climate Risk & Resilience

Addressing the risks arising from climate change has become an essential consideration for public and private sector organizations. Governments, financial markets, shareholders, and citizens are demanding clear, comprehensive, and high-quality information regarding the implications of climate change, and disclosure on plans and actions to manage transitional and physical climate-related risks. Understanding and assessing these risks and designing resilience into critical infrastructure and business assets requires a collaborative approach. Matrix’s multi-disciplinary teams integrate climate, environmental, and engineering information, knowledge, and practice to develop well-informed climate risk and resilience solutions.

Climate Risk & Resilience Services

Energy Transition Risks

Physical Climate Risks

Climate Risk and Resilience Assessments

Meet our Technical Director for Climate Risk & Resilience

Quentin Chiotti

What has been the most rewarding part of your career in climate risk & resilience?

The opportunity to educate and inform others about the necessity and importance of addressing the physical risks of climate change through adaptation and resiliency measures. This has been surpassed only by the satisfaction felt after working with others to develop and implement measures that lead to higher levels of climate resilience. My time at Metrolinx was especially rewarding in this regard, achieving significant benefits for the agency, taxpayers, and the communities we served.

What attributes make for a strong climate risk & resilience practitioner?

The ability to listen, observe and learn from others, noting that climate risk assessment and the development and implementation of effective resiliency measures requires the participation, voices and input of many others. By extension, being able to connect the dots and making a compelling case that taking resilient actions now will avoid much more in the future in terms of climate change costs by doing nothing.

Why is the climate risk & resilience practice area important for Matrix?

The demand and opportunities to understand and manage climate risks is exploding, and the need for this expertise has never been greater. Managing climate risks is a cross-cutting issue, that is [unfortunately] only going to become more important in the foreseeable future. The importance of the climate risk & resilience practice should be obvious to Matrix and its clients, and also for society at large.

What advice can you provide for someone who wants to pursue a career in climate risk & resilience?

Be open to learn from those with more experience, and be patient in your acquisition of knowledge. I have been working in this field for almost 30 years and yet appreciate that there is still so much more to learn. The journey to become climate resilient is a long and challenging process, and this also applies to becoming an effective expert and practitioner.

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