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The voice of Expert Community

This project is designed and led on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Tseil-Waututh, and Squamish Peoples.

Project of Natural Resources Canada. Funded by Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP)

Designed and managed by Sage On Earth Consulting Ltd.

What is Resilience Pathways Report?

Resilience Pathways is a knowledge-sharing initiative that recognizes that everyone—all of society—has a role in designing our resilience to disaster and climate risk.

Resilience Pathways will be a comprehensive collection of articles that share knowledge and insights from organizations and individuals active in resilience planning in BC. Contributors to Resilience Pathways include a wide range of practitioners, researchers, and authorities across any and all sectors engaged with disaster and climate risk.

Aligned with the systemic nature of risk and importance of the whole of society role in risk management, the audience for the Resilience Pathways Report are the following: 

  • Practitioners and policymakers at the federal, provincial, regional and local level

  • Researchers at the technical institutions and academia

  • Practitioners at civil society organizations

  • Risk managers at the private sector

Resilience Pathways will be a reference and resource for practitioners at municipalities and First Nation communities and a platform for the collective and strategic voice of the whole of society for the path forward. It can be used for monitoring the progress of approaches in DRR/CCA in BC and Canada over the years.


Resilience Pathways is commissioned by Natural Resources Canada and funded by Canadian Safety and Security Program. Sage on Earth Consulting Ltd. is leading the technical design and coordination, and Uncover Editorial + Design is leading the editorial and design process.

Initiation Event  April 28, 2021

The development of the Resilience Pathways Report was launched at an event on April 28th, 2021 attended by more than 70 partners. The recording and slides from the event describe the vision, objectives, scope, and process of the project. Many key partners also speak to what is the value they see in this report and their motivations for supporting it. 


  • Sonia Talwar, Director, Geological Survey of Canada (Pacific), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

  • Giovanni Fusina, Defence Scientist, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)

  • Malaika Ulmi, Geologist, Natural Resources Canada (NRcan)

  • Sahar Safaie, Founder and Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Sage On Earth Consulting Ltd.

  • Kathryn Forge, Executive Director, Disaster Risk Reduction, Emergency Management BC (EMBC)

  • Tamsin Lyle, Principal, Ebbwater Consulting

  • Cam Campel, Avalanche Specialist with Alpine Solutions Avalanche Services

  • Ryan Reynolds, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Resilient- School of Community and Regional Planning, The University of British Columbia

  • Fiona Dercole, Protective Services Manager, East Kootenay Regional District (RDEK)

  • Tamsin Mills, Senior Sustainability Specialist (TBC), City of Vancouver

  • Kalpna Solanki, Chief Executive Officer, Environmental Operators Certification Program

  • Johanna Wagstaffe, Senior Meteorologist, Seismologist and Scientist, CBC News Network

  • Nicky Hastings, Geohazards Risk Project Lead, Geological Survey of Canada (Pacific), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

Resilience Pathways Report Initiation Event. April 28, 2021

What is the scope of the report?

The final report will consist of articles will be related to multi-hazard and risk, EQ, Flood, Tsunami, Landslide, WildFire, and Climate Change and may cover topics such as Emergency Planning, Climate Change Adaptation, Recovery and Build Back Better Planning, Business Continuity and Enterprise Risk Management, Development and Land Use Planning, Community Resilience, Insurance and Financing, Engineering and Building Design).


Short articles will be co-authored by experts from Municipal, Regional, Provincial and Federal government, Indigenous communities, Private Sector: Insurance and financing, Capital Investment, Large-Medium-Small Enterprises, Critical Infrastructure Operators, Science, Technology and Engineering (Academia and Private Sector), Building Owners and Tenants, Civil Society, Media.

Who are the entities supporting this initiative?

​A wide range of governmental and non-governmental entities are supporting this initiative with expertise and advice as members of the advisory committee: Natural Resources Canada, Emergency Management BC, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Climate Action Secretariat, Public Safety Canada, Fraser Basin Council, Regional District of East Kootenay, University of British Columbia, SFU-CNHR, Royal Roads University, Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), North Shore Emergency Management, Provincial Emergency Management CI Committee, Metro Vancouver, Integrated Partnership for Regional Emergency Management (IPREM), Canada Red Cross, GeoBC, Metro Vancouver, City of Vancouver, Engineers and Geoscientists BC, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

What is the connection between this initiative and BC DRR Hub concept?

This work will serve as the pilot for the proposed BC DRR Hub knowledge generation on the status of understanding disaster and climate risk and risk management. See BC DRR Hub design concept note here. See BC DRR Hub mockup website here.


What is the connection between this initiative and NRCan's DRR Pathways Project?

Resilience Pathways Report is funded from NRCan Pathways Project and is building on the foundations laid by the project since its inception in 2019. Understanding systemic risk and risk management has been the focus of the technical research, partnerships, BC DRR Hub concept, and URBC2020 which are all key deliverables of the DRR Pathways Project. These components will be reflected in various pieces of the Resilience Pathways Report. The diagram below outlines some of the key components of DRR Pathways Project research and modeling. 

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Understanding & Managing Systemic Risk

Hazard Potential:  Earthquake and flood intensity and likelihood of experiencing a catastrophic event

Building Performance: expected damage with and without mitigation and/or adaptation measures in place

Economic Security: Direct and indirect economic losses and expected return on DRR investments

Disaster Recovery: Cascading effects of system failures and implications for disaster recovery process


Social Displacement: Number of people displaced from homes and businesses during disaster recovery process


Public Safety: expected injuries and fatalities resulting from physical impacts of disaster event


Functionality: Estimated number of days to restore baseline levels of functionality to buildings and critical infrastructure systems

Critical Infrastructure Interdependency: functional CI interdependencies and the effects of cascading system failures

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