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Session Details

Big Moves to Reduce Risk and Build Resilience in Southwest BC. With Ignite talks, and Local Music!

14 September 2020

 Murray Journeay, Natural Resources Canada. Navigating Pathways of Disaster Resilience in BC.

 Tamsin Lyle, Ebbwater Consulting. An evolution in flood management.

 Jessica Shoubridge, UR Organizing Committee. URBC 2020 Kickoff.

Webinar Format
Multi-format Event

Presentation, Dialogue, Art



Laurie Johnson & music from the Spiritual Warriors


as well as Ignite talks from:


Jessica Shoubridge (UR Organizing Committee), Murray Journeay (NRCan and UR Organizing Committee) and Tamsin Lyle (Ebbwater), hosted by Susanna Haas Lyons (UR Organizing Committee)



This session will set the context for the 2020 symposium, including looking at the ‘where have we come from, why is this work important, and what are the risk reduction ‘big moves’’ that the symposium sessions can further explore that support pathways to a resilient 2050 in the Lower Mainland and Georgia Basin. Ignite talks will be given by representatives from each initiative-in focus session that will provide an overview of the content to come in the September and October events series.

Tap into the context for this year’s URBC symposium, including a look at the global, national and regional research and practices shaping this field.

The last portion of the kick off will feature “fireside chats” to connect with leading colleagues, without an agenda.

Be engaged. Be entertained. Connect with colleagues.

About Contributors

Murray Journeay, Research Scientist, Geological Survey of Canada, NRCan

Murray has spent the last thirty years exploring the geological architecture and evolution of mountain systems in western Canada, and the ways in which communities interact with this landscape in terms of sustainable land use and disaster resilience planning. Research activities with the Geological Survey of Canada have ranged from field-based investigations of regional tectonic processes that drive crustal deformation and related earthquake hazards in Western Canada to computer-based modelling of earthquake risk and risk reduction strategies. Murray currently leads the development of a national earthquake risk model for Canada to inform disaster resilience planning in accordance with policy and technical implementation guidelines established as part of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (United Nations, 2015: SFDRR). The model utilizes integrated risk assessment methods and emerging best practices of risk governance to develop a more holistic and empowering view of earthquake risk in Canada.

Susanna Haas Lyons, Public Engagement Specialist, Susanna Haas Lyons and Associates

Susanna Haas Lyons is a public engagement specialist who develops strategy and provides training for better conversations between the public and decision makers. She has over 18-years international leadership experience in the field of public participation. Bridging online and face-to-face methods, Susanna has worked on some of North America’s largest and complex citizen engagement projects, including serving as Chair of the City of Vancouver’s Flats Arterial Community Panel, acting as Senior Advisor to the Government of Alberta’s review of its public engagement system, and bringing together 4,000 existing and displaced residents of post-Katrina New Orleans to create redevelopment plans for the hurricane ravaged city and pioneering an online consultation platform with federal U.S.A agencies. Susanna is also an Associate with the Wosk Center for Dialogue. Susanna has been part of the organizing team of 2017 and 2018 Symposiums.

Jessica Shoubridge, Professional Planner, Consultant, Project Manager

Jessica Shoubridge is a professional planner with 10 years 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. Before starting her consultancy, Jessica led the development of the City of Vancouver Earthquake Strategy, where she advocated for and worked towards open, integrated, multi-hazard risk modelling and holistic policies for existing buildings to inform a city-wide approach to enhancing resilience. Since then, she has worked with communities and on projects that have been recognized as leading edge by the United Nations (District of North Vancouver Sasakawa award), the federal government (Natural Resources Canada Award for Collaboration – DNV Community-wide Earthquake Risk Analysis), and the Planning Institute of British Columbia (New Directions in Planning- Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy). Jessica applies this 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 bio-region and beyond. Jessica has been part of the organizing team of 2017 and 2018 Symposiums.

Tamsin Lyle, Principal Engineer, Ebbwater Consulting

Tasmin Lyle is the Principal and founding engineer of Ebbwater Consulting and a well-known thought leader on flood management having invested her academic and professional careers in the exploration of various aspects of this field. She is an advocate for risk-based disaster planning and is particularly interested in reducing the vulnerability and susceptibility of our built environment to flood waters.