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Civil Seminar

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
1:30 pm
Spencer Engineering Building (SEB)
Room: 1200



Michael D'Andrea, M.E.Sc., P.Eng.

Chief Engineer and Executive Director, Engineering & Construction Services

City of Toronto

Toronto, Canada's largest city, is home to a diverse population of 2.8 million people living and working along the shores of Lake Ontario. Throughout history, Toronto has focused on the safety and security of its water services, but now safety and security increasingly means ensuring that the City's water systems have the adaptive capacity to respond to the changing climate and extreme weather events. To that end, in 2003, a comprehensive watershed-based "Wet Weather Flow Management Master Plan” was adopted by City Council to address the water quantity and water quality impacts of wet weather flows.  Subsequent to the adoption of the Plan, an extreme rainfall event in 2005 profoundly influenced the implementation of the Plan, emphasizing basement flooding protection as a first order priority.   Subsequent extreme storms, and the associated widespread flooding that ensued, have reinforced the need, and intensified the demand, for the implementation of mitigation measures.  Through the City's Basement Flooding Protection Program, upgrades are being made to storm drainage and sewer systems to mitigate the impacts from extreme storms.   

The City's climate change adaptation strategy has resulted in an investment of over $270 million (as of the end of 2017) on infrastructure and storm drainage improvements, with planned spending in the amount of $1.5 billion over the next 10 years.  Chief Engineer Michael D'Andrea will present details about Toronto's Basement Flooding Protection Program, focusing on the adaptive management philosophy, infrastructure enhancements, and policy considerations of the Program.


Michael D’Andrea is the Chief Engineer and Executive Director of Engineering and Construction Services for the City of Toronto.

Michael earned a Master's degree in civil engineering from Western University and has more than 30 years of experience in the municipal engineering, water, wastewater and construction services industry.  He has worked in engineering consulting, at the Province of Ontario's Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and has been with the City of Toronto since 1997. 

In his current role, Michael leads almost 600 professional and technical staff, and is responsible for the engineering design and construction of the City of Toronto's water, wastewater, stormwater, transportation and solid waste infrastructure, valued at over $500 million annually. 

Previously, Michael was the Director of Water Infrastructure Management for Toronto Water, where he was responsible for infrastructure planning, capital programming, asset management and policy development in support of the City of Toronto’s water, wastewater and stormwater management infrastructure. In this role, he led several environmental stewardship initiatives, including the City's climate change adaptation strategy to reduce the risk of flooding from extreme storms; and, the development and implementation of Toronto’s Wet Weather Flow Master Plan and guidelines, which promote green infrastructure approaches and low impact development in support of Toronto's Green Standard. 

In his presentation "City of Toronto's Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to Mitigate Urban Flooding", Michael will present an overview of the Strategy's adaptive management framework, the infrastructure enhancements that are being constructed in support of the strategy, and policy considerations.



Civil & Environmental Engineering
Kristen Edwards
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