Advisory

Climate change adaptation calls for leadership to create the social, political, technical and economic changes and responses that support a shift into a low-carbon, sustainable and resilient future. We have gathered a group of experts in their fields to combine their technical, communications, and scientific knowledge with skills to help mobilize individuals and organizations, inspiring climate action.
 

The Advisory 

  • provides expertise on evidence-based adaptation to the initiative; 
  • brings perspectives from accredited professional communities;
  • ensures the Adaptation Learning Network retains its focus on mobilization of knowledge and skills, and provides insight and advice.

Harshan Radhakrishnan, P.Eng., MASc., Manager Climate Change and Sustainability Initiatives
In his role at EGBC, Harshan supports programs and initiatives as they relate to areas of climate action, adaptation, water management, sustainability, and energy efficiency. This includes work on providing professional practice guidance to registrants on matters related to the professional practice of engineering and geoscience in BC and through Engineers Canada, nationally. Harshan also provides staff support to EGBC’s Climate Change Advisory Group, Sustainability committee, and other designated committees, including the BC Energy Step Code Council.

 
Deborah Harford, Executive Director, ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team), Faculty of Environment, SFU
Deborah leads research into adaptation to a range of climate change impact areas, spanning water, food, health, biodiversity, energy, infrastructure, and population displacement. ACT's focus includes integrated climate solutions that advance low carbon resilience and co-benefits.  Deborah is a member of the expert adaptation panel of the new Clean Growth and Climate Institute and sits on the Technical Working Group for the new Canadian Centre for Climate Services.
 
 

Milton McClaren, SFU Professor Emeritus of Education (Subject Matter Expert on Environmental Education)
Milt is an Emeritus Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and a Cohort Supervisor in the doctoral program in education (Ed.D.)  He also teaches in the EcoEd M.Ed program in the SFU Faculty of Education and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at RRU. Milt is a recipient of the B.C. Minister’s Environment Award, the Canadian EECOM Award, and the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Certificate of Merit, for his work in the field of environmental education. He is a holder of the Maxwell Cameron Medal in Education from the BC Teachers Federation. 

 

Roy BrookeExecutive Director of the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI)
Roy served as Director of Sustainability for the City of Victoria between 2011-2013. Between 2003-2011 he worked for the United Nations, including the World Health Organization, United Nations Environment Programme and UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and later in Rwanda, where he was UNEP’s Environment Programme Coordinator. Prior to this he served as a political advisor to Canada’s environment minister.

 

Patricia DehnelPatricia Dehnel, Planning Institute of BC; Community Relations Manager
Patricia is a Registered Professional Planner and Community Relations Manager / Carbon Neutral Specialist with the Community Energy Association (CEA), a charitable non-profit society with a mission to build capacity and accelerate action on climate and energy. In her role, she supports local government climate action and project implementation. Patricia has served on the Planning Institute of BC’s Board of Directors since 2017 and is co-chair of the Climate Action Sub-Committee (Policy & Public Affairs Committee). Formerly, Patricia was City Planner, City of Nelson and Interim CAO, Village of Slocan. She holds a Masters of Arts in Community and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in urban geography, both from UBC.

Bev WindjackBev Windjack, Principal, Registered Landscape Architect, BCSLA, AALA, CSLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, PSCert.ER
Bev is an experienced landscape architect and is passionate about the role and responsibilities landscape architects have to protect the ecological, cultural and social integrity of parks, cities and neighbourhoods, while simultaneously planning for a future that adapts to climate change. Bev is a Principal of LADR Landscape Architects, a member of the BC Professional Associations Adaptation Working Group (PAAWG), Chair of the BCSLA Climate Change Working Group, and a member of the CSLA Committee on Climate Action, the University of Victoria’s Restoration Advisory Committee, the Esquimalt Design Review Committee..
 
 
Paul NuttalPaul Nuttall, Deputy Director, Forest Stewardship & Engagement Association of BC Forest Professionals
Paul Nuttall, RPF, is the ABCFP’s Deputy Director of Forest Stewardship and Engagement. His work includes engagement with ABCFP registrants, Indigenous people, the provincial government and post secondary institutes to support registrants’ professional practice, reconciliation with Indigenous people and to promote the forestry profession. Paul is also responsible for the Continuous Professional Development framework and resources to support the continuing competence of ABCFP registrants. Prior to joining the ABCFP in 2018, Paul worked in the forest industry and provincial government and he resides in Campbell River, BC. His early career interest was to learn about forestry and work outside in the forest and tree planting, logging, timber cruising, and forest engineering provided that opportunity and experience. More recently, his work involved strategic and operational forest planning, implementing forestry policy and programs and working with Indigenous communities in business partnerships and forestry related accommodation agreements. Paul has a BSF degree from UBC, Faculty of Forestry and has been a Registered Professional Forester since 1990.
 
 
Kathy DunsterKathy Dunster, BC Society of Landscape Architects; KPU
Dr. Kathy Dunster (BCSLA, FCSLA) sits on the BCSLA board and chairs their Continuing Education Committee. She represents BC on the CSLA board, and represents the CSLA on the Canadian Committee for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (CC-IUCN). She leads the Bachelor of Horticulture Science Urban Ecosystems degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, which has a focus on blue/green infrastructure, low carbon solutions and adaptation to climate change challenges, local food security, and building community resilience that helps achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Her current research is on the agricultural and cooperative economic revival of local flax growing and production for material use – thread, rope, fabric using climate-adapted varieties.
 
JP Elison, Executive Director, BC Institute of Agrologists
 
Jacqueline Lowe, BC Society of Landscape Architects; WSP Canada Ltd.
 
Tara Culham, Executive Director, BC Society of Landscape Architects
 
Christine Houghton, Executive Director, College of Applied Biology
 
Dominique Sigg, Senior Policy Analyst BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Strategy: Climate Action Secretariat
 
Janis Brooks, Managing Partner, Indigenuity Consulting Group Inc.
 
Michelle Lamberson, Director, Flexible Learning UBC (post-secondary curriculum expert)
 
Keith Jones, Challenge Dialogue Systems and facilitator of transformation initiatives