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.
Cheryl Evans, Director of Flood and Wildfire Resilience
Cheryl Evans is the Director of Flood and Wildfire Resilience. Cheryl leads the program development, oversight and continuous improvement of a variety of initiatives whose primary objective is to mobilize on-the ground action to improve the resilience of Canadian homes, businesses and communities to flooding and wildland urban interface wildfires. Cheryl collaborates with a wide range of governments, professional associations, non-governmental organizations and community groups to create and deploy flood risk assessment tools, user friendly outreach materials, and action-focused flood and wildfire risk reduction training programs.
Cheryl has over 20 years of community engagement and program management experience in the fields of stormwater management, flood risk mitigation, home energy conservation and youth environmental education. She served as a technical committee member on CSA’s Guideline on Basement Flood Protection and Risk Reduction (CSA Z800) and was a lead curriculum developer for the Ontario College’s Flood Risk Assessment Training Program. She currently serves as a member of the City of Toronto Flood Resilience Working Group and is a Climate Change Committee Member for the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association. Cheryl’s team is the recipient of Canada’s Clean50 Top Project Award for 2020. Cheryl holds a B.E.S. in Environment & Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo.
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 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 and is a candidate for the Master of Environment and Business program at the University of Waterloo. 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 also spent several years with the Insurance Industry in Canada. Kathryn speaks frequently to professional audiences, and she is a guest lecturer to graduate students at various universities. Kathryn is a member of the Ontario Biodiversity Council and Canadian Association of Farm Advisors, as well as a certified Scuba diver.
Joanna Eyquem, Managing Director of Climate-Resilient Infrastructure
Joanna is Managing Director of Climate-Resilient Infrastructure, and is also responsible for the Intact Centre’s activities in Quebec. Joanna is bilingual (English and French) and her focus areas include: (1) mobilizing flood-resilience for homes, new and existing communities, and commercial real estate; (2) promoting retention of natural infrastructure to mitigate flood risk, (3) promoting programs to limit wildfire risk; (4) developing programs to limit risk of extreme heat; and (5) incorporating climate risk into institutional investing, credit rating assessments and securities disclosure.
Joanna has 20 years of professional experience in environmental consultancy in Canada and the UK, combining technical expertise in climate adaptation, natural hazard management, hydrogeomorphology and freshwater habitat rehabilitation. Prior to joining the Intact Centre, she was Climate Change Practice Lead at AECOM and previously held roles at Parish Geomorphic Ltd (now Matrix Solutions), Royal Haskoning DHV and Jacobs Engineering. Joanna holds an MSc in Environmental Technology (Water Option) from Imperial College London and a BSc in Geography (Earth Sciences) from the University of Exeter, UK. Joanna is a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.), Chartered Water and Environmental Manager (CWEM) and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv.) She has been based in Montreal since 2009 and represents the Intact Centre on the InterSectoriel Flood Network of Quebec (RIISQ).
Taylor Legere, Manager
Taylor Legere is the Manager at the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation. Taylor supports the day-to-day operations of the Intact Centre, as well as leading a variety of communications and graphic design projects. Prior to joining the Intact Centre, Taylor worked at the Royal Bank of Canada, the University of Waterloo University Relations Department, and the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services. Taylor completed a Bachelor of Arts and Business at the University of Waterloo, with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies and a minor in Fine Arts.
Sarah Van Veen, Operations Coordinator (Co-op)
Sarah Van Veen is the current Operations Coordinator at the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation. Sarah carries out different operational duties such as weekly media updates, social media support and analysis, website updates, research, and other additional administrative tasks as needed. As a co-op student, Sarah is currently enrolled at the University of Waterloo pursuing an undergraduate degree in Environment, Resources, and Sustainability. Before joining the Intact Centre, Sarah worked at a Kitchener-based energy tech start-up, En-Powered, as well as in the Environmental Assessment Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks.
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).