The importance of human resilience in public works

By Chris Champion posted 03-04-2019 12:41


We talk a lot in our industry about how to build resilience into our processes and our infrastructure projects.

What we don’t often consider is the need to create resiliency for the people in our industry. Darwin Durnie has observed more than his share of large disasters in his career, including the last three largest disasters to hit Canada, measured in dollars. Without equivocation, his experience says that the time to deal with this issue is now.

Darwin starts with a story. It was about two weeks into a devastating wildfire burning up part of a community...

The story continues...

A raging wildfire consumes the forest next to Highway 63, 24km south of Fort McMurray Saturday, May 7, 2016. The “Beast”, as it was called by Wood Buffalo fire chief Darby Allen, is a 1500 square kilometre inferno that has prompted the mass evacuation of nearly 90,000 people from the northern Alberta city. (Photograph by Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta.)