Vancouver’s Resilience Story

Vancouver’s scenic views, mild climate, and friendly citizens have helped it earn a reputation as one of the most livable cities in the world. However, the city’s long term health could be undermined by rising sea levels and earthquakes: models show that a 7.3 magnitude earthquake could damage or destroy hundreds of thousands of buildings and cost thousands of lives. Cascading emergencies would include flooding, water shortages, fires, hazmat incidents, and long-term power outages. The Insurance Bureau of Canada has modeled economic impacts of up to $75 billion, impacting the city for years.

A number of factors contribute to Vancouver’s growing challenge to provide affordable housing. City officials believe the construction of new replacement housing coupled with a focused rehabilitation and the implementation of an energy-efficient infrastructure program is needed to preserve aging rental units before a loss of affordable housing leads to even higher residential real estate prices.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Disease Outbreak
  • Earthquake
  • Hazardous Materials Accident
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Lack of Social Cohesion
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Vancouver's CRO

Katie McPherson comes to the position of Chief Resilience Officer from the City of Vancouver Office of Emergency Management, where she most recently served as the Manager of Community Resilience. She led the implementation of a new community resilience portfolio with a mandate to work collaboratively with local and regional leaders in social policy, health and community engagement to leverage existing networks and promote innovation in seeding and nurturing conditions for resilience across Vancouver’s diverse communities.

Katie has a wealth of unique experience in the private and non-profit sectors. She led an award-winning, multi-disciplinary climate adaptation project. She volunteered in emergency social services volunteer for the Red Cross and the City of Vancouver. She’s planted over one million trees across Canada.

Katie received her Master’s in Disaster and Emergency Management from York University and her Bachelor’s in International Development Studies and History from Dalhousie University.

Snapshot of Vancouver

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    POPULATION AS OF 2011

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  • Disease Outbreak
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  • Lack of Social Cohesion
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion

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