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Webinar: Building Community Resilience

February 20 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 pm MST

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Building Community Resilience: Key Lessons from Twelve Canadian Communities

This webinar will present QUEST’s report on Building Community Resilience: Key Lessons from Twelve Canadian Communities. This report presents key practical and on-the-ground findings from QUEST’s Municipalities and Utilities Partnering for Community Resilience Initiative, a two-year initiative funded by NRCAN and FCM.

Extreme weather events such as floods, snow and hail storms, blizzards, and sea rising levels put energy infrastructure under pressure to adapt. The webinar will review key lessons learned from the twelve municipalities and their energy utilities that participated in this initiative including:

  • Municipalities’ most common strengths and vulnerabilities to specific climate hazards;
  • Key recommendations to advance climate adaptation, strengthen the resilience of energy systems, and augment emergency preparedness plans;
  • Recommendations, tips, and resources for municipalities interested in developing effective resilience planning strategies.

Learn more about the Municipalities and Utilities Partnering for Community Resilience Initiative.


Thursday, February, 20th, 2020 12:30 PM AT / 11:30 AM EST / 9:30 AM MST​

About the presenters


Rob Kerr

Senior associate at QUEST


Rob Kerr is currently an independent consultant, based in Guelph, Ontario, providing community energy services. Rob has over 35 years of experience in many facets of the transitioning energy market with a focus on policy development and implementation of energy and climate change projects/programs in the municipal and community space.

Mr. Kerr’s work experience has been a balance between the private and public sector, having worked with the cities of Guelph and Mississauga, Honeywell, Hydro Quebec, Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc., and Energy Advantage. Rob has held senior positions at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability providing policy and program support to cities around the world committed to climate mitigation and adaptation activities. He has developed expertise in managing inter-governmental relationships – from his advocacy work at the global level (starting with the UN Climate Conference in Kyoto, Japan in 1997) – to ongoing advisory relationships with the Canadian federal and provincial governments as well as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Rob works with QUEST as a Senior Associate to further the development of Smart Energy Communities and the implementation of Community Energy Planning through policy support.


February 20
9:30 am - 10:30 pm MST
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