University of Waterloo
Environment 3 Building
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada
Tel. (519) 888-4567
As Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre), my primary interest is to de-risk Canada relative to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. The Intact Centre's website can be found at www.intactcentreclimateadaptation.ca.
Key areas of focus for the Intact Centre are:
Home Flood Protection Program - helps homeowners reduce their risk of basement flooding and minimize damage if flooding occurs. The program provides free online self-help resources and a custom, fee-for-service flood-risk evaluation, known as the 'Home Flood Protection Assessment'. In roughly one hour, a trained Flood Protection Assessor works with the homeowner to complete a 50-point visual assessment of potential sources of water entry into the home. A concise, easy to read report identifies top ranked actions to reduce flood-risk. Read the interim report here: http://www.intactcentreclimateadaptation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/HFPP-Interim-Report-Dec-2017-FINAL.pdf
Infrastructure Adaptation Program - helps communities across Canada to reduce their risk of flooding through two areas of focus:
- Flood-Resilient Community Design: Developing a national Standard(s) for designing new flood-resilient residential communities. The Standards Council of Canada and the Intact Centre joined forces to develop a new report on best practices for making new residential communities flood-resilient. To learn more, please see: http://www.intactcentreclimateadaptation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/SCC-UWaterloo-ICCAFINAL-Press-Release.pdf
- Natural Infrastructure Valuation: Quantifying the economic value of natural infrastructure (e.g. wetlands) to limit flood risk
Corporate-Specific Adaptation Program (CSAP) - identifies and reduces risks associated with climate change and extreme weather events.
The Intact Centre utilizes media outreach to convey to audiences the financial and social challenges presented by climate change, and how adaptation can cost-effectively limit future losses that will otherwise escalate. For a list of recent media activity, see http://www.intactcentreclimateadaptation.ca/news/in-the-media/
|Ph.D.||Theoretical and Applied Ecology, University of Toronto|
|M.E.A.Sc.||Sustainable Development, Wilfrid Laurier University|
|M.Sc.||Zoology, University of Toronto|
|Hons. B.Sc.||Biology/Geography, University of Toronto|
Feltmate, B. & Moudrak, N. (2017). Good-Natured. Canadian Underwriter, August 26, 2017
Weber, O., & Feltmate, B. 2016. Sustainable Banking: Managing the Social and Environmental Impact of Financial Institutions. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Zizzo, L., T. Allan, and J. Kyriazis, with guidance from B.W. Feltmate. 2014. Understanding Canadian Electricity Generation and Transmission Sectors’ Action and Awareness on Climate Change and the Need to Adapt.
Feltmate, B. 2014. These Manitoba floods are just the beginning. We need to prepare for worse. Globe and Mail, July 2, Commentary.
Feltmate, B. and J. Thistlethwaite. 2013. Canada’s Real Housing Crisis: Extreme Weather. Globe and Mail, July 29, Commentary.
Feltmate, B. 2013. Extreme Weather? Why We Should Adapt. Special to the National Post, July 15, p. 9.
Feltmate, B. and J. Thistlethwaite. 2012. Climate Change Adaptation: A Priorities Plan for Canada. Climate Change Adaptation Project (Canada), University of Waterloo/Intact Financial Corporation.pp. 122.
- Global News, July 2018: Federal report urges Canadians to 'act now' on climate change.
- CBC The Current, July 2018: Is Canada prepared for climate change? Adaptation is key, says expert.
- CTV News Windsor, June 2018: Basement flooding can have long-term effects on mental health: study
- CTV News Saskatchewan, April 2018: Saskatchewan's Home Flood Protection Program
- Canadian Underwriter, February 2018: Flood risk training for home inspectors
- CHCH, January 2018: Flood concerns
- TVO, November 2017: How climate change is already costing you money
- Globe and Mail, September 2017: Canada working on new flooding standards amid soaring insurance rates
- Maclean's, September 2017: Canada not ready for a future of massive storms
- Globe and Mail, May 2017: Anatomy of a deluge: are the Quebec floods a sign of things to come
- CTV News, May 2017: Protecting Homes from Heavy Flooding
- National Post, May 2017: Flood response sufficient but Canadian governments need more focus on prevention, experts say
- Global News, May 2017: Here's how much climate change can cost homeowners in damages
- Global News, February 2017. Exclusive: Building codes across Canada to be updated to reflect climate change.
- CBC News, January 2017. Homeowners Ill-informed about flood compensation.
- Metro Morning, January 2017 (television interview).
CBC The National, December 2016 (television interview).
World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, October 2016. Canada Provinces and Yukon Score a C- in Flood Disaster Mitigation; Immediate Action Recommended (article).
The Globe and Mail, October 2016. Canada not ready for climate change, report warns (article).
Canadian Underwriter, October 2016. Barely passable grade on flood preparedness demands immediate action: report
CBC Information Morning - Fredericton, February 2016 (radio interview).
Calgary Herald, May 2016. Alberta government preparing for climate related disasters (article).
The Observer, April 2016. Time to embrace reality that climate change is here to stay (article).
Globe and Mail, Feb 2016. Extreme weather will cost Ottawa almost $1 billion yearly (article).
Renew Canada, Dec 2015. The costs of not acting far exceed the costs of acting (article).
Globe and Mail, Nov 2015. Insurers look for new ways to cope with climate change (article).
Toronto Star, Nov 2015. University of Waterloo plan focuses on helping homes lessen risk of flooding (article).
The Tyee, Nov 2015. Bracing for the Next Deluge (article).
CTV News Channel, Nov 2015. Canada's role in climate talks (video).
The Mississauga News, Sept 2015. Calculating the “return on investment” of green infrastructure (article).
Ducks Unlimited, Sept 2015. Weathering the storm (video).
Globe & Mail, July 2015. Shelters from the storm: Preparing cities for a changing climate – before it’s too late (article).
Doc Zone, May 2015. Weather Gone Wild (article and video).
Calgary Herald, March 2015. Province failing Albertans by not updating flood maps, expert says (article).
Norfolk News, March 2015. How to adapt to extreme weather(article).
Calgary Herald, Jan 2015. Feds reduce disaster payments to provinces (article).
2014 and earlier
CBC's Superior Morning, July 2014. Time to think like Noah - Expert says prepare for more floods (audio).
Toronto Star, June 2014. Pilot project to rip up asphalt to protect cities from floods (article).
Globe & Mail, Nov 2013. Creative solutions fight flood vulnerability(article).
Edmonton Journal, Sept 2013. Public Safety Department to revive program to map Canada’s flood-prone areas (article).
- Globe & Mail, June 2013. ‘Many, many’ Canadian homes could become uninsurable (article).