Click here to download the official conference program of the 2016 Livable Cities Forum!

The LCF2016 Program will explore climate change adaptation and building resilient communities through four themes, click here for descriptions.


Sunday, September 11

Join us Sunday evening for the LCF Dine-Around!

The Sunday dine around event provides an opportunity for delegates to dine at local restaurants and get to know the people attending the Forum.  You can sign up for the dine-around when you register for the Forum.  If you have already registered for the Forum and would like to attend the dine-around, please email with the name of the restaurant you would like to attend.  Click on each link below to explore the different restaurants available!

Please note that delegates are responsible for the cost of their own dinner.

LOT SIX – 13 min walk from the Westin

1685 Argyle Street

Located in the heart of downtown Halifax, Lot Six offers modern global cuisine, classic cocktails, whiskies, craft beers & select wines. The menu features a mixture of elevated comfort food, including half shell oysters, lobster bruschetta, pork shoulder tacos, and more!

SALTY’S – 15 min walk from the Westin

1877 Upper Water Street

Salty’s Upstairs restaurant provides a more formal dining experience with a superb view of Halifax Harbour. The menu features a delicious selection of local shellfish, fish, steak, lamb and chicken, as well as pastas and heavenly desserts.

FULL – BICYCLE THIEF – 6 min walk from the Westin

1475 Lower Water Street

The Bicycle Thief is a hopping, contemporary eatery with outdoor seating, cocktails, and a creative Italian menu. Part of The Bertossi Group family of restaurants, the Bicycle Thief offers North American food with an Italian soul.

THE BARRINGTON STEAKHOUSE & OYSTER BAR – 12 min walk from the Westin

1662 Barrington Street 

Great steak, fresh seafood, big wine and Maritime hospitality come together to create the ultimate dining experience at the Barrington Steakhouse an Oyster Bar. Situated on Halifax’s historic Barrington St, the Barrington Steakhouse combines a 60-seated local oyster bar and 100-seater steakhouse, focusing on aged, grass-fed Maritime beef for a delicious dining combo.

Meeting place: The Westin Nova Scotian, conference level registration area at 6:30pm. Please note the meeting time has been updated from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

Please contact if you have any questions about the Dine-arounds.

Day One

Monday, September 12


7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Buffet Breakfast


8:30 – 9:45 Opening Plenary

The opening plenary will focus on a setting a vision of Canadian communities in a changing climate.  Keynote panellists, facilitated by Plenary Chair Gino Van Begin will take us through what they see as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as Canadian communities prepare for climate change.

Keynote Speakers:

Mayor Mike Savage, Halifax Regional Municipality

Mr. Andy Fillmore, M.P. for Halifax, House of Commons, Ottawa

Barbara Turley-McIntyre, Vice President, Sustainability and Citizenship, The Co-operators – Working Together Towards a Vision for Resilient Communities

Plenary Chair:

Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability


9:45 – 10:15 COFFEE BREAK

10:15 – 12:00

From Planning to Action: Bridging the Implementation Gap

While climate change adaptation has received increasing attention over the past several years, the focus has largely been on the planning process and less on implementation. Although adaptation planning is a process that is often capable of delivering positive outcomes, it can also overestimate the capacity of planning to deliver the intended outcomes of adaptation. Strengthening our understanding of the drivers and constraints to implementation, as well as our knowledge of available tools and resources, can help municipalities in implementing tangible on-the-ground actions. Join us to hear about innovative approaches utilized by municipalities to bridge the implementation gap!


Kathy Edwards, Wellfield Protection Officer, City of Fredericton – Planning for Climate Chance Resiliency while Tackling Infrastructure Deficit

Trisha Henderson, Environmental Policy Coordinator, Town Of Oakville – Town of Oakville’s Climate Change Strategy: From Development to Implementation

Sharyn Inward, Director of Water Programs, Green Communities Canada – Soak it Up! Neighbourhood Action to Reduce Flooding

Michael Houle, Adaptation and Resilience Project Coordinator, ICLEI Canada – Making Strides on Community Adaptation

Room: Commonwealth B

Climate Change in Atlantic Canada: Issues and Responses

Across Atlantic Canada, coastlines and coastal communities are being adversely affected by climate change, including rising sea levels, increased storm surges, and heavier rainfall. These changes have a tremendous impact on the economic, social, and physical landscape of the region. This session will present some of the climate-related issues currently threatening Canada’s East Coast, and explore an assortment of responses from both the public and private sectors.


