2020 forum speakers

 The Climate is Changing – Will We?

John Terpstra

Bio – John Terpstra is a poet, writer & cabinetmaker. He has published ten books of poetry, the most recent being, Mischief. His four works of non-fiction include Daylighting Chedoke; Exploring Hamilton’s Hidden Creek, which won a 2019 Hamilton Literary Arts Kerry Schooley Award. Themes of nature and place recur in his writing, which has also won the Bressani Prize and the CBC Radio Literary Award for Poetry, and been short-listed for the Governor-General’s Award, the RBC Taylor Prize and the BC Prize for Canadian Non-fiction. One of his poems, Giants, is inscribed on a plaque that stands atop the Niagara Escarpment, in a park overlooking downtown Hamilton, where he lives

Bill Caulfeild-Browne

Bio – Bill is a semi-retired business executive and corporate director. He is a passionate conservationist and nature photographer and has published two books of his work. He is a former Chair of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and of the Sources of Knowledge Forum.

He has been a citizen-scientist in the field of climate for over forty years. By maintaining a weather station in Tobermory since 1996, he has been able to document climate change on the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula since that time.

Abstract – In an attempt to quantify climate change in Tobermory, temperatures and precipitation for the period 1996-2020 (to date) are compared with like statistics from the period 1914-1983. While the locations generating the two sets of figures are different, they are within about 600 metres of each other and in a comparable position relative to Lake Huron. The presentation will also examine the relationship between lake levels and precipitation in this area

Dr. Peter A. Victor

Bio – Dr. Peter A. Victor is an economist who has worked on environmental issues for 50 years as an academic, consultant and public servant. He was one of the founders of the emerging discipline of ecological economics and was the first President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics. His work on ecological economics has been recognized through the award of the Molson Prize in the Social Sciences by the Canada Council for the Arts in 2011, the Boulding Memorial Prize from the International Society for Ecological Economics in 2014, appointment as a Full Member of the Club of Rome in 2013, and election to the Royal Society of Canada in 2015. His most recent books are Managing without Growth. Slower by Design, not Disaster 2nd ed. (Edward Elgar, 2019) and The Handbook on Growth and Sustainability (co-ed with Brett Dolter), (Edward Elgar, 2017). Dr. Victor is a Professor Emeritus at York University and from 1996 to 2001 was Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies. This followed several years as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Environmental Sciences and Standards Division in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.

Andrea Curley

Bio – Andrea Curley is the Manager at the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation. Andrea supports the day-to-day operations of the Intact Centre, as well as oversees research on best practices to address extreme heat in urban communities across Canada. Prior to joining the Intact Centre, Andrea worked at Forests Ontario as the Business Development Manager and within the financial sector at Meridian Credit Union. Andrea completed her B.Sc in Biological Science with emphasis of her studies on marine biology and holds a M.Env.Sc. from the University of Guelph.

Fraser Thomson

Bio – Fraser Thomson is lawyer with Ecojustice Canada. His work focuses mainly on the impacts of oil, gas and coal operations and transportation on communities and the climate. For the past 6 years he represented community groups and individuals opposing new fossil fuel projects and transportation infrastructure in Alberta and BC. This included successfully opposing an 8 million tonne thermal coal export facility in Surrey, BC and oil by rail facilities in Alberta. He is passionate about infusing the law with the principles of environmental justice through litigation and law reform. Fraser recently moved back to his home town of Toronto to focus on climate change litigation and is Ecojustice’s lead lawyer representing seven Ontario youth in a constitutional challenge against the Ford government’s weakening of Ontario’s climate targets.

Abstract – Across the world citizens, and in particular youth, are turning to the Courts to force their governments to take action on the climate crisis. In 2018 the Ontario government repealed Ontario’s Climate Change Act and gutted the province’s greenhouse gas emissions targets. Like other governments around the world who are being challenged in Court, Ontario’s actions and its failure to take serious science-based action on climate change threaten the lives and safety of all of its citizens. On behalf of seven Ontario youth, Ecojustice has filed a challenge against Ontario’s reduced climate targets alleging that they violate Ontarians’ rights to life, liberty and security or the person as well as their equality rights. This session will review the growing role of climate litigation around the world and here in Canada. It will also review Ecojustice’s case and how cases like it could cut through political inaction on this critical issue and compel governments to take the climate crisis seriously.

