ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford was on Roundhouse Radio this past Friday to discuss the upcoming event Canadian International Council on Three Foreign Policy Challenges for the Trump Administration. 

Deb was discussing her role as a panelist in the event, which will include climate change as one of the three key issues the Trump administration will face. The United States’ involvement in the Paris Agreement, the possibility of re-opening the Keystone XL pipeline, and how Canada will be affected by Trump’s actions are just some of the pertinent questions related to climate actions of the United States.

Listen to the interview by clicking here.

Event information:

Thursday, January 19th
5:00 – 7:00 pm (doors at 5, panel discussion at 5:30, and Q&A to follow)
Tap & Barrell’s Tap Shack, 1199 W Cordova St

Tickets: CIC members: $5.00
CIC non-members $15.00
CIC student members $3.00
New CIC members (bought between Dec. 16. – Jan 16) FREE

The Vancouver branch of the Canadian International Council will host a pub-night panel discussion on the eve of the inauguration of President Trump. The expert panel will address three major foreign policy themes that could be seriously affected by the policies championed by the Trump Administration. The three themes are:
  • What future for multilateral trade agreements? (Panelist: Senator Yuen Pau Woo, senior resident fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation)
  • US Relations with NATO  (Panelist: Prof Alex Moens, SFU Political Science)
  • Will the US defect from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change? (Panelist: Deborah Harford, Adaptation to Climate Change Team, SFU)

The event will be moderated by Max Fawcett, freelance writer and media consultant.

To register for this event, click here.

About the speakers: 

Deborah Harford co-founded ACT in 2006 with SFU Centre for Dialogue’s Dr. Mark Winston and the School of Public Policy’s Dr. Nancy Olewiler with the goal of working to protect ecosystem health while exploring policy options and developing resources for adaptation to a range of climate change impact areas, including water, food, health, biodiversity, energy, infrastructure, and population displacement. Deborah is responsible for development of ACT’s pioneering vision and its unique partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as overall coordination and management of the program. She directs and produces ACT’s policy recommendations for effective adaptation strategies at all levels of government, as well as communication and promotion of the program’s outcomes. Through Deborah’s efforts, ACT has created, and is a contributor to, a wide variety of networks between local, national and international climate change research practitioners, NGOs, industry representatives, all levels of
government, First Nations groups and local communities. Deborah was appointed as a Climate Solutions Fellow in June 2015.

Alexander Moens is a professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada and was the Eisenhower Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome in 2015. Moens is the co-editor (with Brooke Smith-Windsor) of NATO and Asia Pacific (NDC, Rome, 2016), co-editor of Immigration Policy and the Terrorist Threat in Canada and the United States (2008), and author of The Foreign Policy of George W. Bush: Values, Strategy, Loyalty (2004), Foreign Policy Under Carter (1990), as well as co-editor of Disconcerted Europe: The Search for a New Security Architecture (1994), and NATO and European Security: Alliance Politics from the Cold War’s End to the Age of Terrorism (2003).

Senator Yuen Pau Woo is British Columbia’s newest independent senator and a senior resident fellow at the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies at SFU. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment this fall. Woo has more than 25 years of experience in strategy and policy for business, government and not-for-profit organizations. He is widely recognized as a leading thinker on Asian economic issues and Canada-Asia relations, and is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in recognition of his contribution to Canada-Asia relations. Prior to his current role at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, he was president and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and media consultant and the former editor in chief of Vancouver Magazine and editor of Alberta Oil magazine. His work has been published in the Walrus, Report on Business magazine, Canadian Business, and Eighteen Bridges, among other places. He’s also the direct descendant of Canada’s worst Prime Minister — but you’ll have to guess who that is.