About Us

The Prairie Climate Centre enables governments, businesses and community members across the Prairies to reduce their vulnerability to climate variability and change by providing access to an innovative, stakeholder-driven hub for data, guidance, research, knowledge exchange, training and capacity building.

The Prairie Climate Centre (PCC) is a collaboration of The University of Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The PCC is housed in the Richardson College for the Environment at The University of Winnipeg.

Meet the Prairie Climate Centre team

Ryan Smith, M.Sc.

Climate Change Researcher

  • Climatologist
  • Cartographer
  • Computer Programmer
  • (photo credit: David Lipnowski, University of Winnipeg)

Steve McCullough

Dr. Steve McCullough

Research Associate, Digital Humanities

  • Web developer and web GIS programmer
  • Evidence-based climate communications strategist
  • Communications and cultural theory researcher

Ariane Dilay

Research Assistant

  • Computer mapping specialist
  • Undergraduate Student, University of Winnipeg

Laura Cameron

PCC Masters Student

  • Ethnobiologist
  • Indigenous knowledge and climate change
  • Community-based researcher


Dr. Hank Venema

Planning Director

  • Policy Analyst, International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Professional Engineer


Dr. Ian Mauro

Communication Director

  • Film Maker
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Winnipeg


Dr. Danny Blair

Scientific Director

  • Climatologist
  • Professor, Department of Geography
  • Acting Dean of Science, University of Winnipeg