Tracks & Sessions

Note: Adaptation Canada 2020 is a wrap! Thanks to all who made this event a success. This page is for information only.

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”

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)

Funding and Financing Opportunities for Green Infrastructure


Track 2: Showcasing Solutions


Should I stay or should I go?:  Navigating buyouts, relocation and reinvestment for flood mitigation and disaster risk reduction

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

  • “TOONIKTOYOK: Inuit-led Research on Climate Change Risks and Hunting Costs”
  • “Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk – the Acceleration of Coastal Change”

 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”

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 electricity utility companies (Oral presentation)

Building Adaptive, Resilient Housing: Lessons from the Field

Exploring opportunities and barriers to natural/nature-based adaptation in Maritime Canada (Oral presentations)

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


Track 3: Ecological Resilience


Adaptation through Regionalizing Green Infrastructure (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)

  • “Blue-Green Connected Roofs: How much better does a “blue-green connected” 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)

  • “The First Nations Infrastructure Resilience Toolkit: Integrating Climate Risks into Asset Management”
  • “Building System-Wide Resilience and Capacity: Lessons Learned from a Flood Resilience Assessment in Ontario”

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)

  • "Calling on the Collective Skills of Aboriginal Peoples”
  • “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 presentation

  • “Working Together Across Boundaries for a Resilient Cascadia: A bi-national biodiversity climate adaptation strategy and a novel tool to support collaborative conservation in a rapidly changing landscape”
  • “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”

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”
  • “Navigating Mental Health Care in a Changing Climate”

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

Navigating Climate Grief: The Conversation That Is Needed Now (Workshop)

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

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

Working Towards Resilient Indigenous Food Systems

  • “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)

Protecting community and ecosystem health in Indigenous communities

  • "Climate Change & Health in Fort William First Nation: Planning for the Future, Today"
  • "Resisting Pollinator Decline in Mi'kma'ki"


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)

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”

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

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

Fostering Environmental Empathy and Youth Involvement

Effectively Understanding, Framing and Responding to Climate Change: Perspectives from Senior University Students