2019 Ontario Climate Symposium



The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) and Ryerson University are pleased to co-host the 7th Ontario Climate Symposium on May 1-2, 2019.

scenes from 2018 Ontario Climate Symposium

With the change of leadership in the province of Ontario, climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts have never been more pressing. This year’s Symposium aims to bring together municipal, provincial and federal leaders with researchers, practitioners and students to explore how collective, local action can achieve global impacts.

By examining the many ways of creating economic, environmental and social prosperity without exceeding planetary boundaries, the Symposium will highlight how leadership at the local level can help contribute to large, transformational shifts that align with global sustainable development goals.

The 2019 Ontario Climate Symposium will encourage the development of disruptive, innovative and collective visions and strategies that foster collaboration, environmental and social justice, and generate awareness of the need for a transformative cultural shift toward low carbon communities.

Within this overarching theme, we will organize the program around a set of sub-themes:

  • Employment, Equity and Sustainability in the Green Economy: Topics to include social and environmental justice; opportunities in Ontario’s highest emitting sectors; achieving economic prosperity within global SDGs; the sustainability of the green economy; the role of decentralization of services; community-based initiatives to climate change; and scalability of programs.
  • Disruptive Technologies and their Role in Urban Development and Planning: Topics to include addressing path dependency and network externalities; developing infrastructure that avoids lock-in, evidence-based regional decision making; the use of GIS mapping; the challenges and opportunities of smart cities; decentralization of services; and the role of consultation and engagement in the planning process.
  • Coastal Wetland and Great Lakes Policy
  • Creating a Culture of Sustainable, Transformative Design: Topics to include social enterprise; social justice; environmental racism; and environmental inequality
  • Indigenous Perspectives and Worldviews on Sustainable Futures.
  • Creating Progressive Policy that Challenges a Changing Climate.



Complete the Call for Proposals form below no later than 5:00 pm on [DEADLINE]