19th Annual Air Quality & Health Workshop


With a changing climate, many locations in Canada will see more extreme weather events. Heat events will become more frequent and more intense. The wildfire season is also expected to become longer with more frequent and severe fires.

The risks associated with both wildfire smoke and extreme heat can be mitigated through a variety of measures, including education, adaptation, and developing resiliency and preparedness in communities and health systems. Adapting indoor environments to ensure they remain cool, with relatively clean air during smoke and/or heat episodes, is an important tool in preventing illness related to heat and air pollution.

Download the Workshop Presentations here:

Extremely Hot and Very Smoky: The Changing Face of Summer in British Columbia

Dr. Sarah Henderson, BC Centre for Disease Control and UBC School of Population & Public Health 

You Can’t Always Get What You Want… But Can Buildings Give Us What We Need?

Dr. Elliott Gall, Portland State University

Making a Home a Sanctuary with Filtration and Ventilation: Challenges and Opportunities

Dr. Jeffrey Siegel, University of Toronto 

Reducing the Effects of Wildfire Smoke in the Built Environment

Kevin Delahunt, BGE Indoor Air Quality Solutions 

Extreme Heat Events & Indoor Temperature Limits to Protect Vulnerable Populations

Dr. Glen P. Kenny, University of Ottawa

Climate, Carbon, COVID, Cooling and Comfort: Are We Heading for a Windowless Society?

Dr. Adam Rysanek, University of British Columbia

Urban Heat and Community Design

Dr. James Voogt, Western University

Heat Alert & Response System (HARS): Lessons Learned from a Rural BC Perspective

Jenny Green, Interior Health

BC Housing: A Case Study

Magdalena Szpala, BC Housing

Climate Change & Health Equity

Rebekka Schnitter, Public Health Agency of Canada


Watch the presentations on-demand: Click here


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