The UK is leading the way in flood risk management, with the focus on local governments to manage flood risk at a community level. The key to its successful flood risk mitigation schemes is a multi-benefit approach, with planning and engineering departments working together and the inclusion of all stakeholders and public at an early stage.
Using her experience on the projects in the UK, Clare Share (P.Eng.) has successfully applied this approach of multi-benefit and stakeholder involvement through several schemes in BC. This presentation will outline how these approaches can be further applied in developing Official Community Plans, Flood Mitigation Plans, bylaws and through the implementation of capital projects as we plan for a new normal in a changing climate.
Kris Holm (M.SC., P.Geo., P.Geol.), will discuss recent advancements to integrate flood and steep creek geohazard studies in British Columbia, which was the subject of a 2021 award of merit by the Association of Consulting Engineers Canada (https://acecbcawards.com/). This talk will present approaches to evaluate geohazard risk across large and typically data-scarce regions like British Columbia and will provide a practitioner’s perspective on the incorporation of geohazards knowledge into community planning, regulation, and emergency management.
Clare Share P.Eng.
Clare Share is an Engineer with McElhanney in Kitimat and is a specialist in Flood Risk Management. She was previously the Flood Risk Manager for a London Borough in the UK. She has 14 years of experience including residential and commercial development flood management schemes and preparing national legislation.
Kris Holm M.SC., P.Geo., P.Geol.
Principal Geoscientist, BGC Engineering
Kris Holm is a geoscientist with over twenty years of geoscience consulting experience in North and South America and is BGC’s community sector team leader. His experience focuses on flood and landslide geohazard and risk assessments for communities, transportation and major industry. Mr. Holm has led or acted as technical lead on over sixty detailed, quantitative geohazard risk assessments, as well as regional studies encompassing over 300,000 km². Mr. Holm has also steered the development of software applications supporting geohazard and information management for decision making.