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All the things we want to do to combat climate change will also protect us against ill health
Anthony Costelloco-chair of the Climate Health Commission

Making the Links Workshop Descriptions (& Slides

1.A. Stories of Resilience: Preparing, Responding and Recovering from Floods & Wildfire

Workshop Host: Erica Crawford, SHIFT Collaborative

Presenters: Charlene Belleau- First Nations Health Council/ Interior Region Nation Executive; Zoe Kirk, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen; Paul Edmonds- Red Dragon Consulting Emergency Management; Community Wellness Team – United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo

From sea to sea, communities in Canada are facing unprecedented conditions that are increasing the risk of floods and wildfires. How can we prepare for, respond to and recover from such devastating events, to discover and enhance the resilience in each other and collectively? Join us as we hear stories about the firsthand experiences of communities who have recently lived through such extreme events, what has been learned and where we need to turn next. How might our stories be part of building resilience and learning to navigate the unknown, together?

Bree Odd, Building Resiliency (PDF)

Paul Edmonds, Building Resilience (PDF)

Zoe Kirk, IHA Adaptation (PDF)

1.B. Climate Change, Health & Equity: Who is Most Affected?

Workshop Host: Chris Buse- University of British Columbia

Presenters: Chris Buse- University of British Columbia; Jennifer Lewis- Okanagan Nation Alliance, Dr. James Lu- Vancouver Coastal Health; Jessica Yu- University of British Columbia

Climate change will affect all of us, but some communities and populations are at greater risk of experiencing health impacts from climate change. We know that our social and physical environments matter in determining our exposure to risk, but also our ability to respond and build resilience. Factors such as where you live, income, social support networks, education, and community capacity all affect our ability to respond and adapt to climate change. This workshop will explore what health equity means in the face of climate change and present some approaches communities can take to be proactive in understanding and addressing vulnerability of different populations.

Chris Buse, Making the Links (PDF)

Jennifer Lewis, Ties to the Land (PDF)

Jessica Yu & James Lu, Health & Equity (PDF)

1.C. Heat, Health and Collaborative Responses for Resilient Communities

Workshop Host: Kerri Klein, SHIFT Collaborative

Presenters: Peter Berry and Melissa Shaw- Health Canada; Dr. Sue Pollock and Heather Deegan- Interior Health; Magda Szpala- BC Housing.

Canadians are experiencing more frequent and extreme heat events. Climate change models predict by 2050, very hot days (above 30⚬C) may occur across Canada as much as 4 times as frequently as they do today. And, we know that BC is expected to experience increases in average temperature faster than the global average (BCCDC, 2017). As the risk of health impacts from extreme heat is expected to continue rising, it is critical we work together to prepare and increase the resilience of individuals and health systems. Fortunately, efforts are underway to address the health risks of extreme heat in a number of communities and sectors across the province. This workshop will explore the impacts of rising temperatures on health and well-being and introduce short and long-term actions (e.g. Heat Alert and Response Systems) to adapt to rising temperatures and increase community resilience to heat.

BC Housing (PDF)

HARS Pollock & Deegan (PDF)

Melissa Shaw (PDF)

Peter Berry

2.A. Sustainable Food Systems in a Changing Climate

Workshop Host: Michelle Colussi, SHIFT Collaborative

Presenters: Michelle Colussi, SHIFT Collaborative/ Capital Region Food and Agriculture Roundtable; Aaron Coelho-Urban Systems; Chief Patrick Michell – Kanaka Bar Band

Food is at the crux of the intersections between climate change and individual and community health – it plays a significant role in the social and cultural resilience of a community, as well as being integral to local ecologies and essential for human health. Climate change will cause greater stress to already strained food systems, and enhance the unpredictability of factors impacting the sustainability of the food system locally and globally. Take part in this interactive session to explore what are the near and long term implications of climate change for food production, distribution and access, and how might food systems be at the heart of building community and regional resilience?

