Canada in a Changing Climate: Follow our Progress

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Advisory Committee and Lead Authors Meeting

Halifax, Nova Scotia – October 23 – 24, 2017

First meeting of the full assessment team, including the Advisory Committee and the Coordinating Lead Authors

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2017 Livable Cities Forum

Victoria, B.C. – September 18–20, 2017

Assessment Secretariat was delighted to lead an interactive session on “Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action” at the 2017 Livable Cities Forum. This report provides a summary of the input received from the audience during the session. (PDF, 260 KB)

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First Assessment Advisory Committee

Ottawa, Ontario – March 30 – 31, 2017

The first face-to-face meeting of the Assessment Advisory Committee.

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National Assessment Scoping Meeting

Calgary, Alberta - November 29, 2016

This meeting brought together assessment users and experts from across the country to discuss the new assessment process at its initiation stage.


Advisory Committee and Lead Authors Meeting

Halifax, Nova Scotia – October 23 – 24, 2017
First meeting of the full assessment team, including the Advisory Committee and the Coordinating Lead Authors

Meeting Goals:

  • Clarify expectations, common themes and challenges in chapter development;
  • Establish strong communication linkages and working relationships within the team;
  • Provide authors with information required to produce the report and contribute to the assessment process.

Take-Away Messages:

  • Effective communication between team members is extremely important for the assessment process.
  • Indigenous knowledge systems must be incorporated throughout assessment.
  • Discussions will continue on the degree of consistency between chapters and use of key messages.
  • Chapters must build on existing resources (e.g., past assessments, state of play reports, expertise on the Advisory Committee).

Key Next Steps

  • Revise guidance material for lead authors, including key messages approach, and circulate them to the team.
  • Develop guidance documents on framing questions and incorporating Indigenous Knowledge systems.
  • Plan a follow-up meeting for the coordinating lead authors.
  • Schedule regular teleconferences for lead authors and the Advisory Committee.

2017 Livable Cities Forum

Victoria, B.C. – September 18–20, 2017

Assessment Secretariat was delighted to lead an interactive session on “Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action” at the 2017 Livable Cities Forum. This report provides a summary of the input received from the audience during the session. (PDF, 260 KB)


First Assessment Advisory Committee

Ottawa, Ontario – March 30 – 31, 2017
The first face-to-face meeting of the Assessment Advisory Committee.

Goals of the meeting

  • Obtain input and advice on the scope and approach of assessment, as well as communicate the process and results;
  • Facilitate committee work throughout assessment process.

Takeaway Messages

  • There is a need to reach out and actively engage to increase involvement in Assessment process.
  • The Assessment process provides an opportunity to raise awareness of climate change and increase ownership of the issue.
  • ‘Amplifier’ organizations will play a critical role in reaching broader audiences.
  • There is value in incorporating a progress measurement component into the Assessment.
  • The Assessment Advisory Committee will play a strong role in engagement and communicating results.

Key Next Steps

  • Finalize the Terms of Reference for Assessment process.
  • Establish a sub-committee focused on communications and engagement, which will contribute to development of engagement strategy.
  • Launch the public Assessment website.

National Assessment Scoping Meeting

Calgary, Alberta - November 29, 2016
This meeting brought together assessment users and experts from across the country to discuss the new assessment process at its initiation stage.

Goals of the meeting:

  • Seek input on the scope of the assessment and potential approaches;
  • Provide a forum to share innovative ideas on assessment work;
  • Engage early to help ensure that final products meet the needs of audiences.

Take-Away Messages

  • Canadian assessments and the assessment process (particularly engagement) are valued.
  • Water, communities and infrastructure emerged as priority topics for participants.
  • Early planning for engagement and communications through websites and social media are required.
  • Multiple communication products throughout the process are needed, each of which must be based on trustworthy foundation documents.

Key Next steps

  • Draft a proposed approach document, develop the timeline and website.
  • Establish an Assessment Advisory Committee.
  • Refine the proposed approach based on input from the Advisory Committee.
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