Master of Ceremonies: David Dodge is an environmental journalist, the producer of GreenEnergyFutures.ca, the Chair of the Board of Energy Efficiency Alberta and the Co-chair of Edmonton City Council’s Energy Transition Advisory Committee.
Livestream Opening Plenary of the CitiesIPCC Conference
Science of Climate Change
Description: This session provides an update on the latest research on climate change from a global perspective.
Presenter: Katharine Hayhoe is a leading climate scientist who has been named one of FORTUNE’s ‘World’s Greatest Leaders’, TIME’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ and Christianity Today’s 50 Women to Watch as a result. Read her complete biography.
Responding to Climate Change – Indigenous Community Success Stories
Presenter: Hon. Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations, Government of Alberta, and Indigenous community representatives discuss how Indigenous communities will experience climate change in ways that differ from most Canadians, due to their geographic location, economic situation and reliance on the environment.
The session explores how these communities, in collaboration with the Government of Alberta, are responding to this challenge through the Indigenous Climate Leadership Initiative.
Noon Hour Keynote
Description: An update on the federal and provincial governments' climate change plans, priorities and initiatives.
Presenters: The Hon. Catherine McKenna, MP, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Canada, and the Hon. Shannon Phillips, MLA, Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office, Government of Alberta.
Greening the Alberta Grid
Description: This session discusses changes that are underway to green Alberta’s electricity grid, including the challenges and opportunity that lie ahead involving renewable resources.
Moderator: Tim Weis is an Industrial Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta.
Edmonton Prepares for Climate Change
Description: This session shares research into the climate change impacts that will be experienced by Edmonton and the adaptation strategy the City of Edmonton is developing.
Presenter: Chandra Tomaras, Program Manager, Regional and Economic Development, City of Edmonton, joined by climate experts.
Consumption-based Carbon Footprints of Global Cities
Description: This session presents new research revealing the relationship between the consumption that occurs in a city and a city’s resulting carbon footprint.
Presenter: Michael Doust is the Programme Director, Measurement and Planning at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
Alberta City Success Stories
Description: This session profiles the efforts of Alberta municipalities to improve energy efficiency of their facilities, lead as early adopters of renewable energy, and support the efforts of citizens.
Moderator: Marc Huot is the Director, Energy Efficiency Programs, at Energy Efficiency Alberta, a new Government of Alberta agency responsible for helping Albertans reduce their energy consumption and improve their energy efficiency.
Panelist: Mike Mellross, Program Manager, Regional and Economic Development, City of Edmonton
Panelist: Arsheel Hirji, Leader, Sustainable Infrastructure, City of Calgary
Connecting Science and Cities: a Conversation with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and George Marshall
Description: Two leading thinkers bring together what science has to say about cities and the people who live in them. Drawing on their work in Alberta, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe shares her latest research on how climate change will impact cities and discusses with George Marshall how we can build bridges to better climate conversations.
Presenter: Katharine Hayhoe is a leading climate scientist.
Presenter: George Marshall is a climate communication specialist and advisor to both the World Bank and United Nations. He is a co-founder of Climate Outreach and lead researcher of the Alberta Narratives Project.
Sustainability of Tomorrow: Youth Voices for Climate Action
Description: This session profiles eight youth sharing their hopes and concerns about climate change, and their recommendations for action: Powered by Pecha Kucha.
Presenters: Alberta youth, ranging from teenagers to young professionals.
Kabir Nadkarni: Equity at the Global Commons: Climate Change as the Defining Human Rights Conflict of the 21st Century
Elizabeth Gierl: Learning how to be an Environmentalist
Ronak Patel: Embracing Change
Jason Wang: The Circles of Sustainability: How can I... change the world?
Ann Normand: Forestry: Sustainable Innovation
Danielle Koleyak: Transforming to a Resilient City
Kercia Kerr: #LoveYourHeadwaters and Mitigate Climate Change
Dustin Bajer: Biophilic Cities: Partnering with Nature to Create Climate Ready Cities