Karena D’Souza and Mitchell Downton, Graduate Students, Dalhousie University – Climate Change Adaptation in Nova Scotia’s Coastal Zone

Amanda Dean, VP Atlantic, Insurance Bureau of Canada – Making the Case for a National Flood Strategy

Vincent Leys, Coastal Engineer, CBCL Consulting – Engineering Considerations for Coastal Adaptation: Recent Examples from Atlantic Canada

Jonas Roberts, Climate Change Consultant, Amec Foster Wheeler – Climate Change Adaptation Tools and Barriers in Newfoundland and Labrador

Room: Lunenburg

The Economics of Resilience: From Business Case to Financing

Climate change adaptation can save us money by reducing the physical, social, and economic impacts of climate change. How much adaptation might cost, and how fruitful its benefits might be, are issues that are becoming increasingly relevant both for on-the-ground projects and in national and international contexts. This session will explore the economic risks of climate change, new practical tools and mechanisms to measure the costs of adaptation options, and ways the financial sector can be engaged in the adaptation conversation.


Jonathan Rosborough, Director, Climate Lab, University of Prince Edward Island – Coastal Adaptation: CBA Results from Select Locations in Atlantic Canada

Will Green, Manager, Climate Change and Air Quality Unit, Province of Nova Scotia – Economics of Climate Resilience in Nova Scotia

Julius Lindsay, Community Energy Specialist, City of Mississauga & John Charles, Planner, Energy & Environment, Halifax Regional Municipality – Study of Future Economic Impacts of Climate Change: A Municipal Perspective

Edward Nichol, Senior Researcher, Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) Adaptation Financing for Local Governments in Canada

Room: Harbour Suites

Legal Liability and Regulatory Mechanisms as Catalysts for Action on Climate Change

Adapting to the impacts of climate change is not only about increasing resilience to the physical impacts, but also about ensuring the associated legal risk is minimized or avoided. The failure to adapt to known and expected climate change realities may expose communities and governments to legal actions by individuals or others for property damage and personal injury. This session will explore regulatory and legal liability mechanisms that can assist Canadian local governments in minimizing liability and risk from climate change impacts.


Laura Zizzo, Founder & CEO, Zizzo Strategy Inc. – Legal Drivers for Climate Change Adaptation

David Lapp, Practice Lead, Globalization and Sustainable Development, Engineers Canada

Julie Lax, Senior Policy Analyst, Strategic Policy Branch, Environment and Climate Change Canada – Pan-Canadian Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change

Room: Atlantic Ballroom



Keynote Address:

The Honourable John Godfrey, Special Advisor on Climate Change, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change

1:30 – 3:00

Innovative Practices in Paying for Stormwater Management

It is no secret that stormwater infrastructure is incredibly costly, and finding funding for these projects is one of the greatest challenges faced by municipalities. Municipalities are forced to identify new means of paying for upgrades and projects to ensure that when the storm hits, the stormwater system will be a help instead of a hindrance. This session will share innovative ways that municipalities can finance stormwater management upgrades, as well as case studies from Canadian municipalities on how they financed stormwater infrastructure using partnerships, tools, incentives, and strategic planning.


Peter Duncan, Manager, Infrastructure Planning, Halifax Regional Municipality – Moving Towards Green Infrastructure in Halifax

Victoria Kramkowski, Stormwater Charge Program Coordinator, City of Mississauga – Building Resilience Through User Fees: Mississauga’s Stormwater Charge

Sara O’Neill, Senior Research Associate, Sustainable Prosperity – New Solutions for Sustainable Stormwater Management in Canada

Kenda Mackenzie, Director, Regulatory Services, Halifax Water – Stormwater Billing – Lessons Learned

Room: Atlantic Ballroom

Assisting Municipalities in Combatting Extreme Rainfall

This panel will discuss work that will considerably expand the roster of available resources for municipalities tackling urban flooding issues associated with extreme stormwater flows and surcharging wastewater systems. The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion on urban flood risk reduction in Canada, focusing on needs and challenges faced by audience members. Much of the work that will be presented is ongoing, thus the panel will provide an opportunity for interested municipalities to become directly involved in the projects.


Andrew Binns, Professor, University of Guelph –  Lot-level Protection Measures to Improve the Resiliency to Basement Flood Events

Peter Nimmrichter, Associate and Climate Change Specialist, Water Resources, Amec Foster Wheeler – Mitigating Urban Flood Risk in New Residential Subdivisions

Barbara Robinson, President, Norton Engineering – Inflow and Infiltration in New Subdivisions is Costing us a Fortune!

Dan Sandink, Manager, Resilient Communities and Research, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction – Urban Extreme Rainfall Flood Risk Resources and Tools to Support Action

Laura Zizzo, Founder & CEO, Zizzo Strategy Inc. – Assessing Mandatory Measures for Existing Residential Properties to Reduce Flood Risk

Room: Commonwealth B

Exploring the Connections between Health and Climate Change

There is growing evidence that our climate is changing and that these changes are affecting the health and well-being of residents throughout Canada. More intense heat events, invasive species, and extreme weather events are just a few of the climate changes affecting human health, especially among vulnerable populations. This session will look at the connections between climate change, resilience, and health, and what we can do to adapt.


