. An interdisciplinary program, ACT will continue its collaboration with the public policy school and a number of other SFU departments and schools.

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Carbon Talk: Can BC’s forests help to reduce emissions?


Can British Columbia’s Forests Help Reduce Emissions?
Thursday, February 16th
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Room 2270, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St

British Columbia’s forests and forestry products have a large impact on provincial emissions, through both their ability to store and release carbon into the atmosphere. So what are the opportunities to manage forests and wood products with the goal reducing emissions? And how might climate change impacts interact with carbon-focused forest management goals?

Join us for a free public dialogue with Dr. Werner Kurz, Senior Research Scientist at the Canadian Forest Service (Natural Resources Canada) and lead of the Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions’ Forest Carbon Management Project.

Click here to register.

Can’t make it in person? Carbon Talks will be webcast live, thanks to the support of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. Webcast link: http://www.youtube.com/user/carbontalks/live (Follow the conversation on Twitter at @CarbonTalks)


  • Dr. Werner Kurz, Senior Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

Webinar: Making Urban Water Sustainability a Reality

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The next webinar in POLIS’s “Creating a Blue Dialogue” webinar series:

Making Urban Water Sustainability a Reality
Friday, February 17th
12:00 – 1:30 pm PT

Canada’s water and wastewater infrastructure requires urgent attention. The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card revealed that 29 per cent of Canada’s drinking water infrastructure and 35 per cent of its wastewater infrastructure is in fair to very poor condition. Canada is facing an “infrastructure moment,” which includes an unparalleled opportunity to set the course for the next generation of sustainable urban water infrastructure in this country. The Government of Canada is committed to investing over $180 billion in infrastructure over the coming decade.

In this webinar, Tony Maas will discuss the importance of urban water sustainability. He will present a suite of recommendations to align water infrastructure investments and regulatory regimes around a vision of sustainability, resilience, and innovation. Emanuel Machado will then share lessons learned from the Town of Gibsons’ pioneering “eco-asset” management strategy, which was developed to promote ecological sustainability and smart infrastructure management and maintenance.

**SPACE IS LIMITED** Register now!


Call for Ontario Adaptation Resources


Are you experiencing the impacts of climate change in your line of work? Are you currently planning for, or implementing, adaptation plans or actions? If so, OCCIAR would like to hear from you!

The Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR) is currently seeking information on how various sectors in Ontario are managing the effects of climate change. We are seeking stories of adaptation taking place in the following sectors:

  • Energy
  • Mining
  • Forestry
  • Municipal planning
  • Infrastructure

Share your “adaptation story” and it could be featured in a report on climate change adaptation in Ontario!

Please click here to submit your story before March 10, 2017.

In appreciation of your time, your name will be entered into a draw to win a $25 gift certificate to MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op).


Register Now: Renewable Cities’ Global Learning Forum 2017

Have you registered for Renewable Cities’ Global Learning Forum 2017?
Global Learning Forum 2017 is a solutions-focused dialogue on the road to 100% renewable electricity, heating and cooling, and transportation in cities. This three-day event takes place from May 17-19 in Vancouver, BC.
Join Renewable Cities to meet with your peers and experience the dialogue difference in Vancouver, a city that’s striving for 100% renewable energy. Forum 2017 features 32 small group workshops, an inspiring opening night event, plenary sessions, site visits, networking receptions, and more!

Webinar Series: Green Shores(TM)


Wondering about the Green ShoresTM  planning approach? The Fraser Basin Council is holding two webinars for you to learn more:

Green ShoresTM for Busy Professionals
Thursday, February 23rd
11:00am – 12:00 pm

Have you heard about Green Shores and are wondering what it is all about? This webinar is for land-use professionals and others who would like an introduction to Green Shores. Presented by DG Blair (Stewardship Centre for BC) and Johanna Wolf (Climate Action Secretariat), topics covered will include: an introduction to the use of Green Shores credit and rating systems (Green Shores for Homes; Green Shore for Coastal Development) for shoreline projects as well as the benefits of Green Shores for climate risk, adaptation and ecosystem resilience. Information on Green Shores training opportunities through Stewardship Centre for BC and University of Victoria will also be provided.
Register here for this webinar.

Using 3D Modeling for Green ShoresTM Projects
Tuesday, March 7th
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This webinar will show the capabilities of ultra-high precision shoreline models to assist with planning and implementing Green Shores projects. Dr. Nathan Vadeboncoeur will present on the new interactive 3D visualization tool, Smart Shores, uses aerial images collected by UAVs (drones) and high-precision ground-based GPS to create centimetre-level accurate landscape models that can be used to assist in the design, implementation and evaluation of Green Shores projects. The webinar will also discuss how these tools can be used as part of an online platform for accessing the wealth of knowledge other Canadians have developed in managing their own shores.
Register here for this webinar.

