The Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum (CCRF or the Community) has an executive board that is composed of:

The board is collectively in charge of providing direction to the CCRF and its strategic objectives, including but not limited to external communications, expanding the Community, opportunities for Community meet-ups and engagement.

The CCRF is also composed of Community members who are interested in, have passion for, and/or have expertise in coastal risk management, natural hazards and climate change. Our current membership is upwards of 55+ members. See a list of current community members.

Community lead

Jason Thistlethwaite, PhD

Jason Thistlethwaite

Jason Thistlethwaite is a professor at the University of Waterloo's School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) and a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

His research focuses on innovative strategies designed to reduce the economic impacts of extreme weather and climate change. Jason works directly with businesses, government, insurance, banking, investment and real estate industries to explore their roles in promoting climate change adaptation and reducing economic vulnerability.


Shaieree Cottar

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Shaieree Cottar is the coordinator of the CCRF. She is responsible for organizing and facilitating CCRF activities and engagement. She also engages in internal and external communications, including social media and online digital content.

Steering committee

The CCRF's steering committee members come from a variety of backgrounds, professions and disciplines including political science, landscape architecture, land use planning, coastal governance, climate change impacts, urban flood risk, and risk communication.

Click on each name of the steering committee members to find out more about them.