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 Home Flood Protection
As the Director of Home Flood Protection, Cheryl leads the program development, oversight and continuous improvement of a variety of initiatives whose primary objective is to support resident action to protect homes from flooding. These initiatives include the development of flood risk assessment and reporting software, the deployment of community-based outreach programs, and the creation and delivery of home flood protection training programs in collaboration with educational institutions, professional associations and government agencies across Canada.
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, Director of Climate Programs, Quebec
Joanna is Director of Climate Programs for Quebec, while also contributing technically to the Intact Centre’s initiatives across Canada. 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.
Kelvin Sun, Operations Coordinator
Kelvin is a current Environment and Business undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo, with a minor in Geography and Environmental Management. Kelvin is working part-time with the Intact Centre, after a successful co-op placement in 2019. Prior to returning to Intact Centre, Kelvin worked at GDG Canada as a field supervisor of the West Nile Virus Program in London, Ontario. Kelvin has also held positions as the Chair of the UWaterloo Environment Students’ Endowment Fund and as the Head of one of the student-run equity service centres. Kelvin helps to manage the website and social media content for the Intact Centre. Additionally, he supports a variety of communications, design and research projects with a focus on climate change adaptation.
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).