Below find information about the team members who make up the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation.
Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head
Blair is the Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation. Previous positions he has held include Vice President, Sustainable Development, Bank of Montreal; Director, Sustainable Development, OPG; Partner, Sustainable Investment Group/YMG Capital Management; and President, Sustainable Systems Associates. Blair has written textbooks on Sustainable Banking (University of Toronto Press), and Aquatic Ecology (CAB International). He is generally interviewed by the media 100-150 times per year.
Blair is a member of the Sustainable Finance Advisory Council, Global Risk Institute. He is Chair, Adaptation Committee, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). He is on the Advisory Board on Climate Change, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP), Ontario. He was Chair, Federal Government of Canada Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation and Resilience Results, and Chair, Electricity Transmission and Distribution Adaptation Standard, Canadian Standards Association. He is former Chair of Pollution Probe, and he was Chair/Founder of the Sustainable Electricity Program, Canadian Electricity Association.
Natalia Moudrak, Director of Climate Resilience
Natalia advances the development of programs, guidelines and standards for climate resilience in Canada. In her role at the Intact Centre, she oversees five main areas: (1) Community-scale flood resiliency programming; (2) Wildfire risk reduction standards development; (3) Extreme heat reduction best practice development; (4) Natural infrastructure conservation research; and (5) Engagement with capital markets to identify solutions for financing climate resiliency initiatives in Canada.
Prior to joining the Intact Centre, Natalia worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada in Sustainability Consulting and Risk Assurance Advisory. She holds a B.A in Economics and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo. Natalia is a recipient of the 2018 Canada’s Clean50 Emerging Leader award. She is a Vice Chair on the CSA Group standard for flood-resilient community design and represents Canada as a subject matter expert on stormwater management at the ISO international standards development committee.
Cheryl Evans, Director of the Home Flood Protection Program
Cheryl has over 17 years of experience leading behavior change-focused public education projects with a focus on residential and non-residential stormwater management and residential flood risk mitigation. She currently serves as a technical committee member on CSA’s Basement Flood Protection Guideline and is a lead curriculum developer for the Ontario College’s Basement Flood Protection Assessment Training and Certification Program. She holds a B.E.S in Environment & Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo. Cheryl is responsible for the development, oversight and continuous improvement of the Home Flood Protection Program.
Kathryn Bakos, Director of the Climate Finance and Science Program
As Director, Climate Finance and Science, Kathryn assesses the impact of climate change on specific industry sectors and the broader capital markets. She is developing guidance to help investment professionals to integrate climate change and extreme weather risk into forward-looking portfolio analysis to minimize associated risk. By extension, her research will influence companies to adapt to climate change in an effort to minimize risk/exposure.
Kathryn holds an Honours B.Sc in Biological Science, University of Toronto, specializing in Environmental Science. In her previous role, Kathryn worked with an affiliate of Raymond James Financial, where she developed a strong understanding of financial principles and practices. While obtaining the Canadian Securities Course certification, Kathryn initiated and developed a framework for integrating Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) factors into investment portfolios. She also led business analysis, and development of advisory and client platforms, across Canada and the United States. Kathryn spent several years with the Insurance Industry in Canada. She speaks frequently to professional audiences, and she is a guest lecturer to graduate students at various universities as well as a certified Scuba diver.
Daniel Filippi, Program Specialist
Daniel advances the climate adaptation file through the management and development of various programs and projects. His current focus is on applying high-level industry best practices, initiatives, standards and programs to develop successful, on-the-ground campaigns and projects. His work highlights the need for increased understanding, practice and adoption of climate adaptive approaches for homeowners, municipal governments and businesses to help mitigate widespread urban flooding events. Daniel is also the lead developer and Instructor of the Home Flood Risk Assessment Training (HFRAT) course.
Prior to joining the Intact Centre, Daniel worked at Seneca College, the Ministry of Environment, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. Daniel holds a B.Sc in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph and a Master of Science in Biophysical Interactions from the University of Toronto.
Taylor Legere, Graphic Designer and Communications Assistant
Taylor is a current Arts and Business undergraduate at the University of Waterloo, majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and minoring in Fine Arts. Taylor is the part time Graphic Designer and Communications Assistant at the Intact Centre. She supports a variety of communications and design projects with a focus on flooding and extreme heat. Taylor previously held roles as the Operations Coordinator, Web Specialist, and Research Assistant at the Intact Centre. Prior to working at the Intact Centre, Taylor held positions with the Royal Bank of Canada, the University of Waterloo University Relations Department, and the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services.
Senior Research Associates
Marina Moudrak, Senior Research Associate
Marina supports Intact Centre staff in technical research capacity on a range of projects, including flood-resilient community design, natural infrastructure valuation analysis, as well as city and provincial flood preparedness assessments. Marina co-authored Climate Change and the Preparedness of Canadian Provinces and Yukon to Limit Potential Flood Damage report published by the Intact Centre in 2016. Marina holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Riga Technical University (Latvia).