Kristen Hargis

Bio – Kristen Hargis is a PhD candidate in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. She is currently researching what ‘good’ climate change education and communication looks like, particularly focusing on how to incorporate sociological and psychological considerations. She also works as a Research Assistant with the Sustainability Education Policy Network (SEPN) (www.sepn.ca), an international network of researchers and organizations working to advance sustainability in education policy and practice. In her role with SEPN, she has worked on climate change education projects contracted out by UNESCO and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. She also helped organize the 2019 Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication’s (EECOM) annual conference: “Action on Climate Change through Education.” The conference was held at the University of Saskatchewan and was the first national conference on climate change education.

She received her Master of Education in Educational Foundations from the University of Saskatchewan, a degree which focused on sociological and ecological justice education. Her master’s thesis research explored how sustainable consumption was taught by faculty at Canadian post-secondary education institutions, including how policies impacted teaching. As a master’s student, she also worked with SEPN to design and implement a national survey, which sought to understand how sustainability education policies are developed and enacted, including examining policy-practice relationships, in kindergarten to grade 12 schools and post-secondary education institutions.

Kristen has also taught in high schools and junior high schools in Japan for several years where she integrated sociological and ecological justice education within this context.

Abstract – This session will begin with some basic scientific facts to illustrate how scientists know we are causing climate change. But, is knowing the facts about climate change enough? What else matters for climate change belief and action? In the second part of this session, you’ll be invited to participate in an interactive poll to share your ideas about what matters for climate change belief and action, so be sure to bring your internet-capable device (e.g., phone, iPad, or laptop). Following the poll, the session will cover what we know from the research about what matters for climate change belief and action. After learning the facts about climate change and about what matters for climate change belief and action, you may be left wondering, “But how do I actually talk to climate change deniers?” I’m glad you asked! The third part of the session will provide some tips and tricks for talking to climate change deniers. This part of the presentation will not be all just talk, as you will also have the chance to participate in a mini- role play to test out some of these strategies for yourself. By the end of this session, you hopefully will feel more confident in knowing what climate change is, what matters for climate change belief and action, and how to talk with climate change deniers.

Steve Lee

Bio – www.steveleesj.com Steve Lee is a 27-year-old climate change activist, a policy advocate to the United Nations, and a global speaker. He is the Executive Director of FES (Foundation for Environmental Stewardship) and its 3% Project, which mobilizes 1,000,000 Canadian youth – that’s 3% of Canada – through 5 national tours across 600 schools. It provides youth-friendly and holistic education on climate change and empowers them to take action on solving climate change in their local communities today.

A prolific global speaker, Steve has represented the Canadian youth on the issues of Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Youth Empowerment at over a dozen international forums including G8 Summit, NATO, Facebook, UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF, and World Bank.

Steve is a voice to the voiceless youth globally in policymaking and is currently serving as the Capacity Building Officer in the Secretariat of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN- MGCY), the UN General Assembly-mandated space.He has moderated and drafted policy outcome documents, lobbied diplomats and businesses, and negotiated deliberations with UN officials, heads of state, and industry leaders.

Steve is personally trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader, featured on news channels, blogs, and newspapers, and a University of Toronto graduate of Physiology and Human Biology.

An entrepreneur, Steve was the Partner of RevIT2 Solutions, a market research consulting firm for private investment firms, and the CEO of Steve’s Guidebook, a publishing company for university-level calculus and biology study guides.

Steve has lived in 4 countries, traveled to over two dozen nations, reads voraciously, plays the clarinet, has been vagabonding out of a carry-on suitcase since 2017 January, and is a follower of Jesus.

