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Day 1: November 4, 2019


8:45 - 9:00: Welcome, Matt Davison (Dean, Faculty of Science, Western University)

Session 1: 

Multi-hazard risk and resilience assessment in a changing environment
Session Chairs: Davison and Aghakouchak

9:00 - 9:40: Short introductory presentation from speakers and attendees 
9:40 - 10:00: Prof. Slobodan Simonovic (Western), ‘Multi-hazard resilience’
10:00 - 10:20: Prof. Stephen Evans (Waterloo) ‘Structure of destructive geological cascades; implications for risk’
10:20 - 10:40: Prof. Matt Davison ‘Insights from financial risk management for disaster risk’
10:40 - 11:00: Break
11:00 - 11:20: Prof. Horia Hangan (Western) ‘Non-synoptic winds and their impacts on buildings and structures’
11:20 - 11:40: Mr. Dan Sandik (ICLR) ‘ICLR activities for reducing risk of basement flood, high wind and fire for Canadian homes’
11:40 - 12:00: Prof. Jiandong Ren (Western) ‘Insurance risks for natural disasters’


12:00 - 13:00: Physics and Astronomy Building Atrium

Session 2: 

Cross-disciplinary topics for natural hazard and risk assessment: modelling complexity/dependency and new emerging techniques
Session Chairs: Mori and Najafi

13:00 - 13:20: Prof. Mahesh Pandey (Waterloo) ‘Probabilistic assessment of damage cost under multiple seismic hazards’
13:20 - 13:40: Dr. Boyu Feng (Western) ‘The Impact of urbanization on urban flooding using hydrologic/hydraulic models’
13:40 - 14:00: Prof. Amir Aghakouchak (UC Irvine) ‘Multi-hazard scenarios for analysis of compound extreme events’
14:00 - 14:20: Dr. Ying Zhang (NRCan) ‘Earth observation based processing frameworks for post-disaster response and assessment in urban areas’
14:20 - 14:40: Mr. Nick Martyn (RiskLogik Inc.) ‘An ensemble approach to holistic flood risk assessment’
14:40 - 15:00: Break
15:00 - 15:20: Prof. Sriram Narasimhan (Waterloo) ‘Robotics and non-contact sensing for infrastructure risk assessment’
15:20 - 15:40: Prof. Gail Atkinson (Western) ‘Induced seismicity: implications of non-stationary hazards and risks’
15:40 - 16:00: Dr. Kristin Clemens (St. Joseph’s Health Care London/Western) ‘The impact of ambient temperature on health outcomes in Ontario’
16:00 - 16:20: Dr. Erin Azzopardi (Mitacs) and Ms. Kate Huner-Johnson (Western) to introduce NSERC Alliance and Mitacs Accelerate funding. Click to download funding presentation.
16:20 - 17:30: Topics for discussion, Discussions facilitated by the session chairs and continues at Social Dinner Discussion
18:00: Social Discussion @ Windermere Manor/Western; Dinner will be provided (RSVP and Registration Required)

Day 2: November 5, 2019

Session 3: 

Linking hazard, exposure, risk and resilience across multiple hazards – disciplinary contributions
Session Chairs: Martell and Molnar

9:00 - 9:20: Briefing from Day 1 discussion
9:20 - 9:40: Prof. Nobuhito Mori (Kyoto University) ‘Long-term hazard assessment of coastal and river flooding by tsunami and typhoons in Japan'
9:40 - 10:00: Prof. David Martell (Toronto) ‘Integrated landscape management to protect forest resources, infrastructure and communities’
10:00 - 10:20: Prof. Reza Najafi (Western) ‘Characterizing the compounding effects of pluvial, riverine and coastal flooding in St. Lucia’
10:20 - 10:40: Break
10:40 - 11:00: Prof. Tomohiro Yasuda (Kansai University) ‘Assessment of annual aggregate risk by storm surge disaster in Japanese major bays’
11:00 - 11:20: Prof. Sheri Molnar (Western) ‘Site-specific seismic hazard assessment in Canada’
11:20 - 11:40: Prof. Eric Desjardins (Western, Rotman Institute of Philosophy) ‘Pluralism for a geo-socio-ecological perspective on multi-hazard resilience’
11:40 - 12:00: Mr. Colin McFayden (Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services, ON Min. Nat. Res. & For.) 'Risk and wildland fire management in Ontario'


12:00 - 13:00: Physics and Astronomy Building Atrium

Session 4: 

Linking hazard, exposure, risk and resilience across multiple hazards – future needs (research, education, public involvement, role of private sector, role of governments) and from theory to practice
Session Chairs: Journeay and Kovacs

13:00 - 13:20: Mr. Murray Journeay and Dr. Michal Kolaj (NRCan) ‘A national earthquake hazard and risk profile of Canada’
13:20 - 13:40: Nicky Hastings (NRCan), 'How can Canadian coastal communities understand and mitigate against coastal flooding?'
13:40 - 14:00: Mr. Cordy Tymstra (Wildfire Management, Government of Alberta) ‘Early warning systems for enhanced situational awareness and preparedness for spring wildfire activity in Alberta, Canada’
14:00 - 14:20: Mr. Paul Kovacs (ICLR) ‘Research to support implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction’
14:20 - 14:40: Topics for break-up sessions, led by Prof. Reza Najafi
14:40 - 15:00: Break
15:00 - 16:30: Break-up sessions, led by Prof. Reza Najafi and the organizing committee members

Closing Words

17:00: Social Dinner @GradClub - Dinner will be provided