TORONTO — The City of Toronto recently established a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) position and the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is commending the city for its ongoing commitment to emergency preparedness. Toronto Mayor John Tory announced that the CRO position will be filled by Elliott Cappell, an internationally-renowned expert on climate change strategy and resiliency principles.
This is part of the city's partnership with the group 100 Resilient Cities. The CRO will report to the city manager and will oversee city-wide resilience-building efforts to help Toronto prepare for events such as natural catastrophes and severe weather, states a release issued by the IBC.
Cappell will also be responsible for the development and implementation of a resilience strategy for the city.
"IBC congratulates Mayor Tory and the City of Toronto for taking a responsible step in support of all residents of the city," said Kim Donaldson, vice-president, Ontario, IBC, in a statement. "Having a Chief Resilience Officer sends a powerful message. This will allow the city to grow and thrive in a safe and responsible way while recognizing and adapting to the effects of climate change."
Donaldson added, "Natural catastrophes and severe weather events are occurring with greater frequency and stronger intensity. Canadian municipalities must do more to be prepared for when disasters strike. The City of Toronto is leading the way and is setting an example for other cities in Canada to follow."