Collaboration to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change Part Two

Wednesday, March 1, 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 2: Toronto Hydro’s Climate Adaptation Actions 

  • Presenter: Rob McKeown (Engineer, Toronto Hydro)
    • Rob is an Engineer in the Standards and Policy Planning department at Toronto Hydro. Over the last two years, Rob has been coordinating efforts of multiple groups in the company to implement a wide variety of climate adaptation initiatives. He is Toronto Hydro's representative on the City of Toronto's multi-sectoral "Resilient City Working Group". Rob received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2002 and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

  • Description: Whether it’s extreme heat, flooding, ice storms or other forms of extreme weather, an electric utility's infrastructure may be vulnerable to the changes in the climate. Electricity is an essential component of our society, so Toronto Hydro is in the process of integrating climate change adaptation strategies across its Engineering Division. In this webinar, Rob McKeown will discuss the process that Toronto Hydro has been following to adapt to climate change. Steps followed include a vulnerability assessment, roadmap development and implementation. Ongoing system resilience enhancements through capital and maintenance programs and new technologies will also be discussed. Finally, a status update of the roadmap implementation one year into the process will be presented.
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