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ICLR held a Friday Forum workshop February 19, 2016 entitled 'Reducing flood risk in Toronto', led by David Kellershohn with Toronto Water. Urban flooding continues to drive significant losses for homeowners, municipalities and insurers across Canada. Toronto has been affected by significant urban flood events in 2000, 2005 and 2013. This presentation focused on basement flood protection work underway in Toronto.
David Kellershohn, as the Manager of Stormwater Management for the City of Toronto, is responsible for implementing the City's Wet Weather Flow Master Plan. This program includes the City's Basement Flooding Protection Program and the Coordinated Watercourse Erosion Management program. Ten year capital budget plans for these efforts exceed $1.6 billion over the next ten years.
Prior to joining the City of Toronto in 2009, David worked in the land development consulting industry for 12 years where he designed drainage systems for projects ranging from large subdivisions and large downtown condominium buildings through to small individual site designs.
David has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from McMaster University, where he studied the water quality of Hamilton Harbour.