Climate Resiliency, Risk Assessment & Adaptation for Indigenous Communities
Indigenous communities across Canada are experiencing the impacts of climate change from events such as wildfires, heat waves, floods and shortened winter road seasons in the North. Morrison Hershfield and Shared Value Solutions have partnered to present an overview of the solutions that Indigenous Communities can develop to become more resilient to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather.
This webinar explores the funding application process for a program currently open in Alberta with eligible grants for Indigenous communities, and an overview of the climate-risk assessment and climate adaptation planning processes.
Andrew Harkness - Morrison Hershfield
Andrew is a Project Management Professional and ENVISION Sustainability Professional (ENV SP). He has over 30 years experience specializing in managing multi-disciplinary project teams and coordinating stakeholder engagement on a range of complex infrastructure projects. Andrew’s project experience includes Climate Risk and Resilience Assessments including: identifying climate scenarios using a global climate model, assessing historic and future planning horizons, conducting risk assessments, considering climate factor and infrastructure element interactions and developing adaptation recommendations. He oversees greenhouse emissions and carbon footprint lifecycle assessments for transportation, transit, structural and municipal infrastructure.
Robin Heavens - Shared Value Solutions
Robin is a water resources engineer with a background in hydrological climate change monitoring, contaminant hydrology and groundwater supply. She has five years of professional experience in Alberta. She has a strong foundation in outdoor recreation and field work in a project management role. Robin supports First Nations in Alberta by volunteering with IndigeSTEAM, an organization that provides programming to support a better future for indigenous youth in sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She is passionate about protecting the health of our waters for future generations, and has pursued this career path to honour and fulfil this responsibility.
Steven Rowe - Shared Value Solutions
Steven is a Senior Advisor and Consultant on the Regulatory and Business Development teams at Shared Value Solutions. He brings to the table a strong background in project management that is founded on the good relations and trust he builds with clients, partners, and industry stakeholders. Steven is currently supporting a climate change adaptation and emergency response planning project in Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba. He is dedicated to applying this knowledge to advance positive outcomes for Indigenous communities in their ancestral territories that reflect their unique and distinct needs and aspirations.
Jessica Ward - Shared Value Solutions
Jessica is passionate about harnessing to power of nature-based solutions to address climate change and the global biodiversity crisis. She has overseen the development of best practice guidance to increase the resiliency of natural systems to climate change on behalf of Ontario Conservation Authorities and advised an international team responsible for developing a consultant Nature Based Solutions Toolkit consisting of an Ecosystems Climate Resilience Tool and Climate Smart Planting Palette Tool. She has supported First Nations in Manitoba and Ontario in their climate change adaptation planning, and integrated Indigenous perspectives into PEI’s Climate Change Risk Assessment.