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Tuesday April 12, 2016 - Opening Plenary

8:30 am – 10:00 am Opening Plenary / Ouverture officielle du Symposium

Elder Josee Whiteduck, Kitigan Zibi First Nation – opening prayer

Chief Jean Guy Whiteduck, Kitigan Zibi First Nation – opening greetings

Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada

Councillor David Chernushenko, City of Ottawa

Symposium Co-chair Welcome / Mot de bienvenue

  • Alain Bourque
  • Al Douglas

Keynote Speaker / Conférencière invitée

Katharine Jacobs, Director Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona


Tuesday April 12, 2016 - Session T1 - 10:30 am - 12:00pm


10:30 am  – 12:00 pm T1A: Adaptation in the Energy Sector – Risks, Opportunities and Solutions / Adaptation du Secteur de l’énergie : risques, opportunités et solutions  – Marco Braun, OURANOS (chair)

Toronto Hydro Electrical Distribution System Climate Change Vulnerability AssessmentChee Chan, AECOM

Risk and Opportunities for the Oil and Gas Sector in a Changing Climate in Northeast BCJim Vanderwal, Fraser Basin Council

Probable Maximum Floods and Dam Safety in the 21st CenturyPresented by Jon Perdikaris, OPG

Including Climate Projections into Hydropower Investment Decision-makingDavid Huard, Ouranos


T1B: Mainstreaming Adaptation: From Coast to Coast to Coast / Intégrer l’adaptation d’une côte à l’autre – Brian Sieben, Government of NWT (chair)

Building an adaptive culture: Nova Scotia Environment’s Adaptation WorkplanJennifer Graham – Nova Scotia Government

How Can We Make Adaptation Part of the Way we do Business? A Case Study from BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource OperationsKathy Hopkins, Government of British Columbia

Renforcement des capacités de gouvernance et de résilience des communautés côtières de l’estuaire et du golfe du Saint-Laurent à l’heure des changements climatiquesLiette Vasseur, Brock University and Steve Plante, Université du Québec à Rimouski

Adaptation in the Government of the Northwest Territories – Moving to the MainstreamBrian Sieben, Government of Northwest Territories


T1C: Vulnerability Analysis of Complex Systems: Advances for the Built Environment and Urban Planning / Vulnerability Analysis of Complex Systems: Advances for the Built Environment and Urban Planning – Nathalie Bleau, OURANOS (chair)

Analyse de la vulnérabilité sociétale et territoriale aux inondations en milieu urbain dans le contexte des changements climatiques : Cas d’étude la Ville de MontréalIsabelle Thomas, University of Montreal

Assessing Abilities of Policies to Reduce Vulnerability to Climate Change by using the Adaptool Livia Bizikova, IISD

Infrastructure Climate Risk Assessment in Canada: An Engineering Strategy for AdaptationDavid Lapp, Engineers Canada

The Infrastructure and Buildings Working Group – Part of the NRCan Adaptation PlatformPaul Kovacs, ICLR


T1D: Communities Adapting to Climate Change in Canada’s North – Martin Tremblay, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (chair)

Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program for Northern First Nations and Inuit Communities Daniel Brown, Health Canada

Building Local & Indigenous Knowledge Systems (Building LINKS): Community-Led Environment & Health Surveillance for AdaptationAnna Bunce

SmartICE: an Adaptation Tool to Support Sea-ice Travel Safety under Changing Arctic Climate and Shipping ConditionsTrevor Bell, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Life on Permafrost: Community Planning EmpowermentMichel Allard – Centre d’études nordiques, Université Laval


T1E: Climate Change Science in the Great Lakes Basin – Rachel Gagnon, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (chair)

State of Climate Change Science in the Great Lakes BasinEdmundo Fausto, TRCA

Using Water Balance Dynamics to Identify Vulnerabilities to Climate ChangeDr. Robert Metcalfe, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Risk Assessments of the Cumulative Effects of Climate Change, Human Movement and Water Connectivity and the Spread of Aquatic Invasive SpeciesShannon Fera, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

How Quickly Can Populations Adapt to Climate Change? Genetic Responses to Thermal Physiology of Cold Water FishesDr. Chris Wilson, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Lake Ontario Nearshore Fish Habitat Vulnerability AssessmentSusan Doka, Fisheries and Oceans Canada


T1F: An Overview of Agricultural Adaptation Activities in Canada – Sarah Kalff, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada

Canadian Agricultural Adaptation: An OverviewJamie Hewitt, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada

A Research Program to Address Agricultural Stakeholders’ Concerns Regarding the Evolution of Crop Pests Associated with Climate ChangeAnne Blondlot, Ouranos

Supporting Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change: Programs, Projects and Progress in B.C. – Emily MacNair, BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative

Managing Canada’s Soil Resource to Mitigate Climate Change and Provide Ecological Goods and ServicesPaul Thoroughgood, Soil Conservation Council of Canada


Tuesday April 12, 2016 - Session T2 - 1:30 pm - 3:00pm

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm T2A: Cities Becoming Climate Resilient: Examples of Available Tools and Canadian Cities Taking Action  / Villes résilientes au climat : exemples d’outils disponibles et de villes qui passent à l’action – Chee Chan, AECOM (chair)

