Gary Lines

Gary’s meteorological experience has spanned over 30 years and, geographically, most areas of Canada and offshore. His career with Environment Canada has taken him to Alberta and the Atlantic Provinces as a weather forecaster, lead meteorological instructor at the Transport Canada Training Institute in Cornwall, Ontario and Manager of the Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre (MetOc) at the Canadian Naval Dockyard in Halifax.

In 2006, Mr. Lines was appointed the Manager of the Climate Change Section in Meteorological Service of Canada Atlantic Operations to focus on the science, impacts and adaptation issues related to climate change in Atlantic Canada. His work covered all aspects of regional and global climate change and he has become a regional science resource on that topic.

 After retiring in 2010, Mr. Lines formed ClimAction Services in order to address requests for information and guidance related to climate change adaptation issues in Atlantic Canada. Since that time he has worked with Engineers Canada, the Nova Scotia Government, First Nation communities and other climate colleagues to provide climatological information supporting adaptation work.

 

Dave Kelly

As a partner with ClimAction Services David Kelly provides strategic advice in specialized fields of integrated water management, asset management, source water protection, climate change impacts and adaptation and strategic planning.  As a former Environment Canada manager of strategic planning he oversaw organizational planning, program reviews and program evaluations. David also developed and delivered education and outreach programs to build the capacity of clients such as First Nations, the provinces and communities across the country, to address cross-cutting issues such as climate change and integrated water management.  David managed the department’s involvement in key international fora, such as the International Joint Commission (St. Croix Watershed Management Board), in addressing trans-boundary water management and climate change issues.   He has also worked with all levels of government and the public in the provision of multi-disciplinary advice on climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives related to sea level rise. He played a key role in negotiating federal provincial agreements dealing with water management and climate change priorities and developed a strategic plan with international partners to guide planning efforts in the marine environment.  Finally David routinely undertook issues scans to help clients respond to internal and external factors which can affect the organization, its priorities and program directions.

 Vikki Bewsher

Throughout her 35 year career in the federal government Vikki has worked with various departments, mostly with Environment Canada, in a variety of areas including finance, information management, purchasing and informatics.  Vikki also spent several years in the regional Ministerial Correspondence Office writing and reviewing replies to letters to the Minister of the Environment and initiating and reviewing the development of briefing notes, scenario notes and Question and Answer cards on high profile issues (e.g. raising of the Irving Whale, Sydney Tar Ponds Remediation) for the Minister and the Regional Director General, Atlantic Region.

In the last 10 years of her career Vikki worked closely with Dave Kelly in analyzing and developing regional and national strategic planning initiatives for Environment Canada, as well as doing research on a variety of environmental issues in support of this work.

Jim Abraham

Jim has spent about 40 years studying weather and climate business. As an operational meteorologist with Environment Canada in cities from Halifax to Whitehorse, Jim has developed a thorough understanding of the weather and climate regimes across this country.

Much of Jim’s work with research has been collecting and analyzing data related to weather extremes.  He participated in two major winter storms projects in the 1980’s.  Subsequently in the 1990’s, Jim started the Canadian Hurricane forecast and research program, which included being lead investigator for several reconnaissance flights into tropical cyclones threatening Canada. 

As a senior executive within Environment Canada, Jim has managed a wide variety of weather and environmental programs.  In his last four years with Environment Canada, Jim was Director-General for the weather, water and climate observing and data management program.  During this time, Jim focused on the importance of Arctic observing.  He was the co-chair of the World Meteorological Organization’s Observations Task Team within the Polar Panel, and Canada’s lead for the Global Cryospheric Watch.  Passionate with the importance of snow observations, Jim established the CoCoRaHS volunteer network in Atlantic Canada.

Jim is currently the Atlantic Director for the Canadian Climate Forum, the president of the Halifax chapter of the Canadian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society, a partner in Climaction Services, and a part-time meteorologist on CBC radio. He is also an ambassador for the US NOAA Weather ready Nations initiative.  Most of his contract and volunteer work is advising stakeholders (e.g. insurance, government, First Nations) on the effective use of scientific climate and weather data and information to enable resilient communities.