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Blair Feltmate named chair of Government of Canada expert panel on adapting to climate change

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Led by ENV prof, the Federal Government has created an expert panel on adapting to climate change.

Blair FeltmateThe panel, chaired by Blair Feltmate, a researcher in Environment's School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, will advise the Government of Canada on measuring progress on adaptation and climate resilience to better understand how federal, provincial, and territorial adaptation efforts are building Canada’s resilience to climate change. This includes providing up-to-date information, supporting climate-smart infrastructure, and updating building codes. The panel will also support the federal government in better communicating to Canadians how we are preparing for and adapting to the current and future impacts of climate change.

The panel will also include academic, private sector, government, non-government, and Indigenous representation. The panel will engage with provinces and territories in its work.

The panel will also support the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which is Canada’s plan to meet our greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, build resilience to the impacts of climate change, and create clean growth and jobs through investments in clean technology, innovation, and infrastructure.

Feltmate, who also heads the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation is a leading voice in Canada and around the world efforts to de-risk Canada relative to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events.

Learn more about the panel in the official Government of Canada release