UNISDR Disaster Resilience Scorecard

Jon Philipsborn, AECOM

ICLEI Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities Program

Ewa Jackson, ICLEI

Toronto’s Collaborative Multi-Sectoral Approach to Climate Adaptation

David MacLeod, Energy and Environment Division, City of Toronto

L’adaptation aux changements climatiques à Montréal : du constat aux actions

Julie Guicheteau, Ville de Montréal

100 villes résilientes et Montréal

Louise Bradette, Ville de Montréal


T2B: Standards: a Foundation for Adaptation / Les normes : une des bases de l’adaptation – Kelly Montgomery, Standards Council of Canada (chair)

Standards as Tools for Adaptation

Kelly Montgomery, Standards Council of Canada

Guidance for parking lots to reduce UHI: 2 years later, its current and future applications

Nathalie Bleau, Ouranos

Northern Infrastructure Standardization Initiative

Mike Burns, Government of NWT

Voluntary Standards for Climate Adaptation – through ISO and Beyond

Ira Feldman, GreenTrack


T2C: The Role of Data in Water Management /  Le rôle des données dans la gestion de l’eau – Linda Mortsch, University of Waterloo (chair)

Integrated Water and Climate Monitoring for Climate Change Detection and Adaptation

Scott MacRitchie, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Addressing Climate Change Effects in Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Level Regulation

Wendy Leger, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Augmenter les capacités de surveillance hydrologique du Québec comme moyen d’adaptation aux changements du régime des crues

Richard Turcotte, Centre d’expertise hydrique du Québec (CEHQ)

Use of resilience in adaptation to climate-change caused natural disasters

Angela Peck, University of Western Ontario


T2D: Adapting to climate change in the Canadian Arctic – James D. Ford, University McGill (chair)

James D Ford, McGill University

Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Cape Breton University

Sherilee Harper, University of Guelph

Jamie Snook Mayor, Happy Valley-Goose Bay/Executive Director for the Torngat Wildlife, Plants and Fisheries Secretariat

Derrick Pottle, Rigolet


T2E: What constitutes extreme weather? Considerations and approaches for defining extreme weather at local scales to support adaptive planning in agricultural landscapes – Ruth Waldick, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (chair)

What Constitutes Extreme Weather?

Ruth Waldick, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/ Carleton University

Historical and Modelled Climate Data Issues with Extreme Weather

Neil Comer, Risk Sciences International

Extreme Weather: Envisioning Ontario Agriculture

Scott Mitchell, Carleton University

Adaptation to Extreme Weather Events in Agricultural Watersheds in Five Countries

David Sauchyn, University of Regina

Estimation of Crop Yields under Future Climate Extremes

Suren Kulshrestha, University of Saskatchewan


T2F: The Role of Numerical Models in Climate Scenarios and Services – Patrick Grenier, OURANOS  (chair)

Recent and Upcoming Developments in the Fifth Generation Canadian Regional Climate Model

Laxmi Sushama, UQAM

Added Value of Very High-Resolution Regional Climate Model Simulations Compared to those of Commonly Used Intermediate Resolution

Philippe Lucas-Picher, UQAM

Post-processing and Bias Correction of Climate Models: Rationale, Assumptions, and a New Multivariate Approach

Alex Cannon, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Considering Adaptation to Climate Change as a Timescale Problem: Examples from the Tourism Industry

Dominique Paquin, Ouranos


Tuesday April 12, 2016 - Session T3 - 3:30 pm - 5:00pm

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm T3A: Producing Climate Information: for whom and for what purpose? – Isabelle Charron, OURANOS and Kevin Anderson, Environment and Climate Change Canada (chairs)

Climate Change and the Challenge of Delivering Information

Francis Zwiers, PCIC and James Hiebert, PCIC

The Canadian Climate Data and Scenarios (CCDS) Website – An interface for Distributing Climate Change Information

Benita Tam, Environment and Climate Change Canada

High resolution climate models for Canada: methods, limits and applications

Dan McKenney, Canadian Forest Service/Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Adapting Ontario to an Uncertain Future: Making Climate Information Relevant to Local Decision-Makers

Glenn Milner, Ontario Climate Consortium / Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Spatial Climate Change Data to Aid Adaptation in Resource Management

Francis Zwiers, PCIC

Crossing Boundaries: Enabling Decisions on Climate Change Adaptation

Stewart Cohen, Environment and Climate Change Canada


T3B: Climate Change Adaptation in Aquatic Environments – Blair Greenan, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (chair)     

Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Climate Adaptation Program

Paul Lyon – Fisheries and Oceans Canada

État des lieux des pêches et de l’aquaculture au Québec en lien avec les changements climatique

Valérie Bourduas Crouhen, Ouranos

Atlantic Impact and Vulnerability Assessments from the Aquatic Climate Change Adaptation Program

Pierre Pepin, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Cost benefit analysis of the risks of coastal flooding and erosion on infrastructure and properties at Tracadie Harbour, Prince Edward Island

Hope Parnham, DV8 Consulting


T3C: Climate change adaptation and coastal zones: the cost-benefit analysis as a tool for decision makers – Claude Desjarlais, Ouranos (chair)

Évaluation économique des répercussions des changements climatiques et analyse coûts-avantages des options d’adaptation en zone côtière – Survol méthodologique

Manon Circé, Ouranos

Cost-benefit Analysis of Climate Change Adaptation Options for the Chignecto Transportation Corridor

