Ninth Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction

Advancing and Empowering Disaster Risk Reduction in Canada

Monday, October 29, 2018 – Vancouver, British Columbia
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre



Monday, October 29, 2018
Timing (PT) Activity
8:00 – 9:00


Pavilion Ballroom Foyer

9:00 – 9:20 Opening of the Roundtable
  • Welcome by an Elder
  • National Anthem
  • Opening Remarks by Masters of Ceremonies
    • Ms. Hanna Guenoun, Public Safety Canada
    • Mr. Michel Doré, Université du Québec à Montréal
Pavilion Ballroom
9:20 – 9:30

Opening Remarks by Federal Representative
Ms. Becky Denlinger, Deputy Minister, Emergency Management British Columbia

Pavilion Ballroom

9:30 – 9:40

Opening Remarks by Provincial Representative

Pavilion Ballroom

9:40 – 10:20 Key Note Address: Mr. Carlos Castillo, Associate Administrator for Resilience (FEMA)
  • Speech (25 min)
  • Q&A moderated by Mr. Patrick Tanguy, Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Management and Programs, Public Safety Canada (15 min)

Mr. Castillo’s address will focus on FEMA’s desire to build a culture of preparedness, which encompasses the following four elements: incentivizing disaster mitigation investments, closing the insurance gap, helping people prepare for disasters, and fostering innovation.  Mr. Castillo will also speak about the recently-signed Disaster Recovery Reform Act, which provides greater investment in mitigation and prevention programming.

Pavilion Ballroom

10:20 – 10:50 Health Break and Networking (Demonstration of GCcollab Tool)
10:50 – 11:00

Climate Change and Extreme Weather Scene-Setter

Ms. Dilhari Fernando, Director General, Policy, Programming and Partnerships Directorate, Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Ms. Fernando will preface the upcoming panel discussion with a 10-minute scene-setting presentation on extreme weather and trends, including risks and socio-economic implications.

Pavilion Ballroom

11:00 – 12:00

Climate Change and Extreme Weather Risk: How Do We Engage the Capital Markets?
Panel Discussion + Q&A Session

Moderator: Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo

  1. Ms. Tania Caceres, Principal, RiskNexus
  2. Ms. Susan McGeachie, Global Director, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Hatch Ltd
  3. Mr. David McGown, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives, Insurance Bureau of Canada

This panel discussion will focus on how the financial sector can better factor climate change and extreme weather into its work. Panelists will focus on how large private companies view their financial exposure to climate risk (and how they inform the public of that risk), and outline how extreme weather is being factored into investment decision-making, and provide examples of innovative climate financing.   


  • Instruct on how the capital markets perceive climate change and extreme weather.
  • Improve how the financial sector can factor DRR into their work.
Pavilion Ballroom
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00

Cross-Sector Leadership in Advancing and Empowering Disaster Risk Reduction
Panel Discussion + Q&A Session

Moderator: Ms. Sarah Sargent, Vice President, Canadian Operations Programming, Canadian Red Cross

  1. Ms. Katie McPherson, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Vancouver
  2. Ms. Jessica Shoubridge, MAP, Founder and Principal, Thrive Consulting 
  3. Mr. David Diabo, Assembly of First Nations
  4. Mr. Nigel Deans, Youth Representative, Research Assistant with ResiliencebyDesign Laboratory
This panel will highlight experiences in leveraging cross-sector collaboration to advance disaster risk reduction objectives. It will set the stage for the breakout sessions that will include interactive dialogues that explore this issue further. Panelists will respond to a set of guiding discussion questions from the moderator in a “talk-show” format, where possible framing answers in concrete examples from their experience. The questions that panelists will be asked to consider are as follows:
  • What does a whole-of-society approach to DRR mean to you?
  • Given the central role of collaboration in DRR, drawing from your experiences, what approaches do you recommend for building inclusive, supportive networks and cross-sector collaboration?
  • How do you set common direction and goals and sustain momentum?
  • What is the key message you want people to take with them as we move into breakout sessions later this afternoon to discuss opportunities to leverage existing fora to advance Canada’s DRR agenda forward?
  • Through the use of existing examples, share best practices for developing cross-sector collaboration and strategies to address barriers and to maintain momentum.
  • Set the stage for the afternoon Circle of Influence breakout sessions.
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14:00 – 14:30 Circles of Influence and Disaster Risk Reduction
Plenary Session
  • Presentation on the renewal of Canada’s Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Mr. Arjun Vinodrai and Mr. Michel Doré) (20 min)

This presentation will formally introduce a new online collaboration tool—GCcollab— that will facilitate DRR discussion year-round, and outline the new Circle of Influence pilot which is intended to grow grass-root collaboration and networking.  At the end, four Circle of Influence sessions will be briefly outlined so that Platform members may choose which to attend.

  • Engage the Roundtable on the Platform’s renewal.
  • Outline the concept of a Circle of Influence.
Pavilion Ballroom
14:30 – 15:00 Health Break and Networking (Demonstration of GCcollab Tool)
15:00 – 16:10

Circle of Influence Session 1:

Ms. Chris Rol, Insurance Bureau of Canada
Dr. Murray Journeay,
Geological Survey of Canada

Private/Financial Sector

Finback Room

Circle of Influence Session 2:
Youth Engagement  

Ms. Tiffany Hill, Research Assistant, Royal Roads University

Orca Room

Circle of Influence Session 3:
Indigenous Emergency Management

Mr. David Diabo, Assembly of First Nations
Mr. Dan Peters, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
Ms. Laurie Pearce, Justice Institute of British Columbia

Granville Room

Circle of Influence Session 4:
Climate Change Adaptation

Ms. Monica Harvey, Natural Resources Canada
Mr. Chris Jennings, Natural Resources Canada
Dr. Jodi Manz-Henezi, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Galiano Room

16:10 – 16:40 Reporting Back from Circles of Influence Sessions
Plenary Session
  • Moderators report back on outcomes from breakout sessions.
  • Discussion of opportunities to advance collaboration, including through upcoming discussions at CRHNet and EPBC conferences.
  • Participants are mobilized to collaborate to advance Disaster Risk Reduction priorities.
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16:40 – 17:00 Closing Remarks
  • Closing Remarks by Mr. Patrick Tanguy, Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Management and Programs, Public Safety Canada
  • Closing by an Elder
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