Melanie Goodchild, Senior Counsel, Indigenous Relations at National Office, Canadian Red Cross – Four Lenses of Wellbeing

Theresa McGuire, Registered Nurse and Clinical Instructor in Community Health, Dalhousie University – Better Living in Cities: How does Urban Green Space Planning Affect Human Health?

Gregory Richardson, Policy Analyst, Climate Change and Innovation Bureau, Health Canada – Helping Canadian Communities to Reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect

Gaynor Watson-Creed, Medical Officer, Nova Scotia Health Authority – The Many Tentacles of Climate Change

Room: Lunenburg

3:00 – 3:30 COFFEE BREAK

3:30 – 5:30

Transformational versus Incremental Adaptation: Can we move Light-years Ahead?

There is a growing tendency within the climate change adaptation research community to think about adaptation using the language of transformation – suggesting that the current way of doing business will not be enough, especially in light of the lack of sufficient progress to mitigate the causes of climate change. Contrast this idea of transformational change with the realities on the ground of financial constraint, limited staff capacity, and difficulties with securing political will, and one is left with the question of whether all communities can really move ‘light-years ahead’? Join presenters in this session exploring the realities of transformative versus incremental adaptation and what it means in Canada’s cities, regions, and towns.



Daniella Hirschfeld, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley – Transformational Capacity: Exploring a Place’s Ability to Change

Stephen Sheppard, Director, Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning – Getting Ahead of Disaster: Overcoming Public Perception Barriers with Future Visualization

Jon Philipsborn, Associate Vice President / Climate Adaptation Director, Americas, AECOM

Room: Lunenburg

Small Town Success Stories: Lessons Learned from Small and Rural Municipalities

In Canada, small and rural communities are likely to be among the hardest hit by the effects of climate change because of their geography, their economic and social connections to the lands, and potentially limited resources. However, small and rural communities can also have some unique advantages, such as strong cross-departmental collaboration, communication, and community support. This session will discuss challenges and opportunities for climate change adaptation in small and rural municipalities, while highlighting several success stories throughout Canada.


Jeff Birchall, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta – Climate Change Adaptation Planning: Lessons from Nome, Alaska

Lori Ackerman, Mayor, Fort St. John, British Columbia – It’s not Easy Being Green

Rebecca Francis, Continuous Improvement Manager, District Municipality of Muskoka – Shhh – Don’t Say Climate Change! Lessons Learned from Huntsville and Muskoka, Ontario

Patricia Manuel, Director, School of Planning, Dalhousie University – Adapting to Heat Stress in Small Rural Towns: A Case Study of Middleton, Nova Scotia

Room: Atlantic Ballroom

Finding the Synergies between Low-carbon and Resilient Communities

For some time now, we have come to understand climate change mitigation and adaptation as two sides of the same coin. While mitigation efforts work to contain the long term impacts of global warming, adaptation measures are needed to address the degradation of ecosystem services that is already happening. At the same time, the limits of adaptation highlight the ongoing importance of the task of building low-carbon communities. From this point of departure, this session will highlight notable examples from across Canada of planning communities that are simultaneously low-carbon and resilient to the effects of climate change.


Michael Dean, Climate and Energy Project Coordinator, ICLEI Canada – Better Together: Exploring Mitigation and Adaptation Synergies

Edward Nichol, Senior Researcher, Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) – Low Carbon Resilience: Transformative Climate Change Planning for Canada

Ben Themens, Director, Lonsdale Energy Corporation – LEC’s Innovative Approach to District Energy

Ryan Zizzo, Technical Director, Zizzo Strategy Inc. – Codifying Resiliency: LEEDs New Resiliency Pilot Credits

Unexpected Viewpoints: Four Fresh Perspectives on Climate Change

Climate change can be understood from a variety of disciplines: climate science, hydrology, planning, engineering, and countless others. In this ever evolving field, there are new and emerging perspectives on climate change and its impacts that highlight the need to continuously reshape and rethink our responses as municipalities and wider communities. In this fascinating session, speakers will present examples and share insights relating to tourism, displacement and communications.


Mark Groulx, Assistant Professor, University of Northern British Columbia – Loving a Place to Death: Exploring the causes, impacts and opportunities of last chance tourism in the context of Canadian communities

Bob Maber, Associate Director – Emergency Management, University of Calgary –  Learnings from the Support Efforts for Fire and Flood

Anita Walker, Manager, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada – Adaptation in First Nation Communities

Tõnu Laasi, Leading Specialist of Nature Protection, City of Tallinn – Tallinn-Halifax Partnership

6:00 – 9:00 MAYOR’S DINNER

A chance for forum delegates and invited guests to network over drinks and dinner with Halifax Mayor Mike Savage!

