Resilient Infrastructure by Design

Event date: Thursday, September 15, 2011, at 5:30 PM
Location: Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks

The Sandford Fleming Forum[1] 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[2]. 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[3]. 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:

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:


[1] 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 applied science.

[2] Publishing on the RCI website of presentations and papers will only be with the permission of the author.

[3] In close partnership with the Toronto Police Service.