ACT is conducting a series of nine-month sessions on the following topics: Biodiversity, Extreme Weather, Energy, Water Security, Crops & Food Supply, Sea Level Rise, Health Risks, Population Displacement, and New Technologies.

Each ACT session features inter-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder meetings attended by practitioners, industry, government, communities, NGOs, First Nations and leading researchers.

The meetings examine science developed to date and still needed, the problems we face and are already experiencing, and key issues that need addressing. They also include public dialogues offering the opportunity to engage with experts on top-of-mind issues.

Each session features a four-month policy development process led by a policy expert working with a team of graduate researchers. The team explores the current research, identifies knowledge gaps, and develops policy options for smart adaptation to the impacts being studied. They generate an overview of what we do and don’t know, and policy options for the path ahead.

ACT delivers a major report from each program session along with briefings geared to appropriate authorities. These take the form of one-pagers for Ministers, detailed notes for ADMs, and white papers detailing policy options for adaptation to each impact.

ACT publishes the program findings and posts session videos and presentation archives as a resource series for public and educational purposes.

Deliverables also include the establishment of networks and increased awareness about issues, impacts and options available to decision-makers and the public.


  • Clear recommendations for policy options addressing effective, sustainable adaptation
  • High-level influence on policy-making and public awareness
  • Roadmap of the issues
  • Breakdown of the current state of our knowledge and identification of expert sources
  • Description of knowledge gaps and recommendations for research
  • Creation of networks and communication between experts, practitioners and decision-makers
  • Web and print archives as tools for public education and policy-makers’ resources
  • Excellent publicity and validation for session/series partners