Through its various projects and initiatives, the Climate Risk Institute hosts free online webinars with leading climate change experts, highlighting the latest topics and research. Below you will find information on upcoming webinars, as well as recordings of past webinars, some of which were hosted under CRI’s predecessor, the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR).

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Upcoming Webinars

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Past Webinars

Webinar: Climate Change and Future Flooding: A Case Study of Calgary’s Bow and Elbow River Basins

December 11, 2020 Presented by: Dr. John Pomeroy, PhD, FRGS, FRSC, Distinguished Professor, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change and Director of Global Water Futures, University of Saskatchewan. While increases in precipitation and temperature have been observed across Canada in the last half-century and are predicted for the future as climate change proceeds, there is still little understanding of how climate change will affect future streamflow and flooding in Canada due to the complexity of meteorological, hydrological, and water management aspects of flooding. This project modelled the historical and future changes in the flow frequencies of the…

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Webinar: Building Equity Using Nature-based Solutions

Presentations by: Grant Fahlgren, Project Designer at PFS Studio and Chair of the Reconciliation Advisory Committee of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Katherine Howard, Project Manager, VanPlay, the City of Vancouver’s Parks and Recreation Services Master Plan. Paige Hunter, ACT research assistant; student, Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management. Deborah Harford, Executive Director, ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team), Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University. Description: Green infrastructure and nature-based solutions provide low-emissions urban planning approaches to climate impacts such as flooding, heatwaves and air quality, improved habitat for biodiversity, and benefits for mental and…

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Webinar – Climate planning that promotes public health: understanding health risks and how good climate planning can protect and promote public health

July 17, 2020, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT Presenters: Kristen Boulard (Urban Planner, Brant County Health Unit)Robert Sanderson (Planning and Evaluation Specialist, Northwestern Health Unit) Abstract: In Ontario, the updated Ontario Public Health Standards acknowledge the importance of addressing climate change, and through the Healthy Environments and Climate Change Guideline, have mandated health units across the province to take appropriate, evidence-informed action to understand and minimize the negative health impacts of climate change. In response, health units are now actively planning for climate change. In this webinar we heard from two projects, based in different health units, covering different…

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Low-Carbon Resilience and Green Asset Management

September 30, 2019 Presented by: Deborah Harford (Executive Director, ACT, Simon Fraser University) James Lane (Manager, Natural Heritage and Forestry, Regional Municipality of York) Participants in the webinar gained an understanding of the principles and practice of integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation in municipal operations and planning. Experts and practitioners from Simon Fraser University and the Regional Municipality of York outlined their approaches to low-carbon resilience (LCR). LCR is an approach that focuses on integrating climate change strategies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) and reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts (adaptation). We currently have a window of opportunity…

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Ontario Climate and Agriculture Assessment Framework (OCAAF): Assessing agroclimatic risks and opportunities for two regions and production systems in Ontario

August 23, 2017 Presented by: Al Douglas (Director, Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources) Dr. Neil Comer (Senior Climatologist, Risk Sciences International) The Ontario Climate and Agriculture Assessment Framework (OCAAF) is a decision-support tool for application at regional scales to assess baseline and future agroclimatic risks and opportunities. It builds upon the existing Land Suitability Rating System (LSRS) developed by Agriculture and Agrifood Canada. The overall purpose of the OCAAF project was to inform the policy, program and management choices of key stakeholders in Ontario’s agri-food sector, so as to maintain or enhance agricultural productivity under a changing…

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Getting Ready for Climate Change in Thunder Bay

May 28, 2018 Presented by: Amy Coomes (Climate Adaptation Coordinator, EarthCare Thunder Bay) This webinar presented information on Thunder Bay’s Climate Adaptation Strategy and the new climate change website aimed at connecting information, actions, and stories to inspire climate engagement in the Thunder Bay region. The webinar was presented by the Northern Climate Change Network (NCCN) – a working group of five municipalities in northern Ontario who are working together to develop innovative solutions to prepare and adapt to the impacts of climate change. watch webinar recording

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High Resolution Regional Climate Modelling in Support of Climate Change Adaptation in Ontario

September 6, 2018 Presented by: John Liu (Senior Science Advisor on Climate Change, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks) This presentation provided an opportunity for the audience to learn some fundamentals of climate change and climate modelling, and bring them up-to-date on what the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has been doing on high resolution regional climate modelling in support of adaptation. As many climate change adaptation practitioners know, due to the coarse resolution of global climate models (GCMs) they are unable to resolve local geophysical features at regional/local scales, such as the Great…

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Addressing the Effects of Climate Change in Environmental Assessments

November 29, 2018 Presented by: Dr. Philip Byer (Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto) Climate change has major implications for the planning and design of many types of projects. Climate-related events such as heat waves and flooding, as well as more gradual changes in average climate, can affect the condition and performance of project infrastructure and can change the effects of the project on the environment. While climate conditions have long been considered in project planning processes, typical practices do not yet adequately address the effects of climate change. This webinar presents a set of best and…

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A Regional Approach to Biodiversity-led Green Infrastructure

May 2, 2019 Presented by: Jack Satzewich (Research Assistant, ACT – Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Simon Fraser University) Dan Straker (Research Assistant, ACT – Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Simon Fraser University) Green infrastructure and nature-based solutions are gaining traction as their benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation become better understood. Meanwhile, biodiversity loss is emerging as a global crisis that carries a similar level of urgency to climate change. ACT, SFU researchers have been investigating ways that cities could take a more intentional, regional approach to planning green infrastructure in ways that benefit biodiversity in a changing…

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Applying Sustainability Indicators to Measure Progress on Adaptation

March 6, 2018 Presented by: Kevin Behan (Deputy Director, Clean Air Partnership) Ewa Jackson (Managing Director, ICLEI Canada) Adaptation indicators gauge the progress and effectiveness of independent adaptation actions as well as those measures being implemented as part of proposed or existing adaptation plans. When monitoring adaptation, it is important to consider the changes in actual impacts across similar weather events. This allows for differentiation between the effectiveness of adaptation actions and the actual climatic changes and weather events occurring that will affect how you are being impacted. The indicators examined as part of this webinar are not intended to…

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