Tuesday, October 5th and Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
Registration Deadline: September 27, 2021
Cancellation Fee: $50
Dr. Blair Feltmate is the Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation. Previous positions he has held include Vice President, Sustainable Development, Bank of Montreal; Director, Sustainable Development, OPG; Partner, Sustainable Investment Group/YMG Capital Management; and President, Sustainable Systems Associates. Dr. Feltmate has written textbooks on Sustainable Banking (University of Toronto Press), and Aquatic Ecology (CAB International). He is generally interviewed by the media 100-150 times per year.
Dr. Feltmate is a member of the Sustainable Finance Advisory Council, Global Risk Institute. He is Chair, Adaptation Committee, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). He is on the Advisory Board on Climate Change, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), Ontario. Dr. Feltmate was Chair, Federal Government of Canada Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation and Resilience Results; and Chair, Electricity Transmission and Distribution Adaptation Standard, Canadian Standards Association. He is former Chair of Pollution Probe, and he was Chair/Founder of the Sustainable Electricity Program, Canadian Electricity Association.
Session: Living on the Edge
Managing Municipal Risk Associated with Shore Erosion in Ontario Communities
Summary: Coastal municipalities bordering the Great Lakes are subject to unique risk exposures due to their location to open water. Recent erosion events in Southern Ontario have shone a light on the many concerns municipalities face as well as the citizens who live in those communities.
Our presentation will discuss exposures and ways to mitigate them so that municipalities can be resilient in the face of not only erosion, but potential liability claims that may arise because of eroding shorelines.
We will discuss:
- Legal liability as it pertains to building permits and changing building codes
- Liability in the event of failure of mitigation measures - different measures and creating a best practice for the municipality to administer them. Does a failure to mitigate create liability?
- Physical damage hazards – how erosion processes can impact municipal assets – from roads, to trails to structures.
Session: The Road Ahead for Climate Adaptation
Summary: There is a credible body of scientific evidence that shows climate change is occurring and human activities are a contributing factor putting our man-made and natural environment at risk. We have already experienced the effects of climate change where extreme heat has buckled pavement and intense rain events have flooded cities. Current adaptation efforts will help, but we also need to think of how we can make our infrastructure more resilient when planning for new construction. Governments must be able to adjust their infrastructure plans to ensure we have clean air, clean water, good roads, and quality services to meet todays and tomorrows needs.
This session will focus on road and storm water infrastructure and answer these questions:
- What do we need to know about the changing climate and where do we go for information?
- How is climate change impacting these assets?
- Are there any proven adaptation strategies for roads and storm water management?
- We just finished our asset management plan how do we go forward?