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Session Details

Shaping our Future: A Resilient Metro Vancouver 2050

29 September 2020

        James Stiver, Metro Vancouver. A Resilient Metro Vancouver 2050

        Jason Emmert, Metro Vancouver. Metro Vancouver's Regional Climate Action Strategy

Webinar Format
Interactive Workshop

Presentation and Discussion

About Contributors

Edward Nichol, Regional Planner, Metro Vancouver’s Regional Planning Environment Group

Edward Nichol is a Regional Planner in Metro Vancouver’s Regional Planning-Environment group. Edward leads and supports a variety of regional planning initiatives related to environmental sustainability, urban forestry, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and natural hazards. He holds a Masters degree in Urban Ecology and Sustainable Planning from York University.

James Stiver, Manager, Growth Management and Transportation in Metro Vancouver

James Stiver has been a planner and city builder for over 25 years in public and private practice, and holds degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Local Economic Development. He is the Manager of Growth Management and Transportation in Metro Vancouver’s Regional Planning group, responsible for the implementation and administration of Metro 2040, the regional growth strategy, as well as policy research and data analytics in the areas of transportation, housing, industrial lands, social equity, environmental and climate resilience, and building complete communities.

Tony Vi, Senior Planner, Strategy & Plan Development, TransLink

Tony Vi is a transportation planner with experience in strategic issues, funding, prioritization, and scenario planning. At TransLink, Tony is currently responsible for helping shape the Regional Transportation Strategy in areas of equity, resiliency, and implementation. He previously worked on TransLink’s Investment Plans to fund and deliver the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation.

Jason Emmert, Senior Planner, Air Quality and Climate Change Division at Metro Vancouver.

Jason Emmert has more than 20 years of experience in environmental, community and regional planning. His career journey has taken him from environmental policy and projects in Kazakhstan to fisheries management in Brazil to smart growth planning in British Columbia. He is currently a Senior Planner in the Air Quality and Climate Change Division at Metro Vancouver. His portfolio includes leading the development of Climate 2050, Metro Vancouver ‘s 30-year regional climate action strategy and the implementation of regional climate change policies and programs.



This session’s objective is to explore opportunities to integrate resiliency into regional land use, climate change, and transportation strategic plans by a) identifying data and implementation gaps, and b) generating “big ideas” to inform shared strategies and policy directions.



Three major long-range planning initiatives are currently being developed by Metro Vancouver and TransLink to address land use and growth management, climate change, and transportation at the regional scale – Metro 2050, Climate 2050 and Transport 2050. 


By attending this session, participants will explore opportunities to integrate the concept of resilience and supportive policy approaches into these three major, regional-scale plans. Participants will be asked to actively engage in dialogue and contribute their expertise to a) help identify data and implementation gaps at the regional scale, and b) brainstorm opportunities to strategically fill these gaps by generating “big ideas” that could help us collectively move from knowledge to action, and closer to a resilient region by 2050.

While all participants are welcome, the intended audience for this session includes practitioners in the fields of land use and transportation planning, emergency management, climate change, engineering, and academia, as well as other professionals with related knowledge and interests.


Convened by Edward Nichol and James Stiver (Metro Vancouver), With Tony Vi, Senior Planner, Strategy & Plan Development, Translink and Jason Emmert, Senior Planner, Metro Vancouver Air Quality and Climate Change Division. With facilitation support from: Trisha Maciejko & Miranda Myles (IPREM) and Mark Seinen & Craig Busch (Metro Vancouver)