Course – Climate Law for Infrastructure Practitioners

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Course Fee:

$625 plus applicable taxes (if pursuing the IRP credential); $475 plus applicable taxes (if for professional development only)

It was designed to fulfill one of the knowledge requirements of the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credentialling Program, but it can also be taken as a stand-alone course for professional development credits

Supported by Natural Resources Canada’s

Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) Program.

Course Description

Climate change is here. It has already had a serious impact on our infrastructure, economy and environment, and its future impacts will only grow with time. Mitigation efforts may slow the rate of change, but are unlikely to reverse the trend. The majority of Canada’s infrastructure is decades old, and was designed based on outdated climate patterns. In light of our changing climate, design standards and existing infrastructure systems may need to be revised to ensure public safety and quality of life.

The combined efforts of engineers, architects and other infrastructure professionals will be required to address the combined challenges of infrastructure development/renewal and climate change. Professionals must augment skills with new information necessary to (re)design for, and adapt to a climate-adjusted future. An understanding of climate change risks and opportunities affecting project planning, design, construction and operation will be necessary to properly execute projects going forward.

Infrastructure professionals have a duty to protect human health, safety and welfare. They are also subject to legal responsibilities and standards of care, which could expose them to legal liability relating to climate impacts and associated damages if proper standards of prudence are not met. As the climate continues to change, legal duties and standards of care are also evolving. Relying on outdated standards and processes could be considered negligent. There is a need for education on climate change law and policy developments among infrastructure professionals, the wider construction industry and related decision-makers to promote improved consideration of climate change in a variety of practice areas and project types.

The Climate Risk Institute offers the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) certification program, which recognizes an individual’s additional knowledge in planning, designing and managing resilient infrastructure and building assets and their components in the face of extreme weather and our changing climate. The IRP will be available to infrastructure professionals who satisfy certain competency and assessment criteria.

This professional development course will be offered electronically on Zoom and will be recognized as part of the IRP program and aims to educate infrastructure professionals on climate change law issues and the associated implications on their practice. The course is divided into four modules:

  • Module 1 – Legal Framework for Climate Change Mitigation (Week 1)
  • Module 2 – Legal Framework for Climate Change Adaptation (Week 2)
  • Module 3 – Professional Responsibility and Avoiding Negligence (Week 3)
  • Module 4 – Corporate Disclosure of Climate Change Risks (Week 4)

Modules 1 and 2 provide an overview of legal frameworks aimed at mitigating and adapting to climate change and discuss existing and emerging legal obligations relevant to infrastructure professionals at the provincial, federal and international levels. Module 3 hones in on the roles and responsibilities of infrastructure professionals and how they can adapt their practices to incorporate climate change and reduce exposure to potential negligence lawsuits. Finally, Module 4 explores corporate issues relating to climate change, including risk disclosure requirements, asset management and director and officer obligations, as infrastructure professionals have a role in managing these risks and assisting clients to improve climate risk disclosure.


Dates and Times

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Fees cover course instruction and presentation materials in pdf format. Participants will be sent information to access the five sessions following completion of registration and payment. Note that this training is intended for individual instruction, not for groups under a single registration.

$625.00 (plus applicable taxes) (for professional development and recognition as meeting IRP credentialling requirement) 

$475.00 (plus applicable taxes) (for professional development only) 

Participants will be provided access to course materials one week prior to the beginning of the Course. Note that this training is intended for individual instruction, not for groups under a single registration.

Course Instructors

Adam Rochwerg, Climate Strategist at Manifest Climate

Adam Rochwerg is a lawyer with experience in climate-related policy, law, disclosure, and liability. He leads clients in a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and managing climate impacts.

Prior to joining Manifest Climate, Adam worked for a leading plaintiff-side class action law firm in Toronto where he led large public-interest litigation files. Previously, Adam worked at the United Nations in New York, where he served as an advisor for the Permanent Mission of the Maldives and as a policy advisor for an intergovernmental organization focused on small island state development. He also brings experience as a government affairs advisor for the United Nations Environment Programme, advising for the Oceans and Environment Division of Global Affairs Canada, and as a caseworker at Canada’s largest environmental law charity, Ecojustice Canada.

Adam is currently a Global Fellow with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, and he serves on the executive board of the Environmental Law Section at the Ontario Bar Association. He clerked for the judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and is called to the Bar of Ontario.

Adam holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University, a Master of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.

Anton R. Tabuns, Climate Strategist at Manifest Climate

Anton R Tabuns brings experience in climate risk, climate-related disclosure, environmental and climate law, and due diligence. He leads projects focused on helping businesses and governments identify climate impacts and maximize opportunities in the shift towards a low-carbon economy.

During his tenure as Associate General Counsel, a Bay Street private equity firm, he focused on ESG matters and was part of an acquisitions/sales team that closed deals in excess of $300 million. He also conducted due diligence for potential acquisitions and engaged in government relations.

Anton previously worked on one of the largest human rights and environmental class action lawsuits of the past two decades. In this role, he helped coordinate an international legal team based in North America and Latin America as they pursued a $9.5 billion judgment. He also worked at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP, one of Canada’s premier environmental law boutiques.

Anton received his Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School, and his Masters in Environmental Studies from York University in 2011. Anton was called to the Ontario bar in 2012. He is also fluent in Spanish.

Alisa Kinkaid, Climate Strategist at Manifest Climate

Alisa is a lawyer with extensive experience in the global pension industry. She has helped numerous boards and committees fulfill their oversight of company retirement plans. Alisa specializes in governance and risk management, and helps clients understand how these duties intersect with climate change. Most recently, she was Associate Partner at Aon plc, a global human resources consulting firm, where she led the Legal Consulting & Compliance team for Canada.

Alisa’s career began with an undergraduate focus on applied anthropology, international development, and public policy. Alisa earned her LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in 2000. While there, she studied environmental and natural resources law, including an intensive program in Aboriginal lands, resources, and governments. She later completed a Master’s degree in Anthropology from McMaster University with a focus on sustainable development and international justice.  She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2002. After practicing law for several years at Koskie Minsky LLP, a leading pensions and benefits firm in Toronto, Alisa transitioned to consulting. She spent over a decade at Aon where she was recognized as a leader for her innovative approach, winning the award for Creating Industry-Leading Thought Leadership (North America) twice.

Throughout her career, Alisa has contributed to research and publications related to pension and tax law, governance, retirement industry trends, and ESG issues. Alisa is committed to helping organizations prepare for the current climate crisis, and brings a deep understanding of the economic risks present for both businesses and communities.