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. Under Deborah's guidance, ACT works with climate researchers, NGOs, industry, all levels of government, and professional practitioners across sectors. 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.) where his students are senior administrators in the BC K-12 and post-secondary education systems, or are involved in the justice, health care, or non-governmental agency sectors. He teaches also 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 Royal Roads University. He has served as a consultant to strategic planning and organizational development processes at both BCIT and Vancouver Community College. Since 2014 he has acted as the Chair of the Judging Panel for the Investment Industry Association of Canada’s Top Under 40 Award. 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.  He is married and has two daughters and five grandchildren.
 

Roy BrookeExecutive Director of the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI).

He 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 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.  Current programs:  BC Energy Step Code education, outreach and implementation support; coach for BC, Ontario and Quebec adaptation plan development staff funded through the Federation Canadian Municipalities, Municipalities for Climate Innovation program; and Accelerate Kootenays, deployment of a regional, rural and robust electric vehicle charging infrastructure network.  Since 2017, Patricia serves on Planning Institute of BC’s Board of Directors 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 University of British Columbia.

Bev 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 in integrated design processes, and with interdisciplinary groups, working to protect the ecological, cultural and social integrity of parks, cities and neighbourhoods, while simultaneously conceiving a bright and novel 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, and, most recently, the Adaptation Learning Network: Inspiring Climate Action Committee.
 
 
Paul Nuttall, Deputy Director, Forest Stewardship & Engagement Association of BC Forest Professionals
 
JP Elison, Executive Director, BC Institute of Agrologists
 
Jacqueline Lowe, BC Society of Landscape Architects; WSP Canada Ltd. 
 
Kathy Dunster, BC Society of Landscape Architects; KPU
 
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