Chief Patrick Michell & Aaron Coelho (PDF)

Michelle Colussi (PDF)

2.B. Win-Win Strategies: Leveraging the Co-benefits of Climate Action For Healthy Communities

Workshop Host: Joanne Devries: Fresh Outlook Foundation

Presenters: Patricia Dehnel- Community Energy Association; Deb Harford, ACT, Simon Fraser University; Sara Barron, University of British Columbia; Carol Suhan, Fortis BC; Anita Ely-Interior Health; Stephanie Slaman- Regional District of Central Okanagan’s Economic Development Commission

How can responding to climate change actually be an opportunity to improve health and well-being? What other benefits might action on climate change offer to our communities? In this fast-paced dynamic workshop, speakers will share a series of short visual presentations (inspired by Ignite & Pecha Kucha) to inspire discussion on win-win strategies ranging from active transportation through rural energy planning, to improving health through community design, green infrastructure and energy poverty reduction. Join us to explore and share solutions for what is possible in our communities.

Carol Suhan (PDF)

Deb Harford (PDF)

Sara Barron & Angie Woo (PDF)

Stephanie Slaman (PDF)

Trish Dehnel & Anita Ely (PDF)

2.C. Climate Change Impacts on Mental Health & Well-being

Workshop Host: Julian Mallinson, Interior Health

Presenters: Laura Dewar- United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo; Dana Decent – Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation; Katie Hayes – University of Toronto; Debora Trampleasure – Interior Health (Aboriginal Mental Wellness)

Communities in BC and beyond have already been facing extreme, and in some cases repeated, wildfire and flood events in recent years – and changes in climate are projected to increase this risk in the future. In addition to these types of extreme events, many communities and individuals are experiencing more ongoing, chronic stresses related to the impacts of climate change such as drought, impacts on traditional foods, and rising food costs. Experiencing and anticipating increasingly intense or repeated shocks and stressors has significant implications for mental health and well-being, and highlights the need for both individual support and community connectedness to enhance resilience. Join this session to hear perspectives from academia and the frontlines of community experience, about the impacts of climate change for mental health and well-being, and to discuss the opportunities for communities to enhance resilience, together.

Laura Dewar (PDF)

Dana Decent (PDF)

Debora Trampleasure (PDF)

3.A. Telling the Story: Communicating and Raising Awareness about Climate Change, Health & Resilience

Workshop Host: Maya Gislason- Simon Fraser University & Chris Buse, University of BC

Presenters: Maya Gislason- Simon Fraser University; Emily York- Oregon Climate Health; Ewa Jackson- ICLEI Canada

Climate change is often seen as a future-oriented environmental problem that is “out there”. How do we shift this narrative and make the links to the everyday lives of people and our communities? This interactive workshop will explore how using the shared value of health and well-being to communicate about climate change can build greater support for climate action. We’ll explore what types of framing resonates with different audiences, and presenters will share a range of communications methods and tools to engage different stakeholders. Together, we’ll uncover opportunities to better tell the story of the links between health, climate change and resilience in a way that inspires hope and motivates action.

Emily York (PDF)

Chris Buse & Maya Gislason (PDF)

3.B. Cross Sector Connections: Building Bridges for Whole Community Resilience

Workshop Host: Allison Shaw, Flipside Sustainability

Presenters: Danielle Noble-Brandt & Michelle Kam -City of Kelowna; Heather Deegan, Interior Health, Erin Desautels- City of Surrey; Lisa Mu, Fraser Health

Addressing the health impacts of climate change requires an ‘all hands on deck’ approach. In this workshop we will explore how partnerships between government, health authorities, academic institutions, and others are key to understanding the nature of local risks and vulnerability, and to developing appropriate solutions that protect health. Through the stories of two municipalities, we will explore the opportunities and challenges for collaboration across departments, organizations and sectors to address the human dimensions of climate change. This workshop will be interactive, also hearing from participants about how we can work together across sectors to collaboratively build community resilience through policy and practices that take health and climate change into consideration and empower communities.

