When we initiated the Adaptation Learning Network in January 2019, we knew we needed input from climate adaptation experts, course developers, and instructors. We needed much more, including support from digital marketing and communications experts, network-building experts, software and video producers, web designers, project and financial managers, participation from stakeholders and rights-holders, including Indigenous people, the ALN Advisory, and the Royal Roads University leadership team.
We greatly appreciate the active involvement of our funders:
- Natural Resources Canada (BRACE);
- BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Climate Action Secretariat;
- BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.
These organizations were vital in mobilizing this work and supporting the evolution of the project. ALN began with the goal of building and operationalizing climate adaptation courses and a competency framework. It has grown and shifted over the last three years, becoming a more comprehensive capacity-building initiative and a catalyst for climate action.
Thank you to all 138 people acknowledged here, a list with proportions we never imagined! This list includes more than fifty people and organizations who performed work for ALN through services contracts, plus many others who provided extensive ‘in-kind’ contributions and expertise. As with any list, there are others whom we may have missed and who supported the project at arm’s length. We extend our thanks to them as well.
A special thanks to my colleague, Vivian Forssman, ALN Program Manager, who has efficiently and effectively managed details on all elements of this project over the past three years. I and the project owe Vivian a huge debt of gratitude for her efforts, which have ensured that the project has stayed on track with people, process and purpose aligned and that the ALN has engaged and sustained a robust and diverse network.
Another special thanks to my colleague Deborah Zornes, Director of Research Services at Royal Roads University, whose financial and administrative support has been second-to-none. It has been Deb, behind the scenes, making sure all fifty of those service contracts got papered up, and she has been a thorough partner in the details and timeliness of financial reporting to our funders.
A big thanks as well to Brigit Forssman, Program Coordinator and Digital Communications Lead. Brigit’s efforts to coordinate and support this complex and evolving project have been invaluable, as has her leadership in designing and delivering a successful and creative digital communications strategy.
We are deeply appreciative of everyone’s contribution to Adaptation Learning Network and our collective efforts in advancing climate adaptation capacity-building in Canada.
Dr. Robin Cox
Professor and Director, Resilience by Design Lab
Project Lead for Adaptation Learning Network
Royal Roads University
Climate Adaptation Competency Framework
Dena Kae Beno
Climate Adaptation Experts
Many other support staff at participating BC universities
Beth Cougler Blom
Course Development & Technical Support / Royal Roads University
Course Portfolio Planning
Digital Marketing, Communications and Web Design
Funding Partner / BC Climate Action Secretariat
Funding Partner / BC Ministry Advanced Education & Skills Training
Funding Partner / Natural Resources Canada
Mary Anne Wilson
Indigenous Knowledge Contributors
Snxakila (Clyde Talio)
Hya-Quatcha (Chief Gordon Planes)
Wugadusk (David Isaac)
Leadership Support/ Royal Roads University
Micro-credential Strategy & Operations
Open Educational Resources
Per Espen Stoknes
Video and Graphic Design and Production
weADAPT Web Hosting & Course Repository