Novel Futures

Climate risk assessment

PIEVC Engineering Protocol


Engineers Canada has prepared a practical protocol for assessing the vulnerability of infrastructure to climate change and prioritizing risk. The Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) protocol is the state-of-the-art methodology for exploring climate adaptation and risk mitigation actions for infrastructure systems in Canada. 

Climate Lens General Guidance


Infrastructure Canada released its Climate Lens General Guidance to support federal requirements for grant applications under the 'Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) and Smart Cities Challenge.  

The Climate Lens General Guidance includes a climate change resilience assessment annex, described by Infrastructure Canada as a risk management approach to anticipate, prevent, withstand, respond to, and recover and adapt from climate change related disruptions or impacts. 


Novel Futures Director,  Darren Swanson, is trained in the application of the Engineers Canada PIEVC Protocol, one of the recommended risk assessment methodologies of Infrastructure Canada's Climate Lens General Guidance. He has experience integrating the PIEVC Protocol with requirements under the Climate Lens General Guidance, including loss estimation analysis and return on investment for risk mitigation measures.


Darren Swanson facilitates the vulnerability and risk assessment process for clients from start to finish through a series of face-to-face workshops and virtual webinars with key personnel, stakeholders and expert climatologists.


Novel Futures ensures a seamless integration of both the PIEVC Protocol and Climate Lens General Guidance requirements in reporting results.