Dr. Blair Feltmate

Dr. Blair Feltmate

Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation ,
Head

Blair is Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo.  The Intact Centre is an incubator for research and knowledge mobilization, with an aim to limit the negative impacts associated with climate change and extreme weather events in Canada. The Intact Centre was made possible through the generosity of Intact Financial Corporation.

Previous positions Blair has held include Vice President, Sustainable Development, Bank of Montreal; Director, Sustainable Development, OPG; Partner, Sustainable Investment Group/YMG Capital Management; and President, Sustainable Systems Associates.  His early career began by developing the sustainable development programs for such companies as Noranda, Falconbridge, Placer Dome, Barrick Gold, Consumers Gas and the American Chemistry Council (Washington).

Blair has written textbooks on Sustainable Banking (University of Toronto Press), and Aquatic Ecology (CAB International).  He is generally interviewed by TV/radio/newspapers 100-150 times per year, primarily on the subject of how to address climate change.  He speaks regularly to governments (nationally / internationally) and industry sectors on the need and means to adjust to a changing climate.

He is Chair, Federal Government of Canada Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation and Resilience Results.  He is also Chair, Electricity Transmission and Distribution Adaptation Standard, Canadian Standards Association; he serves on other flood mitigation Standards committees for CSA.  He is former Chair of Pollution Probe, and he was Chair/Founder of the Sustainable Electricity Program, Canadian Electricity Association.

Blair was an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow (University of Waterloo); he holds a Ph.D, Theoretical and Applied Ecology (University of Toronto); M.Sc., Zoology (U of T); M.A., Sustainable Development (Wilfrid Laurier University); Hon. B.Sc., Geography.