OCC team members are experts in interpreting climate research, extracting relevant information, and helping end-users apply findings to their planning processes.

Noah Gaetz is Senior Manager of the Ecosystem and Climate Science Program at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). This program directs applied research and knowledge-sharing to support the natural heritage and ecosystem, climate resiliency, and environmental goals of TRCA and its partner municipalities. Previously, Noah was a senior ecologist at TRCA, working on natural heritage initiatives and providing ecological expertise in support of land use and infrastructure planning. Noah’s early career was spent working for two rural conservation authorities as a resource technician and environmental planner. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brock University, majoring in biology and minoring in environmental policy. EMAIL


Michelle Sawka is a Senior Research Scientist at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). In this role she supports municipalities in their green infrastructure, climate change, and urban forest initiatives. Michelle also works with the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition to conduct research, advocacy, and communications to increase green infrastructure implementation across the province. Her past experience was in a more traditional infrastructure role, as an urban transportation policy analyst managing research in support of public transit agencies across Canada. Michelle has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography focused on hydrology and biogeography, and a Master’s of Applied Science in Environmental Science. EMAIL


Yuestas David is a Senior Project Manager with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Ecosystem and Climate Science Program. Yuestas manages research and development of tools for stormwater management and climate science, with the goal of making the state of the knowledge more accessible to practitioners and decision makers. Currently he is coordinating projects that help to assess the effectiveness of green infrastructure for stormwater management. Yuestas graduated with a Master’s of Science from the Geography program at York University, with a focus on hydrological modeling. EMAIL


Sharon Lam is a Research Analyst with the Ontario Climate Consortium. In this role, Sharon provides technical support to the OCC Climate Adaptation Program by delivering risk-based adaptation services through research project implementation, technical advisory, partnership development, and knowledge mobilization. Since joining OCC, she has led the development of multiple climate change risk and resilience assessments focusing on various types of infrastructure systems. Sharon holds a Bachelor’s of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto. EMAIL


Kristina Dokoska is a Project Coordinator with the Ontario Climate Consortium. She provides her expertise and capacity to OCC’s climate information, impacts, and adaptation programs. She is responsible for research project implementation, translation of scientific climate information, technical advisory, partnership development, and knowledge mobilization. Kristina holds a Master’s of Environmental Studies in Planning from York University. EMAIL