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Event Summaries and Presentations

Here are summaries and presentations from some of FBC's partnership events:

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

2016

April 27 |  Training in Energy Efficient Housing at Vancouver Island University Webinar
March 8 |  Accessing Financing for First Nations Energy-Efficient Housing Webinar
January 28 | Dzawada'enuxw First Nation's Solar Hot Water Project
January 26 | Saving Dollars on Energy: Increasing Energy Efficiency for First Nations Housing Workshop

2015

December 2 | Planning for a Resilient Waterfront at Qualicum Beach Webinar
November 24 | Exploring Funding Opportunities for First Nations Energy Efficient Housing Webinar
November 3 | Assessing Climate Change Risks to Build a Resilient Energy Sector
October 29 | Kitasoo Energy-Efficient Housing Policy and Implementation
October 27 | Forecasting and Responding to Storm Surge in BC Webinar
October 21 | Warming Oceans and Rising Tides: Coastal Adaptation in Northwest BC Workshop
July 9 | Assessing Climate Change Risk for BC’s Highway Infrastructure Webinar
June 23 | Renewing First Nations Housing: Saving Money and Energy Webinar
June 10 | Together Shuswap
June 10 | Youth@Together Shuswap
April 15 | Advancing Watershed Sustainability in BC (2015)
March 25 | New Sea Level Rise Projections in British Columbia Webinar
March 31 | Extreme Precipitation on the West Coast

2014

Mar 18 | Advancing Watershed Sustainability in BC (2014)
Jan 27 | Watersheds 2014

2013

Dec 4 | Planning for Climate Change on the Coast: A Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer Webinar
Nov 14 | Preparing for Climate Change: An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in British Columbia Webinar
Oct 29 | Plan2Adapt: Online Tools for Assessing how Climate Change will Affect your Community or Region Webinar
May 30 | Water Issues in BC's Peace Region
May 7-8 | BC Interior Stewardship Workshop
April 16 | Stewardship Legacy Workshop (Salmon Arm)
March 20 | Financing and Financial Management of Clean Energy Projects Webinar
February 20 | Community Energy Planning in Remote Communities Webinar
February 15 | Water Quality and Euarasian Watermilfoil Workshop (Chilliwack and Merritt)
February 14 | Stewardship Legacy Workshop (Langley)

2016

Training in Energy Efficient Housing at Vancouver Island University

April 27, 2016 | Webinar

This webinar provides an overview of the content and structure of the energy efficiency course that will soon be offered at the Vancouver Island University. The training will be tailored towards First Nations administrative staff, elected leaders, and community members. The presenters, Nancy Hamilton, the Administrative Coordinator for Professional Development and Training, and Sylvia Olsen, the Course Instructor, discuss what participants can expect in terms of registration, course themes and the online learning format. In addition, this webinar highlights Vancouver Island University’s process in designing the course, including a description of its stakeholder engagement as well as lessons learned.

Check out the webinar recording on YouTube.

Accessing Financing for First Nations Energy-Efficient Housing

March 8, 2016 | Webinar

Financial institutions in British Columbia are working closely with First Nations to facilitate access to financing for housing construction and renovation projects. These partnerships help contribute to the economic self-sufficiency of First Nations communities. In this webinar, Stewart Anderson from Vancity Credit Union and Candace Dennis from the Bank of Montreal will speak about the process of obtaining a housing loan, key considerations for First Nations communities, and the financial services and programs of their institutions for on-reserve housing projects.

Check out the webinar recording on YouTube.

Dzawada'enuxw First Nation's Solar Hot Water Project

January 28, 2016 | Webinar

This webinar focuses on the energy-saving, money-saving steps taken by Dzawada'enuxw First Nation (DFN), a small off-grid community about 120 km northwest of Campbell River, BC. Capital Projects Manager Robin Dawson explains how DFN embraced a number of changes that included solar hot water demonstration projects – and helped to reduce the community’s dependence on diesel generators. It is a story of success and collaboration, thanks to mentorship support from George Colgate of Xeni Gwet'in First Nation, and funding from the Remote Communities Implementation program, Solar BC and DFN.