Upcoming Conference: Resilience 2017

conference board

Check out the below information on Resilience 2017, the Conference Board of Canada’s upcoming conference on preparing for hazards:

Natural disasters are on the rise. Are we prepared?

As human infrastructure continues to grow and spread, so too do the risks posed by natural hazards including wildfires, flooding, extreme weather, and temperature fluctuations. And as we’ve seen in recent years, disasters focused in urban areas can be absolutely catastrophic. While it is impossible to predict natural events, the lessons learned from recent events can provide invaluable insights into building resilience to a variety of future hazards. So how prepared are we now? And where do we go from here?

Join us April 25-26, 2017 in Edmonton for Resilience 2017. At this year’s event, you will gain insights into issues such as implementing resilience in infrastructure, the insurance industry perspective and risk management, wildfire threats and their economic and social impact on both urban areas and remote communities, and how social media has evolved to play a significant role in the response to emergencies.

View the agenda today to see some of the sessions we have planned. Join us to hear speakers such as:

  • Stéphanie Durand, Director General, Emergency Management Policy and Outreach, Public Safety Canada
  • Chris Graham, Assistant Deputy Chief, Emergency Management, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo 
  • Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan, Director, National Security and Strategic Foresight, The Conference Board of Canada 
  • The Hon. Danielle Larivee, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Service Alberta, Alberta Municipal Affairs 
  • David McGown, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives, Insurance Bureau of Canada 
  • Dr. Michael Flannigan, Professor, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta 
  • Shane Schreiber, Managing Director, Alberta Emergency Management Agency 
  • Jean-Philippe Tizi, Vice-President, Emergency Management, The Canadian Red Cross
  • Brett Whittingham, Business Continuity and Emergency Planner, City of Calgary

Register by February 26 to save $200! You’ll also receive:

  • Evaluating Calgary’s Emergency Response Plan: Lessons from the Flood Part 1 – Webinar Recorded Sept.2, 2015
  • Evaluating Calgary’s Recovery Operations Centre: Lessons from the Flood Part 2 – Webinar Recorded November 17, 2015

Take advantage this special offer by registering online quoting priority code ERESTOP7!


Apply Now: Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health

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Apply now for a $2,000 scholarship for research on communities and environmental health!

Applications for the Elizabeth Henry Scholarship are being accepted now through May 10, 2017. The scholarship supports graduate students working on BC based research projects that are addressing environmental health issues and promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative community initiatives. The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship was initiated by the Fraser Basin Council directors and staff in memory of their dear friend and colleague and as a legacy to her life and values.

The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship provides an annual award of $2,000 for eligible research projects. The Scholarship is funded by the Fraser Basin Council, British Columbia Clean Air Research (BC CLEAR) Fund and by many friends, family members and colleagues who wish to remember Elizabeth and her work. If you wish to contribute to the Elizabeth Henry Scholarship Fund, you can do so through Vancouver Foundation website.

Click here for more information and to apply.


Webinar: International Export of Adaptation Technology, Goods and Services

international webinar

Check out this exciting upcoming webinar:

Exploring Opportunities for International Export of Adaptation Technology, Goods and Services
Thursday, February 9th
1:30 – 3:00 pm ET

This webinar will feature two sections:

  • International Markets for Canadian Adaptation Goods and Services, with:
    • Robyn Troop, Senior Consultant / Chris Webber, Senior Manager, Sustainability and Climate Change, Deloitte
    • Jimena Eyzaguirre, International Team Director and Climate Change Adaptation Lead, ESSA Technologies
  • International Market Opportunities: the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), with
    • Diana Cartwright, Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada (National Designated Entity, CTCN, Canada)

Click here to register.


Webinar: Monitoring and Evaluating Adaptation to Climate Change


Webinar: Monitoring and Evaluating Adaptation to Climate Change

Wednesday, January 18th
9:00 – 10:30 am CST
As part of a worldwide trend, Latin American and Caribbean countries are increasingly including adaptation considerations into their climate commitments and development policies, acknowledging the need to make the necessary adjustments in response to a changing climate.

One of the main challenges of climate change adaptation is ensuring that actions implemented have the desired results, since conditions are uncertain and the best results are achieved when impacts do not take place rather than if something occurs.

This webinar will present an approach that the World Bank is developing to improve monitoring and evaluating of resilience-building projects, followed by comments from Mexico about their experiences in this area.


