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Research Talks

Designing smart and climate savvy cities

Monday, February 3, 2020

6:30 p.m.


10 King Street West, Kitchener

A public event and panel discussion examining smart infrastructure and sustainability

This event is at capacity and registration is now closed.

5:45 p.m.

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Ride the ION to THEMUSEUM with one of the Research Talks speakers. Jeff Casello will provide commentary enroute to the THEMUSEUM via Waterloo Region's new light rail transit system.

6:30 p.m. Panel presentation and discussion
8:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Chat with panelists and tour THEMUSEUM's climate change exhibit: ALARM

In addition to the panelists, the following researchers will also be available to discuss smart infrastructure and sustainability:


Kathy Bardswick

Planning and financing smart and sustainable cities

Kathy BardswickKathy Bardswick is President and Chief Executive Officer at the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices. Her professional career spanned nearly four decades with The Co-operators Group Ltd. until she stepped down from her role as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2016. During her tenure as CEO, she led The Co-operators sustainability journey, receiving various domestic and global recognition for the insurance group’s efforts. Kathy was appointed Honorary Chartered Insurance Professional with the Insurance Institute of Canada and she also sits on the boards of Foresters Financial, Wawanesa, University of Waterloo, and Metrolinx. At Research Talks, she will discuss how an integrated approach to sustainable financing will help cities adapt and face the challenges associated with climate change and urbanization.

Jeff Casello

Land use and how transit facilitates compact urban development

Jeff CaselloJeff Casello is a jointly-appointed professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Planning who specializes in the planning, design, and operation of public transportation systems. His research focuses on urban transportation systems and how they impact healthy and economically viable urban centres. Given his expertise, Jeff has provided policy guidance to members of Parliament in 2014 and mayors of Southwestern Ontario in 2016. He has also worked with many transit agencies and cities in the United States, Canada, and abroad. At Research Talks, he will discuss the role public transportation systems play in building smart cities that consider the well-being of humans, economies, and the planet. 

John Cicuttin

Building a strategic network of connected transit

John Cicuttin

John Cicuttin is the Manager of Transit Development at the Region of Waterloo. With a strong background in transit planning, he has played a key role in building the Region's integrated transit network which is fundamental to achieving the Region's strategic goals of creating a more compact urban form and increasing the use of sustainable transportation.  At Research Talks, he will discuss the Region's commitment and focus related to expanding the Grand River Transit system anchored to the ION Light Rail Transit line. He will also discuss the ION stage two to Cambridge as part of an overall plan to continue to enhance the liveability and vibrancy of Waterloo Region.

Elizabeth English

Amphibious housing for sustainable flood adaptation

Elizabeth EnglishElizabeth English is an associate professor, architecture, specializing in amphibious foundation systems as a flood mitigation and climate adaptation strategy that supports the preservation of traditional housing forms and cultural practices. She is working on projects for indigenous and indigent populations in south Louisiana, the Canadian north, Jamaica, and Vietnam. She is the founder and director of the Buoyant Foundation Project, a not-for-profit organization that is a leader in the development of amphibious technologies for affordable housing and retrofitting existing homes. At Research Talks, she will discuss the use of buoyant foundations in flood-sensitive locations and how her research is creating resiliency in vulnerable communities. 

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