City of Kelowna and Interior Health (PDF)

Fraser Health & City of Surrey (PDF)

3.C. Resilience in Action: Bouncing Forward in the Face of Climate Change

Workshop Host: Michelle Colussi, SHIFT Collaborative

Presenters: Robyn Laubman- Yucwmenlúcwu (Caretakers of the Land LLP); Cindy Pearce – Mountain Labyrinths Inc.; Michelle Colussi– SHIFT Collaborative, Building Resilient Neighbourhoods; Christine Mettler -Freshwater Alliance; Amber MacLean-Hawes- Mi’kmaw Conservation Group, Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

How can we build community resilience as part of the process of responding and adapting to climate change? What are the capacities and mindsets that support resilience, and how can we pro-actively foster these and transform the underlying conditions? Exploring resilience-building as an opportunity to “bounce forward” and create positive transformative change, this session will highlight real-life, practical approaches communities are taking to build their capacity to be more resilient. Through interactive discussion and a series of short dynamic “Lightning” presentations, speakers will share examples ranging from community organizing, remembering traditional knowledge, community education and increasing social connectedness. Together we will uncover opportunities for communities to pro-actively build their resilience “muscles”.

Christine Mettler (PDF)

Michelle Colussi (PDF)

Amber MacLean Hawes (PDF)

Robyn Laubman & Cindy Pearce (PDF)


AgendaDay One, November 5
8:30-9:15Welcome and opening
Convening the Learning Agenda

Keynotes and Discussion

  • Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, (World Health Organization): Climate Change, Health and Resilience: A Global Perspective
  • Jeremy Hess, (Center for Health & Global Environment, U. of Washington) Health Impacts of Climate Change in BC & Beyond
10:45-11:15Trevor Murdock, (Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium): Climate Change in BC: What Can We Expect?
11:15-12:00Community Conversations:​Mapping the Links & What’s At Stake
12:00-1:00Lunch & Networking

Concurrent Session 1.A
Stories of Resilience: Preparing, Responding and Recovering from Floods & Wildfire Read more ↓
Concurrent Session 1.B
Climate Change, Health & Equity- ​Who is Most Affected? Read more ↓
Concurrent Session 1.C
Heat, Health & Collaborative Responses for Resilient Communities Read more ↓


Concurrent Session 2.A
Sustainable Food Systems in a Changing Climate Read more ↓
Concurrent Session 2.B
Win-Win Strategies: Leveraging the Co-benefits of Climate Action For Healthy Communities Read more ↓
Concurrent Session 2.C
Climate Change Impacts on Mental Health & Well-being Read more ↓

4:15-4:45Learning Pod Dialogues
4:15-4:45Day 1 Closing
5:00-6:00Reception at Laurel Packing House
6:00-7:30Free time for dinner (participants on their own)
7:30Optional: Film Screening – How to Let Go Of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change ( hosted by UBC Okanagan).
Register separately for this event 
See the PDF poster



AgendaDay Two, November 6
8:30Welcome and Reconvene
Recap and Harvest of Day 1, Setting the stage for Day 2
Cross-Sector Panel: Making the Links between Climate Change and Health: Opportunities, Challenges and a Call to Action

Speakers TBC


Learning Pod Activity: A Framework for Collaborative Action


Concurrent Session 3.A
Telling the Story: Communicating and Raising Awareness about Climate Change, Health & Resilience Read more ↓
Concurrent Session 3.B
Cross-sector Connections: Building Bridges for Whole Community Resilience Read more ↓
Concurrent Session 3.C
Resilience in Action: Bouncing Forward in the Face of Climate Change Read more ↓

12:15-1:15Lunch & Networking

Keynotes and Discussion

  • Fiona Armstrong, (Climate & Health Alliance Australia): Building a movement for health and climate action
  • Emily York, (Oregon Climate & Health Program): Connecting the Dots to Build Climate Resilience: The Oregon Story

2:15-3:00 Rolling Up Our Sleeves: Collaborative Action Planning Workshop

Bringing it all together: Sharing Recommendations and Actions

3:45-4:00Closing Activity


The evidence is overwhelming: climate change endangers human health. Solutions exist and we need to act decisively to change this trajectory.
Dr Margaret ChanFormer WHO Director-General
Making the links 2018: climate change, community health & resilience