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UDI Seminar: Planning and Building for Regional Flood Resilience

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Name: UDI Seminar: Planning and Building for Regional Flood Resilience
Date: February 12, 2019
Time: 7:15 AM - 9:15 AM PST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:


UDI, PIBC and FBC are excited to co-host this flood strategy seminar. Our panel will share diverse perspectives on the topic of flood risk, risk reduction, and planning & development for flood resilience. 1.5 CPL units are available for RPPs for this event. 
They will also explore the following: 
  • climate change impacts
  • building resilience through effective land use planning
  • siting and construction techniques
  • managing real estate/ development and financial portfolios with flood risk in mind & importance of collaboration

Featured Panel:
  • Jamie Gray-Donald - Vice-President, Sustainability & Envionmental, Health & Safety, QuadReal 
  • Charlene Menezes - Program Manager, Fraser Basin Council
  • Dave Ramslie - Vice President of Sustainability, Concert Properties 
  • Jessica Shoubridge - Principal, Thrive Consulting 
  • Tamsin Lyle - Principal, Ebbwater Consulting (Moderator)

Jamie Gray-Donald joined QuadReal as the Vice President, Sustainability in February 2017 and has been promoted to Vice President, Sustainability & Environmental, Health & Safety as of January 2018.   From development through to asset management, Jamie finds ways that sustainability practices can enhance prudent growth and sustainable returns.  He helps colleagues play effective roles in nurturing vibrant communities and residential and commercial environments.  In his role as leader of QuadReal?s Environmental, Health and Safety team, Jamie works to ensure we quantify and manage a range of environmental risks such as contaminated soil through to providing training and on-going support, so our employees have a safe and healthy workplace.
Jamie was formerly the Vice President of Sustainability at Bentall Kennedy, and the Associate Vice President, Sustainability with Sears Canada.  Previously he held the position of Research Coordinator at the Centre for Sustainable Futures in Plymouth, UK and he worked in the Philippines at the International Rice Research Institute.
Jamie holds a PhD in Adult Education/Environmental Studies from OISE/UT, a Master of Arts, Geography/Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts Philosophy from McGill University.

Charlene Menezes is a Program Manager for the Fraser Basin Council?s Flood Management Program. She manages a number of complex projects to support the development of a comprehensive flood management strategy for the lower Fraser River and south coast of BC. Prior to joining the Fraser Basin Council in 2017, Charlene worked in water resources consulting for over a decade, and briefly with the South Coast Flood Safety Section at the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. She brings a wealth and diversity of experience to support a sustainable approach to flood risk reduction in BC?s Lower Mainland.

Tamsin is a well-known thought leader on flood management in Canada. She comes to this position having invested her entire academic and professional careers in the exploration of various aspects of flood management. She has genuine enthusiasm for the subject, which is evident in her many publications (peer-reviewed and for public communication) and presentations. She is particularly interested in exploring the nexus of science, engineering, policy and planning ? disciplines that often work apart or in series in flood projects when best practice suggest they should work together.

Over her 20-year career, she has worked on numerous high-profile flood and risk projects across Canada both as an engineer and as a policy analyst and planner. She is well regarded for her numerical modelling skills, which have been applied to the major Canadian river systems of the Red River in Manitoba, and the Fraser River in BC, as well as to smaller river systems in Canada and abroad. She is also well known for her integrated and collaborative approach to mitigating flood risk; and is the author of the award winning Integrated Flood Management Plan for the Cowichan Valley.

Dave Ramslie is the Vice President of Sustainability at Concert Properties.  Prior to joining Concert Properties, he was the head of Integral Group's Urban Innovation Practice. Dave is an urban planner by training, and his area of focus is on resilience and sustainable development. His work on policy, standards, and masterplans has won numerous international awards and last year he was recognized by the NRDC as one of 9 global leaders fighting climate change in cities. He has recently led the development of high performance building standards for the District of Columbia, The City of Vancouver and the state of California that are all targeting net zero emissions strategies. Dave has also worked on energy policy issues with multiple US Cites and the US Department of Energy, and is a technical advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Initiative. 

Jessica is a Planner with over 9 years of experience as a planner, project manager, and facilitator of plans and actions that aim to reduce climate risk and build resilience in Southwest BC. She has worked across all orders of government, the private and nonprofit sectors to connect the dots between best available climate projections and natural hazard science and the proactive actions and finance required to act to reduce climate risks at the local, regional, provincial and national scales.

Jessica led the development of the City of Vancouver's Earthquake Preparedness Strategy, where she advocated for and worked towards open, integrated, multi-hazard risk modelling and holistic building policies to inform a city-wide approach to enhancing resilience. She has worked with communities and on a variety of additional projects that have been recognized as exemplary and leading edge by the United Nations (the District of North Vancouver, Sasakawa award), the federal government (Natural Resources Canada's Award for Collaboration, DNV Earthquake Risk Analysis), the World Bank (UR+ Vancouver and UR+BC_Built Environment), and the Planning Institute of BC (Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy, New Directions in Planning).

She is widely recognized for her leadership in connecting the producers of risk information to the communities on the ground that must use that information to manage natural hazard and climate risk and build resilience. Her capacity in this realm is informed by an in-depth understanding of effective risk communications strategies and accordant capacity to build incentivization programming that can be paired with it. Jessica is familiar with global best practices in assessing climate risk, reducing it and preparing to respond, recover and build back better. She uses this knowledge of global best practice to inform solutions that are locally-owned and is passionate about working to build resilience in communities of all types in BC and the Cascadia bio-region more broadly.

Event Sponsors:
Plaza Ballroom (2nd Floor)
Hyatt Regency 
655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7
Date/Time Information:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

7:15 AM    Registration and hot breakfast buffet
7:50 AM    Presentations and Q+A
9:15 AM    Conclusion

Special Member & Non-member Price: $40.00    
Corporate tables of 8 seats.     
72 hours' notice required for cancellations.    
Substitutions are allowed.
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