Special Events

Conference Networking

Welcome Reception

Adaptation Canada 2020 is hosting a Welcome Reception on the February 19 at the end of our busy first day. Here’s a chance to kick back and enjoy the conversations you’ve been waiting for – with drinks and nibblies in hand. Guest tickets are available for purchase – just check this option when you register for the conference.

Networking Lunches & Poster Sessions

Two informal networking lunches are planned, for February 19 and 20. It's a perfect time to share news with colleagues, review the morning's highlights, and delve into the poster presentations.

Other Events

These events are not part of Adaptation Canada 2020 but listed here for the benefit of conference participants who may be interested. These require separate pre-registration unless otherwise indicated.

Adaptation Walking Tour (*A few spots still available!)

Tuesday, February 18 (2:00-3:00 pm)

The City of Vancouver is generously offering a free climate adaptation walking tour of Olympic Village in Vancouver on Tuesday, February 18 (2:00-3:00 pm PST), exclusively for Conference attendees. There are 30 spots available (first-come, first-served), and pre-registration is required.

Olympic Village was developed as accommodation for athletes and officials at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Today, it is a vibrant residential area of Southeast False Creek. In keeping with Vancouver's Greenest City targets, Olympic Village uses innovative energy efficiency and sustainability systems, such as solar heating and green roofs, as well as innovative rainwater management tools, including permeable pavers, bioswales and rainwater tree trenches. The tour will showcase how innovative neighbourhood planning can help cities adapt to climate change.

We expect this tour will be popular! If there’s a wait list and demand is high, we might see if the City can sneak in a second tour.

Please sign up ONLY if you have already registered for Adaptation Canada 2020. Use code Adaptation2020.


Advancing Nature-Based Solutions in Canada: High-Level Panel and World Café

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (2:00 - 4:15 pm)

This free two-part event, hosted by Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Insurance Bureau of Canada, and ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University) will assemble a diversity of voices that can provide input on the challenges and opportunities for accelerating the uptake of nature-based solutions across Canada to support climate resilience. Pre-registration is required.

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Sea-level Projections and CanCoast: National products for adaptation planning

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 (12:30-1:55 pm), Pavilion C (Sheraton)

Thomas James and Gavin Manson, Climate Change Geoscience Program, Geological Survey of Canada, NRCan
John Sommerville, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division, NRCan

This two-part workshop will explore new sea-level projections and proposed national sea-level guidance, as well as a national atlas of coastal sensitivity called CanCoast. We will solicit your input on the scope of the proposed sea-level guidance and consider different ways of approaching the vexing question of high-end values of projected sea-level change. CanCoast is a national geospatial data product, and includes a derived physical sensitivity index. Its applications will be described, and we’ll conclude with a brief discussion of possible next steps and applications for CanCoast, including development of regional products and incorporation of socioeconomic factors to evaluate climate risk.

Film Screening of “Beyond Climate” & Reception with David Suzuki

Thursday, February 20, 2020 (6:15 pm)

Beyond Climate takes viewers beyond the headlines and into the heart of the paramount issue of our time: climate change. Shot throughout BC over many years, this thoughtful documentary by environmental scientist and filmmaker Ian Mauro features Indigenous leaders, local communities, scientists and policymakers; Dr. David Suzuki - renowned scientist, broadcaster, and environmentalist - also helps guide the journey as narrator.

As a long-term resident of BC who has lived most of his life in Vancouver, the 80-year-old Suzuki reflects on his career, how his home province is changing, and how he feels about the future. Addressing many of the pressing issues facing BC - from pipelines, liquified natural gas, salmon, and Indigenous rights - Beyond Climate is a timely contribution to the discussion about climate change and relevant not only to our province but the rest of Canada as well.

Event includes a talk and Q&A with David Suzuki and Ian Mauro, plus a reception with a drink ticket and appetizers. Tickets are $15 each.

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Things to Do in Vancouver

Vancouver has so much to offer, even if you’re only here for a few days. Here are some ideas to get you started.


Dinners are on your own – so get out and enjoy Vancouver’s diverse culinary scene and nightlife. We'll share ideas for finding your ideal spot.

Tourism Vancouver

Tourism Vancouver is profiling events and attractions on a special page for you. Show your conference badge to a participating partner to land a discount. (*Attractions and pricing shown are in effect until December 31, 2019. Please check back for 2020 updates.)

Tourism Vancouver


Want the details handled? Consider a tour! Westcoast Sightseeing is offering a 20% discount to Adaptation Canada 2020 attendees on these tours:

  • Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing of Vancouver (Daily, year round)
  • Whistler + Shannon Falls Tour (4 times a week) Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Victoria + Butchart Gardens Tour (3 times a week) Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Vancouver City + Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Tour (Daily, year round).

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Westcoast Sightseeing.