ULI BC: Climate Change and the Effects on Urban Planning and Home Building in BC


2022-11-08T12:00:00 - 2022-11-08T13:00:00

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    Through a recent ULI research report, the organization has identified climate change as a significant factor to consider moving forward in urban planning and home building. 

    In 2021, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) identified 18 separate billion-dollar disasters in the United States alone. BC has had its own climate change-related challenges including catastrophic Fraser Valley flooding and a summer heat that stayed well into the month of October 2022. Wildfires and air quality also continue to be a consideration as Vancouver experienced a period this summer with the poorest air quality in the world.  

    In recognition of the growing impact posed by climate risk, countries worldwide are adopting new regulations and implementing new steps when planning and executing the building of homes and other urban structures. Real estate developers in markets across the globe are facing new considerations related to climate change, including a lack of clear industry norms or guidance.



    Malcolm Shield

    VP, Sustainability, Wesgroup Properties

    Malcolm brings a wealth of local, national, and international experience in overseeing Wesgroup’s ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) strategy and Wesgroup Energy – the company’s low carbon utility efforts. Having developed ESG strategy for over a decade, he plays an active role in helping Wesgroup build better communities and make business decisions that benefit everyone’s long-term interests.


    Bill Cunningham

    Vice President Community Business & Real Estate, Vancity

    Bill Cunningham is Vice President Community Business & Real Estate for Vancity, and Chair of the Great Northern Way Trust. He is Chair Emeritus of Simon Fraser University Board of Governors, past Chair of the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association and has served on a variety of community boards including the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation, Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres, Simon Fraser University Alumni Association and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. Bill has worked in Business Banking in the Lower Mainland for over 25 years, and he and his wife are devoted hockey parents to their two energetic boys spending countless hours at rinks throughout the Greater Vancouver region and currently is the Coordinator of the First Shift hockey program on behalf of Burnaby Minor Hockey. Bill has always been committed to serving his community, and in 2012 was recognized with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service.


    Dylan Clark

    Research Lead, Adaptation, Canadian Climate Institute

    Dylan Clark specializes in adaptation policy development and climate change impacts across the North. His experience includes leadership on community-based projects and research on Arctic security, vulnerability modeling, and climate impacts on health. Dylan has previously worked as an Adaptation Analyst for the Government of Yukon and a Program Manager for the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group. Dylan holds a M.Sc. in Geography from McGill University.


    Laura Lynch

    Host, What on Earth, CBC

    Laura Lynch is an award-winning journalist and is the host of What On Earth. In the course of her career, she has reported from across Canada and around the world. In the 1990’s she covered the Supreme Court of Canada as it broke new ground with precedent setting Charter of Rights rulings. Laura also covered Parliament Hill, covering everything from gun control, to abortion to international trade. Internationally, Laura was based in Washington D.C. during and after the attacks of September 11, 2001. She was posted to London for 9 tumultuous years that featured political turmoil and violent attacks blamed on terrorism. Laura also reported from Pakistan where Benazir Bhutto was attacked and then assassinated, from Israel during the war with Lebanon and its ongoing dispute with the Palestinians, from Saudi Arabia where she was detained, from Syria as the country descended into civil war and from Africa, where she reported undercover from Zimbabwe when western journalists were barred. She reported from many other nations and conflicts too numerous to list. After many years abroad, Laura is back where she started in Vancouver using her years of experience to tell Canadians what they need to know about climate change, it's challenges and solutions. Over the years, Laura has won the prestigious Nieman fellowship from Harvard University, awards from the British Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, RTNDA (Canada and U.S. ), Overseas Press Club of America, Amnesty International, RNAO and the Gabriel awards. Laura has a law degree from the University of Victoria and a journalism degree from Carleton University.