David Miller addresses the 2017 Ontario Climate Symposium


plenary panelists at the 2017 Ontario Climate Symposium



Keynote Panel – May 11 (Day 1)


• Energy JusticeImre Szeman | University of Alberta

• TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable, Prosperous TorontoJulia Langer | The Atmospheric Fund

• Seizing Canada’s Climate MomentCatherine Abreu | Climate Action Network Canada

Key Papers:

Below, we’ve included some key documents that Kyle Whyte’s remarks were built around.



Plenary Panel – May 12 (Day 2)


• The Durability of US Climate Policy in the Post-Obama EraBarry Rabe | University of Michigan

• Quebec Perspectives on Climate and EnergyPierre-Olivier Pineau | HEC Montreal



WORKSTREAM A: Sustainable Energy

Session 1A: Community Energy Planning

• Community Energy PlanningMichael Lee | QUEST

• Supporting Community Energy Planning – Neetika Sathe | Alectra Utilities

• The Little Town that Could: Community Energy Planning in Caledon – Shannon Carto | Town of Caledon

• The Role of Buildings in Creating Low Carbon Communities – Lisa King | City of Toronto


Session 2A: Future of Energy Systems

• The Future of Energy Conservation in OntarioPeter Love | York University – Faculty of Environmental Studies

• Energy Storage and Energy Policy Regime Change: A Comparative AnalysisMark Winfield | Shahab Shokrzadeh | York University – Faculty of Environmental Studies

• Is Energy Storage Transformative? Decentralization and the Future of Ontario’s Energy SystemJames GaedeUniversity of Waterloo


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

• Moving Ontario to a 100% Renewable Electricity Grid: System Operation for Renewable Integration – Madeleine McPherson | PhD candidate, University of Toronto

• Emission Reduction and Long Term Energy Planning Marc BrouilletteStrategic Policy Economics

• Ontario’s Long-Term Energy PolicyRalph TorrieTorrie Smith Associates



WORKSTREAM B: Climate Justice

Session 1B: Climate Law and Justice

• Feeling the Heat: Using the Charter to Take on Climate Change in Canada – Nathalie Chalifour | University of Ottawa – Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability

• FSB’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial DisclosureCynthia Williams | Osgoode Hall Law School

• Getting Real: The Need for Corporate Climate DisclosureKeith Stewart | Greenpeace Canada


Session 2B: Climate Justice and the Commons

• Faith That Does Climate Justice – Lucy CummingsFaith & the Common Good

• Presentation – Paul BainesGreat Lakes Commons

• Climate Change: Racialization and Environmental Justice in Toronto – Cheryl TeelucksinghRyerson University


Session 3B: Gender Diversity in the Low Carbon Economy

• Gender and Developing a Research Program in Community EnergyJulie MacArthur | University of Auckland

• Renewable Inequity? A GLobal Perspective on Women’s Employment in Clean EnergyBipasha Baruah | Western University

Members of the gender diversity panel at the 2017 Ontario Climate Symposium



WORKSTREAM C: Planning and Implementation

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

• Carbon Pricing and Energy Poverty – Barbora GrochalovaCanadian Environmental Law Association

• The Fair Distribution of Flood Risk in Urban Areas – Jared Houston and Usman Khan | Queen’s University | Lassonde School of Engineering (York University)

• Vulnerable Households and Smart Grids – Ian Rowlands | University of Waterloo


Session 3C: Going Beyond Compliance by Accelerating Transformational Change

• Why Business Cares About Going Beyond ComplianceBob Willard | Sustainability Advantage

• Refocusing on Climate Change with Partners in the Region of PeelMark Pajot | Region of Peel

• The Sustainability Movement | The REFOCUS SolutionRandy Sa’d | REFOCUS Sustainability

• Sustainability Reporting: A Science-Based Framework – Lotfi Belkhir | McMaster University



WORKSTREAM D: Future of the Water System + Ecohealth

Session 1D: Future of the Water System

• Stormwater Infrastructure and Climate Change – Fabio Tonto | Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

Susceptibility of Regional Ecological Features to Climate Change –  Karen Hofbauer | Matrix Solutions Inc.

• Developing Quality Management Standards for Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure – Amna Tariq | Credit Valley Conservation

• Climate Change Impact on Hydrometeorological Extremes – Ioannis Tsanis | McMaster UniversityTechnical University of Crete


Session 2D + 3D: Greenspace Protection and Enhancement

• Adapting to Climate Change Through the Provision of Greenspace: What Does This Mean for Human Health and Well Being?Mike Puddister | Credit Valley Conservation | EcoHealth Ontario



WORKSTREAM E: Indigenous Perspectives, Cities + Transportation

Session 1E:  Indigenous Perspectives on Ontario Climate Policy


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

• Resources for Municipalities and their PartnersRobin GoldsteinFederation of Canadian Municipalities

• Advancing Local Climate Action through Community Engagement and Collective Action – Matthew Chapman | Climate Reality Project Canada

• Community Renewable Energy Project – Gideon Forman | David Suzuki Foundation


Session 3E: How People and Goods Move

• Driving Our Clean Energy FutureCara ClairmanPlug n Drive

• Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) – Josipa Petrunic | CUTRIC

Indigenous perspectives panelist at 2017 Ontario Climate Symposium



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