Natural Assets and Climate Change Resiliency

Date: Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Price: $225.00 +GST
Location: Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Room 420

Urban / community resilience is the sustained ability of a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations while continuing to deliver important community services. Urban areas are all vulnerable to the effects of climate change, with the impacts anticipated to increase over time, adding greater challenges at the local government level and the infrastructure that underpins all aspects of community services provision. In the long run it is nearly always less challenging and less expensive to build resilience into planning and design prior to development rather than as a response to a major event. But what are the strategies to implement this?

This workshop will focus on asset management (AM) processes that facilitate the incorporation of strategic climate change actions and natural assets to enable, support and build urban resiliency. An emphasis in the workshop will be the essential information required in the AM process to enable resiliency; the essential steps to be taken and by whom. Participants will have the opportunity to actively learn and apply specific processes in the session, thereby gaining skills to further develop within their professional context. 

Target Audience

The session will benefit those involved in infrastructure planning, design and development with an interest in natural assets and increasing community resiliency including, but not limited to, professional planners, asset management professionals, sustainability professionals, engineers and other related professions. 

Session Take Aways

Participants will gain an understanding (supported with case studies where relevant) about the following: 

  • Asset management planning as it relates to enabling and supporting local government climate resiliency 
  • Natural assets: defining and identifying how these ‘fit into’ the asset management inventory and how natural assets can contribute to community resiliency 
  • Participants will receive, post- session, digital files of all materials applied and/or shared during the session.


Christine Callihoo, MSc, RPP, MCIP

Sr. Community Climate Resilience/Adaptation Planner

Christine has more than 20 years professional consulting experience in land use and community planning, climate change adaptation planning, asset management planning, and research and policy development with a focus upon the natural environment, human settlements and self- determination; building community resiliency. Christine has worked with all jurisdictional settings including federal, provincial, regional, and municipal, in addition to Indigenous governments including co-development of climate change adaptation plans for communities in Canada’s Arctic and on the west coast, co-development of integrated asset management plans, a guidebook specific to building climate resiliency in forest-dependent communities in Canada, and developing strategic action plans based upon ‘deep dive’ engagement with those who are to champion the outcomes. She has contributed to key processes and assessments including the Infrastructure Canada’s Climate Lens General Guidance 2018 and the IPCC Working Group II Climate Change 2014 ‐ Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability WGIIAR5 documents.

Christine is an author of numerous publications and a presenter on various topics, as well as an award-winning volunteer in emergency planning and response with the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Fire Department.