Blair is Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo. Previous positions Blair has held include Vice President, Sustainable Development, Bank of Montreal; Director, Sustainable Development, OPG; and Partner, Sustainable Investment Group/YMG Capital Management. Blair has written textbooks on environmental science, banking and sustainable development. He is generally interviewed by the media 100-150 times per year. He Chairs the development of two adaptation Standards for the Canadian Standards Association, and he is Chair, Federal Government of Canada Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation and Resilience Results.
As a result of being on the front lines of the costly impacts of climate change, the property and casualty (P&C) insurance sector in Canada is leading efforts to help de-risk the country from the growing impacts of wild weather. Before describing some of those efforts, it is important to recap the burden that the industry has faced to date, and to characterize the worsening challenges yet to come.