Project Management for a Changing Climate
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Short Course Description
Climate change is one of the biggest risks facing governments, businesses, societies and ecosystems around the world. Project managers, through their effective direction of complex projects, occupy a critical role in the successful transition to a resilient, low carbon world. This course is designed to prepare professionals with project management responsibilities to add a climate change lens to their projects.
The course is suitable for individuals in management roles and above who have significant project management responsibilities. “Projects” could include examples as diverse as infrastructure development, deployment of new technology, ecosystem restoration, or public engagement campaign, for example. The course will attract a diversity of professionals who enjoy multidisciplinary learning environments. Familiarity with general climate change issues and science is recommended.
The course will be delivered in a blended synchronous/asynchronous mode. Each module will run for a week with the expectation that participants complete readings, contribute to discussion forums or other exercises Monday to Thursday, in preparation for a synchronous session Friday afternoon. This session will be recorded for those who cannot attend. Guest speakers and case study practice will enrich the course. Each week participants can expect to spend about two to three hours across all activities.
Course Design Statements
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Susan Todd, CPA, CA, MRM
Susan Todd is the President of Solstice Sustainability Works Inc. and a trusted advisor to business, government and not-for-profit organizations. Susan learned her early project management skills as a senior manager for financial audits with KPMG in Toronto and Brussels. Susan then complemented her business education with graduate studies in natural resource management at SFU. Since founding Solsticeworks in 1997, Susan has worked through consulting and training to elevate organizations’ environmental and social sustainability practices and to embed sustainability in strategy and risk management. In recent years, Susan has focused on building organizational capacity to address the impacts of climate change, including through natural capital solutions. From 2015 to 2018 she led CPA Canada training sessions for accountants on climate change adaptation in BC, New Brunswick, Ontario and PEI. Through 2018-20 she developed and delivered next generation materials for CPA Canada. Recently she has been co-writing a case study on climate change adaptation for a municipal transit authority. Susan is especially interested in ecosystem based strategies for community and organizational resilience. In 2019 she prepared a natural capital inventory for the District of West Vancouver that was the basis for a Council approved recommendation to support natural capital stewardship. Susan is a Visiting Instructor in the Beedie School of Business teaching two undergraduate courses in sustainability management. She also serves on the Board of Douglas College, including as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.