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).

CRI Webinars

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Upcoming Webinars

Webinar Series: Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk Assessments for Infrastructure

The PIEVC Program Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of the PIEVC Practitioner’s Network through the upcoming Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Infrastructure Webinar Series and Global Forum. The Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) Protocol was developed to assist engineers in factoring climate change impacts into plans for design, operation, and maintenance…

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Past Webinars

Webinar: Ontario Chapter of Canada in a Changing Climate: Regional Perspectives Report

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 12:00pm – 1:30pm EDT This webinar will follow the official release of the Ontario Chapter of the Regional Perspectives Report. Hear directly from the authors about how climate change is affecting Ontario, and how communities and sectors are increasingly taking action to adapt. The Regional Perspectives Report, led by Natural Resources Canada, provides an overview of climate change impacts and adaptation in Canada by region. It is part of the National Assessment Process, Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action, also led by Natural Resources Canada, that assesses how and why Canada’s climate is changing; the impacts of…

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Webinar: Get to Know the New Canadian Center for Climate Service’s Interactive Map of Adaptation Actions

March 25, 2022 Decision-makers and adaptation practitioners across Canada have identified the need for accessible examples of climate change adaptation actions, from others that have faced similar issues, as a key tool when incorporating climate change considerations into their work. The new Map of Adaptation Actions aims to address this need by providing interactive, one-stop-shop for examples of climate change adaptation from across Canada, including examples from the national assessment process, Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action. Click here to access the map. This 60 minute session is entirely dedicated to exploring the features, functionalities and…

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Webinar: Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)’s Forest Management Standard

March 30, 2022 The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is an organization committed to improving the practice of forestry on all forestlands in North America. The most recent revisions to their “SFI Forest management standard (2022)” included 2 new objectives titled that are focused significantly on forest management adaptation to climate change. Climate Smart Forestry (Objective 9) requires SFI certified organizations to understand the climate risks to the forests they own or manage, develop adaptation plans to reduce and mitigate those risks, and ensure their management strategies are adapted to ensure the long-term sustainability of their forests and operations in the…

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Webinar: Building a Resilient Canada

February 8, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST Join us for a webinar on Building a Resilient Canada, a new expert panel report from the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA). / Rejoignez-nous pour une présentation de Bâtir un Canada résilient, un nouveau rapport d’un comité d’experts du Conseil des académies canadiennes (CAC). Around the world, disasters are becoming more frequent and severe ― a trend that is only expected to intensify as the climate changes in the coming decades. In a future with more extreme weather events, the resilience of individuals, communities, and infrastructure will be tested. The decisions made today will determine…

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Webinar – Climate Change Information Products for Agriculture in Grey, Bruce and Huron Counties of Southern Ontario

April 29, 2021 Presentations by: Anna Zaytseva (BA, MSc), Advisory and Technical Services Liaison, Climate Risk Institute Kirsten MacMillan (BASc, BA, EIT), Climate and Engineering Analyst, Climate Risk Institute Description: Understanding the state of climate change science in the Great Lakes and the impacts of the changing climate on various sectors and ecosystems in the region has been the focus of a study led by Bruce Power, the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) and the Climate Risk Institute (CRI). The project has been scoped to assess climate change impacts, risks and opportunities with respect to three areas of…

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Webinar: Municipal Risk and Return on Investment Tool

May 4, 2021 Presentation by: Christine Zimmer, M.Sc (Eng), P.Eng. Chief Specialist, Watershed Projects Division, Credit Valley Conservation Authority Amna Tariq, P. Eng, Engineer, Watershed Projects Division, Credit Valley Conservation Authority Description: Approximately 50% of Canadians believe their storm water systems are in good condition with only about one in five Canadians feeling stormwater systems require immediate major investment. The reality is, in Canada, the annual cost of flooding is anticipated to nearly triple to US$6.6 billion by 2030 if adaptation measures are not taken. While climate tools exist to support municipalities to determine future flood risks, there is a…

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Webinar: Building Equity Using Nature-based Solutions

March 29, 2021 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…

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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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