Dr. Wael El-Dakhakhni, serve as the CaNRisk CREATE Program Director. He is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, the Director of the Institute for Multi-hazard Systemic Risk Studies and the Director of the Applied Dynamics Laboratory, all at McMaster University.

A Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Dr. El-Dakhakhni’s expertise is in the area of component- and system-level performance evaluation and risk and resilience quantification under extreme events.

He has been actively involved in knowledge mobilization to practice through chairing or voting on several codes and standards committees in Canada and the USA. He is a member of the ASCE Risk & Resilience Measurements Committee and the Disaster Response and Recovery Committee.