Ontario Flood Risk Management Workshop

Hosted by Conservation Ontario, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Provincial Flood Forecasting and Warning Committee


The 2018 Ontario Flood Risk Management Workshop is targeted to professionals and academia working in flood risk management. It provides an opportunity for you to collaborate, educate and share experiences.

This year’s Workshop offers two concurrent streams featuring a diverse lineup of speakers and expertise. The first stream will focus on Flood Risk Prevention and Mitigation showcasing a wide variety of municipal and agency projects and works in Ontario. The second stream, titled Preparedness, Response and Recovery, will feature specific work and experiences from emergency management professionals.

The Workshop provides content derived from the insurance sector, provincial and municipal agencies and also explores public sector perspectives.

Wednesday September 19, 2018: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday September 20, 2018 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Pearson Convention Centre
2638 Steeles Ave E, Brampton, ON  L6T 4L7

Stream #1: Prevention & Mitigation
Stream #2: Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Vankita Brown from the National Weather Service in Maryland.

Vankita Brown, PhD.
Social Scientist, NOAA/National Weather Service
Office of Chief Operating Officer, Operations Division
Silver Spring, MD

Learn more about Dr. Brown: www.weather.gov


The Provincial Flood Forecasting and Warning Committee combines efforts to create a meaningful workshop.  The 2018 Workshop will be hosted by The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Conservation Ontario.  This workshop provides two full days of presentations and includes full meals.


To provide a program link between agencies responsible for flood forecasting and warning, emergency management, flow measurement and data collection, and partners, to address policy and implementation needs and issues, and to facilitate training as needed.


Hall A Workshop Starts
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome from the Ministry of Natural Resources
Dave Burritt, P. Eng., Supervisor, Surface Water Monitoring Centre
9:10 – 9:20 Welcome from Conservation Ontario
Kim Gavine, General Manager
9:20 – 9:30 Welcome from GTA Conservation Authorities
Tom Hogenbirk, P.Eng. Manager, Engineering, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
9:30 – 10:30

Keynote Speaker

Risk Communication as Participatory Praxis
Dr Vankita Brown, PhD.
Social Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/ National Weather Service
Silver Spring, MD, National Weather Service, Maryland USA
10:30 – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 – 12:00 Fall/Winter Outlook & Summer Season Flooding Overview
Jerry Shields, Weather Systems Coordinator, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH
Concurrent Stream 1 – Prevention & Mitigation (Hall A) Stream 2 – Preparedness, Response and Recovery (Hall B)
1:00 – 1:30 City of Vaughan Black Creek Renewal Flood Remediation
Jennifer Cappola-Logullo, and Dana Khademi, P.Eng.,
Storm Drainage Engineer, City of Vaughan
Continuous Data Pilot Presentation
François Rainville, Head, National Hydrometric Standards
Water Survey of Canada
1:30 – 2:00 Canada’s Climate Adaptation Gap: Flood Risk Mitigation at the
Community and Household Level
Dana Decent, Manager, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo
Flood Forecasting in Smaller Organizations
Joel Harrison, Water Resources Scientist
North Bay-Mattawa Conservation
2:00 –  2:30 The New Employee, the New Work, and the New Workplace
Katie Cavanagh, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
The Canada-Ontario Agreement on
Hydrometric Monitoring: Valuing
Dave Burritt, P. Eng., Supervisor, Surface Water Monitoring Centre, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
2:30 –  3:00 PM BREAK
3:00 –  3:30 Floods in a Changing Climate: Risk Management
Slobodan P. Simonovic, Ph.D, P.Eng,
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of Engineering Works, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, The University of Western Ontario
FloodSmart Canada: Communication that Motivates and Drives Flood Risk Management in Canada
Shawna Peddle, MSc. Director, Partners for Action
Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo
3:30 –  4:00 Planning for Uncertainty, Preparedness, Mitigation and Resilience
Fadi Masoud, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, University of Toronto
GIS Real-time Emergency Situation Mapping Application
Gina Cliffe CEMC, City of Cambridge Emergency Management ERIS
4:00 – 4:30 Perils and prospects: deconstructing the risk
assessment silo
Sarah Thompson, Risk Management Officer, Program
Development Unit, Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Flooded – A candid account and public pleading from an Ontario flood survivor
Sarah Delicate


Hall A Workshop Starts
8:30 – 9:00 First Nation Communities for Flood Plain Mapping which can be leveraged with the support of Conservation Authorities expertise
Erica Weterings, First Nation Adapt Program, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
Concurrent Stream 1 – Prevention & Mitigation (Hall A) Stream 2 – Preparedness, Response and Recovery (Hall B)
9:00 – 9:30 Brampton Riverwalk Project
Laurian Farrell,P.Eng., Senior Manager of Environment City of Brampton
Flood Response & Recovery, City of Clarence-Rockland Ottawa River in 2017
Brian Wilson, CMM III, ECFO, Director of Protective Services,
City of Clarence-Rockland
9:30 – 10:00 How much do we know about snow:
past, present and future?
Christopher G. Fletcher Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, the University of Waterloo
Data Sharing in a WISKI Environment
Steve Elgie, Regional Sales and Support Manager,
Kisters North America
10:00 – 10:30 Canadian Dam Association Dam Safety Emergency Plan Guidelines
John Perdikaris, P.Eng., Senior Resources Engineer
Ontario Power Generation
Innovations and Reporting in the South Western Ontario WISKI hub
Laura Flynn, Water Management Data Specialist &
Mark A. Helsten, P.Eng., M.E.Sc.
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
10:30 – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 – 11:30 Weather the Storm: Business Continuity from Preparedness to Recovery
Sophia Craig-Massey, Corporate Business Continuity Program Specialist, Regional Municipality of York
Melts and Flash Freezes
Estimating water content on the landscape
Stephanie Shifflett, P.Eng., Water Resources Engineer
Grand River Conservation Authority
11:30 – 12:00 Enhancing Flood and Drought Forecasting Tools in the South
Nation River Watershed
Sandra  Mancini, P.Eng.Team Lead, Engineering
South Nation Conservation Authority & Steven Frey, PhD,Senior Scientist, Aquanty Inc Adjunct Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo
Case Study: Ice Jam Break-Ups
Dwight Boyd, P. Eng. Director of Engineering &
Gus Rungis, P.Eng., Senior Engineer, Water Control Infrastructure
Grand River Conservation Authority
 12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 1:30 Lower Don Flood Remediation/Port Lands
Robert Chan, P.Eng., Project Engineer
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Geographical Information During Emergencies
Provincial Emergency Operations Centre
1:30 – 2:00 Overview of the Canadian Adaptive Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System (CAFFEWS)
Dr. Paulin Coulibaly, P.Eng.
Professor, Civil Engineering Dept./SGES
Scientific Director of NSERC Canadian FloodNet
GIS Tools in the Emergency Operations Centre
Aaron DeBoer, GIS Analyst
City of Brampton
2:00 –  2:30 PM BREAK
2:30 – 3:00 Updating the Ontario Flood Forecasting and Warning Guidelines
Tom Hogenbirk, P.Eng. Manager, Engineering, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
3:00 –  3:30 A Year In Review
Geoff Coulson, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Environment Canada
3:30 End of Workshop


For more information contact Rhianydd Phillips at rphillips@trca.on.ca.