Building and Governing Climate Resilient Cities

Stage 2: Towers in the Park: A Prospective for Equitable Resilience in Toronto

2019/2020 Urban Challenge Progress




Cities are on the front lines of climate change, both in developing policy to respond to climate change and experiencing the impacts of a changing climate. Cities around the world, including Toronto, are experimenting with new technologies, ideas, infrastructure, and governance strategies that can build resilience to climate change in a way that is effective and equitable. This challenge interest group will explore the interdisciplinary and evolving field of urban climate resilience in order to identify shared, achievable, and policy-relevant research questions going forward.



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Team Lead

  • Fadi Masoud, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design


  • Oya Mercan, Edwin Edward Hart Professor of Civil and Mineral Engineering  (UTSG), Director, Climate Science for Engineering Centre.
  • Blake Poland, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Director, Collaborative Specialization in Community Development
  • Rehana Rajabali, Senior Manager, Flood Risk Management, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
  • Imara Rolston, Adjunct Lecturer, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • John Robinson, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the School of Environment (UTSG)
  • Karen Smith, Physical and Environmental Sciences (UTSC)
  • Linda Swanston, Program Manager: Energy and Environment Division, City of Toronto    
  • Paul Kushner, Professor - Climate Dynamics, Department of Physics (UTSG)
  • Heather Marshall, Campaign Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance
  • Jia Lu, Manager, Business Intelligence and Performance Measurement for Parks, Forestry & Recreation, City of Toronto
  • Fariha Husain, Project Manager, Tower and Neighbourhood Revitalization. City of Toronto
  • Amy Buitenhuis, Resilience Lead, City Manager's Office, City of Toronto


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