Tracks & Sessions

For an overview of all three conference days, see the Program Schedule.

This is our exciting preliminary program line-up for Adaptation Canada 2020! Enjoy a choice of over 60 panels & workshops across eight tracks. We'll have more on sessions and speakers as we finalize the program. Watch for updates!

Track 1: Financing Resilience Track 2: Showcasing Solutions
Track 3: Ecological Resilience Track 4: Professional Practice and Capacity-Building
Track 5: Raising Awareness and Broadening Engagement Track 6: Addressing Climate Change Inequities
Track 7: Health Track 8: Youth

Track 1: Financing Resilience


Advancing Collaboration and Innovation in Climate Adaptation through Cost Sharing (Workshop)

Assessing British Columbia’s Climate Risks and Building a Business Case for Resilience (Oral presentations)

  • “Assessing Climate Risks at the Provincial Scale – The BC Example”
  • “The Costs and Benefits of Climate Impacts and Adaptation in Canada: Demonstrating the Business Case for Resilience”

 Changing Climate, Changing Finance: Tools and Approaches for Financing Resilience (Workshop)

 Strengthening Climate Resilience in the Private Sector (Oral presentations)

  • “Metrotown Masterplan: Private Sector Leadership in Climate Resilient Community Development”
  • “A Small Business Disaster Resilience Study with Implications for Adaptation Planning across Geographies and Sectors”

 Valuing Natural Capital to Scale Up Urban Green Infrastructure (Oral presentation)

 Cities Paving the Way to Climate Change Adaptation: Implementing the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure Recommendations (Workshop)

 Measuring the Cost of Adaptation: Adding Up the Bill and Passing the Cheque (Workshop)

 The Upside of Climate Change Impacts: New Markets for Adaptation Goods and Services (Oral presentation)


Track 2: Showcasing Solutions


Managed Retreat: Experiences across Canada (Oral presentations)

  • “Retreat: Navigating buyouts, relocation and reinvestment for flood mitigation and disaster risk reduction in recovery from the 2018 Boundary Freshet”
  • “Should I stay or should I go?”

 Adapting to Changing Permafrost and Sea-ice Conditions in Canada’s North (Oral presentations)

  • “Identifying, monitoring and implementing adaptation measures for permafrost degradation in a community outreach perspective in Kugluk Territorial Park, Nunavut”
  • “TOONIKTOYOK: Inuit-led Research on Climate Change Risks and Hunting Costs”

 Coastal Adaptation in Metro Vancouver (Oral presentations)

  • “Sea Level Rise Doesn’t Stop at Municipal Boundaries: Collaborative, Multi-sectoral Adaptation Planning on Vancouver’s North Shore”
  • “The University of British Columbia’s Living Breakwaters Project: A Multi-layered approach to coastal adaptation”
  • “Walled Off: Reimagining the Stanley Park Coastline”

 Addressing Flood Risk in Communities and Regions (Oral presentations)

  • “Freedom Space for Rivers: An Economical Approach to Sustainable Management in a Changing Climate”
  • “Adaptation to Flooding in Mi’kma’ki”
  • “Dawson Creek Flood Mitigation: The Shift to Informed Decision Making”

Adapting to Climate Change: A Transversal Matter in Hydropower Companies (Oral presentation)

 Climate Resilient Housing (Oral presentations)

  • “Costing Climate Change Adaptation: Improving Building Resilience”
  • “Building Adaptive, Resilient Housing: Lessons from the Field”

 Success Stories of Implementing Natural Infrastructure (Oral presentations)

  • “Natural Infrastructure as a Climate Adaptation Strategy for the Greater Edmonton Region – a Cost-Benefit Analysis of Natural Infrastructure”
  • “Exploring Natural/Nature-based Adaptation Opportunities and Success in the Maritime Provinces”

 The Climate Atlas of Canada: Science, Storytelling, and the Future of Adaptation (Workshop)


Track 3: Ecological Resilience


Adaptation through Regionalizing Green Infrastructure: A Metro Vancouver Case Study (Workshop)

Canadian-Style Forestry in the 21st Century: Raising Our Game (Oral presentation)

