Michael D’Andrea

Chief Engineer and Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services City of Toronto

Michael D’Andrea, M.E.Sc., P.Eng. is Chief Engineer and Executive Director of Engineering and Construction Services for the City of Toronto, where he leads almost 600 professional and technical staff and is responsible for the design and construction of the City of Toronto’s municipal infrastructure, valued at over $500 million CAD annually.

Previously, Michael was the Director of Water Infrastructure Management for Toronto Water, where he was responsible for infrastructure planning, capital programming, asset management and policy development in support of the City of Toronto’s water, wastewater and stormwater management infrastructure. In this role, he led several environmental stewardship initiatives, including the City’s climate change adaptation strategy to reduce the risk of flooding from extreme storms; and, the development and implementation of Toronto’s Wet Weather Flow Master Plan and guidelines, which promote green infrastructure approaches and low impact development in support of Toronto’s Green Standard.

Michael D’Andrea has more than 30 years of experience in the municipal engineering, water, wastewater and construction services industry, having worked in engineering consulting, the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, and the City of Toronto.

Keynote Speech Abstract


Toronto, Canada’s largest city, is home to a diverse population of 2.8 million people living and working along the shores of Lake Ontario. Throughout history, Toronto has focused on the safety and security of its water services, but now safety and security increasingly means ensuring that the City’s water systems have the adaptive capacity to respond to the changing climate and extreme weather events. To that end, in 2003, a comprehensive watershed based “Wet Weather Flow Management Master Plan” was adopted by City Council to address the water quantity and water quality impacts of wet weather flows. Subsequent to the adoption of the Plan, an extreme rainfall event in 2005 profoundly influenced the implementation of the Plan, placing a focus on basement flooding protection. Through the City’s Basement Flooding Protection Program, upgrades are being made to storm drainage and sewer systems to meet new design standards, established to mitigate the impacts from extreme storms.

This climate change adaptation strategy has resulted in the investment of almost $250 million CAD (as of the end of 2016) on infrastructure and storm drainage improvements, with planned spending in the amount of $1.5 billion CAD over the next 10 years. Chief Engineer Michael D’Andrea will present details about Toronto’s Basement Flooding Protection Program, focusing on the adaptive management philosophy, infrastructure enhancements, and policy considerations of the Program.