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How are you developing your climate adaptation capacity?
February 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
This is a virtual offering that runs from 12:00-1:00 PM EDT.
Hot on the heels of 2023 “shattering climate records” , this session is a timely reflection on how your work will need to consider our changing climate. This virtual introductory session will explore the rationale and benefits for engineers developing their climate risk and adaptation capacity to support their work, especially for critical infrastructure and systems. This session will share the story of an engineer currently on this journey and will include a guest speaker who will review key policy and code of practice developments related to climate, and discuss some of the training offerings and networks available, including available credentials that can be obtained.
The learning objectives for the webinar will be to develop an understanding of the following:
- Differences between climate adaptation and climate mitigation.
- Recent developments in climate science and policy related to engineering practice.
- Rationale for and benefits of engineers developing their climate risk and adaptation skills to support their work and their clients’ needs.
- Opportunities and resources to support professional development and learning in climate risk, resilience and adaptation.
Kadra Branker, P.Eng., CEM, is a business minded professional engineer with over 12 years of experience in the energy sector. She is currently the Senior Advisor, Sustainability at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario, where she works to conceptualize, oversee, lead and/or coordinate research and initiatives related to decarbonization, climate risk adaptation and resilience, and sustainability as it relates to resource planning in Ontario’s electricity grid. This new role draws on her recent experience being the executive advisor to both IESO’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Energy Transition Officer (CETO). Previous to the IESO, Kadra worked for consulting firms that helped deliver energy efficiency programs, and global projects for maintenance, expansion and new construction of electricity generating power plants. Her career has been focused on leaving a positive impact in the energy and sustainability space, and in bringing out the best in her colleagues. Kadra is also a member of The Ontario Society of Professional Engineer’s (OSPE’s) Climate Crisis Task Force, and current Chair of the OSPE Awards Committee.
Paul is a Manager of Training Services with the Climate Risk Institute. An engineer by training, he has spent his career working with a wide range of partners to identify and implement climate change solutions. For over 20 years, Paul has been supporting communities, governments and businesses across a wide range of sectors as they build their understanding of how the changing climate will affect the way they plan, operate and manage risk now and into the future. He is currently coordinating CRI’s Infrastructure Resilience Professional training and credentialling programming; working with multiple partners and experts to develop and deliver training in climate risk, resilience and adaptation. Paul holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Useful background links:
- 2023 Global Climate Highlights: https://climate.copernicus.eu/global-climate-highlights-2023
- 2023 Climate Records: https://wmo.int/news/media-centre/2023-shatters-climate-records-major-impacts
- Canada top10 weather stories for 2023: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/news/2023/12/record-setting-wild-weather-canadas-top-10-weather-stories-of-2023.html