Project Highlights

Tsleil-Waututh Nation is a regional leader in environmental stewardship and is actively working to enhance the health of ecological systems in Burrard Inlet, which are intricately linked with the health and wellbeing of Tsleil-Waututh People.

KWL was retained by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation to support the development of a Community Climate Change Resilience Plan (CCCRP) to build the Nation’s resilience to climate change. The project is being conducted by an in-house interdisciplinary team including planners, community engagement specialists, biologists, water resources engineers, coastal engineers, and geoscientists.

The project involves two phases of work:


Detailed hazard and vulnerability assessment of potential impacts from climate change hazards on the community. The vulnerability used a values-based approach to assess how each climate change hazard might affect aspects of the community that members care most about.

  • Hazard assessment involved modelling, site investigation, and literature review of 13 different climate change hazards, including coastal and creek flooding, erosion, changing intertidal area, and wildfire.
  • Vulnerability assessment assessed the consequence of climate impacts across 6 sectors, including land/real estate, ecological systems, infrastructure, cultural and community health, and economic development.

The vulnerability assessment produced a prioritized list of the Nation’s highest vulnerabilities as a starting point for defining priority actions in the CCCRP.


The CCCRP will be a community document outlining specific actions to build the Nation’s resilience to climate change over the next 10 years.

The CCCRP sets a vision and goals for a climate resilient community and outlines a roadmap for implementing the Nation’s highest priority projects.

Input from Tsleil-Waututh Nation community members and staff has played a critical role throughout the project to ensure the CCCRP builds on the many environmental stewardship initiatives the Nation is already leading.


Patrick Lilley, R.P.Bio. is a professional biologist with 13 years of experience in the environmental sector, nine as an environmental consultant. He has a Master’s degree in ecology and a strong background in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem planning and management. Patrick has a wealth of expertise in environmental consulting including baseline assessments, permitting and approvals, monitoring, planning and policy development, and habitat restoration.
Contact: 1-604-293-3121

Robin Hawker, MScPl, MCIP, RPP is an Environmental Planner and Climate Change Adaptation Planning Lead with Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. She works closely with municipal and indigenous communities across BC to assess risks and develop integrated solutions for infrastructure resilience in the face of flooding and climate change.
Contact: 1-604-293-3107