Sabine Dietz, Aster Group

Analyse coûts-avantages des options d’adaptation en zone côtière à Percé

Laurent Da Silva, Ouranos

Cost-benefit analysis of the risks of coastal flooding and erosion on infrastructures and properties in Prince Edward Island

Don Jardine, UPEI

Analyse coûts-avantages des options d’adaptation en zone côtière aux Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Ursule Boyer-Villemaire, Ouranos

Résultats intégrés et tendances des analyses coûts-avantages réalisées en zone côtière

Manon Circé, Ouranos


T3D: Climate Change Impacts and Land Use Planning in Northern Canada – Jenny Gleeson, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (chair)

Far North of Ontario Climate Change Community Surveys

David Pearson, Laurentian University Living with Lakes Centre

Climate Change Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment in the Hudson Bay Lowlands, Ontario

Jim McLaughlin, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Building Climate Change into Community-based Land Use Planning

Rachelle Lalonde, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Hazard Identification and Cost Adaptation in Infrastructure Planning

Alison Perrin, Yukon Northern Climate ExChange

Landscape Conservation Collaborative as a Network Approach

Brian Sieben, Government of Northwest Territories

T3E: Best Practices in Climate Change Adaptation (Engineering)  – Christine Callihoo, Associated Environmental (chair)

 Engineering and Community Planning:  Tools and processes to address the challenges posed by climate change

Christine Callihoo, Associated Environmental

APEGBC Guidance on the Evolving Responsibilities for its Members in a Changing Climate

Harshan Radhakrishnan, APEGBC

Integrating Climate Change Risks into Management: A Framework

Guy Félio, RV Anderson Associates Limited

Process, challenges and impediments to responding to Climate Change

Mark Porter, Associated Engineering

Case studies: Implementation of an adaptation plan in cities

Jean Luc Allard, SNC Lavalin


T3F: Community Vulnerability Assessment Workshop – Ewa Jackson, ICLEI (chair)

 Welcome and Workshop Overview

Introduction of Workshop

A First Look at Vulnerability Assessment – Sensitivity and Adaptive Capacity

A First Look at Risk Assessment – Consequence and Likelihood


Wednesday April 13, 2016 - Session W1 - 8:30 am - 10:00 am

8:30 am – 10:00 am W1A: How Provinces and Territories are Adapting to Climate Change  – Caroline Larrivee, OURANOS (chair)

Thomas White, British Columbia Government (TBC)

Catherine Gauthier, Gouvernement du Québec

Jeff Hoyt, New Brunswick Government

Rebecca World, Yukon Government

Kathleen O’Neill, Ontario Government

Bob Manteaw, Alberta Government

Randall Shymko, Manitoba Government (TBC)

Chad Blundon, Newfoundland Government


W1B: Adapting Sustainable Forest Management using Embedded Scientists and Science-Management Partnerships – Vincent Roy, SCF, Natural Resources Canada (chair)

Forest Management Planning and Vulnerability Assessment: Opportunities for Integrating Climate Change Science into Sustainable Forest Management

Mark Johnston, Saskatchewan Research Council

Making Climate Change Adaptation Work in U.S. National Forests

David L. Peterson, United States Forest Service

Climate Change and the Forest Sector: Perception of Principal Impacts and of Potential Options for Adaptation

Daniel Houle, Ouranos

Adaptation in the Canadian Forest Products Sector: getting to action now

Ben Filewood, Forest Products Association of Canada


W1C: Using Projections of Extreme Precipitation to Support Infrastructure Design – Kevin Anderson, Environment and Climate Change Canada (chair)

Projected changes to temporal scaling properties of extreme precipitation over Canada

Alex Cannon, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Can we provide robust advice to support infrastructure design?

Francis Zwiers, PCIC

General Considerations as to How Future Projections of Extreme Precipitation could be Integrated into Infrastructure Design

Alain Mailhot, INRS

Intensity-Duration-Frequency curve update for Newfoundland and Labrador

Allyson Bingeman, GHD Ltd

Integrating Extreme Precipitation into Infrastructure Design

Peter Nimmrichter, Amec Foster Wheeler


W1D: Adaptation in the Energy Sector – Drivers, Barriers and Policies – Kevin Behan, Clean Air Partnership (chair)

Community Energy Planning, Energy Utility Adaptation, and Smart Energy Networks

Sarah Marchionda – QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow

Demonstrating the Near to Long-Term Benefits of Harmonized Policy Development for Building Climate Change Resilience in the Canadian Energy Sector

Ryan Hennessey, Yukon Energy Centre and Annette Morand, OCCIAR

Understanding the Current State of Awareness and Action on Adaptation in the Electricity Generation, Transmission and Local Distribution Sector

Laura Zizzo – Zizzo Strategy Inc

Building Energy Sector Resilience to the New Normal – Overcoming Barriers to Adaptation

Marco Braun, Ouranos


W1E: Maintaining Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the Face of Climate Change:  A New Era of Conservation Planning – Diana Stralberg, University of Alberta (chair)

Data and Tools for Assessing Threats to Biodiversity and Ecosystems across North America

Carlos Carroll, KCCR

Anticipated Shifts in Boreal Ecosystems and Characteristics of Climatic Refugia for Boreal Ecosystems and Species

Diana Stralberg, University of Alberta

Simulating Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Boreal Bird Habitats Under Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbances in a Climate-Change Context

