Local governments play a huge role in the direction their communities go in becoming more resilient in the face of climate change. As elected leaders you want to do the right thing by your community, but sometimes it can be hard to decipher what is the best route to take to get to the ultimate end goal of a safe, resilient, affordable, and healthy community where everyone thrives, and no one is left behind.
Concerns about decarbonization of the energy sector and BC Hydro’s ability to meet the growing demand for low carbon electrification of energy in BC is on all elected officials’ mind these days as we work towards decarbonization targets. If you have questions or find yourself in debate with others about the future of low carbon energy in BC, then this webinar is for you!
The BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council (BCMCLC) invites elected officials to learn the most up-to-date information from BC Hydro on the future of BC’s electrification plans. The Pembina Institute will also join us to share their recent report on the role of renewable natural gas (RNG) in achieving a net-zero built environment. Presentations:
All locally elected officials and Indigenous leaders in BC are welcome to attend.
The BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council is a network facilitated by the Community Energy Association.
Robyn Wark, Manager Market Transformation, BC Hydro
Robyn Wark, MRM, MCIP is Manager of Market Transformation BC Hydro. This team works with industry and government to develop long-term market transformation roadmaps (e.g. net zero new construction, building electrification, demand response), and then partners in implementation and regulations. Prior to that, she was the team lead for BC Hydro’s Sustainable Communities program for almost a decade, working as a leading strategist and coach on low carbon communities. Robyn is Co-Vice-Chair of the BC Energy Step Code Council, on the Leadership Council of the Building to Electrification Coalition, Treasurer of the Board of the Community Energy Association, and a Mentor for Women4Climate. She has taught at Royal Roads University and BCIT. Outside work, she coaches her 2 sons’ unruly soccer teams – which is by far her most challenging job to date.
Robyn Webb, Manager, Local Government Conservation and Climate Action, BC Hydro
Robyn Webb, BA, MCIP, has worked on urban climate solutions at the neighbourhood and municipal level in Manitoba, Alberta, and BC for over 15 years. With a background in urban planning, Robyn has worked on municipal climate action policies and programs in the areas of transportation and buildings for the City of Victoria and the City of Edmonton. Robyn is a board member of Youth Climate Corps and loves to . She currently calls Vancouver – the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations home where she manages Hydro’s Sustainable Communities program (apparently your name has to be Robyn W to do so 🙂).
Jessica McIlroy, Pembina Institute
Jessica McIlroy is the manager of the Pembina Institute’s Buildings program, working to rapidly scale our building decarbonization efforts. Jessica is also currently a city councillor with the City of North Vancouver and works with Climate Caucus, a non-profit network of local government elected officials leading the transformation needed for communities to thrive within planetary boundaries. She is passionate about advancing climate policy and action within local governments and sits on the B.C. Municipal Climate Leaders Council