October 25, sessions 4-6

Session 4

Preparing for climate change: Making our lives and homes more resilient

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MST

Extreme heat events, wildfires, severe storms and heavy rainfall are becoming more frequent and intense in Calgary due to climate change. Along with these hazards comes rising insurance costs, health impacts, and property damage. This session, hosted by City of Calgary staff, will help you understand what climate change means for Calgary, what actions you can take to prepare, and what The City of Calgary is doing.

Kaitlin Chantler, The City of Calgary – Climate & Environment.

With a degree in Water Resource Science, Kaitlin has worked as a Professional Biologist on wildlife conservation and habitat reclamation projects across western North America. As someone paying attention to the natural world, it didn’t take long for her to see climate change as the single biggest challenge of our time. After finding her way to The City of Calgary’s Climate Adaptation Team she now works towards building resilience to hazards made worse by climate change within the Calgary community.

John Acheson, The City of Calgary – Calgary Emergency Management Agency.

John is a Business Continuity and Recovery Planner with the City of Calgary, focusing on community preparedness for disasters and emergencies. As part of his role with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, John educates Calgarians on steps they can take to understand the risks, get prepared, know what to do during a disaster, and what to expect after.

Sarah Marshall, The City of Calgary – Water Resources.

Sarah is a Water Resources Planner with the City of Calgary, with over 7 years’ experience in the fields of integrated water management and climate resilience. Her work has spanned research, education & outreach and planning projects related to Water Efficiency, Riparian Area Protection, Rainwater Management and Water Security. Currently, her work is centered around drought resilience and flood policy in Calgary. Sarah has a particular interest in nature-based approaches and reconciliation and decolonization in planning and policy. A born Calgarian, Sarah holds a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from UBC.

Session 5

What is climate equity? Understanding vulnerabilities and possible solutions in Calgary

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MST

The impacts of climate change are not evenly felt across society – the adverse impacts of which are felt disproportionately by equity-deserving people. Equity-deserving groups often lack access to the resources required to protect themselves from climate change impacts, and may not have their voices heard in the planning and discussion of climate action. As the effects of climate change increase, so does the urgency of addressing inequity issues. Please join us for a discussion with a range of equity experts presenting important perspectives, from Indigenous ways of knowing to how equity-deserving folks experience climate change in Calgary.

Miranda Jimmy, néhiyaw.

Miranda is a passionate Edmontonian and member of Thunderchild First Nation. She is a community connector and fierce defender of truth. Miranda is committed to the spirit and intent of the Treaty relationship and finds ways each day to demonstrate to others what this looks like. Miranda’s professional life has focused on contributing to her community in a variety of ways. She has training in arts and cultural management, conflict resolution and negotiation, and communications. She has made a career in the cultural sector, working with and advocating for many different non-profit organizations, Nations, governments, and private businesses.

Celia Lee, Sustainable Calgary.

Celia is Executive Director of Sustainable Calgary, a private consultant and classical singer. She led the Sustainable Calgary team to develop and implement a made-in-Alberta approach to “co-designing” healthy neighbourhoods with communities, and inform policy on equitable and healthy city design. Celia has co-authored work such as Kids Reimagine School Streets (2022), the Poverty Snapshot in Calgary: Taking Decisive Action (2022), Healthy Places (2019), The Cost of Poverty in Ontario (2019); and Poverty Costs (2012) in Alberta, each aimed at informing policy decisions. You can check out her TEDxYYC talk Reimagining Public Spaces on Youtube.

Meaghon Reid, Vibrant Communities Calgary.

Meaghon started as the Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Calgary in September 2019, bringing a diverse range of experience in organizational leadership, advocacy, collective impact initiatives and policy change. Before moving to Calgary, Meaghon was the Associate Vice President at the National Council for Behavioral Health in Washington, DC where she led the expansion of the Mental Health First Aid USA Program. Meaghon also worked as the Director of the Mental Health First Aid program at the Mental Health Commission in Ottawa, Ontario. Meaghon is a proud graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland where she studied economics and political science.

Session 6

How a Zero Emissions Buildings Exchange (ZEBx) can help Calgary reach its 2050 climate goals

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm MST

This session will introduce the concept of a Zero Emissions Buildings Exchange (ZEBx) for Calgary. ZEBx is a collaborative industry hub that facilitates knowledge exchange to accelerate market transformation and strengthens the public, private, and civic capacities for zero emissions buildings. Several subject matter experts will be brought together to speak in a moderated roundtable discussion on the general concept of a ZEBx platform, it’s potential to accelerate market transformation and drive local investment, and what is needed to expedite implementation. This session can be viewed as the nucleus of ZEBx Calgary and be used to drive interest from the local business community.

Mike Mellross, Alberta Ecotrust.

Mike is the Program Director at Alberta Ecotrust Foundation and has taken a lead role in establishing the Climate Innovation Fund. Working in partnership with the City of Calgary and the City of Edmonton, the Climate Innovation Fund initiates, supports and accelerates urban carbon-reduction solutions in the two largest urban centres in Alberta, helping those cities and Canada meet their climate change targets. Mike has over 25 years experience in climate change policy and programming, sustainability, and environmental management working across the private, public and charitable sectors. Mr. Mellross has degrees in Environmental Science, Water Pollution Studies, and Natural Sciences and is a registered Professional Agrologist with the Alberta Institute of Agrologists. Mike was a recipient of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Best for Canada Innovator award and a 2019 winner of the Charles Labatiuk award for environmental excellence.

Bill Black, Calgary Construction Association.

Bill is President & COO of the Calgary Construction Association and has a career spanning 41 years in the construction industry. No stranger to the challenges of the construction sector and a highly adaptable individual, Bill brings a fresh perspective to the challenges and opportunities that he engages with. A constant champion of change and an outspoken advocate for a better industry, Bill believes in always pushing for opportunity no matter what the challenges are.

Mara Baum, DIALOG.

Mara is an architect and a partner with DIALOG's San Francisco Studio. Her design solutions are two pronged: places that create healthier and happier people, with strategies that build or rebuild a healthier environment.  She has also been active in municipal and institutional green building programs and policies within San Francisco and across California. Mara is both a LEED Fellow and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Patrick Enright, The City of Vancouver.

Patrick is a Senior Green Building Engineer with the City of Vancouver's Sustainability Group, where he works on green building policy and code updates for large new buildings. Current priorities include the implementation of the Zero Emissions Building Plan, and reducing embodied emissions in the construction sector. Patrick is a professional engineer with years of experience in the building industry, including a number of years with a Vancouver firm in mechanical design and energy modeling. Before moving to Vancouver, Patrick worked in the national project management office of Defence Construction Canada located in Ottawa.