SLR is a leader in climate adaptation and resilience planning and design, spanning geographies and across sectors. Our work helps governments and companies understand, plan for and address climate-related challenges resulting from sea level rise and intense precipitation, drought, and extreme heat. Our holistic approach to climate resilience strives to be inclusive and multi-disciplinary in order to develop place-based strategies to protect people, infrastructure and the environment, and create better outcomes into the future.

How can we help?

Climate resilience planning and design typically span many disciplines. We offer full integration of our speciality practises in community planning, hazard assessment and modelling, water resource engineering, landscape architecture, water and wastewater engineering, civil/structural engineering, transportation engineering, and construction administration, to bring projects from the planning level through design and construction.

SLR provides sector-specific assessments and designs to meet your climate resilience needs, including: 

  • Hazard mitigation planning
  • Hazard mitigation feasibility studies
  • Climate resilience planning
  • Shoreline management and protection strategies
  • Facility vulnerability assessments
  • Critical infrastructure & utility assessments
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Stakeholder engagement

Our team includes

  • Jon Philipsborn Manager of Climate Resilience
    Jon Philipsborn

    Jon serves as SLR’s Climate Resilience Manager. He advises clients on the strategic integration of climate change into planning, project development, and management decisions. This includes supporting public and private sector clients with disaster preparedness and climate resilience planning and identifying and implementing adaptation strategies. Jon is excited to work collaboratively on developing inclusive, meaningful, cross-sectoral partnerships, across geographies, that create positive climate, conservation and community outcomes.

  • Xin Qiu Principal, Technical Director, Climate Change and Air Quality
    Xin Qiu

    Dr. Xin Qiu has over 30 years of experience in meteorology, climatology and air quality studies. He has led projects focusing on air quality, meteorology, severe weather, climate change, and GHG emission inventories, local/regional health impacts assessment in Canada and abroad.

    Xin is an Adjunct Professor of York University leading a climate change and advanced downscaling research project for Government of Ontario and Environment Canada. He is also a member of expert review panel for U.S. EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program that engages some of the best scientists and engineers in environmental health, air pollution and microbial risk assessment. Dr. Qiu is an IPCC Expert Reviewer on the AR5’s Special Report of "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation". He is the Expert Panel Member of Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for climate change.

  • Miles Lockwood Financial Sector and Advisory Services Leader
    Miles Lockwood

    Miles is a highly regarded environmental professional with 25 years’ experience, specialising in the sustainable development of major capital projects for project finance through the management of environmental, social and health risks. He is experienced in the provision of ESG advisory services to private entities and governmental organisations and technical guidance in the implementation of international and national E & S standards from the initial environmental due diligence and impact assessment stages, through to implementation, including project and contractor management, regulatory and lender compliance and performance advice

  • Michael van Niekerk Associate Climate Change Specialist
    Michael van Niekerk

    Michael specialises in environmental impact assessments, solid waste management, climate change and carbon / energy management.  He has worked on several climate change risk assessments, climate change strategies, and GHG inventories or carbon footprints over the past 13 years in which he has gained experience in various African countries in a number of sectors.