Below find information about the team members who make up the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation.
Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head
Blair is Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo. Previous positions Blair has held include Vice President, Sustainable Development, Bank of Montreal; Director, Sustainable Development, OPG; and Partner, Sustainable Investment Group/YMG Capital Management. Blair has written textbooks on environmental science, banking and sustainable development. He is generally interviewed by the media 100-150 times per year. He Chairs the development of two adaptation Standards for the Canadian Standards Association, and he is Chair, Federal Government of Canada Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation and Resilience Results. (Phone 226 339 3506, Email firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
Dana Decent, Senior Research Associate
Dana Decent supports the Intact Centre on various research projects in a technical capacity. Her current research focus is on health impacts of climate change. From 2016-2019 Dana was the Manager of the Intact Centre, leading operations (IT, Communications, Finance, HR), leading research projects and providing guidance on key programs. Dana has worked in sustainable business operations, reporting and research across corporate, government and non-profit sectors, including roles with Sun Life Financial and Green Economy Canada. She is the recipient of Clean50 Emerging Leader (2018), Corporate Knights’ Top 30 Under 30 (2016), St. Paul’s Young Alumni Award (2016), and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Leader of the Year (2017).
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).
Daniel Filippi, Program Specialist
Daniel is the lead developer and Instructor of the Home Flood Risk Assessment Training (HFRAT) course, which focuses on flood prevention, mitigation, risk management and preventative practices at the lot level. Prior to joining the Intact Centre, Daniel worked at Seneca College, the Ministry of Environment, LSRCA, TRCA and York Region’s Forestry division. Daniel holds a B.Sc in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph and a M.Env.Sc in Biophysical Interactions from the University of Toronto. His current research focus is on the various emerging resilient technologies that are available to help mitigate widespread urban flooding in Canada.
Taylor Legere, Operations Coordinator
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 working as a co-op student with the Intact Centre, after working part-time as a web specialist and research assistant. She helps to manage the website and social media content for the Intact Centre. Additionally, she supports a variety of communications, design and research projects with a focus on flooding and extreme heat.