Climate Change Symposium | November 5 & 6 | Kelowna, BC
Climate Change Symposium | November 5 & 6 | Kelowna, BC
Professor, University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment, USA
Kristie L. Ebi is director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE), and Rohm and Haas Endowed Professor in Public Health Sciences at the University of Washington. She has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for over twenty years, focusing on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures. As an author contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Assessment Report, she shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Mr. Gore. She has been an author on multiple national and international climate change assessments. She co-chairs the International Committee On New Integrated Climate change assessment Scenarios (ICONICS), facilitating development of new climate change scenarios.
Manager, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo
Dana has worked in sustainable business operations, reporting and research across corporate, government and non-profit sectors including roles with Sun Life Financial and Green Economy Canada (formerly Sustainability CoLab). Dana manages the Intact Centre’s operational functions, leads research projects, and provides research support for the Centre’s team members. Her current research focuses on the mental health impacts of flooding. She is the recipient of Corporate Knights’ Top 30 Under 30 Award (2016), the St. Paul’s Young Alumni Award (2016), and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Leader of the Year Award (2018).
PhD Candidate, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
Jessica is a PhD Candidate at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Her interests in global and environmental health stem from her experiences abroad, when she worked and collaborated with international and local non-profit organisations in Thailand, India, and South Africa. Her current doctoral work analyses the built environmental determinants of healthy and resilient cities with the focus on equity. By using epidemiology and geospatial analyses, and ongoing stakeholder engagement, she will quantify the built environmental effects of community design features to assist with local-level sustainability planning. Her ultimate objective is to contribute to guidelines and tools to help build climate-resilient urban health systems in British Columbia and beyond.
Wellness Manager, Okanagan Nation Alliance
Jennifer Lewis is a member of the Okanagan Nation and a registered Band Member of the Penticton Indian Band. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and is currently working on finishing a Master of Indigenous Social Work from the University of Victoria.
Jennifer works as the Wellness Manager for Okanagan Nation Alliance where she has been employed since 2007.
Founder and Executive Director, Climate and Health Alliance (Australia)
Fiona Armstrong is an expert in policy, advocacy and communications in relation to climate change and health. She is the founder and a director of Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) and the architect of the National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia. She is the lead author of many of CAHA’s seminal reports from 2010-2017, including Coal and Health in the Hunter: Lessons from One Valley for the World and Our Uncashed Dividend: The Health Benefits of Climate Action. In 2017, Fiona received the prestigious Tony McMichael Ecology and Environment Award from the Public Health Association of Australia.
Executive Director, ACT, Simon Fraser University
As executive director of ACT, Deborah Harford is responsible for development of the initiative’s vision and its partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as overall coordination and management of the program. She directs ACT’s research on adaptation strategies, as well as communication of the program’s outcomes. Deborah’s work with ACT has gained her national recognition as a resource for those seeking information on climate change adaptation and practical coping strategies. Deborah was a member of the recent federal Expert Panel on Adaptation and Resilience Results that developed adaptation indicators for Canada, and is currently serving on the Expert Panel on Climate Risks.
Erin Desautels, Sustainability Planner, City of Surrey
Erin Desautels is the Sustainability Planner for the City of Surrey and has worked in local government for over 13 years focussing in the areas of sustainability, environmental stewardship, education, and diversity and inclusion.
With a science background and Masters degrees in both Environmental Education and Business Administration, Erin brings a systems approach to the overlapping relationships present amongst the economic, environmental and social pillars of sustainability.
Her passion lies in exploring strategic and interdisciplinary approaches to addressing climate action, as well as collaboratively building capacity within community. From forest to field, she is passionate about encouraging personal relationships with nature and fostering a widespread environmental ethic.
Erin is also actively involved in Metro Vancouver community as an environmental education workshop facilitator with WildBC, a steering committee member of the Institute for Environmental Learning, and previously as a Director with the Surrey Urban Farmers Market. In her spare time, she enjoys wine tasting, traveling, and hiking.
Lead Medical Health Officer for Environmental Health at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Dr. Lu provides leadership on environmental health assessment, environmental health policy planning and evaluation for the areas served by Vancouver Coastal Health, which include over 1 million people residing in communities ranging from dense and highly urbanized neighbourhoods in Vancouver and surrounding municipalities to small, rural and remote coastal communities. Dr. Lu began his public health career in 1990, working with communities in the Cariboo Chilcotin region of British Columbia. It was there that he saw firsthand the beginnings of the mountain pine beetle outbreak. James was the Medical Health Officer for Kamloops and surrounding communities from 1995 to 2003. It was a time when air quality issues transitioned from managing beehive burners to wildfire generated particulates. He joined VCH in 2003 as the Medical Health Officer for Richmond. Dr. Lu transitioned into his current role in 2015.
Dr. Lu is a member of the British Columbia Provincial Environmental Health Policy Advisory Committee. He has won many awards and in 2014 Dr. Lu received a second Provincial Health Officer’s Award for Excellence in Public Health for “Contributions to understanding, conducting, and reviewing Health Impact Assessments within Vancouver Coastal Health”. James is an adjunct faculty member with the School of Population and Public Health, University of Columbia.
