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Thursday, November 10 • 13:30 - 15:00
Scaling climate change adaptation in coastal communities / Mise à l'échelle de l'adaptation au changement climatique dans les collectivités côtières

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Organized by, Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR), Dr. Douglas Wallace, Scientific Director, MEOPAR 

Canada’s coastal communities face unique challenges in addressing climate change including sea-level rise, erosion and storm surges that are increasing in severity and frequency.  These communities are increasingly in need of adaptation measures to strengthen their long term resilience.  However, in most cases adaptation measures need to be tailored to the specific needs of individual communities, which can vary greatly even within the same geographic region.  This begs the question: how can federal, provincial/territorial and regional organizations best support coastal climate change adaptation at a local level?  In addition, how can successful adaptation measures in an individual community be scaled up, so similar communities can learn from and/or implement the measures?  This panel will advance a discussion on how to ensure the rapid sharing of relevant knowledge and evidence across Canada to bolster the ability of coastal communities to adapt to a changing climate.

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Douglas Wallace

Scientific Director, Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network

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Elizabeth Atkinson

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change University of Waterloo
Elizabeth Atkinson is the Director of Strategic Partnerships with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change at the University of Waterloo. She is currently on secondment from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to help UWaterloo develop a proposal for a Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) on climate adaptation. At NRCan, Elizabeth was the Senior Policy Manager at the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division where she helped shape... Read More →
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Ursule Boyer-Villemaire

Environmental Consultant, Coastal Zone and Climate Change Adaptation, OURANOS
As a geographer, Ursule Boyer-Villemaire holds a master’s in oceanography and a PhD in environmental sciences (coastal vulnerability assessment in Canada and Europe) from the Université du Québec à Rimouski. She currently acts as a consultant in environment, mainly for Ouranos. Her latest contributions were the projection of submersion levels for cost-benefit analysis of adaption options in multiple coastal... Read More →
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Anthony Charles

Director, School of the Environment Professor,, School of Business Saint Mary’s University
Dr. Anthony Charles is Director of the School of the Environment, and a professor in the Sobey School of Business, at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. His research focuses on linking environment and economy, particularly emerging green economies and community conservation initiatives. He covers such fields as community-based resource management, climate impacts and adaptation, fishery and marine management, sustainability of... Read More →
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John Charles

Planner, Energy & Environment,, City of Halifax
John Charles is a planner with Energy and Environment, a division of the Planning and Development Department at Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). His work is focused on the development of environmental planning strategies and master plans for HRM. John is presently project manager for the implementation of the HRM Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP). The implementation of the UFMP is a collaborative effort between Dalhousie University’s... Read More →
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Travis Logan

Travis Logan holds a Master’s in geographical information systems (G.I.S.) from the University of Calgary. He worked as a G.I.S. analyst with the Canadian Forest Service in Edmonton and with Nature Conservancy Canada in Montreal. With Ouranos since 2006, Mr. Logan works with the Climate Scenarios and Services Group on Vulnerabilities, Impacts and Adaptation projects linked to forestry resources, ecosystems and biodiversity.
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Jamal Shirley

Manager, Research Design and Policy Development, Nunavut Research Institute
Jamal (James) Shirley grew up in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut and earned his Masters of research and environmental studies (MES) from Dalhousie University in 2002. Employed with the Nunavut Research Institute (NRI) in Iqaluit since 1998, Jamal has helped to design, manage and evaluate community engagement, consultation and outreach initiatives in the natural, social and health sciences disciplines throughout Nunavut. Jamal also provides technical... Read More →
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Jill Watkins

Senior Scientific Advisor, Ecosystem and Biodiversity Science Branch, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Dr. Jill Watkins is a Senior Scientific Advisor in the Ecosystems and Oceans Science Sector at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. She has over 20 years of experience working on environmental issues including species at risk, sustainable development, northern contaminants, International Polar Year, northern science and technology, and Arctic marine biodiversity. Jill is the former chair of the Arctic Council’s Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring... Read More →
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Thomas White

Manager, Climate Risk Management, Climate Action Secretariat,, B.C. Ministry of Environment
Thomas White leads the Climate Risk Management Team in the B.C. Ministry of Environment’s Climate Action Secretariat. They research, analyze, develop, coordinate and implement programs, policites and legislation relating to climate change adaptation in theme areas that include coastal zones, agriculture and natural resources, infrastructure and communities, and public health. His team works collaboratively across the government and the... Read More →

Thursday November 10, 2016 13:30 - 15:00
Room 209

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