Deep Resilience: Our “Hotter, Wetter, Wilder” Challenge

A Presentation of Seneca College,
in association with TD Insurance
23, 24 and 25 October 2018
Seneca College, Newnham Campus,
Great Hall A1531
1750 Finch Ave. East, Toronto

This three-day event at Seneca College has been made possible through the generous support and active engagement of TD Insurance.


DAY TWO – 24 October 2018

Session 3 – Wednesday morning
9 am to noon, 24 October 2018

Noted speaker: Elliott Cappell
Elliott is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Toronto. In this role he is leading the development of Toronto’s Resilience Strategy and the City’s participation in the global 100 Resilient Cities network. 
A native Torontonian, Elliott also held various roles in the Government of Ontario and worked with Global Affairs Canada. He is passionate about adaptation, urban development, the environment, and wildlife. He will focus on Toronto’s planning efforts to address necessary urban resilience.

In the second half of the morning TD Insurance will outline their various responses to climatic uncertainty and catastrophic events ranging from wind and fire to water and ice. Water inundation for instance has been called the new fire. In so doing they will challenge first responders such as students in fire protection and associated emergency fields. In a workshop setting, students will develop strategies for anticipating, responding to, designing and rebuilding human-made structures for unanticipated weather and catastrophic events.

Session 4 – Wednesday afternoon
1 pm to 4pm, 24 October 2018

Noted Speaker: Dr. Blair Feltmate
Blair heads the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at Waterloo University. His primary interest is to de-risk Canada relative to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. The Intact Centre’s website can be found at The Intact Centre utilizes media outreach to convey to audiences the financial and social challenges presented by climate change, and how adaptation can cost-effectively limit future losses that will otherwise escalate. He will address new initiatives to reduce the impact of urban and residential flooding.

Followed by the wet basement initiative – Dan Filippi of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at Waterloo University will provide an abbreviated version of the wet basement alleviation course he recently developed at Seneca College with support from among others Toronto Hydro, Intact Insurance, and Fleming College. Designers, infrastructure builders, property managers, home inspection specialists and future homeowners will all benefit from this practical response to the resilience challenge.