Join us! Workshop on Natural Capital, Thursday, June 16th, 9:30am-Noon

Asset Management BC presents part II of the three-part workshop series leading up to the November conference at the Westin Wall Centre in Richmond, BC.

Sign up through CivicInfo and join us Thursday June 16th 9:30-Noon for the “Natural Capital” Workshop.  (all registrants will receive a copy of the workshop, so if you cannot physically be there, you will still have access to the material)

Workshop Facilitator – Doug Allin,  Chief Administrative Officer, Township of Spallumcheen, Co-Chair of the Asset Management BC Partnership Committee.





Check out our great line up of topics and presenters:

Megan Chorlton, MIABC

Local Government Liability Risks Arising from Climate Change

Liability implications of climate change and how large-scale weather events play a role in this equation. What local governments can anticipate with respect to the impacts of extreme weather events on their liability exposure. Statutory immunity; what do we have in place, and what are its limitations.

Megan joined MIABC ten years ago after practicing law at a prominent  Vancouver firm.  Megan began as Legal Counsel but soon took on key leadership roles as Director of Member Services and General Counsel, leveraging her previous experience in education and the law. Under her stewardship, the Member Services Department has evolved into a seven-person cross-functional team, and the annual Risk   Management Conference has become B.C.’s largest annual gathering of local government staff. As General Counsel, Megan not only is responsible for internal and external legal services but also plays a vital role in the MIABC’s corporate and real estate operations.



Caroline Jackson, Manager, Climate Action, Natural Systems and Biodiversity, Office of the CAO, District of North Vancouver

Future-Proofing for Climate Change Realities

Focusing on how the District of North Vancouver is adapting to impacts of climate change such as sea level rise, more extreme rainfall, and other geo-hazards: impacts on drainage systems, upsizing of storm water systems, longer term sea level rise strategy for adapting private and public infrastructure, flood mitigation, creek daylighting, incorporating nature based benefits in the infrastructure work, preventing wild fires by increasing forest resilience.

Caroline’s team works closely with a number of partners to implement a broad range of sustainability programs. Caroline holds a B.Sc. in Biology and Computer Science from Simon Fraser University and a M.Sc. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Caroline’s experience includes environmental management, waste management, climate protection, and community-based social marketing.


Emanuel Machado, Town of Gibsons

and Matthias Bass, ‘Statsmen’, Victoria

Development of a Natural Asset Dashboard

The team in Gibsons have developed and updated 5-6 local government resiliency models in the last 3-4 years. When these are “wired” together, we will better understand the relationship between drainage and aquifer recharge, sewer treatment plants, water distribution system, tree inventory and more in a complex three dimensional equation. 


Emanuel Machado is the Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Resiliency Officer of the Town of Gibsons, BC and the Chair of the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI).

Since 2001, Emanuel has worked with communities throughout Canada, promoting a greater use of renewable energy, net-zero buildings, water strategies, social plans and sustainability frameworks, all with a focus on people, recognized with numerous awards including the Arbor Vitae Award from the Province of British Columbia and the Professional Award for Innovation in local government.

More recently, Emanuel lead the development of the Town of Gibsons Eco-Assets Strategy, a first in North America to formally recognize the role of nature as a fundamental component of the municipal infrastructure system, leading to a greater understanding of the value of ecosystems services and improved financial and operational management plans of the community’s natural assets.

Matt Bass is the owner and founder of ‘Statsmen’, a complex system modelling company in Victoria, BC. Since 2018, Matt focuses on complex system networks, AI learning networks, game-engine based 3D modelling and visuals of complex systems and statistical analysis. His goal is to connect communities with the analytical power of networks, striving towards a higher resilience – simple and elegant. Matt started his career as a biologist specialized in lichens. As a part of his work he invested in developing his statistical skillset with the software R. This process helped him to transition into the area of complex system modelling. His PhD at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus involved network modelling and resilience of communities.

For more information, please contact Gabi Vindisch, AMBC Coordinator at [email protected]