Join us for an Eco-Asset Management Symposium
March 14, 7pm-9pm
March 15, 9am-4:15pm

Florence Filberg Centre
411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 6C6

PUBLIC PRESENTATION:

Valuing Ecosystem Services, Climate Change and Thinking Like a Watershed

Tuesday March 14th: 7pm-9pm

COST: Free

SYMPOSIUM and COMMUNITY WORKSHOP:

Exploring Eco-system Services and Eco-asset Management Opportunities in the Upper, Mid and Lower Comox Valley Watersheds

Wednesday March 15th: 9-4:15

COST: $25 includes catered lunch from Tria Fine Catering

Registration Link: https://cvlandtrust.tickit.ca/

Please join us for an Eco-Asset Management Symposium to explore a powerful new practice where local goverments are formally valuing and accounting for the ecological services provided by nature to deal with infrastructure challenges including flooding, storm surges, water quality and rain water management.

These ecological services are becoming more and more important as communities struggle to adapt to rapidly changing infrastructure demands due to climate change. Together we have an incredible opportunity to tackle some of our communities infrastructure needs, with natures assistance. When we “think like a watershed’ we see how ecological services are provided from mountain top to ocean floor. These services are more affordable and more adaptive than those provided by ‘hard infrastructure”.

This ​exciting ​event aims to introduce ​the community to the value of ecological assets and how to integrate an eco-asset management approach into municipal and regional planning.​ Featuring presenters from Gibsons (where eco-asset management is being implemented), hydrologists, climate change scientists, engineers and policy leaders​, this 2 day event features a ​free community presentation Tuesday evening and a full day workshop on Wednesday where community members can apply their professional skills and knowledge to exploring options for eco-asset management right here in the Comox Valley.

Presenters and panelists include:

Emanuel Machado

Emanuel Machado

Chief Administrative Officer at Town of Gibsons

For over a dozen years, Emanuel has worked with communities throughout Canada, promoting a greater use of renewable energy, net-zero buildings, water strategies, social plans and sustainability frameworks, all with a focus on people.

Emanuel has been developing a program for the Town of Gibsons, called Eco-Assets, which recognizes the role of nature as a fundamental component of the municipal infrastructure system, leading to a greater understanding of the value of ecosystems services and improved financial and operational management plans of the community’s natural assets.

Kim Stephens

Kim Stephens

Executive Director, Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC, M.Eng. P.Eng

An engineer-planner, Kim Stephens has more than four decades of experience. This covers the continuum of water resource and infrastructure engineering issues and applications, from master planning and modelling to implementation of capital projects.

He specializes in public policy and professional development, and has played a leadership role in a series of initiatives in British Columbia related to water conservation and sustainability, watershed health, rainwater management and green infrastructure.

Bob Sandford

Bob Sandford

EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health

Co-author of the UN Water in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. Bob is committed to translating scientific research outcomes into language decision-makers can use to craft timely and meaningful public policy and to bringing international examples to bear on local water issues. Bob is a Fellow of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan and a Fellow of the Biogeoscience Institute at the University of Calgary.

Michelle Molnar

Michelle Molnar

Ecological economist and policy analyst at David Suzuki Foundation

In 2012 Michelle Molnar co-authored Nearshore Natural Capital Valuation the tenth in a series that studies natural capital and ecosystem services in canada‘s major urban centres, assesses the value of benefits provided by the coastal shore environment to the 2.5 million residents of British columbia’s lower mainland. it identifies water/land cover types and quantifies the non-market value of the services provided by the aquatic ecosystems of the strait of georgia and the main watersheds that drain into it.

Dr. Bill Floyd

Dr. Bill Floyd

Hydrologist, PhD., RPF

Research Hydrologist with FLNRO and Adjunct Professor at VIU in Geography. He is currently on a partial secondment to VIU to establish a Climate Change and Hydrology Research Lab and lead the Hydrology and Climate research element for the Kwakshua Watersheds Program at the Hakai Institute. He is an expert on the impacts of climate change on water resources, forestry impacts on water quality and quantity, and establishing long term observation networks using novel methods to improve our understanding of hydrology in coastal watersheds.

John Readshaw

John Readshaw

P. Eng.

Mr Readshaw leads the coastal engineering group at SNC Lavalin in Vancouver, and has a worldwide reputation for the application of up-to-date technology and creative insight to the solution of challenging design and construction issues in the coastal and ocean environment.

Mr. Readshaw’s 33 years of worldwide experience in this field allows the application of methods and solutions developed on projects around the world to be applied to issues that arise on any new project.

Andrew Gower

Andrew Gower

Wedler Wngineering, FEC, P.Eng., PE

Andrew graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1996. With a career that started as a combat engineer officer, Andrew transitioned to his practice as a civil g in 2002 and has worked in California, Ireland, the Fraser Valley, and Courtenay, BC where he has lead the local Wedler Engineering LLP office to 10 successful years in business. Andrew has served on the board of the Chamber of Commerce since 2011, as the chair of the Boomer’s Legacy BC Bike Ride committee, and is a co-founder of Imagine Comox Valley.

David Allen

David Allen

CAO, City of Courtenay

David has over 13 years of experience working for local governments and his specialties are: strategic planning; corporate capacity analysis and workplan development; asset management; performance measurement; municipal solid waste management; and community broadband networks.

Cory L. Barraclough

Cory L. Barraclough

Freshwater Ecologist, Aqua-Tex Scientific Consulting Ltd., R.P. Bio.

Cori helps local governments in British Columbia to manage and protect their communities’ water resources in a cost-effective, feasible and responsible way. Cori prefers to work in tandem with nature; over the long term, leveraging ecosystem services is more cost-effective and financially sustainable than technological fixes. Furthermore, faced with a changing climate, Cori maintains that we must begin to build resilience into our urban ecology now.

Tim Ennis

Tim Ennis

Executive Director, Comox Valley Land Trust

Tim has been working in the field of conservation in BC for over 20 years. He has particular experience with ecosystem restoration, including the restoration of the former saw mill sites in the Campbell River estuary. First Nations partnerships and community engagement have always been hallmarks of his work.

Tim operates Latitude Conservation Solutions Company, a Cumberland-based consulting firm, and is also a Director of Comox Valley Project Watershed Society

Jennifer Sutherst

Jennifer Sutherst

Estuary Coordinator and Staff Biologist, Project Watershed

Jennifer is a Biologist and Environmental Scientist that has worked as an environmental professional and stewardship leader most of her career; and has extensive experience working in freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Ranging from projects as diverse as research on climate change for Simon Fraser University to traditional ecological knowledge surveys of marine mammals for the ‘Namgis First Nation.

Kris LaRose

Kris LaRose

Senior Manager of Water/Wastewater Services, Comox Valley Regional District, PEng

Kris is a professional engineer with 12 years of experience working for regional districts. Kris started with the CVRD as manager of liquid waste planning and Chair of Convening for Action on Vancouver Island and worked extensively with the Partnership for Water Sustainability BC. In 2016 Kris began the role of CVRD senior manager of water/wastewater services leading the department responsible for sewer and water systems including implementation of the Comox Lake watershed protection plan.

more presenters and panelists to be announced…