The focus of this year's Livable Cities Forum was building flood resilient communities, and invited delegates to share in three days of informative sessions, study tours, and networking opportunities. Delegates were given the opportunity to learn from Canadian and international municipalities about ways to better understand, plan for, mainstream, and advance municipal flood resiliency.
The Livable Cities Forum is known for its diversity of session styles and speakers. The Forum was commended on its wide array of presenters and unique presentation formats, including interactive workshops, games, visual models, and plenaries, designed to bring together experts, leaders and practitioners to strengthen Canadian flood resiliency.
The conference was structured around four themes: understanding, planning, mainstreaming and advancing. Speakers came from across North America and Europe to speak on a diverse array of topics relating to community level flood resilience – from infrastructure, to community engagement, to environmental modelling.
Special guests included Minister of Environment and Parks for the province of Alberta, Shannon Phillips, as well as the vibrant and inspirational Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi. In addition, Rob Wesseling from the Co-operators, the platinum sponsors of the Forum, presented opening remarks, accompanied by conference chair Carolyn Bowen of the City of Calgary, Dave Murry of the Canadian Water Resources Association, and Megan Meaney, Director of ICLEI Canada.
Other highlights of the Forum included fascinating plenaries from Colin Throne on blue-green infrastructure, Bob Sandford on community flood resiliency and an evening Dinner Banquet, enhanced by wildlife expert Brian Keating’s keynote presentation on resilient animals and humans around the world. Day 3 of the Forum ended with local study tours, which took delegates on “field trips” around The City of Calgary to learn how the city has recovered from the 2013 flood and is building a flood resilient community.
The Forum provided an national dialogue on municipal action that left delegates feeling inspired, educated, and resilient.. As the dust begins to settle after rigorous planning and preparing, we are proud to announce that LCF2015 was undoubtedly a step forward in engaging municipal stakeholders to improve flood resiliency within communities.
We would like to extend our gratitude to our partners, The City of Calgary, the Canadian Water Resource Association, as well as our sponsors and friends of the forum, our speakers, delegates, and all volunteers and staff that played a role in making the event a huge success.
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