Management of Climate Risk for Infrastructure Professionals

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An Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Online Course

Thursdays, September 22 to October 20, 2022 (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Eastern)

The Management of Climate Risk for Infrastructure Professionals online course addresses the societal importance of risk-based decision-making, introduces a diverse set of risk management frameworks, and reviews the main principles and definitions underlying risk and, more specifically, public risk management.

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Course Fee:

  • $625 plus HST (if pursuing the IRP credential )
  • $475 plus HST (if for professional development only)

Fees cover course instruction and presentation materials in pdf format. Participants will be provided access to course materials one week prior to the beginning of the Course. This training is intended for individual instruction, not for groups under a single registration.

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Course Description

This online course addresses the societal importance of risk-based decision making, introduces a diverse set of risk management frameworks, and reviews main principles and definitions underlying risk and, more specifically, public risk management. The course reviews core analytical tools used in risk assessment; explores trade-offs in choices among risk assessment methods; and addresses common human errors in reasoning about probability and risk. Using a climate change and flooding case study example, the course works through all key stages of risk assessment and management. Addressing a key need, the course includes a full module on risk communication principles and practice.  

Participants will apply knowledge and skills acquired through an exploration of a detailed case study presented by Christine Zimmer, Chief, Watershed Risk Assessment at Credit Valley Conservation. The case study will provide an opportunity to explore an analytical risk tool – the Risk and Return on Investment Tool (RROIT) – as well as learn about real-world challenges and solutions in risk communication.  

All IRP courses are of interest to engineers and other professionals who are involved in the planning, procurement, design, operation, maintenance, management and regulation of infrastructure and who need to consider the changing climate in carrying out these activities. 


Session Dates and Times

Times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), please check your time zone.

Session 1 – September 22, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Session 2 – September 29, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Session 3 – October 6, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Session 4 – October 13, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Session 5 – October 20, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Fees

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

Greg Paoli, MASc, BASc. Principal Risk Scientist, COO. Risk Sciences International.  

Greg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (1991) and a Master’s Degree in Systems Design Engineering (1993). Early in  his career at Waterloo’s Institute for Risk Research as Research Manager, his work covered climate change impacts on permafrost, the use of software to shutdown nuclear power reactors, and the application of Bayesian networks for probabilistic weight-of-evidence evaluations of carcinogenicity. He was editor and authored several chapters of the book, Climate Change, Uncertainty and Decision-making. In the mid-2000s, along with Dan Krewski of the University of Ottawa’s McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment, he co-founded Risk Sciences International in 2006. 

As RSI’s Principal Risk Scientist and COO, Greg Paoli is currently working with a broad spectrum of clients in the public and private sectors, with the greatest emphasis on the development of new approaches to transform regulatory systems to be more “risk-based” at multiple levels: how senior decision-makers process risk information and make the “tough choices” in regulating health and safety, how an organization can optimize its resources across a diverse mandate to maximize total “portfolio-level” risk reduction, and how to operationalize key resources.  

Anne Wiles, PhD. Senior Analyst. Risk Sciences International. 

Anne came to RSI through her interests in public and institutional attitudes to risk and complex technologies. After time as writer and editor with federal government, and with a couple of degrees in English literature, she became interested in the different ways in which people interpret events, and scientific explanations for them, and investigated these issues through the discipline of human geography. Her academic work focused on risk perception and communication, and on regulation, through research on the different public and government approaches to nuclear power and genetically modified foods.  With a dual background in language and risk matters, I became more involved in risk communication, working with Health Canada’s Radiation Protection Bureau drafting risk communication material for its Federal Nuclear Emergency Preparedness section. Her interest in the way risk concepts and attitudes are negotiated, applied and communicated in society and government led her to work with RSI on risk management practice. 

For her work at RSI, Anne has built on her previous experience and academic research through work on communication on nuclear power and nuclear waste disposal; developing communication strategies and messaging on health risk issues; and delivering training on risk communication. She has also applied her familiarity with risk regulation in many projects on government approaches to evaluating and managing risks, taking account of their mandates and the context in which they manage risks. She brings this experience to bear in her teaching of two university courses, an overview course on risk as it is conceived and managed in today’s society, and a graduate course on risk management in government. 

Christine Zimmer, MSEng, PEng. Chief, Watershed Risk Assessment, Credit Valley Conservation 

Christine Zimmer, M.Sc.(Eng.), P.Eng., is the manager of water protection and restoration for CVC. She is responsible for developing tools, guidance documents, and providing assistance to stakeholders implementing LID practices in both new and existing urban areas. Zimmer and her team are also responsible for in-stream real-time water quality monitoring and monitoring of innovative stormwater technologies. Before starting at CVC, she obtained a master’s degree in water resources engineering from the University of Guelph. Zimmer was part of a research team funded by the Ministry of Environment and International Joint Commission (IJC) on LID.