Check out the webinar recording on YouTube.

The webinar PowerPoint presentations are also available to read:

Saving Dollars on Energy: Increasing Energy Efficiency for First Nations Housing Workshop

January 26, 2016 | Workshop: Vancouver

This workshop featured the experiences of First Nations communities in building new energy-efficient homes, renovating existing homes and creating housing policy with best practices for energy efficiency. Workshop participants — First Nations housing managers, senior staff and elected leaders — discussed priority actions for housing energy efficiency and connected with funding agencies, community leaders, consultants and training opportunities.

The workshop was hosted by the Fraser Basin Council as part of the First Nations Home EnergySave program.

Presentations:


2015

Planning for a Resilient Waterfront at Qualicum Beach Webinar

December 2, 2015 | Webinar

This FBC webinar explores work undertaken by the Town of Qualicum Beach to develop a Waterfront Master Plan that addresses various impacts from increasingly intense coastal storms. Those impacts include foreshore ecosystem degradation, wave overtopping, damage to the town's sea wall and loss of beachfront.

The Waterfront Master Plan project has two major components: 1) a scientific assessment of the meteorological, oceanographic and geomorphological factors that shape the Town’s waterfront and 2) the development of planning approaches to support a sustainable waterfront that is resilient to climate change impacts. This phase will emphasize public consultation and a plan for a restored shoreline that sustains the ecological integrity of the foreshore, maintains the beach, protects infrastructure and prepares the community for climate change and rising sea levels.

Presenters in the session were Luke Sales, Town of Qualicum Beach, Director of Planning and John Readshaw, SNC-Lavalin Inc, Manager - Coastal Marine & Dredging, Water Interface Engineering.

Here is the webinar recording.


 

Exploring Funding Opportunities for First Nations Energy Efficient Housing Webinar

November 24, 2015 | Webinar

This webinar is part of a series of monthly peer mentorship sessions to support First Nations housing managers and other senior staff in reducing home energy use.

This session features Rick Sabiston (AANDC) on the New Approach for Housing Support program and Lindsay Wood (BC Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation) on the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund. See how these two funding sources complement each other to support energy improvements in First Nations housing.

Here is the webinar replay and presentations:

 


 

Assessing Climate Change Risks to Build a Resilient Energy Sector

November 3, 2015 | Webinar

One in a series of Canada's Adaptation Platform webinars, this session focuses on climate change risks and adaptation in the energy sector. FBC's Jim Vanderwal was one of the presenters.

The presentations and webinar recording are available on the Adaptation Platform website.


 

Kitasoo Energy-Efficient Housing Policy and Implementation

October 28, 2015 | Webinar

This video presentation on the Kitasoo Xai’xais Energy Initiative is one in a series of 2015-2016 webinars in the First Nations Home EnergySave program. The Fraser Basin Council is working with First Nations communities and support organizations in BC to help conserve energy, share success stories, build local capacity, and encourage economic development. The work is possible thanks to financial support from the Real Estate Foundation of BC, BC Ministry of Energy & Mines, BC Hydro and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

Check out the webinar recording on YouTube.


 

Forecasting and Responding to Storm Surge in BC Webinar

October 27, 2015 | Webinar

FBC hosted the webinar “Forecasting and Responding to Storm Surge in BC” in October, 2015.

In British Columbia, low-lying coastal communities are particularly vulnerable to storm surge during winter due to the combination of active Pacific storms and seasonal spring (high) tides.
The webinar presentation gives an overview of the BC Storm Surge Forecasting System that provides warnings of extreme water level events through numerical model forecasts, online bulletins and alerts issued through social media.

Missed the webinar? No worries — here's the recording on our YouTube channel.


