Harris Switzman, M.A.Sc.

Harris is a water resource specialist with technical and policy expertise in the areas of hydrogeology, watershed hydrology and resiliency-based management. He holds a master's degree in water resource engineering (McMaster University), a graduate diploma in water, environment and health (United Nations University – Institute for Water, Environment and Health), and a bachelor's of science in earth and environmental science (McMaster University).

Harris’ work focuses on characterizing the effects of climate change and land development on watersheds, estimating water supply and demand, and managing community risks associated hydroclimatic hazards, such as floods and drought. He has worked on projects at the national-scale across Canada, throughout the Laurentian Great Lakes, in Egypt, Uganda, and on a local scale in Alberta and Ontario. Prior to joining the WaterSMART team he was a project manager with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, responsible for a portfolio of projects focused on building community and watershed resilience to climate change and hydroclimatic risks.

Harris has served on the Board of Directors for NSERC’s FloodNet strategic research network, the Ontario Climate Advisory Committee, and currently volunteers as a water advisor for Raising the Village. He has also worked on environmental monitoring and water quality research with Environment Canada and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Harris has a strong background in stakeholder engagement, facilitation, and community development that he is committed to apply across watershed planning and risk management projects.