Canadian Climate Change Leadership Network

Climate Leadership in Practice

Brad is a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo. His interests are in climate change adaptation, risk management, natural hazards, and most recently, climate leadership.  He has degrees in Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto.  He spent over 30 years in the Canadian federal civil service, with expertise in both project and program management.   Brad is also an Affiliate with Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC).

The Master in Climate Change Program (MCCP), University of Waterloo

The National Municipal Adaptation Program (NMAP)

Canada-Caribbean Coastal Climate Adaptation Strategies (C-Change)

The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) Certification Program

What is the CCCLN?

The Partners

Advancing Climate Change leadership


The Canadian Climate Change Leadership Network (CCCLN) is an integral part of a research project on developing sound adaptation practices.  It is based at the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Environment.  The goal of the CCCLN is to provide timely and relevant information to scientists, policy-makers, community members and those tasked with moving climate change activities from knowledge to action.

The Project

The full title of the research project is An Evaluation of Leadership in Multi-Level Climate Change Adaptation Practice. 

Increasingly, it has been recognized that leaders, champions and entrepreneurs are important for implementing climate change adaptation initiatives at all levels.  Canada, in its most recent scientific review, has identified leadership as important in moving from knowledge about climate change impacts and vulnerabilities to concrete action.  Many communities are moving forward with adaptation innovations.  The social sciences are beginning to examine this through in-depth research on how specific aspects of leadership theory can contribute to an understanding of the process of adaptation over the long term. 

The Climate Leadership in Practice (CLiP) project will be conducting in-depth interviews with key actors and decision-makers in the Atlantic Region who have experience with climate change adaptation initiatives.

The purpose of the CLiP project is to explore what it means to be a climate change leader and what key social influence techniques have worked in the past.  It will also allow for the identification of what barriers restrict the adoption of adaptation innovations and explore means of addressing them.  The CLiP project will ultimately provide insights for climate change professionals on sound methods for leadership development, mentoring and training.

Bradley May, University of Waterloo, Environmental Change & Governance Group


This collaborative research has received support by

The University of Waterloo, Partnership for Canada-Caribbean Community Climate Change Adaptation (ParCA) project

The University of Waterloo, Environmental Change & Governance Group (ECGG) 

The University of Prince Edward Island Climate Lab

Brock University Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC)

What makes a climate change leader?

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Skillful Engagement

Mitigation. Adaptation. Sustainability. Development Pathways. Leadership.

All terms we are going to hear more and more leading up to Paris and beyond. How do we move forward with concrete climate solutions given this complexity? How can climate leadership facilitate this process? One of the ways is through skillful engagement. In The Adaptive Challenge of Climate Change, Karen O’Brien & Elin Selboe observe that skillful engagement is necessary for social transformation. This takes the conventional view of leadership and turns it on its head.  Skillful engagement is about collective decision-making, emerging through networks of knowledgeable people. Skillful engagement is more than hoping that what we have done in the past will work in the future. We require new, innovative approaches, individual and collective reflexivity, and transformational learning processes to move forward with the adaptive challenge of climate change. It’s all about dialogue, deliberation and learning from each other.

Listen. Learn. Collaborate. Act.

This is the first in a series of climate leadership concepts to be shared via CCCLN . For more information, you can contact Brad May

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