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. 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

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

December 11, 2020 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST 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…

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POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE — Webinar: Impacts of Climate Change on Navigational Choke Points for Ships Operating in the Canadian Arctic

Due to issues pertaining to COVID-19, this webinar has been canceled. It will be rescheduled later in 2020. Presenters: Luke Copland (Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Ottawa; University Research Chair in Glaciology) Jackie Dawson (Scientific Director of ArcticNet; Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa; Canada Research Chair in Environment, Society, and Policy) Alison Cook (Postdoctoral Fellow and member of both the Environment, Society and Policy Group and the Laboratory for CryosphericResearch at the University of Ottawa) Facilitator: Claire Davies (Transport Canada) Join us in learning more about the impacts of climate…

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Past Webinars

Webinar: What’s new on

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, 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.

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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) will share results from a recent study that evaluated the impacts of the Stewardship Centre’s Green Shores…

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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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Webinar: Green Resilience & Transportation: Climate Adaptation + Mitigation Synergies

September 30, 2020 Presented by: Steve Winkelman (Founder, Green Resilience Strategies; incoming Executive Director, Ottawa Climate Action Fund) Deborah Harford (Executive Director, ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team), Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University) Dr. Alison Shaw (Founder, FlipSide Sustainability) Facilitated by: Alexa Bradley (Policy Analyst, Transport Canada) Climate change mitigation and adaptation have traditionally been approached as separate endeavours, but there are compelling benefits to integrating them using “Green Resilience” strategies that both reduce GHG emissions and enhance climate resilience. Without integrated and proactive green resilience strategies, project proponents risk spending time and money on adaptation projects that…

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Webinar: Moving the Needle on Local Climate Action: Sackville Mayor’s Roundtable on Climate Change

March 23, 2020 Presented by: Adam Cheeseman, Nature NB Jamie Burke, Town of Sackville Located on the traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq people along the Bay of Fundy, Sackville, New Brunswick is vulnerable to many climate risks, including increased extreme weather events, sea-level rise and flooding. As a direct response to youth climate strikes, the Mayor of Sackville convened the Mayor’s Roundtable on Climate Change in 2019. The Roundtable is comprised of youth and agricultural representatives, biologists, educators, administrators and other community leaders. The mandate of the Roundtable is to improve Sackville’s mitigation and adaptation efforts by eliciting public input…

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Webinar: Lessons from Wildfire Adaptation to Climate Change

March 17, 2020 Presented by: Jeff Eustache, FFM, FNESS Dr. Dan Thompson, CFS, NRCan; U of A This webinar had two presentations: PRESENTATION 1 Wildfire adaptation options in Canadian and international landscapes: tackling the known unknowns Presented by Dr. Dan Thompson Wildfire represents an episodic threat to community and individual well-being across every vegetated continent.  Wildfires in grasslands and forests represent the nexus of challenges surrounding climate, ecosystems under stress, but also competing land and air management objectives.  Canada has been a world leader in wildfire management science and technology for nearly a century, as well as a strong promoter…

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Adapting Mi’kmaq Communities of Prince Edward Island to Climate Change Impacts

December 11, 2019 Presented by: Randy Angus (Director, Integrated Resource Management, Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI) Don Jardine ( Senior Scientist, DE Jardine Consulting) Dr. Adam Fenech ( Associate Dean of Science, School of Climate Change and Adaptation, University of Prince Edward Island) The First Nation Adapt Program of Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada has provided valuable financial assistance to First Nation Communities on Prince Edward Island (PEI) for the development of plans to respond and prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. PEI First Nation Communities are very vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise, coastal…

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An Introduction to Climate Information for Decision Making: Pilot Presentation

December 6, 2019 Presented by: Kari Tyler (User Engagement and Training Specialist, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium) Elaine Barrow (Canadian Centre for Climate Services) Facilitated by: Stephanie Austin (Canadian Centre for Climate Services) This webinar introduced participants to a new PowerPoint presentation that will be available on in February 2020 for public use, following a final revision. This webinar included time for discussion and opportunities for feedback on the presentation. The presentation is being developed as part of a collaboration between the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS), Ouranos and the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC). The intent of this…

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Canada’s Top Climate Change Risks

October 31, 2019 Presented by: L. John Leggat, FCAE (Former Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Technology, Department of National Defence and former President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering) Deborah Harford (Executive Director, ACT) Facilitated by: Jill Watkins (Project Director, Council of Canadian Academies) This webinar summarized Canada’s Top Climate Change Risks, a report recently published by the Council of Canadian Academies. The report identifies the top areas of climate change risk for Canada, and rates the risk areas according to society’s ability to adapt and reduce negative outcomes. Additionally, the report describes an approach to inform federal risk prioritization…

