The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) is excited to announce that it will be hosting its 3rd Annual Climate Change Research Symposium at McMaster University on May 11, 2015. The annual symposium brings scholars together with public and private sector representatives to advance climate change research in Ontario. This year’s theme is Ready, Steady, Adapt: Leading Adaptation through Collaboration.

We are looking forward to hosting a three great sessions at the symposium which will cover the following topics: 1) The Business of Climate Resilience and Adaptation; 2) The Synergies of Natural and Social Science: The Adaptation Tag-Team; and, 3) Art, Activism and Climate Change: The Bridge between Science and Society.

We have some fabulous speakers and moderators confirmed for the sessions including:

  • Deborah Harford | Executive Director, Adaptation to Climate Change Team at Simon Fraser University
  • Benjamin Shinewald | President & CEO, Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA)
  • Tom Rand | Senior Advisor, Cleantech; Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures
  • Channa Perera | Director of Sustainable Development, Canadian Electricity Association
  • Adam Auer | Director of Sustainability & Stakeholder Relations, Cement Association of Canada
  • Sarah Burch | Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
  • Rob Shirkey | Director, Our Horizon Project
  • Joan Sullivan | Photographer
  • Kelly Drennan | Executive Director, Fashion Takes Action
  • Blair Feltmate | Associate Professor, Program Director Sustainability Practice; Chair Climate Change Adaptation Project Canada
  • Linda Hawkins | Director, Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship at the University of Guelph

More information about the program and registration details are available here.


New Project Underway: Research and Information Gathering on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation


The OCC and its partners are working to deliver analysis and recommendations to the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change on land-use planning and climate change as a part of the 2015 coordinated review of the Provincial Growth Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, and Greenbelt Plan.

The recommendations provided will be based on a review of academic and grey literature, as well as a review of provincial and municipal policies in comparison with a set of international jurisdictions exhibiting best practice in the area of land-use planning and climate change. The project is set to wrap up in May 2015 and a status update will be available accordingly.

The project team is being guided by a group of expert advisors that include:


New Project Underway: The Identification and Validation of Extreme Weather Indicators for Agricultural Production and Rural Resilience in Ontario


Over the last few months, the OCC has been working with its partners to produce spatially-distributed climatological indicators that represent extreme weather impacts associated with climate change, specificially in the context of agricultural production and rural resilience. The project aims to produce information on the limitations and applicability of different future climate datasets for agricultural adaptation decision making and modeling.

This is a collaborative project with funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). The analysis for this project is being led by Drs. Ziwang Deng and Huaiping Zhu from York University. The project advisory committee includes representatives from the following organizations in addition to some agricultural producers:OMAFRANRCanCarleton UniversityAAFC.

More information about this project is available here.

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