Climate Smart Policy and Procurement

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An Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Online Course

Register by November 7, 2022

This course equips engineers and other infrastructure professionals with foundational awareness of procurement processes, as well as knowledge of critical climate policies and their implications for procurement. The course provides insight into how climate policies and resilience can be reflected in procurement processes, contributing to greater infrastructure resilience to changing climate conditions.

The Climate Risk Institute is excited to announce that our suite of courses that make up the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) Credential is moving to a new platform in collaboration with Royal Roads University. Our courses will now be hosted on the Moodle Platform where you will be able to find all course material and engage in discussions and knowledge sharing with other participants and instructors. The courses are a blend of synchronous sessions (where you will join live Zoom meetings once per week) and asynchronous content where instructors have recorded lecture content and readings that you can complete on your own schedule.


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Registration and payment are through our partner website at Royal Roads University. You’ll need to create a Royal Roads account if you don’t have one 

Course Fee:

$795 plus applicable taxes

Fees cover online 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

The course 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

Course Description

The course looks to examine opportunities to integrate concepts of climate change adaptation and resilience into procurement practices, and to understand overarching climate change adaptation and resilience policy drivers at multiple scales to accelerate the development of climate-ready infrastructure. 

Participants will learn how to understand and interpret procurement frameworks, processes, and instruments, and to develop or respond to procurement processes for infrastructure in a way that integrates climate resilience and aligns with climate-related policies.  It will examine procurement and its intersections with resilient infrastructure and communities from two distinct perspectives: the entities initiating procurement processes to solicit infrastructure services, and the bidders responding to these processes. 

A wide range of procurement-related documents ranging from recommended guidelines to requirements are rolling out from various levels of governments, non-profits, and large corporations. This course helps make sense of these changes for infrastructure planning. Participants will gain insights into climate-smart procurement strategies including evaluation criteria, key language, and other considerations.  

The Climate Risk Institute offers the Infrastructure Resilience Professional (IRP) certification program, which This professional development course is virtual and aims to educate infrastructure professionals on policy and procurement issues and the associated implications on their practice. The course is 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. The IRP certification 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. Click here for more information about the IRP Credentialling Program. 

The course is divided into four modules:

  • Module 0 – Climate change 101 (Week 0) 
  • Module 1 – Critical elements of resilient infrastructure (Week 1) 
  • Module 2 – Procurement frameworks, risk and resilience (Week 2)
  • Module 3 – Resilience within large projects; opportunities for PPPs/P3s (Week 3) 
  • Module 4 – Assessing resilience through public and private lenses (Week 4) 
  • Module 5 – Looking ahead, the post-procurement phases (Week 5) 

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 rModule 0 is optional content provided in all IRP courses. It provides a general overview of climate change fundamentals. It is recommended that you watch the recordings in the module if you haven’t yet taken any of the other IRP courses. Module 1 provides a case for resilient infrastructure, looks at climate policy as it relates to procurement and begins to review why procurement is key to resilient infrastructure. Module 2 looks at the procurement processes and frameworks identifying opportunities for adaptation and resilience. Module 3 focuses on challenges and opportunities for larger projects and explores the case for Public Private Partnerships (PPPs/P3s) for the procurement of climate-resilient infrastructure. Finally, Module 4 explores the assessment of climate resilience requirements and criteria from both the public and private sector perspectives. The final Module will examine the post-procurement phase including contract and project Monitoring, and key performance indicators.

Meet the Trainers!

Doreen Wong, B.A., B.COMM., LL.B., CRIO, PMP, SCMP (Candidate) at Robinson Global Management Inc. 

Doreen is the Vice President and a Principal Consultant of Robinson Global Management Inc. (RGM), a boutique multidisciplinary consulting firm. RGM, a proud Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE), was the recipient of WBE’s 2021 Supplier of the Year for demonstrated excellence in business growth, impact on the economy and dedication to supporting other women owned businesses, WBE’s 2020 Canada Leader Award for exemplary leadership and community recognition, as well as WBE’s 2019 Rising Star Award for achievements in supplier diversity, economic, business, and innovative impact. 

Doreen is a leading practitioner in Canadian public sector, infrastructure, information technology and public private partnership (P3/PPP) procurements. On the public side, as a Principal Consultant, Doreen has led and delivered end-to-end procurement consulting, advisory and training services; P3/PPP  procurement and transaction advisory services; procedural fairness monitoring services; bid dispute review services; risk review services; and contract & vendor management and negotiation services for multiple client teams on significant, high profile, complex and sensitive transactions. 

Doreen’s public sector career experience includes her role as Vice President, leading the Project Procurement team at Infrastructure Ontario. In this role, she provided senior leadership in the execution of procurement activities in all phases of the P3/PPP portfolio for the Province of Ontario, as well as in the development of procurement templates and documents, evaluation frameworks, policies and procedures, and vendors of records. Doreen has supported P3/PPP procurements, valued up to $2B CAD, in affordable housing, jails, courthouses, large I&IT solutions, biosolids management, energy development and planning, transit, and healthcare facilities. For her private sector clients, Doreen has delivered both RFP proposal development support & training services, as well as bid dispute review services, leveraging her extensive procurement experience, legal practice experience in commercial transactions and I&IT, and her executive business experience in procurement, and I&IT contracts negotiations and training. 

In September 2021, Doreen successfully completed Global Center on Adaptation’s first Masterclass in Climate-Resilient Public-Private Partnerships, having been selected to join the first global cohort. Doreen is a Climate Resilient Infrastructure Officer (CRIO), a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a lawyer with the Ontario Bar. Doreen is a volunteer with Evergreen Foundation, a Canadian charity aiming to find urban development solutions. She has supported Evergreen at the My Future Home Forum (2022), Future Cities Canada (2021) – #TheSummit, #UnexpectedSolutions (2020), as well as at #CatalyzingCommunitySolutions (2019).