Dave Poole

B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Eng., CRM
Partner / Business Unit Strategist
E: dpoole@dillon.ca


Dave has over 20 years of experience in the areas of risk management, environmental management, sustainability, strategic planning and policy development. His due diligence and risk management experience includes project-based risk assessment of large scale infrastructure projects, supply chain risk assessments of transporting dangerous goods in the US and Canada; development of risk assessment framework for marine-based oil spills in Canadian waters; contingent business interruption insurance claim support; environmental compliance audits of industrial complexes across Canada; and regulatory advisory support for industrial permit applications and contaminated site management.

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Community Climate Study - Ajax, ON

The Town of Ajax identified a need to better understand the threats and risks faced by the community as a result of changing trends associated to the following three climate variables:  severe weather, temperature and precipitation. Three main community outlooks were identified of particular concern to the Town and included overland and stormwater flooding, threats to the natural environment, and impacts to emergency preparedness and response services. The purpose of Town of Ajax Community Climate Study is to provide a GIS-based tool for the Town of Ajax to assist in identifying, analyzing, evaluating and ultimately managing climate change based risks as part of an overall Climate Change Adaptation Plan being developed by the Town.Read More
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Baseline Risk Assessment of Land Development Within Proximity of Freight Rail Corridors - Calgary, AB

After the catastrophic train derailment that took place in Lac-Mégantic in 2013, which claimed 47 lives, the issue of rail proximity safety was brought to the forefront for Canadian municipalities. The City of Calgary reached out to Dillon to develop a method to assess the risks so that future development could take place while protecting public safety. 

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Area Risk Assessment for Ship-source Oil Spills in Canada

Transport Canada required a method to assess the risk of ship-source oil spills in Canadian waters. While oil spills are unlikely, Transport Canada needed a methodology to assess the risk posed by future projects and potential growth in marine traffic. Dillon led the development of an Area Risk Assessment (ARA) Methodology that determined the probable locations and volumes of ship-source oil spills, where the spills would travel and what would likely be impacted by the oil. 

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Blackfriars Bridge - London, ON

Opened in September 1875, Blackfriars Bridge is a single span structure over the north branch of the Thames River, connecting Ridout Street North to Blackfriars Street near the northwest corner of the Central Business District of London, Ontario. It is the only bowstring arch truss of its kind in Canada, only one of four that still carry vehicular loads in North America and the only bridge of its kind open to two lanes of traffic. It is the oldest wrought iron or steel through truss bridge on the Ontario Heritage Bridge List. The City of London retained Dillon to complete a risk assessment, environmental assessment, as well as provide the detailed design and tendering services for the preferred rehabilitation option.

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Financial Analysis of Crop Damages

Financial Analysis of Crop Damages

The Souris River Basin, which borders the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba and North Dakota in the USA, had major flooding due to a June 2011 rainstorm. A rail company in the area was faced with business interruption, property damages and lost revenue from crops damaged in the flood. To substantiate a contingent business interruption claim, Dillon analyzed the cause and effect linkages of the storm to the affected areas. 

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Municipal Risk Assessment Tool (MRAT)

Municipal Risk Assessment Tool (MRAT)

Extreme weather events caused by changing climate are occurring with increasing intensity, duration and frequency. They are also revealing vulnerabilities in existing infrastructure. The Insurance Bureau of Canada required a ground-breaking risk assessment tool that would be able to predict potential issues in municipal infrastructure that would lead to basement flooding. Read More