Monday, March 5, 2018
8:00-8:30am Welcome message
8:30-10:00am Livestream CitiesIPCC Cities and Climate Change Conference Opening Plenary
10:00-10:40am Science of Climate Change - with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University An update on the latest research on climate change - cause, effects, future scenarios
10:45-11:30am Alberta Success Stories - with Marc Huot, Director, Energy Efficiency Alberta, Mike Mellross, City of Edmonton, Arsheel Hirji, City of Calgary, TBA, City of Medicine Hat 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.
11:30-12:00pm EPCOR reception
12:00-1:00pm Keynote: The Hard Work of Hope: Water & Climate Security in a Warming World - with Bob Sandford, EPCOR Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health Exploring society’s power to mitigate dangerously accelerating hydro-climatic cycles by enlisting the powers of nature.
1:15-1:55pm Greening the Grid - with Tim Weis, University of Alberta; Sara Hastings-Simon, Pembina Insitute; Robert Hornung, Canadian Wind Energy Association Examines changes that are underway to reduce the carbon intensity of Alberta's electric grid including the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead involving renewable resources
2:00-2:40pm Edmonton Prepares for Climate Change - with Chandra Tomaras, City of Edmonton 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.
2:45-3:30pm Consumption-based Carbon Footprints of Global Cities - with Michael Doust (C40 Cities) The carbon footprint of cities often undestate the emission caused by consumption of food, goods and services
4:30-5:30pm Connecting Science and Cities: A Conversation with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University; George Marshall, Co-founder Climate Outreach Two leading thinkers bring together what science has to say about cities and the people that live in them. Both 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.
5:45-6:45pm Youth Voices for Climate Action (Pecha Kucha style) Presenting the climate change concerns, hopes and advice of Alberta and global youth
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
10:00-11:30am Low Carbon Alberta Cities of the Future - with Christopher Kennedy, University of Victoria, and panel This session starts with a 30 minute big-picture, compelling vision of the low carbon, green energy cities of the future followed by a shorter presentation and a panel discussion exploring the challenges of implementation.
11:30-12:00pm EPCOR reception
12:00-1:00pm Keynote: Governments Taking Action An update on Government of Canada and Government of Alberta climate change plans, priorities and initiatives.
1:30-2:30pm Alberta Solutions to Global Climate Change Challenges - with Klass Rodenberg, Alberta Council of Technologies Society; Donna Mandau and Leah Coumont, Graphene Leaders Canada; Allan Offenberg, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta Three case studies of next generation innovators who are building on Alberta’s existing foundations to prepare Alberta for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
2:30-3:30pm Building a Sustainable City - City of Edmonton staff (Pecha Kucha) with Gary Klassen, Deputy City Manager, City of Edmonton Seven presentations showcasing City of Edmonton climate and energy initiatives, including Blatchford development, waste-to-energy, electric buses, sustainable buildings, renewable energy, and more.
3:45-4:30pm JUST Power: Climate Change and Social Justice - with Dr. Sheena Wilson, University of Alberta: Dr. Angele Alook, AUPE; Dr. Natalie S. Loveless, University of Alberta; Dr. Mary Elizabeth Luka, University of Alberta; Dr. Sourayan Mookerjea, University of Alberta Exploring ‘climate justice’ with a focus on just energy transition, as understood by environmental social justice activists, anti-poverty activists, decolonial climate activists, alternative media and community arts activists, writers and scientists.
4:45-5:30pm Climate Change Impacts on Indigenous People - with the Confederacy of Treaty Six Nations and the Metis Nation of Alberta This session begins with a traditional Indigenous welcome & ceremony, followed by presentations by Indigenous leaders explaining climate change threats posed to Alberta’s Indigenous communities.
5:45-6:45pm Performance: On the River A live performance of music and video that tells the story of the Cree, Dene and Metis people of Fort McKay through the lens of the life of former Chief Dorothy McDonald.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
10:00-10:45am 2nd Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities - with Cynthia Rowenzweig, Urban Climate Change Research Network Shines the light on leading global research regarding cities and climate change
10:45-11:30am Energy Efficiency Alberta: What's Happening in Alberta - with Monica Curtis, Energy Efficiency Alberta This session explores the many exciting energy efficiency initiatives taking place in Alberta to reduce energy consumption, improve energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
11:30-12:00pm EPCOR reception
12:00-1:00pm Keynote: While Nations Plan, Cities Act - with David Miller, C40 Cities, and Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton The emerging role of cities in fighting climate change, featuring former Toronto Mayor David Miller and City of Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson
1:15-1:55pm Collaborate to Deliver - with leaders from C40, Global Covenant of Mayors, ICLEI and FCM This session engages senior representatives from the world’s largest city organizations discussing the need for, and the methods by which cities can collaborate to better achieve their climate mitigation and adaptation goals.
2:00-2:40pm Wealth, Health, Happiness: The benefits of community climate action - with Dr. Robert Summers, Professor, University of Alberta; Dr. Alex Boston, Professor, Simon Fraser University; Dr. Joe Vipond, MD, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment; Kurt Borth, PhD Candidate, geography and planning. A look at how community climate change mitigation has immense benefits for citizens, businesses and communities.
2:45-3:30pm Made-in-Alberta Carbon Utilization Innovation - with Steve MacDonald, Emissions Reduction Alberta; Issam Dairanieh, CEO, Global CO2 Initiative; Rob Niven, CEO, CarbonCure; Saad, CEO, Mangrove Technologies This session examines technologies that are emerging in Alberta to both reduce the cost of carbon capture and transform carbon dioxide into valuable products.
3:45-4:30pm A Vision for Alberta in a Low Carbon World - with Alison Cretney, Alberta Futures Lab; Alex Nnamonu, Alberta Municipal Affairs; Desmond Bull, Councillor, Louis Bull Tribe; Laura Kennett, Integrity Projects, Enbridge; Sean Collins, President, Terapin Geothermics Diverse energy sector leaders from across Alberta share their visions of how Alberta can thrive by producing and using energy in ways that the future requires.
4:30-5:30pm Livestream closing plenary of CitiesIPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference