Challenges to Integrated Planning

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Integrated Planning Series

Wednesday, October 26th from 9:00 am - 10:30 am PDT / 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT on Changing the Conversation

What are the impediments to integrated planning across Canada? Generally, some of the major issues are breaking down the silos between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. We also need to broaden the dialogue to include decision-makers, the community leaders, and other essential voices. This conversation will draw upon research outcomes from both the National Municipal Adaptation Project (NMAP) data and MC3 2.0: Meeting the Climate Change Challenge 11 case study communities.


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Professor Ann Dale, Moderator, held a Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development (2004-2014) at Royal Roads University, School of Environment and Sustainability. A former Trudeau Fellow Alumna (2004), she is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Science, chairs the Canadian Consortium for Sustainable Development Research (CCSDR), a Board Member of the World Fisheries Trust and the founder of the National Environmental Treasure (the NET). Current research interests include governance, social capital and agency, biodiversity conservation, place-based and virtual sustainable communities. She is a recipient of the 2001 Policy Research Initiative Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Policy for her book, At the edge: sustainable development in the 21st century. Professor Dale is actively experimenting with research dissemination and social media.

Christine Callihoo is a Registered Professional Planner with 20 years of experience in a diverse range of planning fields including land use and community planning, asset management planning, community‐based climate change adaptation planning, brownfield planning, and economic development planning. Christine understands land use planning in the context of complex jurisdictional settings, including federal, provincial, regional, and municipal jurisdictions. This knowledge has provided her the opportunity to work with the private sector and all levels of government, as well as with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. She has an interest in engagement and policy development with a focus on increasing community resiliency. Christine has provided seminars to local governments and First Nations on topics specific to community based climate change adaptation and resiliency. She is interested in collaborating with community practitioners and theorists on the general topic of community-based climate change adaptation and resiliency, and more specifically on the role of (good) governance in addressing climate change impacts at the community level.

Devin Causley is the Manager of Climate Change Programs with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). He is responsible for managing and developing programs on climate change, energy, and sustainable community planning, including the Partners for Climate Protection program. Devin holds a Master of Applied Environmental Studies in Local Economic Development and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Planning from the University of Waterloo. He is a registered professional planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and trained facilitator. Beyond his work with FCM, he is an active member of several external working groups including the PIEVC committee of Engineers Canada and CIP’s National Policy Committee. Drawing upon these experiences, Devin regularly publishes articles on climate change and sustainable planning. In his time away from work Devin is an avid traveller and has visited more than 35 countries.

Joan Chess is a planning consultant, working with small communities in applying sustainability and climate change principles to local planning. She previous worked as the Sustainability Facilitator with Smart Planning for Communities (SPC) program managed by Fraser Basin Council. Joan brings a practical approach to applying sustainability principles to community planning and can assist with all steps in a planning process, such as gathering information, analysis, community involvement, and even urban design for small communities. Her career includes working with provincial, local and First Nations governments, which provides an understanding of the inter-jurisdictional nature of planning and sustainability. Joan is currently the President Elect for the Planning Institute of British Columbia. Joan loves the unique places and people of northern BC. When she's not on the road, she's usually playing with her horse or skiing with her family.

Alastair Moore's research interests involve the role that normative discourses, imageries and materialities play in maintaining or destabilizing existing practices—good and bad. His PhD examines the agency and daily practices of intermediaries within the housing energy retrofit system, and how the former influence/direct the latter. Underpinning his academic pursuits lies a range of more applied sustainability experiences which co-constitute a supporting framework for his current theoretical investigations. He has developed energy and emissions policy at the local government level, assisted cities in transitioning countries to create more enabling institutional arrangements, and launched Canada's first all-green building supply retail/wholesale business. While he considers this all useful, he believes his past endeavours will all benefit from re-framing the problem to account for those largely unseen push-pull interactions between social structures and the agent.

Rob Newell completed an undergraduate in Biology and Statistics (University of Victoria), but developed a keen interest in the communication of environmental trends and sustainability ideas while working in the design, development, and delivery of environmental education programs and completing a graduate thesis on approaches to effective environmental communications (MA in Environment and Management, Royal Roads University). Rob is committed to exploring and discovering new methods of communicating sustainability to broad and diverse audiences, and his work has included developing environmental education programs for settlement agencies and project leading in Asia, Africa, and the South Pacific. Rob leads the social media program (HEADTalks) and data visualization work of the team, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Victoria.