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Mercer Clarke & Clarke Appointed as Adjunct Professors


Summer 2011

Congratulations to Colleen Mercer Clarke, C-Change Community Coordinator and John Clarke, C-Change Operations Manager who have been appointed as Adjunct Professors at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.


Mayor helps to address climate change


Climate change may be a debatable topic for some, but Gibsons Mayor Barry Janyk is hoping his council will tackle the issue head on.

Janyk recently attended a week-long conference in Trinidad addressing rising sea levels on coastal communities and other matters related to climate change.

“The large part of the conference was really about what environmental effects we are anticipating in low-lying communities, Gibsons being one of those places,” said Janyk.

Entitled Sustainable Development of Coastal Communities: Challenges and Solutions, the June conference was organized by the International Community University Research Alliance (ICURA) and its C-Change project.

With an emphasis on co-learning, the conference gave Janyk the chance to work and share ideas with delegates from a variety of Canadian and Caribbean communities while examining numerous international papers and reports on climate change.

One issue addressed was the matter of those who question the validity of climate change.

“A lot of people in fact are still wondering truly if the effects are going to be as significant as many predict,” Janyk said. “But I think what all of the papers intended to do was to illustrate very clearly that what we’re seeing is inevitable.”

Developed in 2007, ICURA links community members and university researchers from Canada with members of Caribbean communities in support of research ranging from coastal adaptation to environmental change.

In 2009, as part of the first awarded ICURA projects, the C-Change project was formally funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the International Development Research Centre to carry out its research program from 2009 through to 2014. This funding enabled Janyk to participate in the conference with no cost to the Town.

The Town of Gibsons was a chosen participant due to Janyk’s work as the former chair of the Coastal Community Network, an organization dealing with economic and social well being of coastal communities. Through the network, Janyk built a working relationship with Dr. Ralph Matthews, professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia and C-Change project participant.

Other Canadian communities chosen to participate included Charlottetown, P.E.I.; Isle Madame, N.S.; and Iqaluit, Nunavut.

“I came away with the fact that by putting our collective worries together, it will allow us to understand there are ways to find solutions, some of which they have and some of which we have. Just recognizing the implications is going to help us to do some planning,” he said.



Congratulations to C-Change Research Associates


Latest News: Sahar Pakdel & Hooman Mostofi Camare complete their degrees in the Master's Program in Systems Science at University of Ottawa.



On August 17th Sahar Pakdel successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis (UOttawa). Sahar’s thesis, titled, Spatial–temporal modelling for estimating impacts of storm surge and sea level rise on coastal communities: The case of Isle Madame in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, explored the possible effects of climate change on the small community of Isle Madame through GIS and system dynamics modeling.


On July 15th Hooman Mostofi Camare, successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis (UOttawa), titled Multicriteria decision evaluation of adaptation strategies for vulnerable coastal communities. Hooman’s work focused on estimating the vulnerability of coastal communities with respect to their environmental, economic, social, and cultural dimensions.




MAY 2011

C-Change Research Assistants Nathan Vadeboncoeur and Darryn DiFrancesco are each awarded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowships.

Darryn, a Ph.D. student in Sociology at The University of British Columbia, has been awarded SSHRC’s highly prestigious Canadian Graduate Fellowship of $35,000 per year for the remaining three years of her doctoral program.

Nathan, a Ph.D. student in the Resource Management and Environmental Studies (RMES) program of the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (IRES) at The University of British Columbia, has been awarded a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship of $20,000 per year for the remaining two years of his doctoral program.

The thesis research of both Darryn and Nathan is being supervised by C-Change Co-Applicant, Dr. Ralph Matthews, Professor of Sociology and Associate Member of IRES at UBC.


MARCH 2011


On March 2nd, Titus Tienaah successfully defended his M.Sc.in Engineering thesis (UNB). Titus’s thesis, Design and Implementation of a Coastal Collaborative GIS to Support Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Adaptation Strategies, focused on Coastal Collaborative GIS to be used for the C-Change project.





On February 25th, Maxx Hartt successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis (UOttawa). Maxx's thesis, Geographic Information Systems and System Dynamics - Modelling the Impacts of Storm Damage on Coastal Communities, is focused on modelling storm vulnerabilities and storm damage estimation for Charlottetown.


Copies of C-Change student thesis (including thesis proposals) can be found under the C-Change Documents tab on the Research page.



Don Forbes Receives CAG Award



C-Change Co-Applicant, Dr. Don Forbes, received the 2011 Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) Award for Geography in the Service of Government or Business.
For more details on his work, visit: www.cag-acg.ca/en/donald_forbes.html



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