Protecting our Water Resources in a Changing Climate (Oral presentations)

  • “Kikawinaw Askiy: Source Water Protection Planning at Okanese First Nation, Treaty 4, Saskatchewan”
  • “Collaborative Drought Planning in the Semi-arid Okanagan Region”

Resilient Urban Forests and Green Spaces (Oral presentations)

  • “Climate Change and Urban Greenspace: Forecasting Change, Planning for Adaptation, and Managing Disturbance Risk”
  • “How are natural forests in and around cities supporting climate change adaptation? A social-ecological analysis along an urban-rural gradient in Metro Vancouver, Canada”

Integrating Natural Elements into Creative Building Practices (Oral presentations)

  • “Purple Roofs: How much better does a ‘purple’ roof perform to reduce heating/cooling loads and manage storm water?”
  • “Adaptation through Amphibiation”

From North to South: Climate Change Implications for Fisheries (Oral presentations)

  • “Co-producing Solutions to the Impacts of Climate Change on Canada’s Undersea Forests”
  • “SmartICE: Supporting Sustainable Winter Fisheries for Nunavut Communities under Changing Climate”

Climate-smart Conservation Planning and Management: When and where is resistance futile? (Workshop)

Tackling Invasive Species in a Changing Climate (Oral presentations)

  • “Invasion Risk from Vessel Traffic in Marine Protected Areas under Current and Future Climate Conditions”
  • “Best Practices for Managing Invasive Species in the Metro Vancouver Region – Tools for Prevention, Management & Education”


Track 4: Professional Practice and Capacity-Building


Assessing Climate Risk in the Transportation Sector (Oral presentations)

  • “Climate Risk Assessments for Transportation Assets: Lessons Learned and Recommended Practices”
  • “Integrating Climate Risk Knowledge into Practice at the Maryland Department of Transportation”

Engaging Agricultural Stakeholders to Foster Actions on Adaptation (Workshop)

Designing Resilient Infrastructure and Building System Resiliency (Oral presentations)

  • “Adapting to a Changing Climate – Developing Resilient Infrastructure Design Parameters for the City of Courtenay”
  • “The First Nations Infrastructure Resilience Toolkit: Integrating Climate Risks into Asset Management”
  • “Building System-Wide Resilience and Capacity: Lessons Learned from an Infrastructure Ontario Case Study”

Building Next Level Adaptation: Achieving Optimal Use of Climate Information in Planning and Design (Workshop).

Mining Association of Canada: Development of Climate Change Best Practices (Workshop)

Introducing Canada’s Climate Data Portal: helping Canadians access and understand climate data and information to reduce the risks from climate change (Workshop)

Adaptation in Practice: Capacity building for planners, engineers, forestry, and landscape architecture professionals (Workshop)

Competencies: A Catalyst for Adaptation Capacity Building (Workshop)


Track 5: Raising Awareness and Broadening Engagement


Creative Practices for Communicating Climate Change and Getting Buy-in (Workshop)

First Nations Community Engagement on Adaptation (Oral presentations)

  • “Miser sur L’habileté Collective Naturelle des Autochtones”
  • “Fire with Fire: Braiding Indigenous and Scientific Knowledges of Fire Management using Participatory Video Method to Enhance Climate Change Resilience”

Case Studies of Adaptation Planning in First Nations Communities (Oral presentations)

  • “Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Community Climate Change Resiliency Planning – Vulnerability Assessment”
  • “Files Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council Climate Adaptation Strategy”
  • “Ahead of the Curve: Leading the Way in Indigenous Community Resiliency”

Building a Climate Adaptation Strategy for BC Through Engagement (Workshop)

Sharing Knowledge, Building Networks to Address a Changing Prairie Climate (Workshop)

Transboundary Collaboration on Landscape Resilience (Oral presentations)

  • “Working Together Across Boundaries for a Resilient Cascadia: A bi-national regional climate adaptation strategy and a novel tool to support collaborative conservation in a rapidly changing landscape”
  • “Showcasing Successes of BC and US State Transboundary Collaboration”

Multimedia Community Engagement for Sea Level Rise Adaptation (Workshop)

