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

Resilience Phase II Kick Off Event

Watch the #ResilientYYC team launch the second phase of the Resilient Strategy for Calgary! Stakeholders and members of the team heard from the Mayor, Chief Resilience Officer, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer and Chief Joseph Weasel Child discuss:
  • Resilience activities and initiatives in Calgary
  • How Calgary is collaborating with the 100 Resilient Cities Network
  • Next steps in the development of a Resilience Strategy for Calgary


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.

Some of the stresses and shocks that impact Calgary include:

  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


Program Deliverables

Preliminary Resilience Assessment (PRA)

The PRA is a living document that summarizes the method and results of the activities carried out by The City’s resilience team to date. The assessment describes the city profile, the main stresses and shocks in Calgary, perceptions of stakeholders and the public and the inventory of actions already in place.

Four recommended discovery areas have been identified with one overarching theme that will serve as the basis for Calgary’s resilience strategy.

#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.

View the Agenda-Setting Workshop Findings (3.76 MB)


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Team Canada Sites


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

Adonica Marchand
Executive Advisor, Resilience & Infrastructure Calgary
(403) 268-3526

Jeny Mathews-Thusoo
Resilience Lead - Inclusive Leadership and Decision Making
(403) 852-0538

Jason Cameron
Resilience Lead - Economic Resilience
(403) 510-7427

Heather Galbraith
Resilience Lead - Environment Resilience
(403) 990-1665

Jennifer Isbister
Strategist - Resilience & Infrastructure Calgary
(403) 305-7974