Location: The Westin Nova Scotian, Commonwealth Ballroom

Day Two

Tuesday, September 13


7:30 – 8:30  Buffet Breakfast


8:30 – 9:15 Morning Plenary

Tuesday’s morning plenary will focus on bridging the gap between research and practice in building community resilience.  The panellists, moderated by Bob Bjerke, Chief Planner at Halifax Regional Municipality will explore the conference themes through the lens of how the research community can support practitioners and vise versa.  Themes include:

  • Preparing Canadian communities for the impacts of a changing climate;
  • Responding to extreme weather and climate change;
  • Mainstreaming action on climate change in communities; and
  • Measuring progress on climate action and resilience.


Bob Bjerke, Chief Planner, Halifax Regional Municipality

Jean Andrey, Dean, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo – Powerpoint slides available here

Paul Kovacs, Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)

 Charlotte MacAlister, Senior Program Officer, International Development Research Council (IDRC) – Powerpoint slides available here

9:30 – 11:00


Fishbowl! Having the Climate Conversation

Join us for an innovative, interactive discussion on how different professionals communicate key messages about climate change and adaptation.  Learn creative and achievable ways to engage both important stakeholders and new audiences in the Climate Conversation – and be prepared to jump into the fishbowl yourself!


Ewa Jackson, Manager, ICLEI Canada

Liz Nield, CEO, Lura Consulting

Room: Atlantic Ballroom

Role of the Private Sector in Building Resilience

While climate change poses a number of risks to vulnerable communities and businesses around the world, many opportunities are unfolding for private companies to implement actions towards reducing their business operations, as well as investing in adaptation actions in a sustainable and profitable matter. These activities may relate to ensuring the resilience of business continuity, or the provisions of technologies or services that assist with adaptation in vulnerable communities. This session will explore private sector perspectives on climate risks and opportunities in a competitive market, as well as the role and capacity of the private sector to improve climate change adaptation in Canada.


Gord Beal, Vice President, Research, Guidance and Support, Chartered Professional Accountants Canada – Resilience – Managing Risk and Seizing Opportunity

Scott MacCallum, Director of Operations, Clayton Developments Limited – Green Infrastructure Planning for Master Planned Communities

Jon Philipsborn, Associate Vice President/Climate Adaptation Director, Americas, AECOM – Building Disaster Resilience in Small and Mid-Size Businesses

Barbara Turley-McIntryre, Vice President, Sustainability and Citizenship, The Co-operators – Business & Society: Building Resiliency for Canadians

Room: Harbour Suites

Dealing with Water: Flood Preparedness Policy and Governance in Canada

In Part One of a two-part series, panellists from across Canada will discuss policy and governance measures that can be or are being used to protect Canadians from flooding. What sort of policy and governance tools can we use to increase municipalities’ preparedness in general, but also on the frontlines when a flood hits? Find out what exists, what is missing, and what is needed to ensure that Canadian communities can increase flood preparedness and manage flood risk.


Shawna Peddle, Director, Partners for Action – Informing Flood Management Policy in Canada: Experiences and Opinions of Homeowner

Natalia Moudrak, Director of Natural Infrastructure Adaptation Program, Intact Centre on Climate Change Adaptation – Building Flood-Resilient Homes and Communities: A Critical Issue for Canada’s Mortgage Market Stability

Micaela Gerling, Program Coordinator, Alberta Community Resilience Program, Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta – Paradigm shift in southern Alberta: Innovation in flood mitigation

Tom Lancaster, Division Manager, Planning & Analytics, Regional Planning, Metro Vancouver – Utilities, Services, and Risk in a time of Climate Change

Dave Murray, Principal, Water Resources Engineer, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates/CWRA – The Hydro-illogical Cycle and the case for Integrated Flood Hazard Management

Room: Commonwealth B

The Data Divide: Working with Data to Enhance Resilience

Our ability to predict, manage and cope with climatic changes is not only challenged by the uncertainty surrounding climate change and traditional methods of data analysis, but also our capacity to properly translate these data into comprehensive information to inform planning processes and decision-making. This session will examine the importance and limitations of data, and how they can be used to build a shared under-standing of risk and create opportunities to increase the resiliency of communities. This panel will explore different uses of new initiatives centred on the collection and use of data!


Nathalie Beauvais, Climate Lead and Adjunct Professor, Kleinfelder; and Peter Nimmrichter, Associate and Climate Change Specialist, Water Resources, Amec Foster Wheeler – Leading-edge Climate Change Science Informing Real-World Needs The City of Cambridge as a case study

Isabelle Charron, Climate Scenario Specialist, Ouranos – Examples of co-production to enhance data integration and adaptation

Paul Kovacs, Founder & Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction – Prepare for the worst – Hurricane case study

Jackie Yip, Post-doctoral Candidate, Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, UBC – Sharing Resilience Knowledge Among Coastal Communities: Resilient Coasts Canada Online Platform

Room: Lunenburg

11:00 – 11:30 COFFEE BREAK

11:30 – 1:00

Nature as a Vital Tool for Canadian Community Resilience

The natural environment plays a key role in community resiliency, even in large urban centres across Canada. Natural systems offer several means of improving an area’s adaptive capacity.  This session will explore the value of the natural environment when it comes to community resiliency, as well as innovative ways that practitioners have worked with nature to mitigate the effects of climate change.


