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Explore the challenges & opportunities associated with development in hazardous areas in BC. Help advance solutions.

‘While one single land-use decision may not increase risk significantly, years of small decisions that incrementally increase risk can lead to unacceptable levels’
-American Planning Association (APA), 2005

Event Summary

This year's Understanding Risk (UR) BC session is an online, one day, regional resilience roundtable that picks up the session that was postponed from URBC 2020 (due to the provincial election) on the topic of development in hazardous areas- which is a topic that spans many ongoing initiatives in BC: the Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy, the Province's repeal and replace of the Emergency Program Act (EPA) and Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy (CPAS), etc. Join the regions thought and action leaders and be a part of the solution!

Regional Resilience Roundtable, October 7th, 2021: How do we collectively advance the incentivization agenda to reduce risk and build resilience given that most of the development in BC constitutes 'development in hazardous areas'?


All times are PST.

Partner Events: Other fall sessions that support overall momentum building towards building a more resilient British Columbia, including:


  • The objectives of the URBC Symposiums are in line with the priorities for action of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030), which was adopted by the BC government in 2018. These same priorities are in line with and in support of the National Emergency Management Strategy for Canada: Toward a Resilient 2030 and its current focus on earthquakes, floods, and wildfires.

  • Advance essential and non-traditional partnerships across the science-policy-action interface to reduce risk and build resilience

  • Make connections across projects and initiatives towards enhanced collaboration and reduced duplication

  • Support advancement and implementation of existing recommendations and commitments that have been made in BC and Canada in relation to climate and disaster risk management by fostering generative dialogue and enhanced collaboration across disciplines and cultures

Program (subject to updates, which will continue to be posted here as confirmed)

 Welcome & Context

  • Carleen Thomas (Treaty Lands and Resources at Tsleil-Waututh Nation)

  • Josie Osbourne (Minister, MUNI)

  • The URBC Story (Jessica Shoubridge, URBC Program Lead 2016-present) & Erica Crawford (SHIFT Collaborative)

With Music throughout the day courtesy of the Spiritual Warriors


Series of Ignite Talks focusing on Understanding, Analyzing and Communicating Risk

Fireside Chat: Evaluating Risk Tolerance: Examples from Practice in BC

  • Moderated by Jessica Shoubridge (URBC), With Fiona Dercole (RDEK), Kris Holm (BGC), Dan Oprescu & Franziska Niegemann (BC FSA)

Be a part of the dialogue regarding how natural hazard risk is analyzed and evaluated in BC. What is the role for community-based risk tolerance? What is the role for regional and senior governments to play? What about financiers?


Series of Ignite Talks focusing on Reducing Risk and Building Resilience



Fireside Chat: Real Estate and Climate Change – Come Hell or High

  • Moderated by Matthew Strand (QuadReal Property Group), With Tamsin Lyle (Ebbwater), Chris Chopik (Sotheby's) & Anton Tabun (Manifest Climate)

This panel will explore the way in which climate change is impacting real estate in Canada and globally. During this discussion we will discuss the importance of climate risk disclosure, the importance of uniform and consistent data, and who ultimately bears the legal responsibility for the financial cost of climate change impacts.

Series of Ignite Talks focusing on Finance, Funding and Incentivization

Closing Reflections & Next Steps: Advancing the Incentivization Agenda via Enhanced Collaboration in BC

What is currently preventing us from incentivizing risk reduction and resilience building actions and activities at scale? How do we deconstruct and reconstruct a helpful system of incentives that will shift patterns of development in hazardous areas areas? How do we best collaborate (across cultures, disciplines, sectors, etc.) to make this change in the coming decade?

Hear closing reflections on the challenges and opportunities as discussed throughout the day's roundtable from:

  • Emily Dicken (North Shore Emergency Management)

  • Evan Reis (USRC)

  • Kris Holme (BGC)

  • Fiona Dercole (RDEK)

Closing with Erica Crawford (SHIFT Collaborative) & Jessica Shoubridge (URBC Program Lead, 2016-present)

Resources and Articles shared by URBC 2021 contributors can be found here

2021 Regional Resilience Roundtable + Partner Events Series

October 7, 2021

On Zoom Platform

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Registration Fees + Volunteers

The Understanding Risk Community is underpinned by the principle that events should be open and accessible to all. Please contact the organizers if you would like to request a waiver for registration fees and/or would like to volunteer in place of paying the registration fee. We are seeking volunteers to assist with social media, convenor supports, and other event- related tasks.


Please be in touch if you / your organization would like to support this year’s symposium. Opportunities range from Supporter level, to Investor level, to Lifeline level.

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