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

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

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Aging Population
  • Blizzard
  • Climate Change
  • Corruption
  • Cyber Attack
  • Declining Population / Human Capital Flight
  • Disease Outbreak
  • Displaced Populations / Migrants
  • Earthquake
  • Economic Inequality
  • Environmental Degradation
  • Extreme Cold
  • Extreme Heat
  • Food Insecurity
  • Hazardous Materials Accident
  • Homelessness
  • Inadequate Educational Systems
  • Inadequate Health Systems
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Invasive Species
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Lack of Social Cohesion
  • Poor Air Quality
  • Poor Governance / Regulatory Climate
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Riot / Civil Unrest
  • Severe Storms
  • Shifting Macroeconomic Trends
  • Terrorist Attack
  • Traffic Congestion
  • Unemployment
  • Water Insecurity

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Montreal's CRO

Louise Bradette is the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the City of Montréal. She is also Head of the Civil Security Center and Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Management. With more than 20 years work experience in the City of Montréal, she understands the organizational culture inside out. Her accomplishments and main challenges include developing and maintaining a state of preparedness for Montréal, risk communication, land-use planning and business continuity.

Understanding that emergency preparedness is no longer enough to address the challenges of the 21st Century, the Civil Security Center presented Montréal’s application to join 100 Resilient Cities. The collaborative and cross-cutting approach of civil security within the city and with its multiple public and private partners will be a great asset to help Montréal meet its resilience challenge in the months and years to come.

Louise was educated at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in Administration and completed a Master in Public Administration at École Nationale D’Administration Publique (ENAP). She is also Vice-President of the Association de Sécurité Civile du Québec (ASCQ), an association that promotes a culture of civil security and preparedness in cities and organizations throughout Québec.

Snapshot of Montreal

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