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Webinar: Building Community Resilience

February 20 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 pm MST

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Building Community Resilience: Key Lessons from Twelve Canadian Communities

This webinar will present QUEST’s report on Building Community Resilience: Key Lessons from Twelve Canadian Communities. This report presents key practical and on-the-ground findings from QUEST’s Municipalities and Utilities Partnering for Community Resilience Initiative, a two-year initiative funded by NRCAN and FCM.

Extreme weather events such as floods, snow and hail storms, blizzards, and sea rising levels put energy infrastructure under pressure to adapt. The webinar will review key lessons learned from the twelve municipalities and their energy utilities that participated in this initiative including:

  • Municipalities’ most common strengths and vulnerabilities to specific climate hazards;
  • Key recommendations to advance climate adaptation, strengthen the resilience of energy systems, and augment emergency preparedness plans;
  • Recommendations, tips, and resources for municipalities interested in developing effective resilience planning strategies.

Learn more about the Municipalities and Utilities Partnering for Community Resilience Initiative.


Thursday, February, 20th, 2020 12:30 PM AT / 11:30 AM EST / 9:30 AM MST​

About the presenters


Aïda Nciri

Manager, Policy & Research


Passionate about low-carbon and resilient energy systems, Aïda is QUEST’s as a Senior Lead, Project and Service Advisory. Based in Calgary, Alberta, she manages and delivers projects advancing Smart Energy Communities in Canada. With over seven years of research and consulting experience, Aïda brings a sound interdisciplinary expertise in energy systems, urban governance, and climate and energy policies. Aïda has experience in facilitation and community engagement techniques that bring together stakeholders from various backgrounds to develop collaborative solutions and initiatives on urban sustainability. She has worked with non-profits, academic institutions, and institutional agencies including Energy Efficiency Alberta. Bilingual in French and English, Aïda holds a Master Degree of Public Policies from Sciences-Po Paris (France) and a PhD degree from the University of Calgary. Her research analysed the construction of energy and climate policies developed by the three levels of government and their impact on the diffusion of distributed generation, and more specifically on district energy systems.

Eddie Oldfield


Eddie Oldfield

Senior Lead, Projects & Advisory Services


Since 1998, Eddie Oldfield coordinated initiatives focused on local sustainability, GHG emissions reduction, clean energy and efficiency, transportation/fleets, climate adaptation and resilience planning. Eddie Chairs the QUEST NB-PEI Caucus, working to advance Smart Energy Communities, and is Senior Lead, Projects and Advisory Services, QUEST. In this role, he helps deliver regional and national projects and supports FCM Partners for Climate Protection members in Atlantic Canada. Eddie also co-chairs the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)’s Energy and Utilities working group and is a Charter member of the OGC Smart Cities working group. He led development of innovative web-based map services & distributed spatial data infrastructure, to support decision making including for a cross-border pandemic exercise in 2007. He is a board member of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network, and participated in the Resilient Communities Working Group of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Eddie holds a BA (2008), with Interdisciplinary Honours (Sociology, Political Science, Environment, Science & Technology) from St. Thomas University, and owns and operates Spatial Quest based in Fredericton NB.


February 20
9:30 am - 10:30 pm
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