Junior Tremblay, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Conservation Planning Case Studies in Northern Canada

Justina Ray, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada


W1F: Innovation and Adaptation of Winter Ski Tourism in a Changing World  Stéphanie Bleau, OURANOS (chair)

Adapting the Winter Tourism of the Pyrenees to a Future Climate Change

Dr. Marc Pons, Sustainability Observatory of Andorra (OBSA

Anticipated Shifts in Boreal A Coupled Model of Ski Operations and Tourist Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change: Insights for the Ontario, Quebec and New England ski Markets

Daniel Scott, University of Waterloo

L’adaptation aux changements climatiques et l’industrie du ski au Québec

Claude Péloquin, Ski Bromont

Moving Forward with Ski Operators in Quebec to Measure Adaptation

Kate Germain, ESG UQAM & Laurent DaSilva, OURANOS


W1G: From Policies to Operations: Adaptation in the Mining Sector – Al Douglas, OCCIAR (chair)

 Selected Industries and Extreme Climatic Variability: Adaptable or Vulnerable?

Virginia Wittrock, Saskatchewan Research Council

An Assessment of the Costs and Benefits of Climate Change Adaptation

Sean Capstick, Golder Associates

Case Studies of Climate Change Adaptation in Canadian Mining Companies

Bob Purdy, Fraser Basin Council

Wednesday April 13, 2016 - Session W2 - 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

10:30 am  – 12:00 pm W2A: Private sector climate change risks and opportunities in a competitive  world – Alain Bourque, Ouranos (chair)

Pascale Lagacé, Vice President, Environment and Climate Change, Resolute Forest Products

Claude Péloquin, Vice President, Finance and Administration, Ski Bromont

Joan Frain, Senior Manager, Water Resources, Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

Ben Chalmers, Vice President of Sustainable Development – Mining Association of Canada

Don McCabe, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture


W2B: Preparedness to extremes and prevention – tools for public health – Céline Campagna, INSPQ (chair)

Real-Time Surveillance of Adverse Environment-al Conditions and Associated Health Outcomes

Paul Belanger, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, Kingston

Impacts organisationnels de SUPREME en surveillance des évènements météorologiques extrêmes au Québec

Pierre Gosselin, INSPQ

Toward an Evidence-Based Approach for Wildfire Smoke Health Response in Canada

Jeff Eyamie, Health Canada

PROJET ILEAU (Interventions locales en environnement et aménagement urbain) à Montréal

Michelle Craig, CRE-Mtl 

La stratégie québécoise de réduction de l’herbe à poux et des autres pollens allergènes : perspective provinciale pour une gestion efficace et partagée

Isabelle Demers, INSPQ


W2C: Southern First Nations Adapting to Climate Change – Marie-Eve Néron, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (chair)

Building adaptive capacity and climate change resiliency in indigenous communities

Brian Kotak, Canadian Model Forest Network

Climate Change Adaptation Planning with the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation

Kerry-Ann Charles, Georgina Island First Nation

Réalisation du plan d’adaptation aux changements climatiques de Wôlinak et d’Odanak

Myriam Beauchamp, Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki

Community-based climate change cost-benefit analysis on infrastructure

Jean-Christophe (J-C) Amado, Senior Climate Risk and Resilience Specialist


W2D: Building the knowledge foundation through assessments; learning from the past and planning for the future – Fiona Warren, Natural Resources Canada (chair)

Linda Mortsch, University of Waterloo, IPCC Assessments

Kathy Jacobs, University of Arizona, US Science Assessments

Roger Street, UKCIP, UK Science Assessments

Don Lemmen, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian national-scale assessments

Hélène Coté, Ouranos, Canadian regional assessment (Quebec)


W2E: Strengthening Adaptive Capacity in Coastal Communities: Experiences from British Columbia – Eliana Chia, Fraser Basin Council (chair)

Province of BC’s Actions and New Guidelines on Climate Adaptation

Kari Tyler, Climate Action Secretariat, Government of British Columbia

Flood Management and Climate Adaptation in BC’s Lower Mainland

Jim Vanderwal, Fraser Basin Council

Adapting to a Changing Coastline in the City of Surrey

Carrie Baron, City of Surrey

Green Shores™ training for shoreline decision-makers in British Columbia

DG Blair, Stewardship Centre for BC

Video Series: Climate Change Adaptation and Water on the BC Coast

David Reid of Lanarc Consultants


W2F: Impact and adaptation responses in communities of place and practice to climate change: A tale of physics, phyto-plankton, fish and fisheries for salmon on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia – Kim Hyatt, Fisheries and Ocean Canada (chair)

Productivity responses of Barkley Sound salmon to climate variation and change impacts in the Pacific Ocean

Kim Hyatt,  Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Pacific salmon responses to climate variation and change in freshwater ecosystems

Howard Stiff, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Adaptation responses of fisheries and fisheries managers to climate induced impacts on sockeye salmon returns to Barkley Sound, British Columbia

Diana Dobson,  Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Managing freshwater systems to meet the competing needs of salmon production, urban and industrial development in Port Alberni and the Somass watershed of British Columbia given historic to future risks of climate change

Barry Chilibeck, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants


Wednesday April 13, 2016 - Session W3 - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm W3A: Challenges of private sector in helping Canada becoming more resilient – Al Douglas, Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (chair)