Peter Duinker, Professor, Dalhousie University – Trees: An Indispensable Tool for Livable and Resilient Cities in a Changing Climate

Larissa Holman, Water Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre – Living Shorelines: Managing Sea Change Through Shoreline Naturalization

Peter Labor, Director, Protected Areas and Ecosystems, Nova Scotia Environment – Building Resilience to Climate Change Through Nova Scotia’s Protected Areas

Holly Richardson, Policy Coordinator, Parks and Recreation, Halifax Regional Municipality – Halifax Green Network: An Open Space and Greenbelting Priorities Plan for the Region

Room: Commonwealth B

Crossing Paths: Building Partnerships to Improve Resilience

Sharing climate change adaptation knowledge and developing collaborative adaptation actions contributes to the creation of a more effective and streamlined approach for managing a changing climate. Partnering with multiple institutions and stakeholders such as community groups, non-governmental organizations, private businesses, as well as local, provincial and federal governments, can help an organization to secure predictable and sustainable financial resources. However, the diverse needs of climate adaptation require more than funding resources alone. Partnerships also provide the opportunity to capitalize on outside expertise and experience to better leverage implementation and ensure that every single step of implementation – from design, to monitoring and evaluation, to operation and maintenance – are met with great success. Join us for this to learn about some unique partnerships that have been used for implementing adaptation projects across Canada!

Room: Lunenburg


Elizabeth Atkinson, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change, University of Waterloo – Building Adaptation Capacity in the Professions

Jennifer Dougherty, Manager, Water Quality Protection, Credit Valley Conservation Authority – Building Bridges: Implementation of innovative stormwater management through partnerships

Curniss McGoldrick, Climate Adaptation Coordinator, City of Thunder Bay – Building resilience through community-municipal partnerships: The example of EarthCare Thunder Bay

Carolyn Rennie, Managing Director, Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. – Collectively Smarter: Quantifying Canadian Catastrophes

Moving Towards Alternatives - Green Building Practices and Renewable Energy

As climate change becomes increasingly disruptive to large-scale energy generation and distribution networks, small-scale resilient technologies will become increasingly vital.  Two key components of the shift to low-carbon communities – local renewable energy generation and green buildings – can also contribute to the capacity of communities to withstand the impacts of climate change.  This session will explores the ways that these technologies can contribute to the creation of low-carbon, resilient communities and will highlight some of the ways they are currently being implemented by municipalities in Canada.


Simon Mitchell, Senior Specialist, WWF-Canada – Moving toward Alternatives: Green Building Practices and Renewable Energy

Lori Ackerman, Mayor, Fort St. John, British Columbia – The Little City that Went Passively Aggressive

Adam Hayter, Energy Specialist, Halifax Regional Municipality – A Municipal Action for a Low Carbon Community: HRM’s Solar City

Lara Ryan, Regional Director – Atlantic Chapter, Canada Green Building Council – Green Building As a climate change solution

Tony Wright, General Manager, FORCE – FORCE Update – Tidal Energy

Room: Harbour Suites

Challenges and Opportunities in Building Resilience with First Nations Communities

Ensuring that First Nations have the tools they need to fight and adapt to climate change is an imperative across Canada.  This session will look at the state of climate change adaptation in First Nations communities across the country, with a particular focus on Atlantic Canada. This session will also seek to set the direction for how better to engage First Nations in climate change adaptation planning and implementation.


Kerry-Ann Charles, Environmental Coordinator, Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation

Catherine Béland, Planning Coordinator, First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute

Myriam Beauchamp, Chargée de projets en changements climatiques, Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki

Randall B. Angus, Director of Integrated Resource Management, Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI

Jennifer Copage, Senior Associate, Mi’kma’ki All Points Services – Change in the Indian Brook Community: A Multi-year Research Project to Identify and Adapt to Changes in Climate in the Indian Brook Community

Robert Bernard, Pitu’paq Partnership

Angeline Gillis, Environment and Natural Resources, The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Room: Atlantic Ballroom

1:00 – 2:00 NETWORKING LUNCH – Sponsored by Aviva Canada

Lunch time address:

Gordon Murray, Vice-President Business Development, Atlantic Region, Aviva Canada


2:00 – 3:30

Blue-Green Cities: Integrating Water Management with Urban Greenspace

To fully realize the benefits of blue-green infrastructure (BGI), one must evaluate the interdisciplinary bene-fits to the air, environment, waste water, built environment, energy system, and social and ecological sys-tems. Even though BGI has the potential to transform city environments into more sustainable, resilient, and attractive ones, they are still far from the standard for urban water management and most benefits are not recognized in current legislations and policies. Join us to discover the benefits and added values stem-ming from BGI and how some municipalities overcame the social, political and technical challenges of BGI implementation.


