Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform Webinar Series showcases projects and products available under the Adaptation Platform, Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program and Canada in a Changing Climate. These webinars are made possible with support from Natural Resources Canada.

The webinar series is led by the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division at Natural Resources Canada, with webinar hosting services provided through the Climate Risk Institute. For any questions regarding the Adaptation Platform webinar series, please contact adaptation@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca.

Below you will find information on upcoming webinars, as well as recordings of past webinars.

Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform Webinars

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Upcoming Webinars

Building Adaptation Skills for a Changing Climate Webinar Series!

The Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program led by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), is launching a fall webinars series focused on sharing experiences on how to build climate change adaptation skills. The webinars series will feature the results of over 20 co-funded projects. The key objectives of the webinar series are to:  1) present training, tools and resources for integrating climate change adaptation considerations in professional practice; and  2) highlight key messages/learning that are transferable to other organizations/sectors/regions interested in building adaptation skills and delivering training. Presenters will share information on activities, such as courses, workshops, networks and internships,…

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Past Webinars

Webinar: Nature-Based Climate Change Adaptation Tools for Coastal Communities

Friday, May 27, 2022 from 1 – 2pm EST Join Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform Webinar Series for these two presentations. Making Room for Movement Framework: Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts Along Canada’s Atlantic Coast. Coastal communities in Atlantic Canada are at risk from the impacts of climate change, notably sea level rise, tidal and storm surge flooding, and coastal erosion. These hazards have significant consequences for people’s homes, livelihoods, and our economy. Making Room for Movement is a collaborative research initiative of Saint Mary’s University and Dalhousie University. It aims to build resilience to climate change impacts along…

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Webinar: Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Advancing Our Knowledge for Action

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 from 1-2pm EST  Climate change is increasing risks to the health of Canadians, their communities and their health systems. Health authorities across Canada are increasing efforts to prepare for future impacts by understanding key health risks, populations that are disproportionately impacted and vulnerabilities facing health systems, including health facilities.  To facilitate needed adaptation actions Health Canada released the next national science assessment Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Advancing Our Knowledge for Action. The results of the assessment will help inform further actions toward building climate resilient communities and health systems across Canada. Please join us for…

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Webinar: Advancing Adaptation in Practice: Innovative Solutions for Stormwater Management in a Changing Climate

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 1-2pm EST Canadian municipalities continue to grapple with the impacts of climate change, including increased variability in precipitation leading to localized flooding. Innovative stormwater management approaches, including Low Impact Development (LID) approaches such as natural and nature-based solutions, are needed in order to ensure continued service delivery under a changing climate.  Please join us for this webinar where you will learn about the following:  How stormwater runoff can be more effectively managed via a systems-based, watershed-wide approach that includes locating Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs) on both publicly owned and privately-owned properties;  New guidance that is available to help incorporate…

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Webinar: A Practical Tool for Coastal Communities to Manage Climate Change Impacts

February 3, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST As a greater number of coastal communities grapple with climate change impacts such as rising sea levels, eroding shorelines, and extreme flooding events, it is becoming clear that coastal ecosystems can provide substantial protection with longer-term resilience compared to traditional grey infrastructure. This webinar will present the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative’s new guidance  document: Managing Natural Assets to Increase Coastal Resilience: Guidance Document for Municipalities. The new guidance and accompanying Coastal Toolbox help governments identify, prioritize, value and manage key coastal natural assets as part of core local government asset management systems. Hear also from the two…

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Winter Webinar Series: Canada in a Changing Climate National Issues Report

Join Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform for a series of webinars on the Canada in a Changing Climate: National Issues Report. Learn more about how climate change is affecting our communities, environment and economy and how Canadians are adapting. Sector Impacts and Adaptation Chapter Webinar – Friday, January 28, 2022, 12:00 to 1:30 pm (EST) International Dimensions Chapter Webinar – Friday, February 4, 2022, 12:00 to 1:00 pm (EST) Water Resources Chapter and Ecosystem Services Chapter Webinar – Friday, February 11, 2022, 12:00 to 1:30 pm (EST) Costs and Benefits of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Chapter Webinar – Friday, February…

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Webinar: Get to Know the New, Interactive Map of Adaptation Actions

November 25, 2021 Presenters:Valerie Coté, Canadian Center for Climate ServicesCasey Clunas , Canadian Center for Climate ServicesJoanne Egan, Natural Resources Canada DescriptionDecision-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.This 60-minute…

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Webinar: Release of the Canada in a Changing Climate: National Issues Report

