Session Information

Wild Weather Forecast: Tackling the 'New Abnormal’ in Canada’s Natural Resource Sector

Date: Wednesday, March 2

Time: 10:30am - 11:45am

Format: Leadership Forum

More frequent and costly severe weather – from prolonged droughts to intense precipitation events – has become the “new abnormal” in Canada and beyond. Industry, governments and communities alike are grappling with this emergent source of risk for good reason. The cost of natural catastrophes worldwide is dramatically on the rise, introducing new and elevated risks to employee safety, infrastructure, supply chains, operational continuity and social license to operate.

Leading natural resource development companies, industry associations, academic institutions and government agencies are taking severe weather more seriously.  This interactive session provides a timely opportunity to learn, share ideas and collaborate on the latest developments in this area.  Come join us!

With the Support of Natural Resources Canada

Topic Speakers

Sean Capstick is a Principal in Golder’s Greater Toronto Area Office with 25 years of environmental consulting and government experience.  Sean is directing a number of atmospheric and climate change studies on public/private infrastructure, has extensive experience in the areas of Air Quality, GHG inventories and Climate Change and has presented on these topics widely.  Sean leads Golder Associates “Climate Change Technical Community” an internal knowledge sharing initiative to promote the use of the latest climate change science and develop Best Practices to consider both the potential effects of the project on climate change and the effects of climate change on a project.

He has valuable expertise in emissions management including: quantification methods, mitigation measures, measurement techniques and practical implementation of emissions reduction strategies.  Sean has worked for clients in a variety of industry sectors such as cement, aggregate processing, chemical processing, fertilizer manufacturing, mining, steel manufacturing, landfills, electricity generation, and properties management.  He has been working with a number of sectors to prepare for and navigate the incoming cap-and-trade regulation.

Sean has expertise in analysis of climate change projections and assessing the significance climate change under the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Framework and has developed Best Practices to consider the potential effects of climate change on a project.  Has prepared the climate change components for of ESIA’s under  the Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability (IFC, World Bank Group 2012) and the document “Incorporating Climate Change Considerations in Environmental Assessment: General Guidance for Practitioners (CEAA 2003)” both in Canada and Internationally.  Sean has experience leading of interdisciplinary technical teams that are assessing climate change vulnerabilities on existing and planned infrastructure using a risk based approach and Cost Benefit Analysis .  Under his direction, the teams provide strategic advice to aid facilities in developing robust project design that accounts for climate change adaptation and mitigation.


Megan Hanacek is the Forest Stewardship Specialist with the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals (, the largest professional forestry association in Canada. Her forest stewardship and climate change portfolio includes planning, strategic and operational forest professional guidance and environmental management to help protect the public's interest in BC forests and associated ecosystems.

Prior to joining the ABCFP, Megan gained 20 years of experience working for Industry, Government, First Nations, NGO’s and her own company on environmental assessment projects throughout North America; these projects include 3rd party certification and operation applications within the Great Bear Rainforest and remedial work within contaminated sites of the USA.

Megan has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to sound science and consensus building within natural resource development. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Association of Professional Biology’s President Award ( for exemplary service to the biology profession.  She holds dual designations as a Professional Registered Forester (RPF) and Professional Registered Biologist (RPBio).

Mrs. Hanacek may be contacted at or on LinkedIn


Bob is a key member of the leadership team at the Fraser Basin Council (FBC), a unique, broad-based not-for-profit organization that advances strong communities, vibrant economies and healthy ecosystems in BC and beyond.  Since its formation in 1997, the FBC has been helping diverse interests coalesce around shared values and choose collaboration and joint action over conflict and inaction.   Bob joined the FBC in 1999, bringing to the early evolution of the organization a diverse background in multi-stakeholder facilitation, disruptive technologies, international consulting, sales & marketing and environmental impact assessment.  In his current senior executive role, Bob oversees fund development, communications and external relations for FBC and also manages Greater Vancouver – Sea to Sky and Fraser Valley regional programs as well as the BuySmart sustainable purchasing network.   Please visit for more information about FBC.

Bob has over 25 years’ experience building the trust, relationships and synergies necessary to achieve positive change through the informed and collaborative actions of many.   At FBC, he has created several action-focused “unlikely coalitions" of interests, setting safe tables to foster trust and resolve issues among those who are in conflict with each other on other fronts.  He has catalyzed collaborative action on well over 50 initiatives, from finding a sustainable solution to the worst point-source metals contamination problem in North America at the site of the former Britannia Mine, to preventing several millions of dollars of downstream damage and risk to life and limb by preventing the closure of the Fraser River debris trap, a critical waterborne wood debris capture facility near Hope, BC.   Some of Bob’s current special project roles include independent facilitator of the ECHO Program Advisory Working Group, a broad-based initiative led by Port Metro Vancouver to minimize the impacts of commercial shipping on endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales; independent facilitator for Fortis BC.s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Advisory Group, a diverse body that engages many different organizations interested in advancing residential, commercial, industrial and low–income energy efficiency and conservation measures; facilitating the advancement of sustainable catch monitoring and reporting practices for the Pacific fisheries' Monitoring & Compliance Panel; and advancing climate adaptation in Canada’s natural resource sector through development of case studies and follow–up action (visit for more information).

Prior to joining the Council, Bob was Vice President of ESSA Software, a Vancouver-based environmental impact assessment decision support software company. Previous to that role, working with municipal planners, elected officials and local naturalist clubs, he led early efforts in the Lower Mainland, Southern Vancouver Island and Okanagan Valley regions of BC to integrate consideration of environmentally sensitive areas in municipal Official Community Plans.  He is an Honours BSc graduate from UBC with a research specialization in simulation modelling as applied to the behavioural energetics of hummingbirds. He enjoys contributing to local planning initiatives and appreciating the abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities in his home municipality of North Vancouver District, where he has lived with wife Patricia for the past 26 years.