Suzanne Perdeaux

Photo of Suzanne PerdeauxSuzanne Perdeaux
Climate Change Researcher
Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR)
Laurentian University, Sudbury Ontario

In her role at Laurentian University, Suzanne provides communication and research support on climate impacts, adaptation, and mitigation. Suzanne is responsible for liaising with partners across Ontario to encourage and build capacity to climate change through the sharing of information, resources and tools. She has considerable experience working at the local, municipal level and is currently one of Ontario’s Regional Advisors for FCM’s Partners for Climate Protection program – a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) and to acting on climate change. Having completed her Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Environment & Resource Studies in 2012, Suzanne remained at the University of Waterloo to complete a Master of Climate Change. Suzanne is an advocate for clean, healthy and ‘climate ready’ communities.

Shaping the Future of the Saugeen Peninsula 2018 Forum Talk

Climate change is a global problem, but the impacts are profoundly experienced at the community level. Further, local municipalities have control over roughly half of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. Communities are therefore increasingly important sites for responding to climate change. This presentation will describe how municipalities and First Nation communities that are small in size are taking big steps to address climate change.

OCCIAR has been, and is currently, working on a number of initiatives that support planning and implementation of adaptation and mitigation actions:

Partnering with First Nations to address Climate Change: A Project of Three Pillars

This program has three pillars of work: energy planning, adaptation planning, and a Far North study of climate impacts. The energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions planning pillar is led by Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation and focuses on local energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy programs, as well as opportunities for First Nations to participate in growing carbon markets. OCCIAR is helping communities to develop local adaptation plans by building a network of local adaptation liaisons who are following OCCIAR’s Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Planning Framework. This framework was developed collaboratively with Chippewas of Georgina Island and integrates local traditional knowledge. Lastly, Laurentian University’s Living with Lakes Centre is collaborating with First Nations across the Far North to understand climate impacts.

Northern Municipalities Adapt to Climate Change (NMACC)

OCCIAR is also working with five municipalities in northern Ontario in their efforts to strengthen their resilience to the effects of a changing climate. These communities will engage in contemporary peer learning networks focused on climate change resilience activities and training specific to their region. Local leaders will learn how to integrate climate change adaptation into new or existing plans and systems. Participating municipalities will also work with their peers toward similar goals using innovative approaches and solutions to the challenges they face. This initiative is funded through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM’s) Climate Adaptation Partner grants available through FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), funded by the Government of Canada.

Supporting the long-standing Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program

FCM-ICLEI’s Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program is a network of Canadian municipal governments committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and taking action on climate change. As a regional climate advisor for Ontario, OCCIAR is helping advance municipalities through a five-milestone process that guides members in creating GHG inventories; setting realistic and achievable GHG reduction targets; developing local action plans; and implementing plans using specific, measurable actions to reduce emissions. This program is available through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, which is delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

Overall, this presentation will highlight how small municipalities and First Nations communities are turning threats from climate change into opportunities through collaboration and innovation.


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