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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Reducing Risks, Gaining Benefits – Coping with Weird Weather in a Changing Climate


Gordon McBean, Centre for Environment and Sustainability and Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Western University

North Americans are now confronted with a growing number of catastrophic weather events. With near unprecedented fury, these events frequently disrupt communities and economies over huge areas. In the last two years alone, direct costs to Canadian insurers reached nearly $3 billion. Warmer temperatures mean more hot days, heavy precipitation and hail events and flooding, wild fires, drought, and unusual winters. The talk will discuss these phenomena, as well as the strategies needed to minimize the social and economic costs and potentially gain benefits in some sectors.

A former Assistant Deputy Minister at Environment Canada, Professor Gordon McBean is Co-Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability and Director of Policy Studies of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at Western University, focusing on the multidisciplinary aspects of sustainability and disaster risk reduction. Dr. McBean is also the President-elect, International Council for Science and Chair of the Canadian Climate Forum and the Ontario Climate Consortium. He is a Member of the Orders of Canada and Ontario and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
Supported by: CANARIE Inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday April 18, 2013, 7:30 am - 8:45 am
Location: Government Conference Centre, Colonel By entrance
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday April15, 2013