The Institute seeks to strengthen awareness of the risks associated with natural hazards. Each month, ICLR hosts a Webinar centring on current research and industry issues related to natural hazards. Slides from the webinars are then posted on the Institute’s website and recordings of the sessions are uploaded to ICLR”s YouTube Channel.

Friday Forums Archive

Ensuring safety and serviceability of tall mass timber buildings for wind – Girma T. Bitsuamlak., December 11, 2020.

Fire Following Earthquake in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia – Charles Scawthorn and Keith Porter., November 13, 2020.

Reducing the Risk of Flooding by Implementing Better Practices for Sewer Construction – Barbara A. Robinson, Norton Engineering Inc., October 9, 2020.

Novel Experimental Tornado Hazard Modelling – Horia Hangan, Western University, September 18, 2020

Updating Canada’s Fire Danger Rating System – Mike Wotton, CFS-NRCan, University of Toronto, August 7, 2020.

Impact Resilient Roofing – Mark Okland and Vince Carrier, IKO, July 10, 2020.

The Anatomy of a Billion Dollar Hailstorm – Julian Brimelow and Sudesh Boodoo, Environment and Climate Change Canada, June 26, 2020.

Calgary Hail Damage – Glenn Smith, CRU Adjusters, June 26, 2020.

Exposing our Vulnerability to Hail Where Do We Go From Here? – Ian M. Giammanco, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, June 26, 2020.

Engineering and Economics: Building Cost Effective Resilient Structures – Kevin M. Simmons, Austin College & National Institute for Risk and Resilience, University of Oklahoma, June 12, 2020.

Thoughts on Living With Fire in Canada’s Forests – Marty Alexander, PhD, RDF, May 15, 2020.

A National Earthquake Risk Profile for Canada – Murray Journeay, Geological Survey of Canada, April 17, 2020.

Science-based wildfire management in Ontario – Colin McFayden & Dan Johnson, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, February 14, 2020.

Canada’s 6th Generation Seismic Hazard Model: New insights on seismic hazard in Canada – Michael Kolaj et al, Natural Resources Canada, January 24, 2020.

Near-Earth Asteroid Impact: A Rare but Interesting Hazard – Clark R. Chapman, Southwest Research Institute, December 13, 2019.

ICLR PERC Fire webinar – PERC Introduction -Michael Szönyi – Flood Resilience Program Lead, Zurich Insurance Group, November 22, 2019.

Reducing the risk of extreme wind induced damage – Girma T. Bitsuamlak, SHARCNET, WindEEE Research Institute, University of Western Ontario, September 20, 2019.

The Business Case for Disaster Preparation: Lower Societal Total Cost of Ownership – Keith Porter, University of Colorado Boulder and SPA Risk LLC, August 23, 2019.

The Northern Tornadoes Project: Identifying Every Tornado in Canada – Gregory A. Kopp, University of Western Ontario, July 19 2009.

Canada’s Changing Climate Report – Nathan Gillett and Xuebin Zhang , Environment and Climate Change Canada, June 14, 2019

Modelling Future Flood Risk Across Canada Under Climate Change – Slobodan Simonovic, Western University/ICLR, May 31, 2019

2019 Hurricane season forecast briefing – Bob Robitaille, Canadian Hurricane Centre May 30, 2019

Wildfire Season Forecast – Richard Carr, Wildland Fire Research Analyst, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

Wildfire Catastrophe Modeling: Analytics for a New Peak Peril -Chris Folkman , Senior Director of product management at RMS, April 26, 2019.

Hail: Challenges, Solutions and Future Prospects – Julian Brimelow, Meteorological Service of Canada, March 22, 2019

Robust impact patterns: an approach to account for uncertainties in local sea-level rise vulnerability assessments – Jackie Yip, University of B.C., February 22, 2019

TRCA Flood Risk Assessment Project – Rebecca Elliott, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, January 25, 2019

January 2005 – The United Firefighting Initiative; Roger Schroeder and Darren Hutchinson; Extreme Fire Services and Quintech Fire Services (PDF)

September 2005 – A Behind the Scenes Look at the Weather Network; Ron Bianchi; The Weather Network (PDF)