Warming Oceans and Rising Tides: Coastal Adaptation in Northwest BC Workshop

October 21, 2015 | Workshop: Prince Rupert

This workshop focused coastal climate change adaptation and climate impacts on resource sectors in Northwestern BC. The workshop drew participation from local governments, First Nations communities, consulting companies and non-profit organizations. The focus was on exploring climate issues, successful adaptation case studies from north coast communities and tools for local government to integrate climate adaptation into planning processes.

Here is the agenda and the presentations:

Agenda

Coastal Adaptation

Adapting BC’s Flood Guidelines to Sea Level Change — Tina Neale (BC Ministry of Environment)

Flood Risk Analysis at Port Metro Vancouver — Sean Smith (Port Metro Vancouver)

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer: PDFPPT with Notes — Kari Tyler (Climate Action Secretariat)

Green Shores Approaches to Coastal Development — DG Blair (Stewardship Centre for BC)

Climate Risks and Adaptation in the Resource Sector

Adaptation Planning for Northwest Skeena’s Forests — Dirk Brinkman (Brinkman Group)

Impacts of Climate Change on the Fisheries at the Northwestern Coast of BC — Vicky Lam (University of British Columbia)

Gitga’at Climate Change Adaptation Project — Michael Reid (Gitga’at First Nation)


Assessing Climate Change Risk for BC’s Highway Infrastructure Webinar

July 9, 2015 | Webinar

This webinar ocuses on future warming and precipitation trends from climate change and the expected impacts on British Columbia's highway infrastructure. The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure recently conducted climate change risk assessments for a number of BC’s major highways: Coquihalla, Yellowhead, Bella Coola, Stewart and Pine Pass. In the webinar, Chief Engineer Dirk Nyland offers an overview of the risk assessments and case examples.

Speaker:
Dirk Nyland, Chief Engineer, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Here is the webinar recording on YouTube.


Renewing First Nations Housing: Saving Money and Energy Webinar

June 23, 2015 | Webinar

This webinar explores a project, co-implemented by Kwadacha First Nation and Quality Program Services, to reduce the electricity usage in 11 pilot homes and educated the community on how to reduce their energy consumption. The project helped the pilot households save an average of $2,000 annually by focusing on upgrades that would make a substantial difference to bills.

Speakers:
Areef Abraham, President and CEO, Quality Program Services
Dawn Bursey, Executive Director, Kwadacha First Nation

Here is the webinar recording on YouTube.


 

Together Shuswap
June 10, 2015

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This event is all about building bridges for a better future in the Shuswap! It was an opportunity for community members to come together to discuss collaborative regional planning processes, enhance cooperative relationships between aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities, hear perspectives from youth, and learn about projects to build a more sustainable region.


 

Youth@TogetherShuswap
June 10, 2015

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This event welcomed youth participants (aged 16-24) interested in community well-being and quality of life. This was a chance to connect with other youth and community leaders from the region.

This event was held in conjunction with the forum Together Shuswap (see below).


 

Advancing Watershed Sustainability in BC

April 15, 2015 | Workshop: Vancouver

This workshop, co-hosted by the Fraser Basin Council and BC Wildlife Federation, centred on keys to collaborative governance, financial mechanisms and models, natural resources practices boards, BC's Water Sustainability Act, Assessing and Managing Cumulative Effects, Managing for Water Shortages and a discussion of watershed-relevant policies.

The agenda, workshop and presentation slide decks can be found on the project page.


New Sea Level Rise Projections in British Columbia Webinar

March 25, 2015 | Webinar

This webinar presents new projections on sea-level rise in BC based on the latest science from the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The projections incorporate global sea-level rise from glaciers and ice sheets, warming of the oceans, groundwater extraction, and impoundment of water in reservoirs, and include local factors such as vertical land motion and dynamic oceanographic changes.

Speaker:
Thomas James, Research Scientist, Geological Survey of Canada, Natural Resources Canada

Here is the webinar recording on YouTube.


