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

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