Town of Cochrane - Resilient Community Workshop #2

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The Town of Cochrane, along with 5 other municipalities across Canada, is participating in a project focused on helping municipalities adapt to the impacts of climate change and plan for community resilience, with an added focus on energy reliability.

As an important stakeholder in the community, we invite you to participate and register for the second Community Resilience Workshop. Workshop #2 is focused on Community Resilience Recommendations for the Municipality, built upon the assessment and results from Workshop #1 held in September 2018.

Note: All those that participated in Workshop #1 should attend Workshop #2. If you were not able to attend Workshop #1, you can absolutely still participate in Workshop #2. We will be doing an overview of what was covered in the first workshop, as well as a review of the results. Key participants include Municipal staff, Councillors and Mayor, anyone working in Emergency Management and Preparedness, Energy and Building Managers, developers, insurance providers, industry, key local businesses, social services, and the power utilities.

This Workshop is intended is to gather local knowledge to build out and prioritize resilience recommendation for the community based on the assessment of the community’s key strengths and weaknesses. QUEST ( will be facilitating the discussion and conduct an interactive tabletop exercise that enables the municipality and stakeholders to work together to evaluate and prioritize the recommendations. The results from the exercise and participant feedback will be compiled to support the final recommendations report for the municipality.

Preliminary Agenda - 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  1. Welcome / Introductions (15 minutes)

  2. About QUEST (5 minutes)

  3. Project Background (5 minutes)

  4. Guest Speakers (30 minutes)

  5. Update from Municipality (15 minutes)

  6. Overview of Community Resilience Assessment (20 minutes)

  7. Break (20 minutes)

  8. Introduction to Exercise (10 minutes)

  9. Part 1 - Organization and Communication (1 hour)

  10. Lunch (45 minutes)

  11. Part 2 - Hazard Specific Actions (5-6 sessions, 20m-45m each + mini breaks)

  12. Part 3 - Budget and Funding (20-30 minutes)

  13. Close

Why this initiative?

An increasing​ ​number​ ​of​ ​municipalities​ ​across​ ​Canada​ ​are​ ​faced​ ​with​ ​ ​climate​ ​change impacts,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​flooding and​ ​extreme​ ​weather,​ ​and​ are working to ​reduce​ the ​risks​ ​from​ short and prolonged ​loss​ ​of​ ​power. Whether urban,​ ​rural,​ ​remote,​ ​coastal​ ​or​ ​an​ ​interior​ ​community,​ ​more​ ​people,​ ​property,​ ​and​ ​infrastructure are​ ​at​ ​risk,​ ​especially​ ​water​ ​and​ ​wastewater​ ​systems,​ ​transportation​ ​systems,​ ​energy​ ​systems, health​ ​care​ ​systems​ ​and​ ​emergency​ ​response​ ​capability.

Almost​ ​90​ ​percent​ ​of​ ​Canadian natural​ ​gas,​ ​thermal​ ​and​ ​electric​ ​utility​ ​distributors​ ​have​ ​been​ ​significantly​ ​impacted​ ​by​ ​a weather​ ​event​ ​in​ ​the​ ​past​ ​decade.​ ​Despite​ ​concerns​ ​that​ ​climate-related​ ​events​ ​ threatening​ ​the​ ​reliability​ ​and​ ​resiliency​ ​of​ ​Canadian​ ​energy​ ​distribution​ ​services,​ ​there​ ​remains limited​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​assessment​ ​processes​ ​to​ ​help​ ​local​ ​governments​ ​and​ ​utilities​ ​effectively​ ​plan together​ ​to reduce risk​ ​and​ ​reduce​ ​overall​ ​costs​ ​to residents​ ​and​ ​businesses. Electricity, natural gas and thermal energy distributors are required by law to develop Emergency Response Plans, which must meet criteria set out in provincial legislation. Electricity, natural gas and thermal energy distributors can voluntarily develop climate adaptation plans or conduct risk assessments to identify what infrastructure is most at-risk to extreme weather events.

Municipalities are responsible for managing the systems that communities depend on, including roads, bridges, water and waste management, and are dependent on reliable delivery and distribution of energy for the functioning of a community. These systems, both municipal and energy distribution systems, are essential, interconnected and must work together to maintain the resilience of a community. Municipalities can develop climate adaptation plans, which can include measures to reduce potential interruptions to energy supply and its impact on essential services. Municipalities are advancing climate adaptation plans with support of Provincial and FCM programs. Through QUEST’s initiative, funded by FCM Municipal Climate Innovation Program, Climate Adaptation Partner Grant, participating municipalities and utilities (gas, electric, thermal, and water) have begun to explore how to align and integrate their respective processes for adaptation and resilience planning.

QUEST ( is best known for its work to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada, which not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) but also help improve resilience at a local level. Smart Energy Communities, for example, plan energy services and infrastructure in a way that mitigates risk (of failure) from flood events, ice storms, etc., while providing ancillary power and heat in communities during prolonged power outages, which could help prevent outages altogether.

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