Fighting Canada’s Rising Flood Costs: Our Best Untapped Opportunity Starts...

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Calgary TELUS Convention Centre

120 9 Avenue Southeast

Calgary, AB T2G 0P3

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The total cost of residential basement flooding is increasing across Canada. In response, home insurance premiums have risen 20 to 25 per cent over the past five years, and in areas of extreme risk, flood insurance may be unavailable at any cost. To help alleviate this growing stress, there is one scalable solution that remains largely untapped in Canada – homeowners, with no special expertise and for generally a few hundred dollars per home, can deploy measures around the outside of their property, and in the basement itself, that will immediately lower their risk of basement flooding. These simple methods will be profiled, along with the recommendation that federal, provincial and municipal governments communicate means to mitigate flood risk to homeowners.

Blair Feltmate is the Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo. The Intact Centre is an incubator for research and knowledge mobilization, with an aim to limit the negative impacts associated with climate change and extreme weather events in Canada. Blair is Chair, Federal Government of Canada Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation and Resilience Results, and he is Chair, Adaptation, Canadian Climate and Clean Growth Institute. He is also Chair, Electricity Transmission and Distribution Adaptation Standard, Canadian Standards Association (CSA); he serves on other flood mitigation Standards committees for CSA. He was Chair/Founder of the Sustainable Electricity Program, Canadian Electricity Association. Blair is also on the Advisory Board of the Global Risk Institute, which is a primary advisor to Canada’s major pension funds. Blair was an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow (University of Waterloo); he holds a Ph.D, Theoretical and Applied Ecology (University of Toronto); M.Sc., Zoology (U of T); M.A., Sustainable Development (Wilfrid Laurier University); Hon. B.Sc., Geography.

This public talk will begin at noon, followed by Q&A. Light lunch will be served. Location is the TELUS Convention Centre Glen Room.

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Calgary TELUS Convention Centre

120 9 Avenue Southeast

Calgary, AB T2G 0P3

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