Collaboration to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change Part One

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm


The Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR) presents a Two-Part Webinar Series:

Collaboration to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change:

An emerging trend in climate change risk management is a systems perspective considering the interdependencies of infrastructure providers. The first webinar provides an overview of how the City of Toronto has engaged internal divisions and external organizations, such as Toronto Hydro and other utilities, to better understand and manage climate risk. The second webinar provides a more detailed look at how Toronto Hydro is taking practical actions to adapt to climate change.

Part 1: Interdependencies and Multi-sectoral Climate Change Risk Management

  • Presenter: David MacLeod (Senior Environmental Specialist, City of Toronto)
    • Over the last 30 years, David has worked for over a dozen sectors in environmental risk management across Canada, including seven electrical and gas utilities in five Canadian provinces. For the last 10 years, as Senior Environmental Specialist in the City of Toronto, David has focussed on collaboratively assessing and managing risks associated with climate change in Toronto. His work engages infrastructure and social service providers on issues of business continuity, cost avoidance and consideration of vulnerable populations. He is a frequent public speaker, university level instructor and former Certified Environmental Auditor. David holds a MA in Environmental Geography and BSc in Environmental Science. He is a member of the Engineers Canada Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) and is one of Toronto's staff liaisons with C40.

  • Description: The City of Toronto has been a pioneer in the field of municipal climate change risk assessment for a decade. Collaborative engagement of both internal and external infrastructure organizations that support "core functions" of Toronto has been essential to this groundbreaking work. Central to that thinking has been consideration of how sectors such as electricity, natural gas, district heating/cooling, roads, water supply, drainage, railways etc. are dependent on each other for ongoing operation. This creates a complex web of "interdependencies" that can break down when extreme weather causes damage to engineered systems not designed for this level of stress. Beyond climate stresses, factors of increasing population and infrastructure deficit may create a "perfect storm" and possible "cascade or domino failures", which may be mitigated by advance identification of key failure points of high dependency.
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