Program

The 2017 Ontario Climate Symposium will explore a number themes over the two days of the event related to both adaptation and mitigation. These include climate change policy, sustainable energy, climate justice, planning and implementation, ecohealth, and future of the water system.

We will be exploring these themes through targetted sessions that examine specific topics. For example, sessions in the sustainable energy workstream will look at topics ranging from community energy planning, the future of the energy system, and Ontario’s long-term energy policy. On a separate note, sessions in the climate justice workstream will look at addressing challenges faced by low-income communities, gender diversity in the low-carbon economy, and climate justice in the context of The Commons.

LEARN MORE about some of the overarching themes that will inform the program, including Canada’s 150th anniversary and indigenous perspectives on the collective responsibility we bear for ensuring the well-being of the Earth and its communities for at least seven generations into the future.

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WORKSTREAMS

This session will include short presentations and discussion with a panel of experts from diverse sectors. Examples of topics speakers will touch on include: the ecological determinants of health, the role of urban and rural forests in protecting human health, and the role of greenspace in addressing heat and air pollution.

WORKSTREAM AWORKSTREAM BWORKSTREAM CWORKSTREAM DWORKSTREAM E


 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Day One: Thursday May 11, 2017

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

STUDENT DESIGN IDEAS COMPETITION

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1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

REGISTRATION AND LIGHT SNACKS

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

OPENING REMARKS

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

KEYNOTE REMARKS

Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

BREAK

2:45 PM – 4:30 PM

KEYNOTE PANEL

Moderated conversation based on overarching symposium themes

Moderator: David Miller
  Imre Szeman, University of Alberta
Julia Langer, The Atmospheric Fund
  Catherine Abreu, Climate Action Network Canada

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 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

NETWORKING RECEPTION

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

PERFORMANCE: ALANNA MITCHELL’S SEA SICK

4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

DISRUPT CLIMATE DATA CHALLENGE

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Day Two: Friday May 12, 2017

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

REGISTRATION, BREAKFAST, & NETWORKING

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM

OPENING REMARKS

Celia Haig-Brown, Associate Vice-President Research, York University

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

PLENARY PANEL

 

The State of Ontario Climate Change Policy

Moderator: Mark Winfield, York University
Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
John Godfrey, Special Advisor to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Barry Rabe, University of Michigan
• Pierre-Olivier Pineau, HEC Montreal

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10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

BREAK

10:45 AM – 5:00 PM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

WORKSTREAM A: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Session 1A: Community Energy Planning

This panel will discuss the role of community energy planning in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

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 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
LUNCH

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Session 2A: Future of Energy Systems

This panel will explore the role that innovative technologies can play to support emission reductions in Ontario’s energy sector.

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 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM
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3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Session 3A: Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Policy


This panel will discuss how the decisions made today about Ontario’s energy grid will impact the province’s future.

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WORKSTREAM B: CLIMATE JUSTICE


10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Session 1B: Climate Law and Justice

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 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

LUNCH

 

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Session 2B: Climate Justice and the Commons

This panel will convene a dialogue on the importance of the Commons in the context of climate change.

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3:15 PM – 3:30 PM
BREAK

 

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Session 3B: Gender Diversity in the Low-Carbon Economy


This panel will provide an assessment of women’s participation in the clean energy economy,
followed by presentations from female scholars whose cutting-edge research is advancing the clean energy economy.

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WORKSTREAM C: PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION

 

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Session 1C: Regional Land Use Planning

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12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
LUNCH

 

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Session 2C: Addressing Challenges faced by Low-Income Communities

This panel will discuss the necessary policies and governmental actions that will lead to
a more equitable future across low-income and vulnerable communities.

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3:15 PM – 3:30 PM
BREAK

 

3: 30 PM – 5:00 PM

Session 3C: Going Beyond Compliance by Accelerating Transformational Change

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 WORKSTREAM D: ECO-HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE
+ FUTURE OF THE WATER SYSTEM

 

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Session 1D: Greenspace Protection and Enhancement – A Critical Adaptation Measure to Protect Public Health in the 22nd Century (Part One)

This session will include short presentations and discussion with a panel of experts from diverse sectors.
Examples of topics speakers will touch on include: the ecological determinants of health, the role of urban
and rural forests in protecting human health, and the role of greenspace in addressing heat and air pollution.

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12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
LUNCH

 

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Session 2D: Greenspace Protection and Enhancement – A Critical Adaptation Measure to Protect Public Health in the 22nd Century (Part Two)

This session will take the form of an interactive workshop where attendees will help develop
a call to action on greenspace as an adaptive measure for climate change.

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3:15 PM – 3:30PM
BREAK

 

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Session 3D: Future of the Water System

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 WORKSTREAM E

 

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Session 1E: Indigenous Perspectives on Ontario Climate Policy

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12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
LUNCH

 

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Session 2E: Advancing Local Climate Action through Community Mobilization and Collective Action

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3:15 PM – 3:30 PM
BREAK

 

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Session 3E: How People and Goods Move: A Decade of Evolution and a Vision for the Late 2020’s

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5:00 PM – 5:15 PM

CLOSING REMARKS

5:15 PM – 7:00 PM

NETWORKING RECEPTION (Sponsored by Climate Reality Canada)

10:15 AM – 6:00 PM

DISRUPT CLIMATE DATA CHALLENGE

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