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).
Caroline Metz, Managing Director of Economics and Resiliency
Caroline is the Managing Director of Economics and Resiliency. Caroline focuses on determining how adaptation to limit physical climate risk translates into economic impact and jobs creation in Canada, with economic impact considered for home, community, Canada’s FireSmart protection, extreme heat protection, and natural infrastructure.
Caroline has over 20 years of project leadership experience working with organizations in the public and private sectors in Canada and the US, in healthcare and environment arenas, to solve complex business problems and implement systemic change. She has held management consulting roles at Ramboll (formerly ENVIRON), PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Deloitte, and prior to joining the Intact Centre she led strategic planning and implementation of innovative healthcare programs at Sinai Health and Cancer Care Ontario. Caroline holds an MSc in Earth Sciences (hydrogeology) from the University of Waterloo, and an BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton University. Caroline is also a candidate for the Master of Environment and Business program at the University of Waterloo. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Mélie Monnerat, Project Manager
Mélie has over six years experience delivering projects and training relating to climate change adaptation and the protection of natural resources on the ground within vulnerable communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Cameroon and Gabon. This experience has given her insight into factors that influence behavioural change within vulnerable communities, which are highly relevant to accelerating action in Canada. She is bilingual and will assist the team in promoting and delivering initiatives to accelerate climate adaptation in Quebec, as well as across Canada.
Mélie holds a Master of Science in Geography from Laval University and is completing her Doctorate in Geography at McGill University, Montreal. Her research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Quebec Research Fund – Society and Culture. Mélie’s work at the Intact Centre will include development of a Municipal Flood Risk Assessment Framework, mobilizing homeowner action and training to increase flood, fire and extreme heat resilience, and engaging with climate adaptation partners to deliver initiatives in Quebec.
Dr. Anabela Bonada, Manager
Anabela is responsible for the management, communications, and operations of the Intact Centre. Anabela oversees the day-to-day functions of the Centre, supports research projects, and leads key relationships with stakeholders at the University of Waterloo and externally.
Anabela brings extensive experience and education in the field of climate science and administration. Anabela worked as a Graduate Studies Coordinator at the UW, where she provided support to over 230 graduate students in Physics and Astronomy. She has held positions as an Environmental Field Researcher, Office Administrator, and a Manuscript Editor. Anabela completed her PhD in Geography from the University of Guelph – her research focused on the effect that climate change has on tree growth, which gave her insights on the consequences that extreme events (such as drought) have on forest ecosystems. Anabela also completed her BSc in Environmental Science at the University of Waterloo, and a Diploma in Ecosystem Management at Fleming College. She is currently the Staff Representative on the President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability at the UW.
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).