Jonathan Philipsborn, Director of Climate Adaptation – Americas at AECOM

Monika Federau, SVP & Chief Strategy Officer, Intact Financial Corporation

Gordon Beal, Chartered Professional Accountants Canada

Jean-Christophe (J-C) Amado, Senior Climate Risk and Resilience Specialist


W3B: Importance of shorelines for climate change adaptation – Danika Van Proosdij, Saint Mary’s University (chair)

Building the Case: Strategic Decision Making for Managed Realignment of Agricultural Marshlands

Danika van Proosdij, Saint Mary’s University

The first 10 metres: Coastal flooding, climate change and the social vulnerability of populations in Nova Scotia

Patricia Manuel, Dalhousie University

L’impact du “coastal squeeze” sur les écosystèmes côtiers meubles québécois de l’estuaire et du golfe du Saint-Laurent dans le contexte de la hausse appréhendée du niveau de la mer

Jean-Pierre Savard, Ouranos

Living Shorelines: success stories from Nova Scotia

Robin Tress, Ecology Action Centre


W3C: Green Infrastructures and Climate Changes: Developing a Multiscale  Strategy Based on the Complexity and Urban Resilience – Jérôme Dupras, Université du Québec en Outaouais (chair)

Strategies to Promote the Implementation of Green Infrastructures in Urban Areas

Jérôme Dupras, UQO

Designing a Network of Green Infrastructure for Greater Montreal

Andrew Gonzalez, McGill

Incorporating Biodiversity and Complexity into Urban Forestry

Christian Messier, UQAM-UQO

Balancing Ecosystem Services and Vulnerability Reduction in the Implementation of Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Danielle Dagenais, Université de Montréal 

La Ceinture et Trame Verte et Bleue du Grand Montréal : Une démarche d’adaptation aux changements climatiques

Jean-François Dallaire, Nature-Action Québec


W3D: Understanding Flood Risk- Policies and programs to address flooding from extreme weather –  Jo-Anne Rzadki, Conservation Ontario (chair)

 Adapting Flood Risk Management – Preparing for an Unknown Future in Ontario

Ryan Ness and Fabio Tonto, Toronto Region Conservation Authority

Climate Change for the Bow River Watershed

Heather Auld, RSI

Addressing the greatest flooding risks in Nova Scotia – Responding to high tides, extreme sedimentation, ice jams and floodplain development

Alex Wilson, CBCL Ltd

Partners for Action – Advancing Flood Resiliency in Canada

Shawna Peddle, Partners for Action


W3E: Crossing the divide:  The value of interdisciplinary approaches to mitigation and adaptation – Colleen Mercer-Clarke, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (chair)

 There’s more to this than Sea Level Rise:  The Role of Expert Teams, Research Partnerships and Community Involvement

Colleen Mercer Clarke, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects

What are we protecting? Valuing our Landscape rather than our Property

Hope Parnham, Atlantic Society of Landscape Architects

Green Synergy: The Role of Green Infrastructure in Adaptation and Mitigation

Nina Pulver, University of Waterloo

Thriving with Water:   The Possibilities and Practicalities of Amphibious

Elizabeth English, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Waterloo

Community-wide Implementation of Green Stormwater Infrastructure – Policies and Strategies for Local Action

Sharyn Inward,  Green Communities Canada


W3F: Food Security and Climate Change in the North – Robert Siron and Stéphanie Bleau, Ouranos (chair)

Climate Change and Food Security in Inuit Communities – Unique Challenges and Adaptations

Lauren Goodman and Eric Loring, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Ottawa

Naskapi Observations of the Impacts of Climatic Changes on the Traditional and Wildlife Food Security

Georges Guanish, Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach

Indigenous People, Place, and Traditional Food in Changing Northern Environments

Murray Humphries, McGill University

Impacts and Adaptations: Insights on Climate Change and Food Security from Canadian Arctic Indigenous Communities

Chris Furgal, Trent University


Wednesday April 13, 2016 - Session W4 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm W4A: Bridging the Gap: Tools to Integrate Adaptation into Electricity Sector Investment Planning – Devin McCarthy, Canadian Electricity Association (chair)

Climate Change Considerations in Future Hydro Power Project Developments

Kristina Koenig, Manitoba Hydro

Probable Maximum Flood under Changing Climate Conditions for the Mattagami River Basin

John Perdikaris, OPG

The (cQ)² Collaboration: a Task Force for Improved Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Hydrology and Hydropower in Québec

Catherine Guay, Hydro-Québec

Energy Sector Resilience to the New Normal – Outstanding Examples of Energy Sector Adaptation to Climate Change

Élyse Fournier, Ouranos

Assessing Climate Change Impacts on Energy Demand in Canada

Mary-Ann Wilson, Catherine Marchand, Natural Resources Canada


W4B: Economic Study of the Potential Impacts of Low Water Levels in the St. Lawrence River and Adaptation Options in the Context of Climate Change – Pamela Kertland, NRCan (chair)

Restoring Water Levels on Lake Michigan-Huron: A Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA)

M. Fisher, Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR)

Étude économique des impacts potentiels des bas niveaux d’eau du fleuve Saint-Laurent

Nicolas Audet, Ouranos

Étude économique régionale des impacts et de l’adaptation liés aux changements climatiques sur le fleuve Saint-Laurent : Volet eaux municipals

