Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (ICCA)

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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

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(more at http://www.intactcentreclimateadaptation.ca/news/in-the-media/)


  • 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).



2014 and earlier

University of Waterloo

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