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International Climate Impacts and Responses, and Imagine BC Dialogue

All day free public event November 20, 2008 from 9:30am-4:30pm at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue (580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC)

9:30-12:30:

Introductions

15-minute presentations from each panelist, followed by moderated panel dialogue (Joanna Ashworth, Director, Dialogue Programs, SFU to moderate).

International panelists:

Dr. Wendy Craik, Chief Executive, Murray-Darling Basin Commission, Australia
Dr. Anand Patwardhan, Professor, Shaileh J. Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Dr. Allan Lavell, Coordinator, FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales), San Jose, Costa Rica
Dr. Hassan Virji, Director, International START Secretariat, Washington DC (Tanzania)
Arctic speaker – still confirming

Summary: Dr. Gordon McBean, Policy Chair, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction; ACT policy author – on threats facing Canada and BC; effective planning at the federal, provincial and municipal levels; and the recommendations ACT will be releasing.

12:30-1:45pm: Lunch in the ICBC Concourse with keynote speaker

2:00-4:30pm: Presentations and dialogue with public and international experts on climate impacts and futures for BC, to be moderated by Joanna also, and opened with remarks from Cathy Daminato, VP Advancement, SFU

Speakers (10 minutes each):

Graham Whitmarsh, Head, BC’s Climate Action Secretariat (BC govt planning)
BC First Nations Speaker (tbc) (BC First Nations experiences)
Stewart Cohen, Adaptation and Impacts Research Division, Environment Canada; School of Forestry, UBC OR William Rees, Professor, SCARP, UBC (tbc) (future BC scenarios)

Key BC voices also to be invited as audience subject matter experts for this dialogue discussion.

Summary: Dr. Richard Lipsey, ACT co-founder and Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, SFU

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