  • Introduction: Ana María Majano.* Coordinator of the LEDS LAC Secretariat, Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE).
  • Presentation: Monitoring and evaluation of resilience. Nathan Engle.* Senior Climate
    Change Specialist, World Bank.
  • Comment: Eduardo Robelo González.* Climate change adaptation consultant, Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (SEMARNAT).

The webinar will be held in English. Click here to register.


Engineers Canada to Host Climate Law Course for Engineers in Toronto


Understanding the Changing Legal Climate: Canadian Climate Law for Engineers

Engineers Canada will be hosting a two-day climate law course for engineers on February 14 and 15, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.

This professional development short course will educate engineers on climate change law issues and the associated implications for their practice.

Successful completion of this course will be recognized by Engineers Canada as meeting one of the requirements of the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) certification. The course may also be taken as continuing professional development.

Please click here for more information and to register!


PCIC Wants Your Input on Climate Tools

The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) is looking for your input on online climate tools:
Online tools are an important way that Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium delivers climate information to those who need it. To ensure effectiveness and relevance, we rely on feedback.

If you can spare a few minutes to take our short online survey, it will help us improve the
services we provide.

We are also conducting personal interviews to dig a little deeper into how people use online climate tools. Interviews can be done by phone, skype or in person. For more information please contact Noemie Bechtet at nbechtet@uvic.ca.


Events: Health Risks and Future Development in a Changing Climate

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The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) is hosting two upcoming events with Dr. Kristie Ebi:

The Health Risks of a Changing Climate
Climate change is already starting to have far-reaching consequences for human health and these risks will grow in the coming decades. The choices we make now will impact how vulnerable we are to these health risks. Climate variability and change can affect the morbidity and mortality of any health outcome sensitive to weather or climate; decreased water availability and agricultural productivity could affect undernutrition, while changing weather patterns and sea level rise may alter the geographic range, seasonality, and incidence of some infectious diseases, such as malaria. These risks are not independent, but will interact in complex ways with risks in other sectors.  Policies and programs must consider climate change if they aim to facilitate resilient and sustainable societies.

When: 7:30-9:30 pm, Wednesday February 1st

Where: Bob Wright Centre, Room A104 UVic, Victoria , BC


Implications of Future Development Pathways for the Risks of Climate Change
The risks of climate change are a combination of the hazards associated with changes in weather and climate, the extent to which natural and human systems are exposed to these hazards, and vulnerability to these exposures. The sensitivity and coping capacity of exposed systems determine their vulnerability.  Development choices alter exposure, sensitivity, and capacity, how these choices interact, and their short- and longer-term consequences. Therefore, considering development pathways is vital when projecting the risks of climate change. The Shared Socioeconomic Pathways describe five visions of future development, ranging from a world aiming to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals to a world characterized by regional blocks of extreme poverty and pockets of moderate wealth. Each scenario will be discussed.

When: 12:00-1:30pm, Thursday February 2nd

Where: Room 002, University House 1, UVic Victoria, BC


Register – this is a free event but space is limited. Please register to reserve your seat. Lunch will be provided. 

Kristie L. Ebi is director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, and Professor in the Departments of Global Health and of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington.  She has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for twenty years, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, and vectorborne diseases. She focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures, in collaboration with WHO, UNDP, USAID, and others.


Upcoming Event: Three Foreign Policy Challenges for Trump


ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford was on Roundhouse Radio this past Friday to discuss the upcoming event Canadian International Council on Three Foreign Policy Challenges for the Trump Administration. 

Deb was discussing her role as a panelist in the event, which will include climate change as one of the three key issues the Trump administration will face. The United States’ involvement in the Paris Agreement, the possibility of re-opening the Keystone XL pipeline, and how Canada will be affected by Trump’s actions are just some of the pertinent questions related to climate actions of the United States.

Listen to the interview by clicking here.

Event information:

Thursday, January 19th
5:00 – 7:00 pm (doors at 5, panel discussion at 5:30, and Q&A to follow)
Tap & Barrell’s Tap Shack, 1199 W Cordova St

Tickets: CIC members: $5.00
CIC non-members $15.00
CIC student members $3.00
New CIC members (bought between Dec. 16. – Jan 16) FREE

The Vancouver branch of the Canadian International Council will host a pub-night panel discussion on the eve of the inauguration of President Trump. The expert panel will address three major foreign policy themes that could be seriously affected by the policies championed by the Trump Administration. The three themes are:
  • What future for multilateral trade agreements? (Panelist: Senator Yuen Pau Woo, senior resident fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation)
  • US Relations with NATO  (Panelist: Prof Alex Moens, SFU Political Science)
  • Will the US defect from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change? (Panelist: Deborah Harford, Adaptation to Climate Change Team, SFU)

The event will be moderated by Max Fawcett, freelance writer and media consultant.

