The Resilience By Design (RbD) Lab engages in research and climate change capacity-building projects with the goal of seeding and fostering innovation and systems change for a just and resilient future. Our research projects all seed and foster innovation and systems change. We involve youth, working professionals, educators, and communities through:

(A) creative action and participatory research; and (B) education and training initiatives.

Here are some of our current and completed projects:

  • Climate Action Competency Framework      (CACF v.2)

    Climate Action Competency Framework (CACF v.2)

    The Climate Action Competency Framework (v.2 – 2023) provides diverse individuals, organizations, industries, and communities with a way of understanding and building the knowledge and skills necessary for designing, planning, and implementing climate adaptation and mitigatation strategies, actions, and plans. This version of the CACF is based on the original Climate Adaptation Competency Framework (CACF…

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  • Adaptation Learning Network

    Adaptation Learning Network

    The Adaptation Learning Network (ALN)’s mandate is to increase British Columbia’s capacity to adapt to climate change.  The ALN designs and delivers learning opportunities for working professionals via three pillars: Courses, Competencies, and an Adaptation Network. Vision Climate change is having an unprecedented impact on social and biological systems and presents a significant threat to…

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  • CanAdapt


    CanAdapt is a collaboration between Resilience by Design Lab at Royal Roads University and the Climate Risk Institute. The groundwork has been laid to create a not-for-profit corporation designed to amplify and simplify public and private sector involvement in climate-informed workforce development through a Canadian Climate Adaptation Digital Portal that connects climate-action related education and training “suppliers” with the needs…

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  • Master of Arts in Climate Action Leadership

    Master of Arts in Climate Action Leadership

    The Master of Arts in Climate Action Leadership is an innovative graduate program that brings together students and professionals in an open learning environment to enhance their skills and capacities to lead climate change action efforts. The program uses an open pedagogical approach that engages students in generating new ideas and solutions to address climate crises. Content…

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  • Microcredentials: Climate Adaption Fundamentals

    Microcredentials: Climate Adaption Fundamentals

    The Climate Action Fundamentals (CAF): Foundations Micro-credential is focused on supporting professionals developing competencies related to ability to integrate climate considerations, and specifically climate-adaptation considerations in their work. This micro-credential is designed for professionals and front-line workers in corporate, government, small-business, consulting services and non-governmental organisations who are new to understanding climate impacts and the…

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  • Community Engagement For Natural Asset Management

    Community Engagement For Natural Asset Management

    Local governments are starting to understand, measure, manage and account for natural assets as well as the engineered assets that provide services to our communities. With First Nations and municipalities mitigating and adapting to climate change, they need professional advice on managing natural infrastructure or natural assets. So, this project aims to understand what skills…

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  • Place & Disaster Resilience Banting

    Place & Disaster Resilience Banting

    It has been evident for years that climate change has increased both the occurrence and the severity of natural hazard related disasters such as floods, storms, and wildfires. This 2017 research project explored the role of youths’ connection to place when confronted with a climate change related disaster and how best to support youth, their…

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  • Resilient Youth in Stressed Environments

    Resilient Youth in Stressed Environments

    Resilient Youth in Stressed Environments (RYSE) was a five-year international research project that  examined the psychological, social, and biological resilience of young people, their families and extended communities who are stressed by living in environments affected by oil production.  Vision Youth living close to industrial locations experience increased risks of harmful environmental exposures from regular…

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  • Climate Conversations

    Climate Conversations

    Vision Process Partners Impact Reports & Publications

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  • Imagining Canada’s Future

    Imagining Canada’s Future

    Imagining Canada’s Future aimed to identify knowledge about the ways in which energy production and consumption may affect children and youth, and recommendations for future research and action. Vision This project—Imagining Canada’s Future: A knowledge synthesis of research on children, youth & energy systems—examined existing social science literature related to the biological, psychological and social…

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