Designing for Tomorrow Un-conference

Event date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 9:00 AM
End date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 11:30 AM
Event location: Remo Online


...with monthly presentations and facilitated discussion topics to provide you the opportunity to share both your insights and challenges. Plus networking time built in, thanks to the platform Shorter events in bite-size chunks, better for brains and budgets.


Sessions will be loosely thematic:

  • Winter 2022 - TECHNIQUES


Third Wednesday of the month except fourth Monday of the month in March and September, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Decision Support Tools 

Municipal Risk and Return on Investment Tool for Flood Mitigation Planning 

Approximately 50% of Canadians believe their storm water systems are in good condition with only about one in five Canadians feeling stormwater systems require immediate major investment. The reality is, in Canada, the annual cost of flooding is anticipated to nearly triple to US$6.6 billion by 2030 if adaptation measures are not taken. While climate tools exist to support municipalities to determine future flood risks, there is a lack of financial tools that allow municipalities and conservation authorities to build the business case for adaptation. To address this gap, Credit Valley Conservation Authority, and the Peel Climate Change Partnership, have developed a Risk and Return on Investment Tool (RROIT) to help make evidence-based, cost-effective decisions to reduce flood and erosion risks. This session will provide an overview of the Tool and share insights from various case study applications throughout Canada and learn about how tool results are being considered in climate action and stormwater master plans. 

Presented by: 

Christine Zimmer, M.Sc (Eng), P.Eng.
Chief Specialist, Watershed Risk Assessment 
Credit Valley Conservation Authority 

Christine is recognized as an expert in integrated climate risk management and adaptation strategies for watershed management and green infrastructure. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for Environment Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform and has been recognized both nationally and internationally for leadership in watershed and stormwater management.

Amna Tariq, P. Eng. 
Engineer, Watershed Risk Assessment 
Credit Valley Conservation Authority 

Since joining CVC in 2010, Amna has had an evolving role, initially responsible for managing a variety of low impact development projects, where her tasks included design review, hydraulic/hydrologic modelling, and performance monitoring. Amna now works in climate change research and development, which includes tackling new and emerging impacts from climate change on water resources and water infrastructure. Her key interest is in developing technical tools which address these impacts with the purpose of streamlining climate change risk and vulnerability assessments and building flood resiliency. 

Achieving Integrated Stormwater Management in a Densifying Community using Triple-Bottom-Line Analysis 

Flood impacts are an important part of stormwater management but they are not everything. Grappling with impacts from increased volumes and diminished water quality also need to be considered using a holistic, integrated approach. The project we will hear about assessed both the Economic costs as well as the Environmental and Social co-benefits of various green and grey scenarios and further examined whether to place interventions on-lot, in the street, or in community green spaces, and determined how much would be needed to achieve various targets and objectives. All this in the context of an existing residential community. 

Results will be discussed and the impact of adjusting assumptions will be explored. 

Note that this presentation is focused on the approach and findings and is not a ‘how-to’ for a particular tool. 

Presented by:

David Seeliger, P.Eng. 
Senior Water Resources Engineer 
MPE Engineering Ltd. 

David has more than 30 years of Canadian and Australian experience in all aspects of stormwater management, with specialist expertise in modelling, designing and implementing LID practices. In addition to his long-standing role as ALIDP President, he is involved at the national level in CSA technical committees to develop Canadian flood standards. He was also formerly on the executive of the Hydrological Society of South Australia. 

Small Group and Panel Discussion 

Following the presentations we will have a short small-group and panel discussion. 

May Agenda 

9:00 Doors open and networking 

9:15 Welcome 

9:20 Municipal Risk and Return on Investment Tool for Flood Mitigation Planning 

10:00 Break 

10:20 Achieving Integrated Stormwater Management in a Densifying Community using Triple-Bottom-Line Analysis 

11:10 Discussion 

11:30 End


Planners, policy makers, approvals staff, landscape architects and designers, ecologists, sustainability professionals, researchers, engineers, water resources professionals, students - LID is an interdisciplinary undertaking and discussions are wide-ranging. Your participation makes for a richer experience for all.


Free for partners, all others $50 per session. Not sure if you're a partner? View the partner listing at Employees of partner organizations are partners, just register with an email from your partner organization to validate your free registration.

If your organization isn’t a partner, consider purchasing an annual individual partnership at $105 as part of your registration to immediately activate it. Individuals can register using any email.

Students can register for free with a post-secondary institution email.

If you would like to purchase a new corporate, municipal, non-profit or vendor partnership for 2021, please contact the organizer. You can see rates at


Want to present your project or initiative? Sponsor a session? Please reach out to the office. Share your case study, research findings or policy/ planning initiative - don’t be shy! 15 to 60 minutes, we’ll fit you in. All topics considered. Submit a title, short description, and suggested duration. We'd love to have lots of short presentations and especially hear about initiatives in smaller communities that we might not even know about. Also if you are interested in having a particular question discussed, send that in as well.

Have a product or service to highlight? Consider sponsorship. Includes your logo with a link and possibility for video, visible and clickable except when presentations are happening. Contact the office.


  • 9:00 Networking time - join a table for 2, 4 or 6 participants and video (or type) chat amoung yourselves. Exchange virtual LinkedIn profiles if you like. Move from table to table, or stay put.
  • 9:15 First block
  • 10:00 Networking/ break
  • 10:15 Second block
  • 11:00 Discussion/ Feedback / Networking
  • 11:30 Adjournment

Each month will have a more specific agenda prepared once the session firms up.



  • ALIDP Clean Runoff Action Guide rollout tentative
  • Discussion: Implementing a water balance approach at the lot level tentative



  • Natural Infrastructure Asset Valuation - Calgary tentative
  • Discussion: What Natural Assets Can and Can't Do in an Urban Context


  • Comparative Stormwater Resiliency Opportunities Across Canada tentative


  • TBD


  • Alberta Residential Rain Garden Examples and Performance tentative
  • Conventional Turf vs. Prairie (Meadow) Planting Absorptive Performance -Calgary Monitoring Results tentative
  • Deeper Topsoil - This is how we do it - policy and practice tentative
  • Avant-Garde Boulevards in the Cities of Calgary and Red Deer tentative
  • An Approach to Naturalizing Existing Stormwater Pond Perimeters tentative


Recordings will be made available to registrants and partners.


Registration is per session, closing noon the day prior.

Refunds are on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the office.


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We look forward to your participation and in meeting up with friends old and new.

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