PICS Economic Impacts of Climate Change and Adaptation in the B.C. Agricultural Sector

Date(s) - December 17, 2014
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Speakers: Kayleigh Donahue and Ian McLachlan


2489 Sinclair Rd. University House One, Room 002
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
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Please join the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, in person or by webcast, for this free public lecture by Kayleigh Donahue and Ian McLachlan. Kayleigh will present results from her PICS internship and co-op term at the B.C Ministry of Agriculture. Her research focused on the economic impacts of climate change and adaptation and included a literature review and scenario analysis. Ian will provide context about the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture Climate Change Adaptation Program.

Kayleigh Donahue is a master’s student in the Department of Economics at the University of Victoria. She completed her bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Alberta, where she focused on the economics of natural resources, energy and the environment. After two successive terms in the Macroeconomic Forecasting unit at Alberta Treasury Board and Finance, she started a long term fiscal forecasting project in the newly formed Fiscal Policy unit before leaving to start her graduate degree. Upon the completion of her graduate coursework, Kayleigh took a co-op research position at the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture to investigate the economic impacts of climate change and adaptation. During her undergraduate degree Kayleigh was a lot attendant and sales associate for MINI and is still passionate about energy efficient and electric vehicles.

Ian McLachlan is the manager of the climate action team at the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture. The team has one staff position, and is focused on administering programming to support climate change adaptation. The delivery agent for the programming is the B.C. Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative, which has completed a series of risk and opportunity assessments and four regional adaptation strategies, and is promoting farm-level adaptation practices.  Ian has an M.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Calgary, both specializing in natural resource economics and public finance/policy. Before coming to B.C., he worked at the Saskatchewan Finance Ministry, and then for a major Canadian oil and gas company in Calgary. With the B.C. Public Service, Ian has supported the Chief Forester’s determinations of allowable annual cut levels, and provided analysis for strategic land use plans in the Central Coast, North Coast, and Haida Gwaii. Outside work, he enjoys volunteering with a project in Mozambique, singing in a community choir, and a great deal of rock and roll music.

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