The Sandford Fleming Forum
is a programme of the Centre for the Resilience in Critical Infrastructure that seeks to advance dialogue on infrastructure
resilience in Canada. It is an open forum at which Government and
industry representatives and leaders can discuss with academia the
pertinent infrastructure resilience issues and thinking of the day. This
will typically involve themed central presentations that may be
subsequently published on the RCI website. The intent is that open and honest discussion can flow in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.
Quarterly meetings will typically be held over an afternoon. The RCI will host and facilitate the meetings.
There are no commercial interests permitted and the direct costs will
be covered by the attendees, though sponsors are welcomed.
With the theme Resilient Infrastructure by Design, the first
professional meeting of the Sandford Fleming Forum will be held at
5:30pm on Thursday the 15th of September, 2011, in the University of Toronto Faculty Club at 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto.
We have a panel of four excellent speakers representing current
thinking and best practice at the national, regional and local levels:
- Laurence Marzell, SERCO Global, "Combined Effect: A New Approach to Resilience"
- Dr. Michele Calvi, IUSS and Eucentre Foundation, Pavia, Italy, "International Approaches for Seismic Risk Evaluation and Reduction"
- John Neily, Conference Board of Canada, "US-CA Cross-Border Infrastructure Resilience"
- Gian di Giambattista, Ontario Power Generation, "Resilience - Electricity Sector Case Study"
Following a short introduction, the speakers will each give a 15
minute presentation followed by one hour of open forum discussion,
concluding with a fork buffet reception afterwards. Space is limited and
those wishing to attend are requested to register by the link below,
providing name and contact details. We sincerely hope that you will be
able to join us for what promises to be a most engaging evening.
Papers and articles on or related to infrastructure resilience that are of potential interest include:
 Sir Sandford Fleming,
KCMG (1827 – 1915) was a Scottish-born Canadian engineer and inventor,
known for proposing worldwide standard time zones, surveying and map
making, engineering much of the Intercolonial Railway and the Canadian
Pacific Railway, and being a founding member of the Royal Society of
Canada and founder of the Royal Canadian Institute. Following in the
same spirit of open professional discourse, the Forum takes its name
from this leading light in Canadian infrastructure engineering and
 Publishing on the RCI website of presentations and papers will only be with the permission of the author.
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