Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Training for Professional Planners – Pilot

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Pilot Training

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) secured funding through Natural Resource Canada’s Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) program, aiming to develop a customized training program in collaboration with the Climate Risk Institute, Risk Sciences International, and Dillon Consulting Limited. The training program is a first of its kind in Ontario, bringing together current knowledge informed by the deep experience of practitioners in the field, and supported by an Advisory Committee of academic, municipal, private sector, and Indigenous members. The training has completed a preliminary pilot with students in planning programs across Ontario and is now headed into a pilot phase.

The training team is pleased to announce our first pilot training started on July 14 and consists of two, 2.5-hour sessions each week for three (3) consecutive weeks.

The pilot training sessions were offered at a discount rate – and participants had an opportunity to provide additional feedback that helps us refine the training for future offerings.

Registration is now closed for Modules 1 and 2. If you are interested in joining Module 3, please contact Paul Cobb for more information.

MODULEDate and TimeLead Trainers
Module 1: Climate Science and AdaptationPart 1: Wednesday, July 14, 2021
10:00 am -12:30 pm (EDT)
Part 2: Thursday, July 15, 2021
10:00 am – 12:30 pm (EDT)
Glenn Milner, P.Eng., MCC., Climate Risk Institute
Anna Zaytseva, B.A. (Hons), M.Sc., Climate Risk Institute
Module 2: Climate PolicyPart 1: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
10:00 am – 12:30 pm (EDT)
Part 2: Thursday, July 22, 2021
10:00 am – 12:30 pm (EDT)
Lisa Prime, MES, MCIP, RPP, LEED AP., PRIME Strategy and Planning
Zahra Jaffer, RPP., Dillon Consulting
Module 3: Communication and CollaborationPart 1: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
10:00 am – 12:30 pm (EDT)
Part 2: Thursday, July 29, 2021 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (EDT)
Heather Swan, P.Eng., MCIP, RPP, PMP., Dillon Consulting
Zahra Jaffer, RPP., Dillon Consulting

Module #1 reviews the fundamentals of climate change science and data, impacts in Ontario, risk assessment and adaptation planning. Module #2 covers climate and planning policy, reviewing requirements and opportunities around climate change adaptation. Lastly, Module #3 provides tools and strategies to support communication and collaboration around climate change impacts and adaptation planning.

All modules are facilitated by experts, feature case study and interactive exercises, and include participant manuals with additional resources and references. 


  • Individual modules: $140.00Pilot module price: $85.00
  • All three modules: $385.00Pilot module price: $225.00

Completion of all three modules represents 18 hours of CPL credits.

Meet the trainers!

Lisa Prime, MES, MCIP, RPP, LEED AP.

The Founder and Principal of PRIME Strategy & Planning, Lisa started PRIME in 2016 to bring her wealth of experience to community planning and sustainability projects in North America. Previously a municipal planner, a conservation authority planner, and Waterfront Toronto Director Environment and Innovation, for over 10 years, Lisa understands government and stakeholder needs. The recipient of multiple project awards, including a Clean50 Honourable Mention, Lisa is recognized as a leader in both innovative thinking and implementation process. She is responsible for millions of dollars of ground-breaking work in many areas, including: leading some of Waterfront Toronto’s most complex revitalization efforts; partnership collaborations with organizations such as Mattamy Homes, City of Markham and Enwave; and a leadership policy for the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan.

Lisa participates in non-profit sustainability work, including EcoDistricts studio, Portland, Future Cities Network, Toronto, Ryerson Urban Water Board and other university work. A Past National Board Member of the Canadian Green Building Council, she continues in CaGBC committee work.

Heather Swan, BScEng, MPl, MCIP, RPP, PEng, PMP

Heather Swan is a Partner with Dillon, a professional engineer and registered professional planner. Since beginning her career 19 years ago, her focus has included consultation/engagement, Environmental Assessments, impact assessment, infrastructure planning, land use planning and Traditional Knowledge/Traditional Land Use Planning. Through this work she has worked with Indigenous communities in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.  She has had the privilege of working closely with the Indigenous Community staff, community members including Elders and youth, and Chief and Council. 

She has presented at OPPI conferences since 2013 and earlier this year co-wrote a Blog Post with Stephanie Burnham titled “Planning’s relationship with Indigenous Communities: Planning Policy and Slow Progress in Changing Times”.  She also previously participated in the CIP Indigenous Community Planning Committee and the OPPI Indigenous Planning Perspectives Taskforce.  

Zahra Jaffer, RPP

Zahra Jaffer is a planner and communications designer with broad experience in environmental sustainability and planning related projects, including development of sustainability policies and planning frameworks that involve resilience, sustainable design, public realm enhancement and integration of natural environment considerations into development planning. She also specializes in public engagement and information design to translate complex concepts for a public audience. Zahra has worked with clients across a range of sectors, including not-for profit, government, industry, and private business and is proficient in visual communications software including Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch Up, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). She is a certified ENVISION Sustainability Professional, and sits on OPPI’s Southwest Ontario District Committee’s Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter.

Paul Cobb, Project Manager, Climate Risk Institute

Paul is a Project Manager with the Climate Risk Institute. An engineer by training, he has dedicated his career to finding and implementing climate change solutions. Paul has supported climate mitigation and adaptation work across Ontario and Canada for close to 20 years, including a recent role as a regional advisor for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Partners for Climate Protection Program. Paul has led Climate Change Risk Assessments at the local, provincial and territorial levels.  He lives and works and is raising his kids in beautiful Northern Ontario.

Glenn Milner, P.Eng., MCC

Glenn is the Engineering and Climate Risk Lead at the Climate Risk Institute. Over the past 10 years, he has worked on climate risk and adaptation initiatives across Ontario, Canada and the United States. His work extends across infrastructure, ecosystems, stormwater, agriculture, transportation and supporting government in adaptation policies. Glenn has led training sessions on applying climate data for engineering, planning and decision making, and has convened thousands of stakeholders in discussing vulnerabilities and risks, planning, and scaling action through partnerships.

His strong belief in translating complex research into accessible information is reflected in his accomplishments, such as: developing a climate risk assessment framework for infrastructure systems among 17 Ontario municipalities; creating a risk assessment tool and guidebook to incorporate climate change within Ontario’s drinking water source protection program; leading a flood resilience assessment of all high priority assets owned and managed by Infrastructure Ontario; and spearheading the first ecosystem-centric vulnerability assessment in Canada. When not poring over the latest climate risk assessments and adaptation best practices, you can find him running along the shores of Lake Ontario or singing a cappella around Toronto

Anna Zaytseva, B.A. (Hons), M.Sc.

Anna is an Advisory and Technical Services Liaison of the Climate Risk Institute. She is passionate about sustainable development, climate change adaptation and risk assessment. Her experience includes working on place-based projects studying key drivers of change, modelling alternative future scenarios and researching impacts of climate change and weather extremes on the agricultural sector. Anna has 10 years of experience working with weather, climate and geospatial data in a variety of settings, including government and academia. She is proficient in geospatial and statistical modeling software and has in-depth knowledge of spatial analysis technologies. At the Climate Risk Institute Anna provides support on a number of projects and tools including Climate Change Hazards Information Portal (CRI’s in-house climate data and projections tool), the Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative, and Ontario’s Provincial Climate Change Risk Assessment.