Air Quality & Health Workshop 2022

The theme of  BC Lung's Air Quality & Health Workshop 2022 is 'Gimme Shelter' - Adapting the Indoor Environment to Reduce the Harmful Impacts of Climate Change.

WHEN & WHERE: June 16, 2022 from 8:30am - 4:30pm at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, 1000 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC

REGISTER: Click here!

WORKSHOP 2022 FOCUS: 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.

Wildfire smoke and extreme heat events can also co-occur. In these circumstances, people are simultaneously exposed to two physiological stressors. Those who are most susceptible to the health effects associated with exposure to wildfire smoke are also more susceptible to the health effects associated with exposure to extreme heat.

The risks associated with both wildfire smoke and extreme heat can be mitigated through a variety of measure, 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.

The 2022 BC Lung Workshop will explore how the indoor environment can be used as an effective adaptation to the changing climate, particularly related to extreme heat and wildfire smoke.  Organized annually, the event brings together air quality and environmental health experts and policymakers to share new insights regarding priority public health issues. 


8:00 - 8:25 Registration and Breakfast

8:25 - 8:30 Welcome, Introduction, and Acknowledgment of Traditional Territory

Morning Chair: Chris Carlsten

Dr. Carlsten is UBC Professor/Head of Respiratory Medicine, Canada Research Chair in Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease, Director of the Air Pollution Exposure Laboratory and Director of Legacy Airway Health.

8:30 - 9:30 Overview Talk: Smoke and Heat

Presenter: Dr. Sarah Henderson is Scientific Director in Environmental Health Services at BCCDC and an Associate Professor in the UBC School of Population & Public Health. 

9:30 - 10:00 Overview of Indoor Environment

Presenter: Dr. Elliott Gall is Assistant Professor and Director of the Green Building Research Laboratory (GBRL), which is currently investigating urban air quality and air pollution exposure in Portland schools, the impact of urban greenery on air quality, and investigation of indoor oxidation occurring on building and human surfaces. 

10:00 - 10:30 BREAK

10:30 - 11:00 Filtration/Ventilation

Presenter: Dr. Jeffrey Siegel is Professor of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto and a member of the university’s Building Engineering Research Group. He holds joint appointments at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences.

11:00 - 11:30 Smoke-proofing Buildings

Presenter: Kevin Delahunt has been active in the Filtration and Indoor Air Quality industry for over 40 years. He is a Certified Air Filtration Specialist (CAFS) from the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA). He is a life member of ASHRAE and the Building Operators Association (BOA). 

11:30 - 12:00 Presentation of Bates Scholarships

12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH

Afternoon Chair: Michael Brauer

UBC Professor, Dr. Brauer was former Director of the School of Environmental Health and the Occupational and Environmental Health. He holds associate appointments in the UBC Division of Respiratory Medicine and Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. He is also an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington.

1:00 - 1:30 Indoor Air Temperature - Physiological Response to Heat

Presenter: Dr. Glen P. Kenny is a Full Professor of Physiology at the University of Ottawa and holds a University Research Chair in Human Environmental Physiology. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the American College of Sports Medicine and is director of the Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit (HEPRU).

1:30 - 2:00 Architecture/Cooling

Presenter: Dr. Adam Rysanek is Assistant Professor of Environmental Systems at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture ( SALA) at UBC. He completed his PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge in 2014, and previously received his MScE and BASc in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada.

2:00 - 2:30 BREAK

3:00 - 3:30 Case Study (BC Interior - Armstrong)

Presenter: Jenny Green is Team Lead for Healthy Communities at Interior Health BC

3:30 - 4:00 Case Study (BC Housing)

Presenter: Magdalena Szpala is Director, Sustainability and Resiliency at BC Housing 

4:00 - 4:30 Equity

Presenter: Rebekka Schnitter is a policy analyst at Health Canada’s Climate Change and Innovation Bureau

4:30 - 4:45 Closing Remarks and Evaluation

Questions? Dr. Menn Biagtan, VP: or Matthew Wong, Coordinator:, BC Lung Health Programs & Initiatives.


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