Montréal’s resilience journey

Montréal, Canada’s second largest city, is an important center of commerce, industry, tourism, and culture. However, its aging infrastructure was inadequately maintained for many years, and only in the last decade have federal, provincial, and local governments focused resources and planning on improvements. There is particular attention to waste management and to local water and power needs, services that are essential to protecting residents from significant cold weather events and heatwaves, both of which have intensified with climate change and urban densification.

Following a hazardous material accident in 2013 in Lac-Megantic, Québec, the City of Montréal also recognized the need to increase security measures around transportation of such materials within the city, and has been working with the federal government to amend existing transportation laws.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Sidney Ribaux

Director of the Office of Ecological Transition and Resilience, and Chief Resilience Officer

Sidney Ribaux co‐founded Équiterre in 1993 and served as Chairman of its Board of Directors until 1998. Then, as Executive Director until 2019, he participated in the development, implementation, and financing of all the organization’s strategies and projects in the areas of fair trade, local and organic agriculture, energy, mobility, climate change, responsible consumption, and sustainable building.

Sidney was President of the House of Sustainable Development from 2011 to 2019, one of Canada’s greenest buildings and a hub for sustainable development meetings. He has also contributed to Canada’s ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, to ecological agriculture, and to the efforts of citizen coalitions to finance public transit.

Since May 2019, Sidney has been Director of the Bureau de la transition écologique et de la résilience de Montréal, whose first mandate will be to develop and implement an ambitious climate change plan.

Sidney is a Fellow of Ashoka (2007), and the recipient of the first Canadian Award for Environmental Innovation from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (2009).

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