Team Lead, Climate and Health, World Health Organization (Geneva)
Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum leads the climate change and health team within the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at World Health Organization(WHO) Headquarters. He has played key roles in the development of the first quantitative estimates of the overall health impacts of climate change, the 2008 World Health Assembly Resolution, and the first three WHO global conferences on health and climate. He also leads the implementation of the WHO workplan on climate change, including a series of projects to pilot health adaptation in vulnerable countries. Diarmid is author of multiple journal papers, reports, and book chapters on the ecology and control of infectious disease, and on the health implications of global environmental change. He is a lead author of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Extreme Events, and of the health chapter of the 5th Assessment report of the IPCC.
Medical Health office and Lead in Healthy Environments, Fraser Health Authority
Dr. Lisa Mu is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine physician who has worked at the intersection of health, sustainability and built environment for over ten years. In her role as a Medical Health Officer at the Fraser Health Authority, she has provided strategic leadership and direction to the Health Risk Assessment, Healthy Built Environments, Global Environmental Change and Climate Change, and Unintentional Injury Prevention Programs. She has helped to advance the healthy built environments field in BC through strengthening our knowledge base on the relationship between built environment and health, developing tools that bridge science, policy and practice, and building collaborative relationships across diverse sectors. Dr. Mu was the lead Medical consultant for PHSA’s Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit (PDF). Dr. Mu’s more recent work includes advancing public health capacity and engagement in climate action. She co-chairs the Ecological Determinants of Health Standing Committee of the Health Officer’s Council, a society of the Public Health Physicians of BC. Dr. Mu obtained her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario and her specialty in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from UBC.
Community Relations Manager, Community Energy Association
Patricia (Trish) Dehnel, MCIP RPP is a Registered Professional Planner and self acclaimed “walking enthusiast”. Her role with Community Energy Association is Energy Planner and Community Relations Manager. Recent Kootenay based projects include Senior Energy Specialist for the Regional District of Central Kootenay to collaborate regionally for transition to a low carbon future and implement Community Energy and Emissions Plans, adopted by all Central Kootenay communities; coordinator for 10 Strategic Community Energy and Emission Plans (SCEEP)for Kootenay FortisBC served communities; West Kootenay liaison for Accelerate Kootenays, an innovative regional approach to build a robust network of electric vehicle charging station; and West Kootenay liaison for Carbon Neutral Kootenays, supporting Kootenay communities meet corporate commitments from the Climate Action Charter. Trish is an advocate for active transportation and works closely with the Healthy Communities team at Interior Health in Community Energy Planning exercises. Trish has worked for Local Government including Village of Slocan interim CAO/Planning Manager and City of Nelson City Planner. Patricia Dehnel is currently on the Board of Directors for the Planning Institute of BC and lives in Nelson BC.
Medical Health Officer & Corporate Director, Population Health Planning and Surveillance
Sue Pollock is a Medical Health Officer (MHO) and the Corporate Director of Population Health Planning and Surveillance with Interior Health (IH). Sue is one of five public health physicians responsible for the health and well-being of 750,000 residents living in the Southern Interior region of the province. Prior to joining IH, Sue worked for the Public Health Agency, including two years as a Field Epidemiologist studying the intersection between human, animal and environment health. Sue currently chairs the IH Climate Change and Health Committee and co-leads the provincial Climate Change and Health Policy Group. In August 2018, Sue will be participating in Climate Reality Leadership Training with former Vice President Al Gore, and she intends to share her learnings at ‘Making the Links’. Sue’s passion for the environment and human health was embedded at an early age while growing up in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, and she hopes her two young children will be champions for the environment.
Managing Director, ICLEI Canada
Ewa Jackson, Managing Director of ICLEI Canada, has worked with municipal governments for over 16 years in the fields of sustainability, public participation, and climate change. In addition to managing ICLEI Canada’s operational and program activities, Ewa is project manager for many ICLEI Canada consulting activities. In these roles she continuously works with specialists in the field to build capacity for municipal officials to respond quickly and effectively to new challenges. She often speaks publicly on the state of municipal adaptation planning across Canada and internationally, and was recently a member of the Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results, where her focus was on protecting and improving human health and well-being.
Department Manager of Policy & Planning | City of Kelowna
Danielle Noble-Brandt is currently the Policy and Planning Department Manager for the City of Kelowna. The Department’s portfolio includes policy and plan development for the environment, heritage, climate action, the City’s 2030 Official Community Plan content and implementation, development of a Healthy City Strategy, urban centre revitalization, individual neighborhood plan development, urban design guidelines, and special planning initiatives. The Policy team is tasked with championing bold, innovative policies that guide the development of a connected, vibrant and resilient community for generations to come. Danielle has a Master of Environmental Studies, with a specialization in resource management and policy development in addition to 14 years of local government planning experience.
Lead, Regional Climate Impacts, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
Trevor Murdock is a climate scientist with the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium in Victoria, BC where he leads the Regional Climate Impacts theme.
Following an MSc in Earth and Ocean Sciences in 1997 from the University of Victoria in paleoclimate modelling, Trevor has spent over 20 years working on applied climate science to assist decision-making and planning. His work has focused on climate scenarios, online mapping tools, and downscaling to regional and local scales.