Read More Providing Canadians with climate data and information for adaptation and resilience planning

July 22, 2019 Presented by: Abderrahmane Yagouti (Manager, Canadian Centre for Climate Services, ECCC) This webinar provided an overview and demonstration of, a user-friendly online climate data source. With the support from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Canadian Centre for Climate Services, is the result of a collaboration between the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, Ouranos and the Prairie Climate Centre to jointly deliver climate data and information, with HabitatSeven and the Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal developing and operating the portal. The portal includes: over 25 different indicators for temperature and precipitation across Canada including extremes; historical…

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Canada’s Changing Climate Report: Changes in Temperature and Precipitation Across Canada

July 4, 2019 Presented by: Dr. Xeubin Zhang (Senior Research Scientists, Environment and Climate Change Canada) Dr. Nathan Gillett (Senior Research Scientists, Environment and Climate Change Canada) Canada’s Changing Climate Report was released to the public on April 2, 2019. This report is about how and why Canada’s climate has changed and what changes are projected for the future. Led by Environment and Climate Change Canada, it is the first report to be released as part of the national assessment process Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action. This webinar presented results from Chapter 4: Changes in…

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Canada’s Changing Climate Report: Changes in Oceans Surrounding Canada

June 19, 2019 Presented by: Blair Greenan (Research Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada) Thomas James (Research Scientist, Geological Survey of Canada, Natural Resources Canada) This presentation summarized the observed and projected changes for the three oceans surrounding Canada in the context of anthropogenic climate change and natural climate variability. The results were drawn from Chapter 7 of the recently released Canada’s Changing Climate Report, a contribution to the National Assessment Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action. Changes in the physical and chemical properties of the oceans surrounding Canada were covered along with relative sea level changes…

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Canada’s Changing Climate Report: Changes in Snow, Ice, Permafrost and Freshwater Availability Across Canada

June 6, 2019 Presented by: Dr. Chris Derksen (Research Scientist, Climate Research Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada) Dr. Barrie Bonsal (Research Scientist, Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada) Canada’s Changing Climate Report was released to the public on April 2, 2019. This report is about how and why Canada’s climate has changed and what changes are projected for the future. Led by Environment and Climate Change Canada, it is the first report to be released as part of the national assessment process Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action. This webinar…

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Canada in a Changing Climate: An Overview

April 18, 2019 Presented by: Elizabeth Bush (Project Lead, Canada’s Changing Climate Report, Environment and Climate Change Canada) The report, Canada in a Changing Climate, is about how and why Canada’s climate has changed and what changes are projected for the future. Led by Environment and Climate Change Canada, the document is the first of a series to be released as part of Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action. It documents changes across Canada in temperature, precipitation, snow, ice, permafrost and freshwater availability as well as in Canada’s three oceans. You can access the report here.…

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Incorporation of Climate Considerations: Transportation Infrastructure Design

March 19, 2019 Presented by: Dirk Nyland (Chief Engineer, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) Allison Kader (Research/Analysis Officer, Transport Canada) Representatives from British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (BCMoTI) and Transport Canada’s (TC) Transportation Assets Risk Assessment (TARA) initiative discussed the importance of incorporating climate considerations into current and future transportation infrastructure design projects. BCMoTI’s presentation covered design criteria and climate resilience assessment; provided an overview of BCMoTI’s Climate Change Technical Circular policy and examples of its implementation; as well as climate projection resources. TC’s TARA initiative was announced following Budget 2017, receiving $16.35 million over five years…

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SmartICE Sea Ice Monitoring & Information – Adapting to Climate Change

March 12, 2019 Presented by: Carolann Harding (Executive Director, SmartICE Sea Ice Monitoring & Information Inc.) Andrew Arreak (Nunavut Operations Lead, SmartICE Sea Ice Monitoring & Information Inc.) This webinar focused on SmartICE, an award-winning technological innovation for the North, which was first developed in Newfoundland and Labrador through collaboration with northern communities, including Nain and Pond Inlet. SmartICE is the world’s first climate change adaptation tool to integrate Inuit traditional knowledge of sea ice with advanced data acquisition and remote monitoring technology to provide data-driven insights into sea-ice thickness and local ice conditions in real-time, to support safer travel…

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