URBC 2020: Symposium Sprint One Launch: Big Moves to Reduce Risk & Build Resilience in Southwest BC. Presentations, Dialogue, Ignite talks, and Art! 
Geological Survey of Canada
September 14th 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM PST
CPL Units: 2

Symposium Sprint One Launch: Big Moves to Reduce Risk & Build Resilience in Southwest BC. Presentations, Dialogue, Ignite talks, and Art! 

September 14, 1-3pm

With Jessica Shoubridge (UR Organizing Committee), Murray Journeay (NRCan) and Tamsin Lyle (Ebbwater) 

  • This session will set the context for the 2020 symposium, including looking at the ‘where have we come from, why is this work important, and what are the risk reduction ‘big moves’ that the symposium sessions can further explore that support pathways to a resilient 2050 in the Lower Mainland. The first set of Ignite talks will be given by representatives from each initiative-in focus session which will provide an overview of the content to come in the September events series. Local artists will contribute to launching our work together.


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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