Camilla Melrose, Water Program Coordinator, Clean Foundation – Clean Foundation: Inspiring environmental change

Dave Murray, Principal, Water Resources Engineer, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates, and National President, Canadian Water Resources Association – What are Blue Green Cities? and Reversing the Hydro-illogical Cycle: Blue-Green Water Management Advances in BC

Emily O’Donnel, Research Fellow, Geographical Sciences, University of Nottingham – Overcoming barriers to Blue-Green infrastructure through multiple benefit evaluation

Carl Yates, General Manager, Halifax Water – Integrating the Water/Energy Nexus – A Practitioner’s Tale

Room: Atlantic Ballroom

Engaging the 'Unusual Suspects' in Climate Change Adaptation

Engaging the right people, in the right way is vital to the success of any climate change adaptation effort. Too often efforts around climate change engagement have centred around municipal staff hosting a community meeting where a limited number of people attend or participate. This session will focus on engaging the “unusual suspects” in climate change adaptation – from farmers to accountants to faith leaders – the session panellists have found creative, targeted, and mutually beneficial ways to engage stakeholders in ways that are meaningful to them and sensitive to a variety of perspectives.


Gordon Beal, Vice President, Research, Guidance and Support, Chartered Professional Accountants Canada – Accountants … not just a bunch of number crunchers!

Lucy Cummings, Executive Director, Faith and the Common Good – Engaging Faith Groups as Partners in Extreme Weather Response

David Sauchyn, Professor, University Regina, and Researcher, Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative – Engaging Farmers: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Rural Prairie Communities

Room: Commonwealth B

Lessons Learned from the Municipal Climate Change Action Plan Process in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is the only Province in Canada to mandate ‘Municipal Climate Change Action Plans,’ by using the federal gas tax as a monetary incentive for initiating the development of municipal plans designed to mitigate and adapt to climate risks and impacts at the local scale. This panel provides an opportunity for discussion with representatives from Nova Scotia’s Provincial and Municipal governments, as well as NGO and consulting sectors, in order to reflect on the MCCAP process and to discuss the broader barriers and opportunities for enabling the integration of climate adaptation plans into municipal decision making and governance strategies.


Jeanne Bourque, Planner, The Municipality of the District of the West Hants

Graham Fisher, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Affairs, Province of Nova Scotia

Yuill Hebert, Founding Director, Sustainable Solutions Group

Terry Thibodeau, Renewable Energy Program Coordinator, Digby, NS

Brennan Vogel, Post Doctoral Candidate, Western University – Municipal Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Nova Scotia: Lessons and Opportunities 

Room: Harbour Suites

What's Measured: Using Indicators to Measure Progress and Change Courses

Adaptation actions require ongoing and consistent monitoring in order to:

1) Identify and initiate necessary course corrections;

2) Change the timing of implementation;

3) Create mechanisms for alerting stakeholders to emerging data and information; and 4) Ensure that desired objectives are achieved.

This session will explore how adaptation indicators can be used as a means to track and assess where you are in relation to an adaptation action, determine whether you are headed in the intended direction, and assess how far away you are from the desired adaptive outcome.


Travis Allan, Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP – What’s Measured: Progress, Indictors and Regional Planning for Adaptation

Susan Evans, Senior Specialist, Science Research and Innovation, WWF-Canada – Identifying Determinants of Resilience: the importance of applying a social-ecological systems frame

Ian McVey, Project Manager, Ontario Climate Consortium – Measuring Climate Action at a Regional Scale – Addressing the Challenges of Coordination and Collaboration

Patrick Regan, Professor and Associate Director, Notre Dame-Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) – Measuring Climate Change Adaptation

Room: Lunenburg

3:30 – 4:00 COFFEE BREAK

4:00 – 6:00 INTENSIVES

Engineering Solutions to Flood Resiliency Across Canada

In this session, participants will learn about how Canadian municipalities have put theory into practice and have used innovative partnerships, approaches, project tools and solutions to improve community flood resiliency. Case studies will be presented from three Canadian projects to showcase how these partnerships play a key role in advancing adaptation and lessons learned from on-the-ground practitioners and municipal staff.


