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International Climate Impacts and Responses and the Future of BC

Community Event
Nov 20 2008 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

On behalf of ACT and Imagine BC, we would like to invite you to a speaker panel and dialogue: International Climate Impacts and Responses and the Future of BC at Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue on Thursday, November 20th. This is a unique opportunity for ACT and Imagine BC to join forces to examine climate change globally and the implications for our own climate future.

Registration for this event must be completed online via the SFU webform. The closing date for registration is November 18th, however space is limited, and we strongly recommend an RSVP as soon as possible.

With generous support for this event made possible by: NORTH GROWTH FOUNDATION

SFU’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) is an initiative that aims to help government, industry and communities develop sustainable responses to climate change. The five-year program hosts a series of ten sessions in which a cross-section of thought leaders from industry, academia, government, communities, NGOs and First Nations come together to examine climate change, its impacts on communities and industry, and viable policy options.

Imagine BC is a series of dialogues convened by Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue Program that seek to create a forum for diverse perspectives about the future of the province. By asking citizens, leaders and experts to engage in meaningful dialogue and collectively imagine the kind of future we want in the province, the Imagine BC process generates provocative and constructive visions to bring real social change, one conversation at a time.

International Panelists

Bruce Campbell, Special Projects Engineer, River Murray Water Section, Murray-Darling Basin Commission (Australia)
Dr. Allan Lavell, Coordinator, FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales), San Jose, Costa Rica (South America)
Dr. Anand Patwardhan, Professor, Shaileh J. Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (India)
Dr. Hassan Virji, Director, International START Secretariat, Washington DC (Africa)
Karla Williamson, Department of Educational Foundations, University of Saskatchewan (Inuit)

BC Perspectives

Graham Whitmarsh, Head, Climate Action Secretariat, Government of BC
Kindy Gosal, Director, Water and Environment, Columbia Basin Trust
Dave Porter, Chair, Kaska Dena Tribal Council


Joanna Ashworth, Director, Dialogue Programs, SFU

Additional Info

ACT Introductions and presentations by Zurich Canada and AMEC
10-minute presentations from each panelist, followed by moderated panel dialogue

Lunch in the ICBC Concourse with keynote speaker Guy Dauncey, President, BC Sustainable Energy Association

Dr. Gordon McBean, Policy Chair, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction; ACT policy author - on threats facing Canada and BC; effective planning at the federal, provincial and municipal levels; and recommendations ACT will release on Extreme Weather Events.

Presentations and dialogue with BC and international experts on climate impacts and futures for BC

Rapporteur: Dr. Richard Lipsey, ACT co-founder and Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, SFU