Chee Chan, AECOM

Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies of Canadian Ports and Shipping

Claude Comtois, Université de Montréal

La valeur économique de la pêche et des services écosystémiques au lac Saint-Pierre

Jie He, Université de Sherbrooke


W4C: Coastal Adaptation Tools : New Developments and Learnings at the Digital Era – Ursule Boyer-Villemaire, OURANOS (chair)

Projections of Relative Sea-level Change in Canada Based on the IPCC AR5

Thomas James, Natural Resources Canada

Impacts des changements climatiques sur le régime des tempêtes et les surcotes dans la région de la Baie d’Hudson et de la Baie James

Jean-Pierre Savard, Ouranos

Wave Climate in the Gulf of St-Lawrence and its Future Evolution

Urs Neumeier, ISMER-UQAR


Charles Gignac, INRS-ETE

Adam Fenech, IPE

Jeff Hoyt, Government of NB

Trevor Bell, Memorial University, Newfoundland


W4D: Mobilizing Climate Adaptation Tools into Professional Practice – Devin Causley, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (chair)

Dan Sandink, Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction

David Lapp, Engineers Canada

Leah Carson, Canadian Institute of Planners

Gordon Beal, Chartered Professional Accountants Canada

Christina Schwantes, ICLEI


W4E: Strengthening Transportation Networks in the Face of climate Change – Jean Andrey, University of Waterloo (chair)

Les défis de gestion des infrastructures aéroportuaires du ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports du Québec dans l’Arctique québécois : De la recherche en adaptation aux changements climatiques à l’application

Anick Guimond, MTQ

Vulnerability Assessment Tools for Transportation Infrastructure

Cassandra Bhat, ICF International

Enhancing Climate Resilience for the Canadian Transportation System

Nicole Legault, Transport Canada

Resilience: Climate Change, Extreme Weather and Transportation Systems

Terry Zdan, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transport

The Metrolinx Climate Change Resiliency Study

Sue Sherman, AECOM


W4F: Levers to Mainstream Adaptation Effectively: Lessons and Best Practices from Western Canada – Henry David Venema, IISD and Johanna Wolf, BC Climate Secretariat (chair)

Danny Blair, Climatologist, University of Winnipeg

Dave Sauchyn, University of Regina

Virginia Wittrock, Saskatchewan Research Council

Mark Johnston, Saskatchewan Research Council

Dirk Nyland, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Emily MacNair, BC Agriculture Climate Action Initiative


W4G: Economic Approaches to Support Community Adaptation Planning – Jason Thistlethwaite, University of Waterloo (chair)

Financial Tools to Support Adaptation: The Development and Implementation of Stormwater Charges and Fees

Victoria Kramkowski, City of Mississauga

Sustaining Insurance in The Era of Climate Change: The Viability of Coastal Flood Insurance as Climate Loss and Damage Policy

Jason Thistlethwaite, University of Waterloo

Economic Approaches to Support Community Adaptation Decision-making

Jeff Wilson, Green Analytics

Role of Actuaries in climate change adaptation / Quel rôle devraient jouer
les actuaires?

Yves Guérard


Thursday April 14, 2016 - Session Th1 - 8:30 am - 10:30 am

8:30 am – 10:30 am Th1A: Biodiversity and People in a Changing Climate: Adaptation Imperatives for Enhancing Resilience – Steve Hounsell, Ontario Biodiversity Council (chair)

Climate Change and Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Approaches: The Benefits to Economies, Health and Biodiversity

Deborah Harford, ACT, Simon Fraser University

Positioning Natural Infrastructure and Climate Resilience as a Win for Canadian Economy

Natalia Moudrak, University of Waterloo

Protecting and Enhancing Ecosystem Regulatory Services – The Role of Wetlands and Watershed Management in Flood Attenuation

Dr. Mark Gloutney, Ducks Unlimited Canada

Planning Conservation Actions in a Changing Climate – Existing Information, Tools and Needs in Canada

Charles Latremouille, Nature Conservancy Canada

Using Landscape Connectivity to Build Ecological Resilience

Jeff Bowman and Chad Cordes, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry / Trent University

Th1A Session outcomes – Recommended priority actions to advance adaptation effort identified by session speakers and audience discussion – one page summary



Th1B: Zoonotic Risks from a Changing Climate: Impacts and Adaptation Strategies to Protect the Health of Canadians – Anne-Marie Lowe, INSPQ and Steven Sternthal, Public Health Agency of Canada (chairs)   

Vector-Borne Diseases and Zoonoses: Predicting Current and Future Risk Associated with Climate Change

Dr Nick H. Ogden, Public Health Agency of Canada

Finding Zoonotic Risk Signals at the Nature-Society Interface: Wildlife Health as Strategic Early Warning for Climate Change

Dr. Craig Stephen, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative

Climate Change and Vector-Borne Diseases: At the Interface of Public Health and Family Medicine

Dr. Michel Deilgat,  Public Health Agency of Canada

L’adaptation du Québec à l’émergence de la maladie de Lyme

Ariane Adam-Poupart, Ph.D., INSPQ

Les effets potentiels des changements climatiques sur la rage du renard au nord du 55e parallèle : comment s’adapter au Nunavik?

