Northern Business

 

Manitoba Climate Resilience Training Project

Our Story

The role of the Manitoba Northern Business sector component of the MCRT Project is to tailor capacity building and offer climate resilience training that both highlights the needs of Manitoba northern businesses and industries and provides training and tools to better integrate various types of climate-related adaptive actions into decision-making and planning processes to support increased climate resilience for small and medium enterprise.
The Manitoba Northern Business sector trainings/sessions will feature interactive components that facilitate understanding of climate change as it relates to business operations, staff and logistics, and the importance of tailoring current business operations to identify and adapt to local risks emerging from climate change.

What We Do

Dillon works with organizations to reduce the impacts of climate change. We help teams build the capacities and approaches to identify, understand, and proactively manage their climate impacts and resulting risks to their operations.

Dillon assists organizations in assessing climate risks within both their assets and operations. We’ve completed Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments (CCVA) across multiple sectors (buildings, industrial processes, transportation, agriculture, tourism, water supply and treatment, hydroelectric utilities) for clients across Canada and internationally.

Dillon is also called upon to develop the science-based rationale to support changes in public policy. Our climatologists, meteorologists and professional engineers have developed the scientific rationale needed to support a range of activities, from engineering code changes in snow loads for buildings to evaluating changes in extreme heat events under climate change to support federal changes to reflect needed revisions for defining high heat warnings in government policy.

Dillon’s Climate Resilience Team has developed and delivered training to build capacities and transfer climate change knowledge for professional practitioners in infrastructure and asset management. We’ve developed and delivered tailored climate change resilience training to Engineers Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS), the Climate Risk Institute, World Federation of Engineering Organizations, multiple Indigenous Communities in Canada, Manitoba Green Buildings Coordination Team, the Canadian Standards Association and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.

Climate change affects all of our lives.

Engineers Canada’s introduced a new Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) certification in 2016, and needed to provide the engineering sector with formal professional training for engineers to gain the IRP designation. Dillon team members developed the course content, the case study exercises, the module quizzes and final examinations required to deliver this course training to engineers in an online format.

Manitoba Conservation and Climate, in partnership with Manitoba’s Green Building Coordination Team and the Climate and Green Plan Implementation Office (CGPIO) sought the development of a one-day knowledge transfer and capacity development workshop to focus on climate science, climate impacts and climate adaptation options for government buildings in Manitoba. Dillon team members developed this training in a program that was supported by contributions from the Government of Manitoba and Natural Resources Canada.

Our Mission & Approach

Our overall approach to the MCRT Project is driven by our commitment to collaboration and consultation with stakeholders of Northern Manitoba’s business sector to provide guidance, insights, and suggestions on key aspects of our research. Stakeholders from Manitoba’s northern business community will also provide input on framework design and delivery of training and capacity-building sessions for northern business participants. We are completing specific tasks to achieve the goals and objectives of the MCRT Project, including:

    1. Landscape Assessment – research to determine what type of training is currently available;
    2. Needs Assessment – research and engagement to identify what types of training within the business sector are the most necessary in the current context based on feedback from engaged business professionals;
    3. Gap Analysis – developed to uncover the largest gaps in course content/training to help position the development of necessary and sought-after training offerings; and
    4. Sector-Specific Training Offerings – Based on our gap analysis needs assessment for training desired by business participants. Course characteristics will be developed so the course content will remain relevant well into the future.

Our Partners

Natural Resources Canada 

Manitoba Government 

  • Climate and Green Plan Implementation Office, Conservation and Climate – Project Manager 
  • Agriculture and Resource Development
  • Economic Development and Training
  • Indigenous and Northern Relations
  • Infrastructure
  • Municipal Relations

ICLEI Canada

  • Project Coordinator
  • 14 staff
  • 3 offices located in Toronto / Victoria / Montreal
  • 1990 established

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba

  • Infrastructure Sector
  • 27 staff and nearly 8,700 members
  • Located in Winnipeg, MB.
  • Established in 1920

Dillon

  • Northern Business Sector
  • 700 + staff
  • Located in 20 cities/towns across Canada Winnipeg, MB.
  • Established in 1946

Prairie Climate Centre

  • Indigenous Sector / Planning Sector
  • 12 staff
  • Located in Winnipeg, MB.
  • Established in 2015