Extreme Precipitation on the West Coast

March 31, 2015 | Webinar

This webinar reviews the results of a study that examined trends in Atmospheric River (Pineapple Express) events in BC, as well as actions that may help minimize the damage and harm caused by these events. The study was carried out by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PICS), in partnership with the BC Climate Action Secretariat. Also in this webinar, the City of Chilliwack shares its experience in managing a 2009 extreme precipitation event in the Greendale area that damaged over 50 homes and washed out roads.

Speakers:
Thomas White, Manager, Adaptation, BC Climate Action Secretariat
Frank Van Nynatten, Assistant Manager of Environmental Services, City of Chilliwack

Here is the webinar recording on YouTube.


2014

Advancing Watershed Sustainability in BC (2014)

March 18, 2014 | Workshop: Vancouver

This workshop, co-hosted by the Fraser Basin Council and BC Wildlife Federation, focused on recent research and consultations on collaborative options in watershed management, funding and delivery models, and approaches to measuring and assessing ecosystem health. See the agenda and presentations:


Watersheds 2014: Towards Watershed Governance in BC & Beyond

Jan 27-29, 2014 | Forum: Duncanwater_logo2_200X150.jpg

The Fraser Basin Council Watershed and Water Resources Program team was pleased to participate in this forum, which was presented by POLIS Project on Watershed Governance, University of Victoria and Brock University Environmental Sustainability Research Centre. The event drew participation from watershed groups, natural resource managers, researchers and decision-makers in all orders of government, including First Nations. It took place at the Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre.

In addition to presenting a session at the forum, FBC hosted a number of satellite events  for livestreaming of Day One.

Forum agenda

Background material and related resources

Forum presentations

Watershed Governance and Water Attitudes

Successes & Challenges: From the Front Lines of Watershed Governance

Watershed Governance in the Cowichan

Water Law & B.C.’s Water Act

First Nations & Water Governance

Resilience & Climate Change Adaptation

Watershed Planning

Watershed Assessments, Report Cards & Indicators

Water-Use Reporting

Community Engagement


 Advancing Watershed Sustainability in BC

March 18, 2014 | Workshop: Vancouver

This workshop, co-hosted by the Fraser Basin Council and BC Wildlife Federation, focused on recent research and consultations on collaborative options in watershed management, funding and delivery models, and approaches to measuring and assessing ecosystem health. See the agenda and presentations:


 2013

Planning for Climate Change on the Coast: A Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer Webinar

December 4, 2013 | Webinar

This webinar is designed to help communities identify, evaluate and compare options for adapting to the impacts of sea level rise and associated coastal hazards. A total of 21 adaptation tools are outlined in the primer, including planning tools, regulatory tools, land use change or restriction tools, structural tools (flood protection works) and non-structural tools (soft armouring).

Speakers:
Thomas White, Manager Science and Adaptation -- Climate Adaptation, Climate Action Secretariat, BC Ministry of Environment
Graham Farstad, Director, The Arlington Group

Here is the webinar recording on YouTube.


Preparing for Climate Change: An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in British Columbia Webinar

November 14, 2013 | Webinar

This webinar canvasses practical, on-the-ground adaptation solutions for local government elected officials and staff. The Implementation Guide for Local Governments covers a wide range of topics, including Official Community Plan (OCP) policies, zoning, liability, infrastructure, asset management and emergency planning, along with hundreds of community examples, resources and checklist questions.

Speakers:
Cathy LeBlanc, Senior Planner, BC Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Deborah Carlson, Staff Counsel, West Coast Environmental Law
Corien Speaker, CAO, Squamish

Here is the webinar recording on YouTube.


Plan2Adapt: Online Tools for Assessing how Climate Change will Affect your Community or Region Webinar

October 29, 2013 | Webinar

This webinar introduces the Plan2Adapt online tool, which allows practitioners to generate information (maps, graphs and data tables) to better understand climate change specific to their region, how the region will be impacted, and what they can do to prepare. Visit the Plan2Adapt website for more about the tool.

