Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Training for Professional Planners

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Ontario Planners

Starting June 13, 2022

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI), in collaboration with Climate Risk Institute and Dillon Consulting, has developed a suite of climate change adaptation training modules. The development of these training modules was made possible by funding from Natural Resources Canada. 

The online training program brings 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.    

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MODULEDate and Time
Module 1: Climate Science and AdaptationPart 1: June 13, 2022 10am-12:30pm (EDT) 
Part 2: June 14, 2022 10am-12:30pm (EDT) 
Module 2: Climate PolicyPart 1: June 20, 2022 10am-12:30pm (EDT) 
Part 2: June 21, 2022 10am-12:30pm (EDT) 
Module 3: Communication and CollaborationPart 1: June 27, 2022 10am-12:30pm (EDT) 
Part 2: June 28, 2022 10am-12:30pm (EDT) 

The program is primarily focused on adaptation action but also explores intersections between adaptation and mitigation. Climate change mitigation is about making sure the climate crisis doesn’t get worse. This could include making buildings more energy-efficient or providing people with more transportation options that don’t rely on combustion. Climate adaptation explores ways of addressing the existing or anticipated effects of climate change. For example, ensuring vulnerable community members are safe during an extreme heat event or protecting existing homes and buildings in areas of flood risk. The program explores how you, as Planners, can ensure communities are prepared for and resilient to the risks created by a rapidly changing climate. 

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 at the regional and municipal level. Lastly, Module 3 provides tools and strategies to support communication and collaboration around climate change impacts and adaptation planning. We encourage participants to register for all three modules. 

Participants will work together on activities throughout, applying new concepts and checking their understanding throughout the training.  

Training sessions begin June 13th, 2022. 


  • Individual modules: $140.00 each (plus applicable taxes)
  • All three modules: $385.00 (plus applicable taxes)

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

Meet the trainers!

Anna Zaytseva, B.A. (Hons), M.Sc, Climate Risk Institute

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.

Glenn Milner, P.Eng, MCC, Climate Risk Institute

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 

Morgan Boyce, MCIP, RPP, Dillon Consulting

Morgan is a Registered Professional Planner and public engagement specialist with over a decade of experience working with communities and stakeholders across Canada to improve decision making. As a planner and engagement practitioner at Dillon, Morgan has been a key team member on a number of complex and multi-faceted planning and dialogue processes, including collaborative climate change adaptation planning projects. He specializes in engagement strategy and bringing innovative participatory tools and methods, including digital civic engagement technologies, to complex community dialogues. In addition to his work at Dillon, Morgan is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Planning at the University of Waterloo, researching how to improve public participation in municipal decision-making. At Waterloo, Morgan has been involved in research projects examining effective and innovative community engagement practices and was the recent instructor for Advanced Planning Tools: Public Participation, Negotiation and Mediation, a mandatory undergraduate course in the School of Planning. Morgan has completed the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Foundations in Effective Public Participation course and has received additional training in social media for engagement, group facilitation methods, and large-scale public involvement techniques. 

Megan Gereghty, MCIP RPP, Climate Risk Institute

Megan Gereghty is a Climate Change Adaptation Planner with the Climate Risk Institute. As a Registered Professional Planner, Megan is passionate about climate change adaptation and resilient community development. Megan has experience and expertise in development, land use and policy planning projects. Her work focuses on the advancement of climate change adaptation training for planners. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo as well as a Graduate Diploma in Climate Risk Management from the University of Waterloo. Megan lives in the Region of Waterloo, where she enjoys keeping up with local climate action initiatives and spending time outdoors. 

Paul Cobb, B.Eng, 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.

Zahra Jaffer, MES, Planner, Dillon Consulting

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 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. .