Audrey Simon, Ph.D., Faculté de médecine vétérinaire de l’Université de Montréal

Une solution d’adaptation innovante : l’Observatoire multipartite québécois sur les zoonoses et l’adaptation aux changements climatiques

Anne-Marie Lowe, M.Sc., INSPQ



Th1C: The Northern Telegraph: Adaptation Messages from the North – Bronwyn Benkert and Alison Perrin, Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College (chairs)

Brian Sieben, Climate Change Adaptation Planning Specialist, Government of the Northwest Territories, representing the Pan-Territorial Adaptation Partnership (also serving as panel chair)

Rose Kushniruk, Vice-Chief, Champagne Aishihik First Nation, Yukon

Tim Soucie, Community-Based Researcher, Pond Inlet, Nunavut

Elise Foong, Senior Consultant, AECOM

Anne Kendrick, Senior Policy Advisor, Environment and Wildlife, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami



Th1D: High Resolution Climate Data in Support of Adaptation/Mitigation in Ontario – Downscaling – John Liu, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (chair)

Dynamically Downscaled Climate Change Projections for Ontario and the Great Lakes Basin with the US WRF model

Dr. Richard Peltier, University of Toronto

High-Resolution Regional Climate Projections on the Ontario Climate Change Data Portal

Dr. Gordon Huang, University of Regina

High resolution regional climate projections over Ontario with the Canadian Regional Climate Model (CRCM) at Ouranos

Anne Frigon, Ouranos

York University – High Resolution Regional Climate Projections over Ontario Using Ensemble Optimal Interpolation (ENOI) and Local Intensity Scaling (LOCI) Techniques

Dr. Xin Qiu and Prof. Huaiping Zhu – York University

Climate Change Projections for Ontario: An Updated Synthesis for Policymakers And Planners

Shannon Fera, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Climate Data Landscape in Ontario

Dana Krechowicz, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario



Th1E: Adaptation solutions and innovations from the South: How can climate communication and Canada-South collaboration inform adaptation at larger scales? – Dominique Charron, IDRC  (chair)

Use of ICTs for Sharing Climate and Market Data with Smallholder Farmers in Uganda 

Mr. Berhane Gebru, FHI360

Communication of Climate Risk in Vietnam’s Coastal Cities

Ms. Quynh Anh Nguyen, National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies

Risk Mapping in Unplanned Settlements of Coastal Cities in Angola

Mr. Allan Cain, Development Workshop Angola

The use of Soil Moisture Sensors in

Agriculture in to Conserve Water and Energy in India’s Punjab Region

Mr. Kamal Vatta, Punjab Agricultural University

Ewa Jackson, Acting Director, ICLEI-Canada

David Sauchyn, Professor of Geography, University of Regina


Th1F: Monitoring and Evaluation – Tracking adaptation at global to local scales – James D. Ford, McGill University (chair)

 Michael Houle, ICLEI

Alexandra Lesnikowski, McGill

Hayley Price-Kelly, IISD

Brennan VogelUniversity of Western Ontario

Jimena Eyzaguirre, ESSA


Thursday April 14, 2016 - Session Th2 - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

11:00 am  – 12:30 pm Th2A: Extreme Precipitation and Stormwater Management – Peter Nimmrichter, AMECFW  (chair)

Immediate Adaptation Options for Short-Duration High-Intensity (SDHI) Rainfall Events in the GTA

Simon Eng, Risk Sciences International

 L’évaluation de la vulnérabilité aux changements climatiques du réseau de drainage unitaire de Montréal

Rémi Haf, Ville de Montréal

Capacity Building Options for Municipal Stormwater Systems

Peter Nimmrichter, AMECFW

Uncertainty in Water budget projections for the Mississippi-Rideau watershed region

Sobhalatha Kunjikutty, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority



Th2B: Local, Regional and National Adaptation to the Health Impacts of Climate Change in Canada – Abderrahmane Yagouti, Health Canada (chair)

Tracking Adaptation to the Health Effects of Climate Change

James D. Ford, McGill University

L’évolution de l’adaptation en santé publique au Québec depuis 10 ans

Céline Campagna, INSPQ

Adapting to the Health Impacts of Climate Change in Ontario

Vidya Anderson, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Adaptation through Collaboration: Health Canada’s Climate Change and Health Actions to Protect Canadians

Carolyn Tateishi, Health Canada

Faire d’une pierre deux coups : Retombées qualitatives et quantitatives de projets de lutte aux îlots de chaleur urbains

Mélanie Beaudoin, INSPQ


Th2C: Strengthening social resilience and socio-cultural factors for more effective climate mainstreaming  – Jennifer Graham, Nova Scotia Environment (chair)

Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability: Who Should Be Involved, Why and How? The Examples of Agriculture and Coastal Communities

Christopher R. Bryant, University of Guelph

Planning for climate impacts that’s delivering results – Using behaviour change approaches to deliver far reaching reform

Rohan Hamden, Rohan Hamden and Associates

L’adaptation aux changements climatiques en zone côtière : une intégration difficile à l’action publique, regards croisés sur le Québec, le Nouveau-Brunswick et le Sénégal

Melinda Noblet and Sebastian Weissenberger, UQAR


Th2D: Urban Resiliency for a Changing Climate: Master Planning to a Resilient Design of the Built Environment  – Paul Donahue, Dillon Consulting Limited (chair)

Setting the Foundation for Resiliency in the Master Planning Process

Kiran Chhiba, Dillon Consulting Limited       

Moving from Master Plan to Infrastructure Design: Community Scale and Project Specific Vulnerability Assessment using PIEVC   

David Lapp, Engineers Canada

Resilient Communities – Adapting Existing Infrastructure – A City of Surrey BC Case Study

Jeannie Lee, City of Surrey, B.C.

