Summit Agenda


Cities in Action Launch:

7:00 – 9:00 pm, March 25, 2019
Royal Botanical Gardens Auditorium,
680 Plains Rd W, Burlington

Please join us for this free public event to kick off the Bay Area’s largest-ever Climate Change Summit. We’ve invited the mayor of one of Canada’s largest cities to share their experience with the impacts of climate change, and how tackling climate change is contributing to a better, more resilient, more prosperous city. (Speaker details coming soon!)

Register today


Day 1: Climate and Economy

8:00 am – 4:30 pm March 26, 2019
Royal Botanical Gardens Auditorium,
680 Plains Rd W, Burlington

“Working together, we can fight climate change. This is about the world we want today — and for our kids and grandkids. Canada has an incredible opportunity. We can use the ingenuity of Canadians, transition to a cleaner future, and be a leader for the world.”

Minister Catherine McKenna (from @cathmckenna, Dec 31, 2018)

Day One will feature some of Canada’s and the Bay Area’s leading thinkers and companies to explore the relationship between climate change and the economy, new innovation and real action being taken to build the economy while transitioning to a cleaner future.

Here is a taste of what to expect, and a few of our speakers. More speakers to be announced soon!

Networking Breakfast

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Honourable Minister Catharine McKenna (invited)

Economic Implications of Climate Change
Ecofiscal Commission – Glen Hodgson, Commissioner

Communication & Behaviour Change
Unilever Canada – John Coyne, Vice President and Senior Counsel
Delphi Group – David Photiadis, Director
Walker Industries – Brian Paré, Business Analyst Procurement
Underwriter Laboratories – Shyam Ramrekha, Product Manager – Ecologo Program

Networking Lunch

Climate Innovation & Technology
McMaster University – Dr. Atif Kubursi
Pond Technology

Circular Economy
Ikea Canada – Melissa Mirowski, Head of Sustainability, Ikea Canada
Danby
DeSpray


Day 2: Energy and Community

8:00 am – 4:30 pm March 27, 2019
Royal Botanical Gardens Auditorium,
680 Plains Rd W, Burlington

Over 80% of Canadians live in urban areas in 2019. Cities are the greatest consumers of energy, and have some of the greatest opportunities to impact climate change. Join us for Day Two to learn about action being taken in Hamilton and Burlington and beyond to transition to low carbon, resilient cities for today and future generations.

Here is a taste of what to expect, and a few of our speakers. More speakers to be announced soon!

Networking Breakfast

Welcome and Opening Remarks
City Mayors

Bay Area’s Low Carbon Future
Sustainability Solutions Group – Yuill Herbert, Principal

Sustainable Buildings and Energy
Hamilton Utilities Corp – Craig Walker

Networking Lunch
Introducing the new Bay Area Climate Change Council

Community Energy and Climate Planning
McMaster University – Jim Cotton

Green Investment Financing

Energy & Community “TED” style talks
Local community organizations


Day 3: Transportation and Health

8:00 am – 4:30 pm March 28, 2019
Royal Botanical Gardens Auditorium,
680 Plains Rd W, Burlington

Transportation, how we get around in and between our cities has a profound impact on our greenhouse gas emissions, our health and our economy. Day Three features the Bay Area Transportation Forum, featuring transportation solutions of today and tomorrow: current realities and future possibilities.

Here is a taste of what to expect, and a few of our speakers. More speakers to be announced soon!

Networking Breakfast

Welcome and Setting the Stage

Local Leaders Panel
City of Hamilton – Peter Topalovic, Kaylan Edgcumbe, Trevor Imhoff
City of Burlington
Halton Region
McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments

Innovation in a Box

Networking Lunch

Breakout #1: New Mobility

Breakout #2: Active & Sustainable School Transportation
University of Toronto – Dr. Matt Adams

Afternoon Keynote


Day 4: Bay Area Climate Change Youth Summit

9:15 am – 4:30 pm March 29, 2019
McMaster Innovation Park,
175 Longwood Road, Hamilton

Our future: Our Opportunity encapsulates the theme for Day 4, the Bay Area’s first Climate Change Youth Summit. An immersive, 1-day experience at the McMaster Innovation Park with workshops focused on green jobs, protecting our built and natural environment, and building a climate-ready city.

Climate Change Virtual Reality Experiences by House of VR
Available all day, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Networking Breakfast and Registration
9:15 am – 10:00 am

Welcome
10:00 am – 10:05 am

Land Acknowledgement
10:05 am – 10:30 am

It’s Our Future, It’s Our Opportunity: Building a Climate-Change Ready Ontario
10:30 am – 11:15 am
Kate Flynn, Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College, and Alanna Bodo, McMaster University

Morning Breakout Sessions
11:30 am- 12:30 pm

Panel Discussion #1: Green jobs and the New Economy

  • EcoCanada: Claudine Vidallo, Director of Research
  • Women in Renewable Energy

Panel Discussion #2: Supporting Climate Change-Ready Communities

  • IBI Group: Vikram Hardatt, Program Manager Smart Commute Hamilton
  • City of Toronto, Public Energy Initiatives: Stewart Dutfield, Program Manager Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)

Panel Discussion #3: Protecting the Natural Environment in the Age of Climate Change

  • City of Hamilton, Landscape Architecture: Cynthia Graham, Manager of Landscape Architectural Services

Networking Lunch
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Climate Change Improv
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Fireside Chat with Green Tech Entrepreneur
1:30 pm – 2:25 pm
Stephanie McLarty, CEO, Refficient

Afternoon break

Afternoon Breakout Sessions
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Panel Session #1 – Advocate For Climate Change Policy

  • Burlington Green: Amy Schnurr, Executive Director
  • Environmental Hamilton: Ian Borsuk, Climate Change Campaign Coordinator

Panel Session #2 – Finding a Green Job

  • Mitacs: Ryan Caldwell, Business Development Specialist
  • Mohawk College Career Services

Panel Session #3 – Supporting Your Community

  • Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton: Matt Thompson, Community Financial Worker
  • McMaster Office of Community Engagement: Dave Heidebrecht, Manager

Report back and wrap up:
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Summit Ends
4:30 pm