URBC 2020: Socio-economic Equity in an all-hazards Approach to DRR and CCA: Challenges and Opportunities Identified through COVID Response and Recovery
Geological Survey of Canada
August 6th 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST
CPL Units: 2

Summer Sessions

Socio-economic Equity in an all-hazards Approach to DRR and CCA: Challenges and Opportunities Identified through COVID Response and Recovery

August 6th, 10-12pm

Convened by Sahar Safaie (Sage On Earth Consulting and DRR Pathways Project Team) and Nicole Spence (PHSA)

  • Capturing lessons learned from the challenges faced during COVID-19 pandemic response rooted in socioeconomic inequality and opportunities for building equity in recovery post pandemic.

  • Drawing connections with CCA and all-hazards approach to DRR



  • Ms. Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity

  • Dr. Robin Cox, Program Head for Master of Arts in Climate Action Leadership; Disaster Management graduate program faculty at Royal Roads University

  • Dr. Emily Dickens, Director of Emergency Management at First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

  • Dr. Jackie Yip, Coastal risk scientist at Natural Resources Canada

  • Dr. Laurie Johnson, Principal and Founder, Laurie Johnson Consulting (USA)


Understanding Risk (UR) BC 2020 (www.urbc.ca) is an online, collaborative symposium and event series that will foster place-based risk reduction strategies to proactively enhance resilience and improve disaster recovery pathways in BC.

URBC 2020 will feature online events from summer to fall- 2020:

  • Summer Webinars: Hear from local and international experts on the holistic understanding of disaster impacts
  • Pre-symposium Workshops: Interactive sessions to learn and contribute to understanding risk in BC
  • Launch Events: September and November sessions that merge art, knowledge, practice and policy to share key updates, and offer a sneak-peek at upcoming themes and sessions.
  • Initiatives-in-focus Workshops: Step into the shoes of leading practitioners and policy makers in BC to wrestle with emerging issues that aim to reduce disaster risk and build resilience
  • Dialogue Panels: Tune into exciting conversations that examine key tensions, challenges and opportunities to improve disaster recovery pathways in BC   
  • Closing: Connect, reflect, celebrate and initiate next steps

Event Objectives

  • Reporting on progress of actionable strategies and outcomes from previous and ongoing UR Symposiums as well as related DRR/CCA efforts
  • Demonstrate components of the BC Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Hub, identify opportunities for its short-term priorities and advance its long term financial and governance model
  • Advance essential and non-traditional partnerships across the science-policy-action interface to reduce risk and build resilience
  • Make connections across projects and initiatives towards enhanced collaboration and reduced duplication
  • Support advancement and implementation of existing recommendations and commitments that have been made in BC and Canada in relation to climate and disaster risk management by fostering generative dialogue across disciplines and cultures

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