Kirsten MacMillan is a Climate Resiliency Specialist with six years of experience focused on improving technical understanding of climate risk and resilience through her work both undertaking climate vulnerability and risk assessments and contributing to capacity development initiatives such as training, the development of guidelines and resources, and convening stakeholders. She has developed, facilitated and delivered climate training and workshops to many audiences including engineers, environmental professionals, and federal and municipal government staff in Canada and internationally.
As an expert for the Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP) initiative, Kirsten collaborates with Erik Sparling as part of the Climate Risk Institute (CRI) team to support the Government of Suriname Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environment in addressing climate change priorities of the National Development Plan and National Adaptation Plan (NAP). The initiative aims to improve data and information collection systems and integrate climate change considerations into economic development policies, plans, and programs. Through targeted awareness building and training, the team will provide technical assistance to help improve the capacity of the Government of Suriname to plan, design, and build climate resilient infrastructure.
Based in Toronto, Kirsten is a Climate Resiliency Specialist with the CRI. She holds a dual degree Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies, which provides an interdisciplinary mindset on technical and social aspects of climate change and resilience.