The Meteorological Services of Canada, Ontario Region of Environment Canada,recognized a need for a broad stakeholders workshop to do the following:
- help identify and learn about the variety of weather, health and other related people, programs and agencies in this field;
- highlight and showcase successful example(s) of products and services from both Environment Canada and Health Canada, as well as potential stakeholders (local, regional provincial and national levels);
- identify needs and issues relating to products and services;
- develop a path forward so the stakeholders in the weather/health community can move together with increased communication, information and ways of doing business more effectively.
GAEL was contracted, and Susan, working closely with Gail Simmons, undertook the following:
- researched a list of critical stakeholders;
- contacted stakeholders and additional invitees;
- maintained communications with all stakeholders and invitees;
- designed, delivered and analyzed pre-workshop survey instrument;
- worked with presenters and panel members to ensure quality presentations;
- designed, refined and confirmed workshop outcomes;
- developed agenda;
- facilitated the workshop;
- recorded all discussions, communications and recommendations from workshop;
- prepared the final report for distribution to all participants.
The workshop itself included a series of presentations, followed by a facilitated panel discussions of local, regional and national experts, and individually facilitated small group working sessions to achieve the necessary outcomes. Victoria Hudec of Environment Canada, a remarkable individual who is a leader in weather and health issues in Canada, is currently undertaking additional initiatives that will build on the outcomes of this workshop, which included:
- bringing together the variety of weather, health and other related people and agencies in this field;
- showcasing successful example(s) of products and services from Environment Canada and Health Canada, provincial agencies and organizations, public health units and others involved in health and weather related issues
- establishing partnerships, new client relationships and linkages with existing products and services from Environment Canada and others.
- conducting a province wide needs analysis to determine where the gaps in products and services exist and who needs what information to be shared