Understanding Local Flood Risks to Businesses

Posted May 8, 2014

The severe floods that the Greater Toronto Area and various parts of Ontario experienced in the summer of 2013 were a real eye opener to various municipal stakeholders, politicians, and residential and commercial constituents. Not only were there gaps in the stormwater management solutions apparent throughout the area, but an ill-prepared contingency plan to address them both in the short-term and long-term has been uncovered.

This webinar explored:

  • Current gaps in stormwater management amongst existing municipal infrastructure within the GTA
  • Trends and examples of flood risk mitigation solutions/techniques
  • Options and benefits available to local businesses by installing solutions/technologies


Guest Speakers included:

WSC_Kerry FreekKerry Freek, WaterTAP

Kerry is the Manager of Marketing and Communications for the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) and a writer. She has been published in fine Canadian magazines such as Corporate Knights, Alberta Venture, and Alberta Views, and her first book, Flood Forecast: Climate Risk and Resiliency in Canada, will be published by Rocky Mountain Books in May 2014.

W2D_Laurian_FarrellLaurian Farrell, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

Laurian is a Water Resources Engineer and holds a Master’s in Landscape Architecture. She joined TRCA nine years ago, after several years in consulting. After the August 19th, 2005 storm, that washed out Finch Avenue in Toronto, Laurian’s focus shifted from development review, modelling, and fluvial geomorphology to flood forecasting, emergency management, and public communications. She is now the Senior Manager of Flood Risk Management and Infrastructure, and leads TRCA’s Flood Management Service, which includes: flood risk management, data management, hydrometrics and the control and maintenance of flood control infrastructure.