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About This Webinar
This collaborative online workshop will seek to define resilience and what it could mean for water system performance.  Participants will learn about, and share, their best practices and measures for adapting to climate change and enhancing system resiliency across the water sector. An overview of contemporary perspectives on water resilience will be provided by key industry speakers. 

Following the speaker and roundtable discussions the session participants will split up to take part in an immersive 2030 serious game play exercise.  “Jumping” to a series of future alternative realities, participants will respond to each of the scenarios to define what resilience might look like in 2030!

Steven Conrad Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia has developed this 90-minute workshop and will lead this session for CWWA members.  He will be assisted by key industry speakers as well as facilitators from the CWWA Climate Change Committee. 

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  • Introductions - Robert Haller
  • Words from our Sponsor J.L. Richards
  • Workshop Introduction
  • Context Presentations
  • Scenario Briefing…the future
  • Table work – defining the future under resilience
  • Table report back
  • Wrap up and feedback close
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    Robert Haller
    Canadian Water and Wastewater Association
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    Steve Conrad
    University of British Columbia
    Steven is an associate research professor (adjunct) in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia focusing on the coupling of social and physical sciences to inform decision making, the quantification and modelling of system function, policies and planning as applied to urban energy and water systems, agriculture, and climate change adaptation.
    Previously Steven was the Associate Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre and chair of the REM Water Research Group at Simon Fraser University where he still teaches Systems Thinking and Environmental Modelling. He is active in the water and energy profession and serves on the board of BC Water and Waste Association. Steven volunteers on project advisory committees for the Water Research Foundation and routinely presents on decision-making, energy water system management and planning, energy and water efficiency, agricultural system sustainability, and climate adaptation at various professional events throughout the year.
    Steven received a B.Sc. in Engineering and a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Arizona, a M.Sc. in Environmental Technology Management from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University.
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    Cathie O'Toole
    General Manager, Halifax Water
    Cathie O’Toole is the General Manager of Halifax Water, a regulated public utility providing water, wastewater and stormwater service. Prior to becoming General Manger, Cathie was the Director of Corporate Services/CFO with Halifax Water for nine-years. Cathie’s experience also includes ten years with the Halifax Regional Municipality in roles such as Director of Finance/CFO, Director of Infrastructure and Asset Management, and Manager of Energy and Utilities.
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    Karina Richters
    Supervisor, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change for the City of Windsor
    Karina Richters is a graduate of the University of Windsor with a Master’s in Environmental Engineering and a licensed Professional Engineer. As the Supervisor, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change, she is responsible for four plans focused on environmental sustainability and Climate Change. Karina was the driver behind the development of the City’s Climate Change Adaptation Plans (2012 & 2020) and Community Energy Plan (2017) as well as other reports including thermal comfort studies. As part of the project working teams for both the City’s Sewer Master Plan and East Riverside Flood Risk Study, she ensured that climate change was considered in these critical projects. Also, in response to the City of Windsor Climate Change emergency declaration, she’s working to embed a climate lens in municipal decisions.
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    Lucy Rodina
    Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia
    Dr. Lucy Rodina is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability, working on urban water resilience and water governance. Dr. Rodina holds a PhD in Resources, Environment and Sustainability from the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include evidence-driven policy-making and urban water resilience to climate change impacts, with a focus on natural infrastructure. Dr. Rodina has published on a range of water topics, including water ethics, human right to water, equitable access to water in Cape Town, South Africa, and resilience in the water sector. Currently, Lucy works as a Policy Analyst on strategic water policy at Environment and Climate Change Canada.