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Steve Litke (Fraser Basin Council)
Harvy S. Takhar, P.Eng. (City of Delta)
Jason Ho, P.Eng. (City of Richmond)
Matt Osler, P.Eng., MBA (City of Surrey)

Flood Protection in the Lower Mainland – Updates on Plans and Undertakings at the Regional and Municipal Levels (Delta, Richmond, and Surrey)

Fri Jun 25 2021 00:30:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Please join the Iranian Engineers of BC Association (IEBCA) for an informative signature webinar, which includes four presentations on flood protection in the Lower Mainland; one with a regional perspective by the Fraser Basin Council, and three from municipality perspectives: City of Delta, City of Richmond, and City of Surrey. The event is in English, and it is intended to create an environment for a constructive dialogue and knowledge exchange between the authorities and the public, especially engineers. EGBC members may claim 2 Continuing Education (CE) Hours for attending the event.

Climate scientists have estimated about 1 m rise in sea level by the year 2100 for the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Simultaneously, climate change is resulting in higher intensity and shorter duration precipitation events, which the existing municipal stormwater systems may not be able to handle with their current capacities. At the same time, Greater Vancouver’s population is forecast to grow by about 300,000 over the next 10 years, which will lead to more residential, commercial and industrial developments, thereby further taxing the existing municipal infrastructure systems. These factors, either on their own, or in combination, can lead to flooding which will have a detrimental effect on people’s lives, their properties and the environment. Flood protection measures are therefore critically important to be properly funded and maintained. Three of the Lower mainland municipalities which are facing some of the greatest challenges viz-a-viz flooding are Delta, Richmond and Surrey. These municipalities and other organizations and agencies are also working on a regional flood strategy being facilitated by the Fraser Basin Council. IEBCA is very much pleased to have gathered the regional and municipal staff with responsibility to address flood protection management protocols. This event will help us better learn how each of us, as residents of the Lower Mainland, can do our part to help address and mitigate the challenges of future flooding.

1) The event will be in English, and EGBC members may claim 2 Continuing Education (CE) Hours for attending the event.
2) At the time of the event, the admittance to the presentation room starts at 5:15 PM, and the program starts at 5:30 PM sharp. During this time (5:15 -5:30), the audience will have a chance to network with each other in the room through the Chat Box. A second chance will also be provided to the audience after the Q/A session of the program to do their last minutes of networking through the Chat Box.

Registration Fee:
$5 for IEBCA Members (need to login before payment)
$20 for Non-Members


Online (Zoom Meeting) - Please see the Registration Link at the bottom of this page.

About the Speaker:

Steve Litke
Director, Water Programs
Fraser Basin Council

Steve Litke has served as an advisor and resource person on numerous local and regional flood-related organizations and inter-jurisdictional committees, delivered communications and public education materials, and managed policy reviews and technical projects. He graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1995 with a Master's degree in Resource and Environmental Management. Steve has worked with the Fraser Basin Council (FBC) since 1998 and is currently the Director responsible for the Council’s Water Programs. He is responsible for a number of FBC-facilitated flood management initiatives, including: development of a Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy, development of a hydraulic model of the lower Fraser River floodplain, completion of a Lower Mainland Flood Risk Assessment, and coordination of 12 province-wide projects investigating different aspects of flood planning and management to inform all orders of government in developing flood strategies.

Harvy S. Takhar, P.Eng.
Assistant Utilities Engineer
City of Delta

Harvy Takhar, P.Eng. was born and raised in Delta, BC where he played hockey, soccer, and attended school. Harvy completed his undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia in the department of Mechanical Engineering. After gradation Harvy worked with Omni Engineering for municipal and port related projects. Now, Harvy has been with City of Delta’s Engineering Utilities Division for over 3 years. His work involves designs and planning for water, sanitary, drainage, and flood protection projects. Harvy is involved with the living dike pilot project. Harvy's passion for green infrastructure was further ignited with his Master’s research on “connected blue-green roofs”. Hervy is also a Professional Engineer registered with Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

Jason Ho, P.Eng.
Manager, Engineering Planning
City of Richmond

Jason Ho, P.Eng., is a graduate from the University of British Columbia and a Professional Engineer registered with Engineers and Geoscientists BC. He has been with the City of Richmond for 15 years, currently as the Manager, Engineering Planning. In his current role, Jason is responsible for overseeing the infrastructure planning, including short, medium, and long range improvement strategies to address ageing infrastructure, population growth, and climate change. This portfolio includes water, sanitary sewer, drainage, roads, and diking infrastructure. Prior to his current role, Jason worked in other positions at the City such as Acting Manager, Facility Services as well as various Project Manager roles involved with infrastructure planning. Richmond is recognized as a regional leader in flood protection and Jason has been a guest lecturer for the UBC Masters of Engineering Leadership Program on this topic.

Matt Osler, P.Eng., MBA
Senior Project Engineer
City of Surrey

Matt Osler, a Senior Project Engineer at the Engineering Department, Utilities Division of City of Surrey and a Professional Engineer registered with Engineers and Geoscientists BC. He has been leading Surrey’s award winning coastal flood and sea level rise related work for the past ten years. He is currently the program manager for the City’s $77M federal government grant to increase the resilience of the City’s infrastructure to coastal flooding and other natural hazards.

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