Resilient Communities: Adapting Infrastructure Design to Rising Sea Levels   

Carrie Baron, City of Surrey, B.C.

Enabling Policy for Resilience

David Chernushenko City of Ottawa



Th2E: Information and tools to support Adaptation of Sustainable Forest Management in Canada – Catherine Ste-Marie, Natural Resources Canada (chair)   

Climate Change and Sustainable Forest Management in Canada: A Guidebook for Assessing Vulnerability and Mainstreaming Adaptation into Decision Making

Jason Edwards, Natural Resources Canada

Forest Change – Information and tools from the Canadian Forest Service in support of forest sector adaptation

Miren Lorente, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

Future fire regime in Canada, potential effects on forest, forest sector and forest communities

Sylvie Gauthier, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

Integrating science and values into adaptation planning and implementation

Chris Swanston, USDA Forest Service



Th2F: De-Risking Business Operations and Investment Portfolios in a Changing Climate – Laura Zizzo, Zizzo Strategy Inc (chair)

Economic and Legal Drivers to Consider Climate Change and the Business Imperative to Develop Climate-Smart Strategies

Laura Zizzo, Zizzo Strategy Inc

Economic and Technical Drivers to Adapt to Climate Change

Blair Feltmate, University of Waterloo

Director Duty of Care: Comparing US and China

Carissa Wong, Bionomos Law Professional Corporation

Thursday April 14, 2016 - Session Th3 - 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Th3A: Innovative Strategies for Resilient Watershed – Christine Zimmer, Credit Valley Conservation (chair)

De la vulnérabilité à la résilience : Intégrer la variabilité climatique dans les plans directeurs de l’eau

Antoine Verville, ROBVQ

One Water Approach: Protecting Our Environment and Communities in the Face of Climate Change

Christine Zimmer, Credit Valley Conservation

Wetlands and Flood Mitigation in Ontario: Natural Adaptation to a Changing Climate

Owen Steele, Ducks Unlimited

Using Community Effluent to Create High Value Heritage Woodlands and Protect Watersheds Under Climate Change in the Canadian Prairies

Norm Henderson, PARC



Th3B:  Land use planning to protect health from climate change: What’s the recipe for success?  – Jim Frehs, Health Canada (chair)

Mélissa Généreux, Université de Sherbrooke

Karina Richters, City of Windsor

Véronique Fournier, Centre d’écologie urbaine de Montréal

Gregory Richardson, Health Canada


Th3C: Canada’s Protected Areas as Natural Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation: What Have We Learned and Where Should we Go   – Patrick Nantel, Parks Canada (chair)

Protected Areas as Natural Solutions: Setting the Stage

Patrick Nantel, Parks Canada

Helping Species and Ecosystems Adapt to Climate Change in British Columbia

James Quayle, BC Parks

Vulnerability of Northern National Parks to Climate Change

Al Douglas, Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources

How Parks can Plan for Climate Change

Marlow Pellat and Tara Sharma, Parks Canada

Panel discussion:

James Quayle, Al Douglas, Marlow Pellat, Tara Sharma, and Daniel Scott (University of Waterloo).



Th3D: Community Engagement in Adaptation Planning – Jeff Hoyt, Government of New Brunswick (chair)

Sabine Dietz, Aster Group

Ewa Jackson, ICLEI Canada

Laura Roddan, Powell River Regional District, BC

Rose Kushniruk, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Council, Yukon Territory

Julien St-Laurent, Travaux publics, Trois-Rivières, Québec



Th3E: The Evolution of Disaster Risks in Canada: Prevention and Resilience – Matthew Godsoe, Defence R&D Canada (chair)

Canada’s Evolving Disaster Risk Profile

Matthew Godsoe, Defence R&D Canada

Adaptation and Mitigation versus Disaster Risk Creation

Ian Burton, Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Toronto

Climate change disaster risk, financial stability and stress testing: Integrating climate disaster risks into accounting and financial decision making

David Greenall, PwC Sustainability


Th3F: Tooling up for Climate Change: Economic Instruments for Adaptation – Michelle Brownlee, Sustainable Prosperity (chair)

 “Tooling Up for Climate Change”: sharing knowledge and policy findings to decision-makers across Canada on economic instruments for adaptation

Meg Ogden, Sustainable Prosperity

Economic Instruments for Adaptation to Climate Change in Forestry

Harry Nelson, University of British Columbia

Payments for Ecosystem Services and Other Economic Incentives to Encourage Adaptation

Jean-Pierre Revéret, Groupe Agéco


Thursday April 14, 2016 - Closing Plenary

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm Closing Plenary / Plénière de clôture

Roger Street, Technical Director, UKCIP

Ian Burton, Professor Emeritus, University of  Toronto

Alain Bourque, Directeur Général, Ouranos

Dominique Charron, Acting Director, Agriculture and Environment, IDRC


Closing Remarks / Fermeture du Symposium

Al Douglas

Alain Bourque


Closing Prayer

Elder Josee Whiteduck and Elder Rose Commanda, Kitigan Zibi First Nation







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