Allan Magi, Executive Director, Capital Works, City of Burlington, and Ron Scheckenberger, Principal Water Resources, Amec Foster Wheeler – Weathering the Storm: The City of Burlington learns from the August 4th, 2014 flood

Peter Nimmrichter, Associate and Climate Change Specialist, Water Resources, Amec Foster Wheeler

Marvin Ingebrigsten, Infrastructure & Development Services Supervisor, Infrastructure Services – Engineering Division, Corporation of the City of Welland – Planning for Extreme Precipitation: Assessing Alternatives for Stormwater Infrastructure Resiliency

Chris Milley, Town Manager/ Engineer, Town of Portugal Cove—St Philips, Newfoundland and Labrador – Portugal Cove: Climate Change Adjusted Flood Risk Maps – A New Planning Tool

Room: Harbour Suites

Are We on the Right Track? Tools and Indicators to Measure Progress Towards Resilience

After a full program on preparing, responding and mainstreaming, the Are We on the Right Track Workshop will advance the thematic discussions on measuring progress to take a deep dive into the tools and indicators we can use to monitor and evaluate progress on climate change adaptation and resilience. Knowing where we are and where we want to go is an important part of advancing our resilience. This session will explore current trends in the development and application of indicators both nationally and internationally as well as the practical application of resiliency building tools and frameworks.  Participants will engage in discussions on the process of selecting appropriate monitoring and evaluation frameworks (including indicators, performance metrics, and benchmarks), how to integrate measurement and evaluation into the early stages of planning, how to look at the indicators of resilience at a systems scale, and examine how they can be operationalize these concepts when they return home to their communities.


Megan Meaney, Director, ICLEI Canada – Are We There Yet? Applying Indicators to Measure Progress on Adaptation

Susan Evans, Senior Specialist, Science Research and Innovation, WWF-Canada – Are we Measuring What Matters?

Patrick Regan, Professor and Associate Director, Notre Dame—Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) – Urban Adaptation Assessment Methodology

Ian McVey, Project Manager, Ontario Climate Consortium – What’s Measured, Improves: Indicators and Benchmarks to Support the Integration of Climate Change Resilience into Regional Scale Land Use Planning

Adaptation Solutions and Innovations from the South: How can Canada-South Collaboration Inform Adaptation at Larger Scales at Home? (TBC)

Communities, municipalities, food producers, and policymakers need access to climate information for helping to inform planning and decision-making around strategies for adapting to a changing climate. Researchers have a responsibility to communicate climate science, including embedded risks and uncertainties, in an accessible format to those who are affected. This panel will present examples from Canadian research on climate change adaptation solutions and innovations in developing countries. Examples will demonstrate how climate information and solutions communicated to different audiences – ranging from school children to small scale farmers, and from planners and development banks – were brought to larger scales. A wide range of outreach techniques were tested through these research projects, including leveraging the public education system, agricultural extension, flash mobs, video and social media, and cutting edge mobile and sensor technologies.  In this workshop, speakers will put forward the case for effective communication on climate change adaptation. Canadian adaptation specialists will respond by sharing their perspectives on the application of innovative communications for the Canadian context, from both a rural and municipal perspective. The audience will be engaged to discuss the applicability of lessons learned from the developing world for Canada’s changing climate.


Charlotte MacAlister, Senior Program Officer, IDRC – Adaptation solutions and innovations from the South: How can Canada-South collaboration inform adaptation at larger scales at home?

Ewa Jackson, Manager, ICLEI Canada

Quynh Anh Nguyen, National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies, Vietnam – Communication Matters: Lessons learnt from project on“Communicating Climate Change Risks for Adaptation in Coastal and Delta Communities in Vietnam” funded by IDRC

Willemien van Niekerk, CSIR Built Environment, South Africa – The Green Book

Adrian Cashman, CERMES, The University of the West Indies, Barbados – Engaging Stakeholders or Listening to Idiots? Sustainable Water Management under Climate Change in Small Island States of the Caribbean

Louis Lebel, Unit for Social and Environmental Research, Chiang Mai University, Thailand and Phim Lebel, Unit for Social and Environmental Research, Chiang Mai University, Thailand – Communication and management of climate-related risks in the aquaculture sector

Room: Atlantic Ballroom

Resilientville: A CLARION Resilient Communities Role Playing Workshop

This workshop will immerse you in the potential for community-based emergency preparedness.  Designed by San Francisco’s Neighborhood Empowerment Network, “Resileintville” is a role-playing exercise which advances participant awareness of the short and long term benefits of problem solving at the neighborhood level. By working together as a community on issues that present themselves on a daily basis, the exercise demonstrates how residents can develop crucial decision making skills and relationships that over time strengthen their ability to respond to a wide variety of unforeseen challenges and opportunities


Lucy Cummings, Executive Director, Faith & the Common Good

Alain Normand, Manager, Emergency Management Office, City of Brampton

Daniel Homsey (via Skype), Director of Neighborhood Resilience for the City Administrator’s Office of the City and County of San Francisco

Michaël Houle, Adaptation and Resilience Project Coordinator, ICLEI Canada

Hana Lapp, Adaptation and Resilience Planner, ICLEI Canada

Room: Lunenburg


A chance for forum delegates and invited guests to network over cocktails.

