Facilitation: Weather and Health – Making Connections that Count!

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

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