Abstract – What future do you want for Canada? What kind of future do you want for yourself, for your family, for your friends, for your neighbours? Where do you see Canada in 30, 50, 100 years from now? These are the questions Steve Lee asked hundreds of thousands of young Canadians travelling for three years at over 500 universities, colleges, and high schools in over 300 towns all across Canada. Our world is rapidly changing in global and systemic ways. Humanity’s relationship with machine, nature, and biology is fundamentally changing in global and systemic ways with exponential speed. These are changes like artificial intelligence, automation, climate change, genetic engineering, and more. Steve shares how he was transformed by the conversations we had with young Canadians in all their diversity, including conversations with BPDS students.

Captain Mark Taylor

Bio -Born in 1955 in Ireland, Mark decided to go to sea at the early age of almost 2. He joined the SS Empress of Britain from Southampton to Quebec when his family immigrated to Canada in 1956. His true seagoing career did not resume until 1973 when he joined the Canadian Coast Guard College in 1973 in Sydney NS. After graduating in 1976 he was posted to buoy tenders and icebreakers on the Great Lakes. He received his first command on board CCGS Kenoki in A’burg Ont in 1979. From then, he worked his way up on various Coast Guard ships as Captain, to eventually become Captain on CCGS Griffon a 73 metre 4000 HP icebreaker, the largest on the lakes.

In 1993 after marrying his beautiful lane swimming partner, Jackie, in Brockville, they moved West for new salt water challenges. After a stint ashore as the West Coast / Western Arctic Operations superintendent, where Coast Guard tried unsuccessfully to convert his love of the sea into becoming a bureaucrat, he eventually was appointed Captain of CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier an 83 metre 8000 hp Arctic class 2 icebreaker out of Victoria, BC. Summers would be spent in the Canadian Arctic supporting shipping, science, Aids to navigation and sovereignty programs, and winters in the North Pacific BC waters performing Aids to Navigation, Search and Rescue, Other Government Department programs.

In 2000 he retired from the Coast Guard and took his Ice expertise to commercial shipping and has been performing Ice Pilot duties each year in the high Arctic till present. This work involves providing on board ice navigation expertise to a wide variety of Canadian and International clients from Cruise ships to Scientific research vessels, to commercial ore carriers as well as back with the Canadian Coast Guard.

Abstract – Captain Mark Taylor has had an extensive career of almost 47 years on the water in the Great Lakes, Arctic and Pacific Ocean areas of Canada. While serving both with the Coast Guard and commercial shipping, he has been involved in a broad spectrum of experiences and incidents. During this time, he has also been exposed to significant changes in climate and ice conditions, and resultant Arctic activities. This presentation will not be a technical discussion. It will have a lot of rapid-fire pictures, that hopefully will prompt a new awareness of Coast Guard, commercial activities and the Arctic environment for the audience and result in a question filled night.

As all are aware, the Arctic is one of the key areas of the planet, that has shown climatic changes earlier than other parts of the world, and as these changes take place in the Arctic, the impact of them will be far-reaching on the entire planet.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, be prepared an interesting and learned evening.

Liz Zetlin

Bio -Liz Zetlin, co-producer and director of the Resilience: Transforming Our Community film, is an award winning poet and filmmaker who has directed over 30 films, many of which have screened worldwide. Liz was the inaugural poet laureate of Owen Sound and first recipient of Owen Sounds’ Outstanding Individual in the Arts award. As chair of the Owen Sound Water Watchers, and with the support of many community members, she has been working towards making Owen Sound a Blue Community, respecting and protecting our water and she participates in the Owen Sound Waste Watchers clean-ups. Liz lives in Owen Sound and is a proud grandma of two teenagers and a seven year old.

Aidan Randall

Bio – Aidan Randall is a youth climate activist from Owen Sound.  Aidan was raised in a family by parents who are environmentalists.  He was raised vegan from birth, and his family has spent several years living without electricity or a car.  When he found out about Fridays for Future, he began attending climate strikes at City Hall.  He also recently joined Toastmasters to develop his public speaking skills, and was a participant in delegations to City Council and the Operations Committee.  Aidan is committed to using every opportunity, including this forum, to raise awareness about the crisis of Climate Change.




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