Canada in a Changing Climate: Follow our Progress

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Joint Advisory Committee and Coordinating Lead Authors Meeting

Ottawa, Ontario - October 3-4, 2018

2nd meeting of the full assessment team, which includes the Advisory Committee and the Coordinating Lead Authors (CLAs) of the National Issues and Regional Perspectives Reports.

Student Engagement Meeting

Ottawa, Ontario - July 17, 2018

Face-to-face meeting for the Canada in a Changing Climate - Student Engagement Pilot Project in collaboration with the University of Waterloo.

Canada’s Changing Climate Report Authors’ Meeting

Toronto, Ontario – March 27-28, 2018

Face-to-face meeting with authors of Canada’s Changing Climate Report (CCCR).

Coordinating Lead Author’s meeting

Toronto, Ontario – February 27-28, 2018

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) hosted a face-to-face meeting of the Coordinating Lead Authors with representation from all the chapter writing teams.

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

First Assessment Advisory Committee Meeting

Ottawa, Ontario – March 30 – 31, 2017

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

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.


Joint Advisory Committee and Coordinating Lead Authors Meeting

Ottawa, Ontario - October 3-4, 2018
This was the 2nd meeting of the full assessment team, which includes the Advisory Committee and the Coordinating Lead Authors (CLAs) of the National Issues and Regional Perspectives Reports.

Meeting Goals:

Discuss issues of priority to the CLAs to ensure they are equipped with the information and advice needed to move from outlines to review-ready drafts.  Discussions included, but were not limited to:

  • Common elements for chapters;
  • Overcoming writing challenges;
  • Case story criteria; and
  • Drafting of key messages.

Key Next Steps:

  • Coordinating lead authors will revise chapter outlines and draft key messages to share with the Advisory Committee.
  • The secretariat will work with subgroups to develop guidance for case stories and writing key messages. They will also finalize and share the common chapter structure.
  • The authors, with Secretariat support, will create a discussion forum for authors involved in inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge.

Student Engagement Meeting

Ottawa, Ontario - July 17, 2018
Face-to-face meeting for the Canada in a Changing Climate - Student Engagement Pilot Project in collaboration with the University of Waterloo.

Meeting Goals:

  • Provide an opportunity for students to present interim results, discuss progress and next steps;
  • Strengthen the collaborative working relationships between the students and lead authors;
  • Share new ideas and build momentum for moving forward with the creation of a network of students engaged in the development of national knowledge assessments.

Take-Away Messages

  • This experience has been enriching for both students and lead authors.
  • Team building is important to strengthen engagement.
  • Additional guidance at the beginning of the project would help students understand role and expectations.

Proposed Next Steps

  • Partner with universities across the country and reach out to various faculties.
  • Dedicate a workspace for students and authors to be in regular contact.

Canada’s Changing Climate Report Authors’ Meeting

Toronto, Ontario – March 27-28, 2018
Face-to-face meeting with authors of Canada’s Changing Climate Report (CCCR).

Meeting Goals:

  • Discuss the results of the external review of Canada’s Changing Climate Report, in particular any cross-cutting issues.
  • Review draft Key Messages and agree on an approach that will make the use of confidence and likelihood statements in these messages more consistent and transparent.
  • Lay out next steps to complete the report, including interactive, online delivery of the report content and a coordinated communications strategy for the report release.

Take-Away Messages:

  • The external reviewers provided valuable feedback; comments are being reviewed and will be addressed during preparation of final chapter drafts.
  • A short Summary for the CCCR will be prepared consisting of a set of headline statements. These statements, along with the chapter key messages and chapter summaries, will provide a concise overview of main findings of the CCCR.
  • Chapter 8, Changes in Canada’s Regions, is still under development. The content of this chapter will be fully drawn from information in the other chapters, highlighting and synthesizing conclusions relevant to national assessment regions.
  • Still on track to complete the report by the end of 2018. Release date to be determined.

Key Next Steps:

  • A teleconference will be held in May to discuss revised key messages.
  • Editing of final drafts for chapters 2 to 7 will begin in June.
  • Work on the headline statements and Chapter 8 will continue into early summer. Drafts will be shared with the National Assessment Advisory Committee and Lead Authors for the regional and national issue reports.

Coordinating Lead Author’s meeting

Toronto, Ontario – February 27-28, 2018
The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) hosted a face-to-face meeting of the Coordinating Lead Authors with representation from all the chapter writing teams.

Meeting Goals:

  • Strengthen the collaboration between the lead author team;
  • Enhance understanding of the linkages between chapters;
  • Share new ideas and build momentum to move chapter writing forward in a timely manner.
  • Take-Away Messages:
  • Strong communication between team members is extremely important for a successful assessment process.
  • Indigenous knowledge systems must be incorporated throughout the assessment chapters.
  • French literature resources should be included where applicable throughout the assessment.
  • Digital delivery is a new approach to deliver scientific information that offers various benefits, including interactive maps, graphics and links. It will increase the reach and utility of the report.

Key Next Steps:

  • Chapter leads will collaborate on content, linkages and engagement activities, with coordination support provided by Secretariat.
  • Authors will begin to draft content for their chapters.

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.

First Assessment Advisory Committee Meeting

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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