Project Highlights

KWL developed and facilitated a series of three-day hands-on Climate Change Adaptation Workshops in 2018 and 2019 to representatives from coastal First Nations communities in the BC Region.  Representatives were from a variety of disciplines, including political representatives, technical representatives or any individual involved in a local vulnerability study or adaptation project.

The workshops were delivered in collaboration with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC), with input from other government representatives including the Ministry of Environment Climate Action Secretariat and First Nation community representatives.

The workshops were geared towards assisting coastal communities in carrying out risk assessments in coastal areas as well as climate change adaptation planning.

The goals of the workshop were to:

  • Demystify climate adaptation planning;
  • Empower communities with knowledge on the subject; and
  • Use Coastal Vulnerability Study results for informed decision making about climate risk and resilience.

The workshops included a combination of informational presentations and interactive activities to stimulate dialogue in diverse ways, including storytelling, games, and collaborative mapping exercises.


Colleen O’Toole, P.Eng (BC and YT) is a Project Engineer in KWL’s Utility Management Sector and honours her family traditions through her Indigenous heritage and her vocation.  She is committed to unleashing potential and removing barriers to support the development of Indigenous people.
Contact:  1-604-293-3247