June 28, 2021 Lead authors and the Assessment Secretariat presented information for the release of the National Issues Report. Speakers include:Craig Brown, Cities and Towns chapterKelly Vodden and Ashlee Cunsolo, Rural and Remote Communities chapterHayley Carlson and Alain Pietroniro, Water Resources chapterMichelle Molnar, Ecosystem Services chapterRichard Boyd, Costs and Benefits of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation chapterCatherine Lafleur, Sector Impacts and Adaptation chapterPaul Kovacs, Climate Disclosure, Litigation and Finance chapterJimena Eyzaguirre and Robert McLeman, International Dimensions chapterFiona Warren, National Knowledge Assessment Secretariat…and others. For more information about Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge forAction, the National Knowledge Assessment,…

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Webinar: Progress towards a Climate Resilient Built Environment

March 29, 2021 PresentersMarianne Armstrong, Director, Stakeholder Engagement and Management, Construction Research Centre, National Research Council CanadaChad Nelson, Principal Advisor, Climate Resilience and Natural Infrastructure, Infrastructure Canada DescriptionThis webinar summarized important progress which had been made towards Climate Resilient Infrastructure over the past 5 years, and will highlight the pathway forward to achieving a resilient built environment. Since 2016, Infrastructure Canada and the National Research Council have been collaborating to successfully integrate climate resiliency into tools, standards, codes and guidelines in the areas of buildings, water/wastewater, bridges, roads and rail transit under the Climate Resilient Buildings and Core Public Infrastructure…

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Webinar: Understanding the Impact of Climate Change on Abandoned Mine Sites in Canada

March 15, 2021 Lessons Learned from Assessing Climate Change Risks at an Abandoned Mine Site: KamKotia: Climate change poses unique challenges and risks for orphaned and abandoned mine sites across Canada. The historical legacy of mining operations in Canada has meant that many abandoned or orphaned mines were designed and operated with little or no awareness of climate change or stringent environmental regulations. With support from Natural Resources Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Program, the Climate Risk Institute recently completed a climate change risk assessment to develop and pilot a risk assessment framework for the former Kam Kotia copper and zinc…

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Webinar: Transportation Asset Risk Assessment: Climate Risk Assessment Tools and Frameworks for the Transportation Sector

March 22, 2021 Presenters: Gary St. Michel, P.Eng, Technical lead for Tetra Tech’s Vancouver Asset Management groupPresenting on behalf of Public Services and Procurement Canada Vincent Leys, MSc, P.Eng, PMP, Senior Coastal Engineer for CBCL ConsultingPresenting on behalf of TC Atlantic Region Megan Roche, BSc, Climate Change and Environmental Analyst, Calgary Airport Authority Presenting on behalf of Calgary Airport Authority Facilitator: Sophie Donoghue, Research Officer, Transport Canada Description: The Transportation Assets Risk Assessment (TARA) initiative at Transport Canada (TC) provides funding to assess the impacts of the changing climate on federally-owned and/or federally-managed transportation assets such as bridges, ports and airports.  Potential…

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Webinar: Integrating Future Climatic Design Data and Coastal Hazards into Transportation Infrastructure Design

February 1, 2021 Presenters Fiona Hill (Manager of the NRC’s CRBCPI project);Dr. Hamidreza Shirkhani (Research Officer at the NRC’s Construction Research Center); andEnda Murphy (Senior Research Engineer at the NRC’s Coastal and River Engineering center) Facilitated by: Alexa Bradley (Policy Analyst, Transport Canada) Canada’s transportation systems, including bridges and roads, are often designed based on historic data, and are therefore not designed to accommodate the potential impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. The National Research Council (NRC) of Canada is responsible for delivering the Climate-Resilient Buildings and Core Public Infrastructure (CRBCPI) initiative, which aims to develop the foundational…

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Webinar: Understanding the determinants of effective policy instruments for climate change adaptation: Lessons from ongoing case studies in coastal areas of Québec, Atlantic Canada and Massachusetts

January 28, 2021 Presented by: Nathalie Beaulieu and Pierre Valois, Université Laval and Emanuel Nicolescu, CBCL Limited, on behalf of a team including members from University of Massachusetts Boston and Ouranos. This webinar presented examples of public policies and instruments implemented in various jurisdictions. Information obtained until now in six case studies allow us to identify factors that motivate public authorities to develop specific instruments as well as others that enable or constrain their implementation or outcomes. The effectiveness of public policy depends, among other things, on the capacity of authorities to combine different types of interventions towards collective and…

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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: What’s new on ClimateData.ca?

