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Upcoming Events

Getting Climate Ready: Adaptation Tools for Northwest Communities

Full-day workshop in Terrace, BC
November 29 | 8:00am to 4:00pm PST
Location TBA

Climate change is exposing communities in Northwest BC to changes in weather patterns and more frequent extreme events. These changes place local and regional critical infrastructure as well as health at risk. Changing climate hazards have created the need to integrate climate change adaptation into policy, planning, landscape design, and public works maintenance.

This full-day, free introductory workshop will focus on flood and wildfire risk management. The afternoon will include an Adaptation World Café, which will offer a space for speakers to share information about funding opportunities for adaptation, how communities can plan for wildfires, as well as flood mapping and risk assessment.

Speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Charlene Menezes, Program Manager – Flood Management, Fraser Basin Council
  • Bob W. Gray, Fire Ecologist, R.W. Gray Consulting Ltd.
  • Jesal Shah, Director – Flood Protection Program, Emergency Management BC
  • Trevor Murdock, Climate Scientist and Lead – Regional Climate Impacts, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

Register here!


Miss a recent event? Check for slidedecks below and our YouTube channel for webinar recordings.



Past Workshop Presentations

What's Climate Got To Do With It?

March 5, 2018 | Fort St. John, BC

Trevor Murdock from the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium spoke about what we may see in terms of future climate changes for the Northeast region.

Legal Implications of Climate Change

February 22, 2018 | Vancouver, BC

Fraser Basin Council and Engineers and Geoscientists BC hosted this one-day workshop for professionals on how climate change could impact their professional roles and responsibilities.

Getting Climate Ready: Adaptation Tools for Coastal Communities

January 31, 2018 | Courtenay, BC

Climate change is exposing Vancouver Island communities to changes in weather patterns and more frequent extreme events, such as flood. There is a need to integrate climate change adaptation into policy, planning, landscape design and public works maintenance. This workshop focused on flood risk management, including the new provincial flood hazard area land use management guidelines.

Floods and Drought: Tackling Wild Weather

March 15 | Workshop: Fort St John

Climate change is exposing Northern BC communities to changes in weather patterns and an increase in extreme events. These changes place local and regional critical infrastructure at risk, which the Northeast region has witnessed in recent flooding. This introductory workshop addressed the future climate trends for the Northeast region and highlighted existing online tools for adaptation. Presenters shared their experiences with climate risk assessments of highway infrastructure, community flood response and collaborative drought management. The workshop also offered an overview of available funding opportunities and learning resources for climate change adaptation and asset management.


Download the Workshop Summary Report.

Resilient Infrastructure in a Changing Climate Workshop

February 9, 2017 | Workshop: Prince George

This introductory workshop, hosted by Fraser Basin Council and Engineers Canada, addressed the future climate trends for the Upper Fraser region and how these trends will impact infrastructure. The workshop provided an overview of new practice guidelines for highway infrastructure adaptation, and also explored case studies of assessing climate risk for road transportation and wastewater infrastructure. Participants also learned information about, and practice with, the PIEVC Protocol. The Protocol is a practical tool and process that uses standard risk assessment science to assess and document the vulnerability of infrastructure to the impacts of current and future climate. 

Download the Workshop Summary Report.

Thanks to everyone who attended this workshop.


Past Webinar Presentations

Integrating Climate Risk In Public Infrastructure Projects: The Role of the Private Sector in Providing Climate Services

June 21, 2018 | 11:00 am - 12 noon
Many public sector organizations are planning to integrate future climate risk in their infrastructure projects. There is a growing need for private sector consulting companies to provide climate services or applied climate information for the project. In many aspects, this new area differs significantly from academic and government-led climate efforts, but in other aspects bears strong similarities.
This webinar explores potential opportunities for growth and challenges of integrating climate data into private sector projects. The discussion included the experience at Associated Engineering, a Canada-wide consulting engineering firm with a growing climate focus.

Learning from the Fort McMurray wildland-urban interface fire

March 15, 2018 | Alan Westhaver

Building Climate Resilience at Island Health

February 28, 2018 | Ting Pan

Information and Funding for First Nations Climate Change Adaptation Planning

January 25, 2018 | Tom Duncan and Trevor Murdock

Green Shores Policy and Regulatory Tools for Local Governments

November 16, 2017 | DG Blair, Deborah Carlson and Laura Roddan

Legal Implications of Climate Change for Professionals

September 28, 2017 | Joanna Kyriazis​​




About ReTooling for Climate Change

The ReTooling for Climate Change website is a project of the Fraser Basin Council to support local governments and First Nations in BC in preparing for climate change adaptation. The site is funded through the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC), a partnership program of the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Ministry of Environment – Climate Action Secretariat, with funding from Natural Resources Canada and other in-kind contributions.

Find out more about the Fraser Basin Council and the BC RAC at

We want to hear from you

Share your ideas and suggestions for new resource links to , Senior Program Manager, at the Fraser Basin Council.

Also worth a visit

On this site, you’ll find links to many helpful websites on climate change adaptation.

For steps communities can take to mitigate climate change, check out the Climate Action Toolkit website.