October 2005 – Fortified… For Safer Living; Chuck Vance; Institute for Business and Home Safety (PDF)

November 2005 – Some observations of damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Dennis; Greg Kopp; University of Western Ontario (PDF)


2nd Basement Flood Symposium Agenda

Symposium overview – Dan Sandink, Manager, Resilient Communities & Research, ICLR

Keeping basements dry: It’s all in the risk – Prof. Ted Kesik, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto

Flood reduction strategies in Ottawa – Eric Tousignant, Senior Water Resources Engineer, City of Ottawa

Basement flooding: Windsor’s approach to floodingA presentation of our city’s reduction measures and successes – Mario Sonego, City Engineer & Corporate Leader of Public Works, Parks and Facilities, City of Windsor

Basement flood risk reduction in Winnipeg – Charles Boulet, Senior Project Engineer, City of Winnipeg

The perfect storm: New development, high infiltration/inflow and a 1,000+ year storm – Chris Gainham, Senior Project Manager, City of Hamilton

Damage is in the details – Murray Pound, President, Gold Seal Homes, Carstairs, Alberta

Weeping tile disconnection to reduce the impact of basement flooding – Kyle Chambers, Environmental Service Engineer, City of London

Reducing risk and building resiliency: The Credit River Watershed story – Christine Zimmer, Senior Manager, Watershed Protection and Restoration, Credit Valley Conservation

Giving incentives to save: Kitchener’s stormwater credit program – Matt Wilson, Engineering Technologist, City of Kitchener

Assessing climate change risk to stormwater and wastewater infrastructure – Marvin Ingebrigtsen, Technical Analyst Infrastructure Programs, City of Welland

CMOS Online Congress 2020

Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society 54th Congress, Session 11 – Interdisciplinary and Climate Research on Resilience

The global climate is changing, and Canada is warming at about twice the rate of the planet. The World Economic Forum 2020 Global Risk Report, for the next 10 years, ranked extreme weather events and climate action failure to mitigate and adapt as two of the most likely and impacting risks. In addition, all WEF reports over the past decade have identified water crises, food and human security as risks of highest concern into the future. To reduce the impacts on Canadians and all societies there is need to address these issues through interdisciplinary and climate research to inform the development of resilient societies. This session will have presentations on the extreme events in the future climate and an example of fundamental science on greenhouse effects. Presentations will address the need to understand our interactions with the natural environment including water and ecosystem services, and how the knowledge of Indigenous and Western science can work together to effectively address these issues. The importance of ensuring that Canadian National Climate Archives preserve reliable historical records and provide better access to and the communications of climate information and how the utilization of novel methods like machine learning that use new sources of data like social media can enhance weather and climate communication will be examined in other presentations. As the extreme events increase, there is need to go from risk to resilience and use science to build resilient communities. In addressing these issues effectively, estimates of the costs of climate change for Canada and a Canadian perspective on achieving net zero emissions and impacts are essential. The Session will provide interesting and varied scientific perspectives on Building Societal Resilience to Changing Weather, Climate and Environment, the overall theme of CMOS Congress 2020.

Presentations Part 1
Gordon McBean – Session Chair – Introduction
Francis Zwiers – Extremes in the future climate
Dawn Martin-Hill – Ohneganous: Water as the first environment.
Charles Lin – Climate Change, Energy, and Net Zero: A Canadian Perspective
Dale Beugin – Estimating the Costs of Climate Change for Canada
Natalie Carter – Collaborative survey development and training to understand Inuit uses and needs for weather, water, ice and climate information

Presentations Part 2
Roger Pulwarty – Going to extremes: from risk to resilience
Paul Kovacs – Using science to build resilient communities
Anna Deptuch-Stapf – Canadian National Climate Archive – Ensuring Reliable Records
Renee Sieber – Communicating Winter Storms via Natural Language Processing of Social Media
Paul Godin – Collision-Induced Absorption of CH4-CO2 and H2-CO2 Complexes and Their Effect on the Ancient Martian Atmosphere

Please acknowledge these presentations and their publication and reference them as: for example:
Zwiers, F., 2020: Extremes in the future climate. CMOS Congress 54.


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