November 30, 2020 Presented by:Elaine Barrow, Senior Climate Advisor, Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS)Katie Pearson, Policy Advisor, CCCSWith moderation by Sarah Rayfield, Manager, Climate Service Delivery, CCCS Description: This webinar provided a walk-through of ClimateData.ca, the web portal which provides climate information to help decision-makers build a more resilient Canada. While the focus was on recent portal updates – the Analyze page and the Learning Zone – there an overview of the main portal features was also provided for those who may not be familiar with the website. Click here to view Presentation Slides

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Webinar: Green Shores 2020: Impact, Value and Lessons Learned using a Triple Bottom Line Evaluation

November 12, 2020 Presentations by:Jimena Eyzaguirre (International Team Director and Business Lead for climate change adaptation at ESSA Technologies Ltd);Richard Boyd (Director of Research at All One Sky Foundation); andDG Blair (Executive Director, Stewardship Centre for BC) Description:Development impacts, including habitat loss and pollution, combined with climate change challenges are affecting the health of shoreline ecosystems and the ecological services flowing from them. In this webinar, DG Blair (Stewardship Centre for BC), Jimena Eyzaguirre (ESSA Technologies), and Richard Boyd (All One Sky Foundation) shared results from a recent study that evaluated the impacts of the Stewardship Centre’s Green Shores program…

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Webinar: Eco-anxiety in a Changing Climate

October 1, 2020 Presented by: Dr. Katie Hayes (Policy Analyst, Climate Change and Innovation Bureau, Health Canada) In this webinar, Dr. Katie Hayes explored how climate change affects mental health. She discussed the mental health outcomes from specific hazards, and the latest research on eco-anxiety and eco-grief. Particular attention was paid to the disproportionate risks to specific populations, including populations facing health inequities and at-risk occupational groups. Also explored was how to measure and monitor the mental health consequences of climate change and the role of climate change and health assessments in supporting an understanding of risks, impacts, and adaptation…

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Webinar: Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Change Adaptation Options for the Great Lakes Coastline – The Chatham-Kent Lake Erie Example

September 28, 2020 Presented by: Pete Zuzek (President of Zuzek Inc.)Linda Mortsch (University of Waterloo) A coastal vulnerability assessment was recently completed for 120 km of Lake Erie shoreline considering both historical extremes and projected climate change impacts on future lake levels, ice cover, and exposure to wave energy.  The project was supported by Natural Resources Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Program.  The researchers worked closely with the community and staff from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority to co-develop a series of community scale adaptation options to reduce exposure to coastal hazards and increase resilience. …

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Webinar: Supporting Long-term Climate Resilience in Canada Through Planned Retreat

July 21, 2020 Presenter: Dr. Brent Doberstein, University of Waterloo Support: Michael Barnard and Dr. Patrick Saunders-Hastings, Gevity Consulting Inc. Abstract: Dr. Doberstein presented findings from an environmental scan and current state analysis of planned retreat in Canada and relevant international contexts, prepared for Natural Resources Canada. The team conducted a comprehensive review of planned retreat in the broader context of climate change adaptation processes, teasing out key themes related to triggers, sources of resistance, barriers and enablers of retreat. Analyses informed the development of a set of good practices. Drawing on three case studies of planned retreat discussions and…

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Webinar – Helping Canadians do the right thing: Green Shores for Shoreline Development

June 9, 2020 Presenters: DG Blair, M.Sc., Executive Director, Stewardship Centre for B.C. and Jim Johannessen, Licensed Eng., Geologist, MS, Principal, Engineering Geologist Coastal Geologic Services, Inc Abstract: Sea level rise, climate change adaptation planning and balancing many disparate needs brings complexity in determining appropriate courses of action required for shoreline management. In this webinar, DG Blair (Stewardship Centre for BC) and Jim Johannessen (Coastal Geologic Services, Inc.) gave an introduction to Green Shores and provided an overview of the recent update to Green Shores for Shoreline Development guide and its application for marine and lake shoreline management in Canada.…

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Webinar: Northern Prairie Forests Integrated Regional Assessment: Vulnerability Assessment and Landscape Modelling

June 23, 2020 Presenters: Sheri Andrews-Key, University of Saskatchewan Mark Johnston, Saskatchewan Research Council This presentation described an integrated regional climate change assessment currently underway on a forested landscape in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba. Partners include the forestry companies Weyerhaeuser and Edgewood Forest Products in Saskatchewan as well as Louisiana-Pacific Canada and Spruce Products Limited in Manitoba. The governments of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are also involved. Funding has been provided by the Natural Resources Canada Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program and in-kind contributions have been offered by the partners. This webinar covered two components of the project:  landscape…

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