September 2017

West Kootenay Branch AGM and Presentation

Engineering Resilient Communities: A local perspective on climate change adaptation

Please Note
If you have recieved your professional membership in the last six months and live in the West Kootenay region, the branch would like to celebrate this milestone at our event. We have reached out to the members who have recieved their P.Eng. and P.Geo. If you have not recieved an email or have questions, please contact [email protected] for more details. 
Status: Advanced registration is now closed. For space availability, please email [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM–9:30 PM
Location: Selkirk Room - Prestige Lakeside and Convention Centre, 701 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, BC
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $40.00 + GST = $42.00

Non-Member Price: $40.00 + GST = $42.00

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Student Member Price: $25.00 + GST = $26.25
Contact: Stefan Humphries
Phone: 250.354.1664
Email: [email protected]

John Stephens
Phone: 250.231.7221
Important Dates: To help us predict our catering needs, please register by September 15, 2017.
We welcome you to join the West Kootenay Branch for our upcoming Annual General Meeting.

As our climate changes, engineers must also evolve to create designs resilient to the impacts of extreme weather events. We will introduce the recently developed Engineers and Geoscientists BC Interim Practice Guidelines for Developing Climate Change Resilient Designs for Highway Infrastructure in BC to assist registered professionals in managing their practice.

New to climate science? Do not worry, Dr. Mel Reasoner will explain the basic concepts of climate change and the magnitude of global warming from a geological perspective. A local focus will be presented on the historical trends in the southern Selkirks and climate model projections for the region. Selected extreme climate indices and their significance for infrastructure will provide engineers with tools to adapt their practice to a changing environment. From here, we will highlight local case studies on municipal storm-water infrastructure, highway operations and maintenance, and climate change vulnerability.  


  • 5:00 PM–6:00 PM: Registration and networking (no-host bar)
  • 6:00 PM–6:45 PM: Branch business and Professional Induction
  • 6:45 PM–7:45 PM: Buffet Dinner  
  • 7:45 PM–8:45 PM: Presentation – Engineering Resilient Communities
  • 8:45 PM–9:30 PM: Questions and mingling with no-host bar  


Elise Paré

Elise Paré, P.Eng., holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science in Biochemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. She has over 19 years of experience working on a wide variety of provincial and community infrastructure projects, specializing in water and storm-water systems and is currently consulting as a senior project manager with WSP. 

Elise has applied her passion and experience in climate change adaptation through several public infrastructure vulnerability assessments. She is a member of Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Practice Guidelines Committee, working to develop the draft Professional Practice Guidelines for Developing Climate Change Resilient Designs for Highway Infrastructure.

Dr. Mel Reasoner

Mel Reasoner holds a PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Alberta.  Mel's research focused on past climate change and vegetation history in western North America and he taught courses in weather and climate, climate change, paleoclimatology and geology.  He directed an international initiative (sponsored by the Swiss Academy of Science) that focuses on global change issues in mountain regions worldwide and became involved in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment as a lead author of a chapter that examines atmospheric conditions and trends in mountain systems.  

Over the last 7 years, Mel contributed to the Columbia Basin Trust’s 'Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative' as a member of the technical support team and delivered many climate science presentations for this initiative.

Arn von Maydell

Arn obtained is Bachelor of Applied Science from UBC in 1987 and has been involved in geotechnical and heavy construction and maintenance for the past 30 years in British Columbia and Northwest Territories.  He has additional training and courses in Limit State Design, Building inspection and Geomorphology as well as project management and emergency management.  He is currently employed by the Province of BC as Area Manager, Bridges in West Kootenay District for Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.  His current interest is operational risk management of highway infrastructure.

Buffet Menu

  • West Coast Salad Bar: Selection of fresh leaves, cabernet and wild berry emulsion, citrus miso dressing, dried apricots, sundried cranberries, shaved almonds, walnuts, shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes, english cucumber, and croutons
  • Butter herb roast fingerling potatoes tossed with garlic confit fresh herbs and butter
  • Roasted seasonal vegetables
  • New Orleans Roast Chicken: Hand cut bone-in chicken, crusted in house blend cajun spice, finished with a roast bell pepper concasse
  • Sundried Tomato Pesto Fusilli: Sundried tomatoes and pesto sauce, black olives, artichoke heart, spinach, red onion and cherry tomato, topped with Parmesan cheese.
  • Dessert: Assorted french cakes

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