Thursday May 11, 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Kyle Powys Whyte head shotKyle Powys Whyte holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy & Ethics graduate concentration, and a faculty affiliate of the American Indian & Indigenous Studies and Environmental Science & Policy programs. An enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, he focuses on moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. His work has recently extended to cover issues related to Indigenous food sovereignty.



Thursday May 11, 2:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Moderated conversation based on overarching symposium themes


David Miller headshotDavid Miller is the current President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund. He was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010 and Chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2008 – 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration. David is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies, and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability. In his former capacity as Counsel, International Business & Sustainability at Aird & Berlis LLP, he advised companies and international organizations on issues surrounding the creation of sustainable urban economies. David Miller is a Harvard trained economist and professionally a lawyer.



Imre Szeman head shotImre Szeman is Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the John Polanyi Prize in Literature, the Scotiabank-AUCC Award for Excellence in Internationalization, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, a Killam Research Professorship and the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research. His main areas of research are in energy and environmental studies, social and political philosophy, and critical theory and cultural studies. In his current work, he explores the links between energy and culture (a field of research now called the “energy humanities”) in an effort to better understand the broad social changes that will be needed to enable and support energy transition.


AJulia Langer is CEO of The Atmospheric Fund, an endowment with a 25-year track-record of innovating, demonstrating and de-risking urban low-carbon solutions. She has also led campaigns focused on climate change, marine conservation and pollution prevention.


Catherine Abreu's headshotCatherine Abreu is the Executive Director of the Climate Action Network Canada. Catherine is committed to work that confronts climate change head-on, wielding bold and creative strategies. She thinks a lot about citizenship, community, and beauty, and does her best to incorporate these values into each of her endeavours. As one of Canada’s foremost sustainable energy campaigners, Catherine advances policies that enhance Canada’s investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy while phasing out the use of fossil fuels. Catherine spent five years leading the energy and climate change mitigation programs at the Ecology Action Centre (EAC), Atlantic Canada’s largest and longest-running environmental advocacy organization.  She is the former Coordinator of the Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition (ACSEC).



Friday May 12, 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM



Mark Winfield head shotMark Winfield is a Professor of Environmental Studies at York University. He is also Co-Chair of the Faculty’s Sustainable Energy Initiative, and Coordinator of the Joint Master of Environmental Studies/Juris Doctor program offered in conjunction with Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to joining York University Professor Winfield was Program Director with the Pembina Institute, and before that Director of Research with the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy. He has published articles, book chapters and reports on a wide range of environmental and energy law and policy topics. His new book, Blue-Green Province: The Environment and Political Economy of Ontario was published by UBC Press in 2012.



John Godfrey head shotJohn Godfrey is Special Advisor for Climate Change to the Government of Ontario and Chair of Ontario’s Climate Action Group. His career in public service spans more than 30 years. He was first elected to the federal House of Commons as the member of parliament for Don Valley West in 1993 and was re-elected four times. In 2003-2004, he was the parliamentary secretary to the prime minister, and from 2004-2006 served in cabinet as minister of state for Infrastructure and Communities. Before entering politics, he served as vice-president of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, was editor of the Financial Post, and spent 14 years in academia. He has been involved in many community and public service organizations, including the Council for Canadian Unity, the National Film Board, and Pollution Probe.


Pierre-Olivier Pineau head shotPierre-Olivier Pineau is a professor at the Department of Decision Sciences of HEC Montréal and holds the Chair in Energy Sector Management since December 2013. He is an energy policy and management specialist, with a focus on electricity reforms. He has published many papers on the energy sector, most of them exploring the links between energy and aspects of sustainable development. He participates regularly in the public debate on energy and has authored many reports for the government and other public organizations. He is a member of the CAEE, CIRODD and the institute EDDEC. Before joining HEC Montreal, he was an associate professor at the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria.


Barry Rabe head shotBarry Rabe is the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has published widely on the political feasibility of adopting and sustaining climate policies in the American federal system. His latest book, THE POLITICS OF CARBON PRICING, will be published by MIT Press in 2018.


Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Dianne SaxeDianne Saxe is the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. Her five-year appointment will be focused on serving the Ontario Legislature, improving the effectiveness of the Environmental Bill of Rights, and catalyzing better environmental, energy and climate outcomes for and with the people of Ontario.Before her appointment, she was one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers, with 40 years of experience in environmental and energy law and litigation. Dianne has been recognized as Canada’s leading author on environmental law, through her books, columns and blog, and was the recipient of Toronto’s first Environmental Lawyer of the Year honour. She has also received numerous other tributes, including the Ontario Bar Association Distinguished Service Award and the Osgoode Hall Lifetime Achievement Gold Key.






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