Vancouver’s resilience journey
Vancouver’s scenic views, mild climate, and friendly citizens have earned it a reputation as one of the most livable cities in the world.
However, the city’s long-term health could be undermined by rising sea levels and earthquakes: models show that a 7.3 magnitude earthquake could damage or destroy hundreds of thousands of buildings, and cost thousands of lives. Cascading emergencies would include flooding, water shortages, fires, hazardous materials incidents, and long-term power outages. The Insurance Bureau of Canada has modeled economic impacts of up to $75 billion, impacting the city for years.
A number of factors contribute to Vancouver’s growing challenge to provide affordable housing. In addition to the construction of new replacement housing, focused rehabilitation and the implementation of an energy-efficient infrastructure program is needed to preserve aging rental units before loss of affordable housing leads to even higher residential real estate prices.
Meet the Chief Resilience Officer
Lead Resilience Planner and Acting Chief Resilience Officer
Katia is the City of Vancouver’s lead Resilience Planner and Acting Chief Resilience Officer. She oversees the implementation of the Resilient Vancouver Strategy and works across City departments and with external partners to embed and elevate resilience across projects, planning processes, and programs. Currently, Katia is acting as a strategic advisor on COVID-19 adaptation and recovery planning. Previously, Katia led the Resilient Neighborhoods portfolio in Vancouver’s Resilience Office, and co-wrote the Resilient Vancouver Strategy. Katia also acted as the City’s Community Resilience Section Chief during Vancouver’s COVID-19 response efforts.
Prior to joining the City of Vancouver, Katia worked in the non-profit sector as a community developer and program manager for organizations serving marginalized communities. She holds a master’s degree in Disaster and Emergency Management, a bachelor’s degree in Urban Geography and International Relations, and an Associate Certificate in Non-Profit Management.