ReTooling for Climate Change is hosted by the Fraser Basin Council

Part of our BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative program which is a partnership between the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Ministry of Environment – Climate Action Secretariat, with funding from Natural Resources Canada.

The BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC) program is one of a number of similar collaborations across the country within Natural Resource Canada’s national program. BC RAC aims to strengthen regional capacity and increase action to advance adaptation planning and implementation in local governments, First Nations governments, and the natural resource sector. Our work centers on local community capacity building, creating learning resources, and facilitating the Climate Risk Network.

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit society that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser Basin and across British Columbia. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (First Nations, federal, provincial, and local), along with those from the private sector and civil society.

For over 20 years, FBC has helped people learn about sustainability, resolve conflicts, and roll out partnership initiatives with a focus on climate change and air quality, watersheds and water resources, and local sustainability and resilience. Our vision for British Columbia is a place where “social well-being is supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.”

THE RETOOLING TEAM

Get to know the FBC staff team behind the ReTooling for Climate Change program.

Jim Vanderwal

Director, Climate Change Programs

Jim has held progressively senior roles at FBC since 1999, developing new initiatives related to river management, stakeholder engagement, energy and emissions planning, climate change adaptation, green fleet management and clean energy development. He has worked extensively with local governments and First Nations across BC to develop and implement plans to reduce emissions and to adapt to changes in climate.

Eliana Chia

Program Manager, Climate & Energy Resilience

Eliana Chia joined FBC in 2015 as part of the Climate Change and Air Quality Program and she is currently the Program Manager for Climate and Energy Resilience. At FBC, Eliana manages the First Nations Home EnergySave program, the Renewable Energy for Remote Communities program, and the Adaptation program. She is passionate about building community resilience and engaging communities on social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Cait Murphy

Program Lead, Climate Resilience

Cait has worked on environmental and social sustainability initiatives locally and abroad. With a great interest in climate change and methods to motivate sustainable action, she works with the Fraser Basin Council as the Program Lead for Climate Resilience. Previously, she engaged local government employees in sustainable behaviour-change in the San Francisco area, analyzed seniors’ wintertime health and social connectedness in London, and coordinated communications for a BC-based environmental charity. She has a MA in Disasters, Climate Change Adaptation and Development from King’s College London.

halina rachelson

Communications Coordinator

Halina Rachelson joined the Fraser Basin Council as a Program Coordinator in July of 2019. After transitioning into a communications role, she now supports event facilitation, communication strategy development, and outreach and engagement across multiple programs, including ReTooling for Climate Change. Before joining FBC, Halina completed a professional urban planning program and a B.Sc. degree in sustainability management at the University of British Columbia. She is passionate about community-driven & nature-based solutions in climate adaptation..