Arts, Games, and Creative Insights into Community Engagement (Oral presentations)

  • “Engagement and Games: Serious Gaming for Climate Adaptation”
  • “Enhancing Public Awareness through the Arts in Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Adaptation”
  • “Communicating about Climate Change in the Canadian Provincial North: Insights into Promoting Community Engagement”


Track 6: Addressing Climate Change Inequities


First Nations Coastal Vulnerability Study: Learning from Community Experiences (Oral presentations)

  • “Introduction to the Coastal Vulnerability Studies and Climate Adaptation Program”
  • “Coastal Vulnerability Study Community Context – Old Massett”
  • “Coastal Vulnerability Study Community Context – Nisga’a Village of Laxgalt’sap”

Inuit-led Adaptation in Canada’s Arctic (Oral presentations)

  • “Inuit Adaptation: A Legacy of Engaging with Climate Change”
  • “NUNAMIN ILLIHAKVIA: An Inuit-Led Climate Change Adaptation Initiative”
  • “Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk – the Acceleration of Coastal Change”

Lessons from Adaptation in the Global South (Oral presentations)

  • “Canada’s Research Contributions to Climate Adaptation in the Global South”
  • “Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries: Transferable lessons from capacity-limited fishing communities in the Caribbean”

Driving Canadian Action for Addressing Climate Change Displacement (Workshop)

Addressing Food Security in Vulnerable Communities (Oral presentations)

  • “Climate Change Induced Vulnerability of Lobster Fishing Communities”
  • “Collaborative Research in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Western Canadian Arctic): Building the Evidence-base for an Inuit Food Security Strategy”

Including Social Equity in Adaptation Action (Workshop)

Exploring the Gender Dimensions of Adaptation: Sharing Insights from Canadian and International Research (Workshop)

Overcoming Adaptation Inertia in Small Communities? The interplay of local governance, educational and resource limitations, and innovation and experimentation (Workshop)


Track 7: Health


Impacts of Climate Change on Mental Health (Oral presentations)

  • “Ka pimthatek pakthehnamoowin / A Journey of Hope in St. Theresa Point First Nation”
  • “Keeping a Strong Mind”
  • “Navigating Mental Health Care in a Changing Climate”

Systems-level Resilience Building: Lessons from Canada’s Health Sector (Oral presentation)

Developing Personal Resilience and Navigating Climate Grief (Workshop)

Extreme Heat Impacts on Vulnerable Populations: A BC Case Study (Workshop)

Empowering Action on Health, Infectious Diseases and Climate Change (Oral presentation)

Workings Towards Resilient Indigenous Food Systems

  • “Resisting Pollinator Decline in Mi’kma’ki”
  • “Adapting to a Warming Climate: Gardening Opportunities and Strategies in Subarctic Ontario, Canada”
  • “Tłı̨chǫ Dǫtaàts’eedı (Tłı̨chǫ Sharing Food Amongst the People)”

Health and Equity in a Changing Climate: Understanding Vulnerability to the Health Impacts of Climate Change (Workshop)

Climate Change and Health in Fort William First Nation: Planning for the Future, Today (Oral presentation)


Track 8: Youth


Identifying Supports to Youth Climate Action through Social Innovation and Creative Action (Oral presentation)

Building Resilience in Indigenous communities: Youth Stepping Up to Lead Before the Storm (Workshop)

Nunami Sukuijainiq “Science on the Land”: Building a community-based environmental monitoring and science education program in Nunavik (Oral presentation)

Northern Youth Engagement through Filmmaking (Oral presentations)

  • “Nuna Tariuq Silalu Film Project”
  • “Pangnirtung Youth Tackle Climate Change: On-the-land knowledge exchange, monitoring, and filmmaking promoting adaptation and well-being”

Climate Action Youth Ambassadors Canada (CAYAC) advance climate change resilience through sharing Indigenous climate solutions and showcasing Indigenous leadership in climate adaptation (Workshop)

Steering the Mentorship: The Why and How of Youth Engagement for Climate Action (Workshop)

Youth and Resilience: Stories of Resilience and Youth Engagement (Workshop)