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Building A Post Carbon World

Desautels Hall, Rotman School of Management, 105 St. George Street

Cost: General Admission $60 | Students/Unwaged: $30

Explore ideas and participate in interactive sessions about the broader renewal of society in a zero-carbon world. By offering a range of perspectives and disciplines, we will develop road maps for a positive vision of the future to advance climate solutions and societal transformation. Register here.


8:30-9:00 a.m.: Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00 a.m.: Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Wendy Phillips, Indigenous Elder, University of Toronto Scarborough

  • Mike Layton, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 11, University-Rosedale

  • Steve Easterbrook, Director, School of the Environment; Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto

9:15 a.m.: Session 1: Envisioning the Society We Want. Imagine the world we want to reach in, say, 30 years time. What's the positive vision we should be striving for?

  • Jessica Green, Associate Professor, School of the Environment and Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

  • Elliott Cappell, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Toronto

  • Alexandra Rahr, Bissell-Heyd Lecturer in American Studies, University of Toronto

  • Phil De Luna, Program Director, Energy Materials Challenge Program at National Research Council Canada

  • Angela Mashford-Pringle, Associate Director, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, & Assistant Professor Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

10:30 a.m.: Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.: Session 2: Pathways to Post Carbon. What existing work is going on today to help put us on the pathway to that world?

  • Karen Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough

  • Linda Swanston, Program Manager, Policy & Research, Environment & Energy Division, City of Toronto

  • Danny Harvey, Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

  • Emmay Mah, Executive Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance; Co-Chair of the Toronto Climate Action Network

  • Bjørnar Egede-Nissen, Project Drawdown & University of Western Ontario

12 noon: Lunch Break

12:30-1:45 p.m.: Session 3: Ɂełexé Eghálets’eda (Learning Together): Advancing Sustainable Conservation Strategies Through Cross-Cultural Collaboration

  • Frederick Andrew, Community Researcher and Special Advisor to the Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nęGots’ę́ Nákedı (Sahtú Renewable Resources Board), Tulıt'a, Northwest Territories

  • Jean Polfus, PhD, Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow, Trent University

2:00 p.m.: Session 4: Bringing Together Multiple Sources of Knowledge. How do we bring all voices into the conversation? How do we learn from indigenous and traditional ways of living? What stories will we tell ourselves?

  • Andrea Most, Professor of English, American Literature, and Jewish Studies, Department of English, University of Toronto

  • Geoffrey Ozin, Canada Research Chair in Materials Chemistry; Professor, Department of Chemistry; University of Toronto

  • Lucy Cummings, Executive Director, Faith & the Common Good

  • Christopher Gore, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University

  • Kevin Best, Co-Founder and Principal, Sustainable Engineering, which is taking the lead working with the community in Mount Dennis on Odenaansan (Mt Dennis Community Utitlities). In Anishinaabemwin, Odenaansan means "village or the little place where my heart is."

3:15 p.m.: Coffee Break

3:30 p.m.: Session 5: Closing the Loop. How will we measure progress? How will we hold power accountable? How will we mobilize the resources needed?

  • Debra Wunch, Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Department of Physics, University of Toronto

  • Karim Bardeesy, Distinguished Visiting Professor and Special Adviser to the President, Ryerson University

  • Peter Jones, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD University

  • Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

4:45 p.m.: Closing Remarks

Earlier Event: March 31
Interfaith Forum
Later Event: April 3
Turning up the Heat