To register for this event, click here.

About the speakers: 

Deborah Harford co-founded ACT in 2006 with SFU Centre for Dialogue’s Dr. Mark Winston and the School of Public Policy’s Dr. Nancy Olewiler with the goal of working to protect ecosystem health while exploring policy options and developing resources for adaptation to a range of climate change impact areas, including water, food, health, biodiversity, energy, infrastructure, and population displacement. Deborah is responsible for development of ACT’s pioneering vision and its unique partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as overall coordination and management of the program. She directs and produces ACT’s policy recommendations for effective adaptation strategies at all levels of government, as well as communication and promotion of the program’s outcomes. Through Deborah’s efforts, ACT has created, and is a contributor to, a wide variety of networks between local, national and international climate change research practitioners, NGOs, industry representatives, all levels of
government, First Nations groups and local communities. Deborah was appointed as a Climate Solutions Fellow in June 2015.

Alexander Moens is a professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada and was the Eisenhower Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome in 2015. Moens is the co-editor (with Brooke Smith-Windsor) of NATO and Asia Pacific (NDC, Rome, 2016), co-editor of Immigration Policy and the Terrorist Threat in Canada and the United States (2008), and author of The Foreign Policy of George W. Bush: Values, Strategy, Loyalty (2004), Foreign Policy Under Carter (1990), as well as co-editor of Disconcerted Europe: The Search for a New Security Architecture (1994), and NATO and European Security: Alliance Politics from the Cold War’s End to the Age of Terrorism (2003).

Senator Yuen Pau Woo is British Columbia’s newest independent senator and a senior resident fellow at the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies at SFU. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment this fall. Woo has more than 25 years of experience in strategy and policy for business, government and not-for-profit organizations. He is widely recognized as a leading thinker on Asian economic issues and Canada-Asia relations, and is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in recognition of his contribution to Canada-Asia relations. Prior to his current role at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, he was president and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and media consultant and the former editor in chief of Vancouver Magazine and editor of Alberta Oil magazine. His work has been published in the Walrus, Report on Business magazine, Canadian Business, and Eighteen Bridges, among other places. He’s also the direct descendant of Canada’s worst Prime Minister — but you’ll have to guess who that is.


Summer Student Job with IDRC: Climate Change Program


The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is hiring a student to work on their climate change program over the summer. This position is based in Ottawa.

IDRC’s Climate Change program supports research that improves climate change adaptation efforts, at the policy level and in practice. The program has three priority areas:

1. Generate new knowledge and inform policy in hotspots vulnerable to climate change;
2. Increase the resilience of small and medium-sized cities to climate change paying particular attention to reducing the vulnerability of women; and
3. Facilitate the financing of climate adaptation strategies, especially from private sources.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

• Assist with program communications (i.e. preparing results stories for the IDRC website, compiling and mailing program newsletters, preparing presentations, etc.)
• Support monitoring and evaluation activities (i.e. collect, review, and catalogue project outcomes and outputs, update program databases, etc.).
• Provide research assistance (i.e. conduct literature reviews, methodology analysis, review of proposals, etc.)
• Assist with the planning of events, workshops, and conferences
• Support program operations (i.e. participate in program meetings, prepare meeting minutes, etc.)
• Perform other tasks, as required

Summer students are considered as integral members of each program and are invited to contribute to team discussions and assist with general programming. This work offers significant insight into the functioning of a donor and a development research institution.

Candidate Profile Education:

• Undergraduate degree (minimum 4th year) and enrolled in a post-secondary program for September 2017 in a relevant discipline such as environmental studies/sciences, geography, urban/rural planning, development studies, or economics.

Language Requirement:

• Bilingual position (English and French) at an intermediate level


• Knowledge or experience in development and climate change
• Experience in communications (i.e. writing content for websites, compiling presentations, preparing content for social media, etc.)
• Reviewing literature, analyzing data, and synthesizing information
• Knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, and updating databases
• Event planning and coordination


• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills, tact, and discretion
• Good judgment, initiative, and ability to prioritize tasks
• Ability to analyze complex issues and summarize research findings
• Ability to work independently and with others as an effective and cooperative team member
• Sound knowledge of MS-Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), experience with information management systems, strong internet research skills

Deadline to apply: January 31st. Click here to apply. 

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