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Calgary Resilience



Creating a Calgary that is more resilient in the face of stresses and shocks.

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Resilient Calgary

Creating a Calgary that is more resilient in the face of stresses and shocks.

The City of Calgary was named part of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation in May 2016. The 100RC is a global network of cities working to address some of the biggest challenges facing cities.

Membership in this network will significantly strengthen current work being done by The City of Calgary and partners to prepare for and recover from stresses and shocks stemming from social, economic and environmental challenges. It will enable The City to have the capacity to coordinate resilience planning efforts within The Corporation, with our partners and regionally, through a resiliency lens.

#ResilientYYC Agenda-Setting Workshop:

The #ResilientYYC Agenda-Setting Workshop was held on March 3, 2017. The day-long workshop created an initial forum to discuss Urban Resilience and focused on stresses and shocks that will inform the development of a strategy for a more resilient Calgary and region.

The workshop included participants from civic and community organizations, business and foundations, academic institutions, and government agencies, in a unique opportunity to identify, prioritize and plan to address the critical social, environmental and economic stresses and potential shocks facing Calgary.

City of Calgary staff live-streamed the day and some participated in person at The City’s Innovation Lab. 100RC said in their newsletter, “This robust engagement from the City of Calgary made it one of the most well-attended Agenda Setting Workshops in 100RC history”.

The feedback from the workshop was collated and this report was created. Some highlights from the report:

Stresses Shocks
  1. Economic uncertainty
  2. Climate change
  3. Poverty/access to housing and homelessness
  4. Inequality and lack of social cohesion
  5. Lack of economic diversification
  6. Increased unemployment and poverty rates
  1. Financial and economic crisis
  2. Extreme weather incidents: severe storms and riverine/rainfall flooding
  3. Cyber attack
  4. Drought
  5. Fentanyl crisis

Next steps:

There are four phases of work for the development and implementation of Calgary’s resilience strategy. A work plan has been developed in alignment with The City of Calgary corporate calendar (i.e. service based plans and budget) over the next 18 months:

Phase Completion Timeline Activities Output(s)
1 2017 Q3 Conduct Initial Orientation, Identify a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) develop a Stakeholder Engagement Plan, Form a Steering Committee, Working Groups and a Resilience Team.
  • Agenda-Setting Workshop Report (Attachment 1)
  • Preliminary Resilience Assessment (PRA)
  • Scope of Work plan
2 2017 Q4 Discovery and Planning, where specific issues are explored in depth and a diagnostic will be completed that identifies significant opportunities for resilience building.
  • Draft resilience strategy
3 2018 Q3 Resilience Strategy Development and Approval.
  • Council approval and public release of the resilience strategy
4 2019 Q1 Implementation and maturity of the Resilience Strategy.
  • Where possible, alignment of the resilience strategy actions with the service based plans and budget process.
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Pictures from workshop

What is Resiliency?

Urban Resilience, as defined by 100RC, is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kind of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Our resilience is tied to learning, adapting and continually improving.

Benefits of membership into the 100RC Network include:

  1. Financial support for the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) or a resilience office/team
  2. Support with creating a Resilience Strategy
  3. Resources to support the strategy implementation, to help move our resilience projects forward
  4. Networking opportunities with other cities across the world, to share our knowledge and learn something from them

Through the 100RC Network, we will we be learning from other cities, and sharing our Calgary experience with others. It’s an exciting opportunity to elevate our city on the world stage.


Christine Arthurs
Director of Resilience & Infrastructure Calgary
(403) 268-8758

Adonica Marchand
(403) 268-3526

Lorna Wallace
(403) 268-5269

Heather Galbraith
(403) 268-5057