Location: The Westin Nova Scotian

Day Three

Wednesday, September 14


7:00 – 8:00 Buffet Breakfast


8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast Plenary

9:00 Study tour meet up and depart


City Cycling Tour - Coastal Impacts and Adaptation

Join a cycling tour of Halifax and Dartmouth to see a range of examples of extreme weather impacts and adaptation as well as some areas of opportunity for action. This session will be led by the Ecology Action Centre’s Coastal Adaptation Coordinator, Robin Tress. A short cycling safety briefing will be led by the Ecology Action Centre’s Making Tracks transportation leaders. Bikes provided.

City Walkabout - Urban Forests and Point Pleasant Park

Enjoy a guided scenic walk in Halifax beginning at Dalhousie University and winding down into Point Pleasant Park at the Halifax Harbour. Guides will discuss Halifax’s award-winning Urban Forest Master Plan as well as the Point Pleasant Park Masterplan and the management of the park since it was heavily impacted by Hurricane Juan in 2003.

Led by: Peter Duinker, Professor, Dalhousie University


Prospect Village Day Trip - Hiking and History of a Traditional Fishing Village

Prospect Village is located on the granite headlands of the Prospect Peninsula on Nova Scotia’s southwest shore. For over 250 years the residents of this traditional fishing village have witnessed the rise and fall of the Atlantic fishery and have had to discover new  job  opportunities and ways of life while maintaining their connections with the past.  Come and join us for a guided tour of this spectacular coastal village.  We’ll meet with local residents who will share their stories of the history of Prospect and also tell us about the present day challenges and opportunities of living in a coastal community.  The day will start with an exciting shoreline  hike through the majestic granite barrens of the  Prospect High Head conservation area.  After a hearty fish chowder lunch break at the community hall we’ll tour the village and meet local residents who will tell their stories of  living in Prospect. Transportation provided, full day session, Tour Size minimum of 10, maximum of 20.


Partners for Climate Protection World Café: Tools, Capacity Building and Current Issues

Since 1994, over 250 municipalities from throughout the Atlantic provinces and across Canada have participated in the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program to account for their greenhouse gas emissions, set targets to reduce GHGs, and develop and implement local climate change action plans. Join us at this workshop where we want to hear from you – what challenges are you facing? What opportunities are you about to seize to move forward on climate change work? What tools do you wish you had to continue to act?  We know that while there have been great success stories to date, climate change mitigation is continually evolving and new approaches need to be adapted to ensure best practice. At the Partners for Climate Protection World Café, we will present some of the latest developments from new international standards for emissions accounting, new networking opportunities and platforms, new PCP Tools, and more while at the same time we want to learn how we could better serve the Atlantic PCP members and continue to build capacity for even deeper climate change action.


Devin Causley, Manager, Climate Change Programs, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Michael Dean, Climate and Energy Project Coordinator, ICLEI Canada

Samantha Peverill, Caucus Coordinator, QUEST Nova Scotia

Yuill Herbert, Founding Director, Sustainable Solutions Group

Eddie Oldfield, Caucus Chair and Coordinator, QUEST New Brunswick

Room: Harbour Suites

Integrating Climate Change and Health into Community Adaptation Planning

A discussion of climate change and the impacts on communities cannot be had without the inclusion of the effects on human health and the ability of communities to respond to these.  Flooding, heat waves, and emerging viruses are just a few of the climate change impacts that are affecting the health of Canadians and especially vulnerable populations. This workshop, combining both presentations from subject-matter experts and practitioners with hands-on workshop activities, will look at the linkages between climate change, resilience and health from the city to the national level.  The aim of this workshop is to explore how we can mobilize Canadian communities for health resiliency in a changing climate – through both assessing priorities and identifying best practices in addressing these.


Peter Berry, Senior Policy Analyst, Health Canada

Gregory Richardson, Policy Analyst, Climate Change and Innovation Bureau, Health Canada

Louise Aubin, Manager, Environmental Health, Peel Public Health

Room: Lunenburg




Program Themes

Preparing Canadians for a changing climate: Explore different ways to prepare and engage Canadian communities in climate change adaptation. Topics include best practices in adaptation, new and  emerging risks, assessing vulnerability and risk at a local level, and  communicating climate change impacts.

Responding to extreme weather and climate change: Learn about the changing nature of roles and responsibilities, integrating climate change into emergency management, and best practices from across Canada.

Mainstreaming implementation in Canadian communities: Discuss how communities are  implementing adaptation actions into planning, policy, and community  engagements, while also building  partnerships, and pursuing innovative practices for integrating resilience into  communities.

Measuring progress on climate action: Learn about best practices in monitoring and evaluation, using indicators to  measure resilience, and applying tools to measure municipal progress on  adaptation