Monday, September 26, 2016

Calgary builds resilience with help from global network

In May of this year, Calgary was selected to join 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation as part of the final wave of cities to join the global network.

100RC was launched by The Rockefeller Foundation in 2013 to enable 100 cities across the globe to better address chronic stresses and increasing incidents of acute shocks being faced by cities in the 21st century.

This week begins Calgary’s first official step as part of the 100RC Network – with a kick-off visit from Calgary’s 100RC Liaison and Advisor, Katya Sienkiewicz, Associate Director for City and Practice Management at 100RC.

This visit will give The City an opportunity to understand her role, learn more about the 100RC program and Calgary’s role within the network. We will spend the week orienting Ms. Sienkiewicz to City Administration and identifying action items to prepare for the next step in the program.

“This is an exciting time for The City,” says Christine Arthurs, Director of Resilience & Infrastructure Calgary. “Being part of 100RC means we will be able to tap into resilience experts around the world to elevate the resilience work that is already underway at The City and in Calgary.”

The next few years will be full of exciting opportunities as we participate in the 100RC Network. Without question, being a member of this global network will yield great benefits for The City, the community, our citizens and the region.

It is Calgary’s time! We will collaboratively rise to the challenge of building a more resilient city, and apply our learnings, strategies and vast support networks to achieve that goal.

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