Join our expert panel for an update and discussion on what to look out for when acquiring or developing land in an age of climate change. Through all aspects of the acquisition process, changing environmental conditions will have an impact on the feasibility of development a site.
The panel will address key topics such as:
- Best practices and what to look out for when selecting a site
- Assessing risk as it pertains to acquiring hazardous sites
- Environmental impacts on the development process
Please join us for this session from the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples.
Chris Chopik, Sotheby's International Realty Canada
Chris Chopik is a sought after expert in real estate, sustainability and the impact of climate change has on the way we live around the world. With more than 17 years experience, Chopik has navigated difficult issues facing communities as they work to grow their economies and become climate resilient in the face of rapid change. He holds a Masters degree in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University, Canada's largest and oldest educational institution for art and design, conducting important research into how climate change is impacting property values.
Fiona Dercole is the Protective Services Manager for the Regional District East Kootenay, which includes emergency management and rural fire services.
Steve Litke, Director, Water Programs - Fraser Basin Council
Steve Litke has worked with the Fraser Basin Council since 1998 and is currently the Director responsible for the Council’s Water Programs. Steve is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the development of a Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy to reduce flood risk and improve resilience across the Lower Mainland. In this capacity, Steve and the FBC team facilitate multi-interest flood planning committees, organize and facilitate engagement workshops, and coordinate the development of tools to support local and regional flood planning. Steve Litke graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Master's Degree in Resource and Environmental Management.
John Sherstobitoff, Principal, Seismic - Ausenco
John is a structural engineer with over 35 years of experience related to seismic and dynamic analysis and design of both buildings and infrastructure. He has worked on new buildings and also numerous renovation, retrofit and seismic upgrade projects developing innovative and cost effective schemes for construction within existing facilities. His projects include several “firsts” in Canada: first use of viscous dampers in a seismic upgrade; first base isolated building; and first use of external buckling restrained bracing seismic upgrade. He is thoroughly knowledgeable on all aspects of design codes and standards, especially regarding seismic and dynamic nonlinear analysis considerations. He has led seismic assessments of hundreds of buildings including being intimately involved for over 15 years on the performance based Seismic Retrofit Guidelines (SRG) for BC school buildings. John wrote the structural portion of the Liquefaction Guidelines in SRG and continues to be involved in SRG projects with liquefaction issues. Further to the development of SRG and seismic assessments, he has been intimately and extensively involved in implementation of SRG including preparing Seismic Project Identification Reports, Project Definition Reports, and detailed design of school seismic upgrades. He was for 10 years the Chair of the Standing Committee on Earthquake Design (SC-ED) that sets the seismic provisions for the National Building Code of Canada (2015 and 2020 editions) and led the working group regarding new provisions for base isolation and damping that have been included in the 2015 code. He currently chairs the SC-ED Task Group on Performance Based Design and Resilience for new buildings; he led the effort resulting in new provisions for the 2020 code providing more resilience in a certain new buildings. He leads and regularly teaches a course on Seismic Strengthening of Existing Structures to the local engineering community as part of SEABC’s Certificate in Structural Engineering program.
Jessica Shoubridge, Founder & Principal - Thrive Consulting (Climate & Resilience Planning) – Moderator
Jessica is the Founder and Principal of Thrive Consulting (Climate and Resilience Planning). She is a professional planner with over a decade of experience working as a project manager, and facilitator of strategies and actions that aim to reduce climate and natural hazard 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, natural hazard science and open risk models and the proactive actions and finance required to reduce such risks at the local, regional, provincial and national scales. Jessica has been the program lead for the Understanding Risk BC symposiums since 2016, consistently advocating for and working towards open, integrated, multi-hazard risk modelling and holistic policies for the built environment to inform regional and province-wide approaches to building resilience. She applies her experience and knowledge of global best practice to inform solutions that are locally-owned and is passionate about working to build resilience in Southwest BC, the Cascadia bioregion and beyond. She has a masters degree in Planning (Disaster Risk Management//Planning for Resilience) from the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), at the University of British Columbia.