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Canada in a Changing Climate: Regional Perspectives Report

The Regional Perspectives Report, led by Natural Resources Canada, provides regional perspectives on how climate change is impacting our communities, environment and economy, and how we are adapting. The report provides decision-makers with an assessment of current literature and knowledge on climate change impacts and adaptation, including case stories that feature examples of adaptation in practice. Each regional chapter discusses on key vulnerabilities, risks and challenges; new and innovative approaches to adaptation; Indigenous knowledge and perspectives; capacity to adapt to climate change impacts; and knowledge gaps and emerging issues. Chapters from this report will be released on a rolling basis during 2020 and 2021.

The digital interactive version of the report is available at . The report is also available in PDF format, in its full version and by chapter, at the links below.

For media inquiries, please contact NRCan Media Relations.

Table of Contents
  • Full Report (to be released in 2021 following the completion of all chapters)
  • Atlantic Provinces (coming soon)
  • Quebec (coming soon)
  • Ontario (coming soon)
  • Prairie Provinces (PDF, 4.86 MB) Infographic (PDF, 611 KB)
  • British Columbia (coming soon)
  • Northern Canada (coming soon)

Regional Perspectives – Lead Authors

Craig Brown – British Columbia Chapter (co-lead)

Craig holds a PhD in Environmental Applied Science and Management from Ryerson University and works as an interdisciplinary researcher, consultant, and educator in the areas of urban sustainability and climate resilience. He has supported and managed projects at various scales relating to building and urban design, energy efficiency, climate resilience, flood risk management, green infrastructure, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks.

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Sabine Dietz – Atlantic Chapter

Sabine is a biologist, and environmental and climate change adaptation practitioner with Aster Group Environmental Services Co-op in New Brunswick. She was the New Brunswick coordinator for the Atlantic Canada Regional Adaptation Collaborative (Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions), from 2010 to 2013, and has been working with the province of NB, municipalities, land use planners and environmental organizations on various climate change adaptation files and projects since then. Her specific interests lie in the area of natural systems, how they are changing and how we need to change our approach to conservation in a changing climate, as well as their role in reducing and mitigating impacts from climate change. She holds a BA in Natural Resource Studies from Trent University, a Master’s in Environmental Studies from the Université de Moncton, and a PhD in Biology from the University of NB.

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Allan G. Douglas – Ontario Chapter (co-lead)

Allan is the President of the Climate Risk Institute, located at Laurentian University, in Sudbury, Ontario. Since 2002, he has been developing adaptation resources and delivering them to domestic and international decision makers. Allan played leading roles in two regional vulnerability assessments in Ontario and co-authored an ecosystems vulnerability assessment guidebook for Ontario. He has contributed content to previous national assessments of climate change impact and adaptation and acted as an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Allan has expertise in climate science; climate change impact, vulnerability and risk assessment; policy development and adaptation planning in natural resource sectors. In 2016, Al co-chaired Adaptation Canada 2016, Canada’s first national symposium on climate change adaptation since 2005. He has also been a member of Canada’s Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results.

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Robert Gifford – British Columbia Chapter (co-lead)

Robert is a professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. He studies resource management, climate-related behaviour, attitudes, and interventions, and the perception of architecture. In addition to his research, Robert is also a faculty member of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic), and a Program Committee member with Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. He is the Founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in the Human Dimensions of Climate Change. Robert was Chief Editor of the Journal of Environmental Psychology from 2004 to 2016. He holds a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University.

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Bronwyn Hancock – Northern Canada Chapter (co-lead)

Bronwyn is the Associate Vice President Research Development for Yukon College. She is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of research at Yukon College, and for the development of positive relationships with the broader research community in support of northern research. In addition, she oversees research activities at the Yukon College’s Yukon Research Centre, which includes expertise in climate change, northern energy innovation, mine life cycles, resources and sustainable development in the Arctic, and biodiversity monitoring. Prior to this position, Bronwyn served as Manager of the Northern Climate ExChange, the climate change research group at the Yukon Research Centre, overseeing a team that focuses on studying the impacts and adaptation opportunities associated with climate change in Yukon and northern Canada. Bronwyn holds a doctorate in earth sciences from the University of Waterloo.

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Caroline Larrivée – Quebec Chapter

Caroline leads the Vulnerabilities, Impacts and Adaptation Group at Ouranos, where she has worked since October 2006. Her previous positions there included work as a specialist in the Vulnerabilities, Impacts and Adaptation Group and as coordinator of the northern environment and urban areas programs. As an urban planner in the private sector, academic institutions and at the Kativik Regional Government, she collaborated on research into the impacts of climate change on northern communities. Caroline holds a BA in urban planning from Université de Montréal.

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David Pearson – Ontario Chapter (co-lead)

David is an earth scientist and Professor in the School of the Environment at Laurentian University. He was the Project Director and founding Director of Science North from 1980 to 1986 and has hosted two science television series as well as a weekly radio spot. From 2002 to 2007 David chaired the Ontario office of the Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network. He co-chaired the Ontario Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation, and chaired the Far North Science Advisory Panel that released its report “Science for a Changing Far North” in 2010. He is currently working with remote far north Ontario First Nation communities assessing the likely impacts of climate change and potential adaptation options. David is a member of the Order of Ontario.

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Dave Sauchyn – Prairies Chapter

Dave is Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Regina, where he’s been for the past 35 years. Since 2000, he has been affiliated with the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative. His main research interests are 1) the climate and hydrology of the past millennium and how knowledge of the past can inform scenarios of future climate and water supplies, and 2) planned adaption to minimize the adverse impacts of climate change on the natural capital of Canada’s western Interior. Dave has been invited to give more than 350 talks on climate change, mostly to rural audiences. He was co-lead author of the Prairies chapter for the previous national assessment. Dave recently co-directed a five-year interdisciplinary study of the vulnerability of agricultural communities to climate extremes in Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Brazil and the Canadian Prairies.

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Maciej Stetkiewicz – Northern Canada Chapter (co-lead)

Maciej is the Climate Change and Northern Hydrology Project Coordinator at the Northern Climate ExChange, the climate change research group in the Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College. After obtaining his B.Sc in Geography from the University of Victoria, Maciej became interested in how the Yukon’s environment, especially its hydrological systems, were responding to climate change. His interest in the subject increased substantially while working in the Yukon after school where it was apparent that climate change was influencing all aspects of life in the north. Maciej returned to school to complete a Masters of Sustainable Environmental Management from the University of Saskatchewan where he focused on using interdisciplinary approaches to study how climate change is impacting ice-jam flood frequency at the Town of Peace River, Alberta. At the Northern Climate Exchange, he now works on a wide array of projects ranging from climate change policy to hydrological modelling.

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