Speakers:
Tamsin Mills, Climate Change Adaptation Planner, City of Vancouver
Trevor Murdock, Lead, Regional Climate Impacts, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

Here is the webinar recording on YouTube.


 

Water Issues in BC's Peace Region

May 30, 2013 | Workshop: Fort St. John

Final workshop report

Workshop agenda

Here are some of the workshop presentations:


BC Interior Stewardship Workshop

May 7-8, 2013 | Workshop: Vanderhoof

Here is the workshop report and presentations:

 


Stewardship Workshop Legacy Workshop (Salmon Arm)

tour_salmon_arm_200.jpgApril 16, 2013 | Workshop: Salmon Arm

One in a series of stewardship workshops, this event explored agriculture and stewardship, drinking water source protection and highlights of regional work. Here is the workshop summary and two of the presentations:

Thanks to the BC Ministry of Health and BC Living Rivers Trust Fund for supporting this workshop.


Financing and Financial Management of Clean Energy Projects Webinar

March 20, 2013 | Webinar

rci_house_reno.jpgThe Fraser Basin Council and Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC (AFOABC) co-hosted a webinar on March 20 to offer timely information to remote communities on creating a financial plan and finding sources of funding for clean energy projects.

Here is the webinar audio recording and presentation files:

Thanks to our sponsors of this event: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Vancity and BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas.


Community Energy Planning and Implementation in Remote Communities Webinar

February 20, 2013 | Webinar

rci_plug.jpgThe Fraser Basin Council and Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC (AFOA BC) co-hosted a community energy planning webinar on February 20 to support those exploring projects in remote communities. The event included an overview of a diesel-battery hybrid system at Uchucklesaht First Nation that is more efficient than stand-alone diesel generators, and makes integration of renewable energy straightforward.

Here is the webinar audio recording and presentation files:

We thank our event sponsors: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Vancity and BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas.


Water Quality and Eurasian Watermilfoil Workshop

February 15, 2013 | Chilliwack and Merrit (via webconference)

milfoil.jpgFBC's Fraser Valley and Thompson regions coordinated a workshop in Chilliwack and Merritt (via videoconference) to explore water quality in Cultus Lake and Nicola Lake and to consider the impact of Eurasian Watermilfoil, as well as other milfoil species. Experts presented on lake health and current milfoil management strategies.

Turnout was strong, and members of CLASS and the Nicola Lake Working Group were part of this event.

Here is the workshop summary, agenda and presentations:

Appreciation to our event funders: Cultus Lake Park Board, FVRD Electoral Area E, Parks Enhancement Fund, Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council, BC Living Rivers Trust Fund and Thompson-Nicola Regional District.


Stewardship Legacy Workshop

 February 14, 2013 | Stewardship Legacy Workshop (Langley)

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FBC coordinated a workshop and field tour in Langley on February 14, focused on current water management and watershed stewardship actions in the Fraser Valley and beyond.

Over 80 people attended, representing various agencies and orders of government, including First Nations, and many stewardship groups. 

The draft workshop summary is posted below, along with the agenda and presentations:

 


2012

Rethinking our Water Ways Workshop Series
2011-2012: Prince George, 100 Mile House, Salmon Arm, Chilliwack and New Westminster.

Eighth Annual BC Interior Stewardship Workshop
February 28-29, 2012: Cache Creek

2011

Eco-health, Ecosystems and Watersheds Workshop
October 19-20, 2011: Merritt

  • Workshop summary

Fostering Collaborative Responses to Hydrological Changes in the Nicola Watershed Workshop
March 30-31, 2011: Merritt

Summary of Hydrological Changes as a Result of Mountain Pine Beetle and a Changing Climate in Interior Watersheds: Current Findings and Lessons Learned from Two Years of Workshops
April, 18 2011

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Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

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