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Details

Theme: Ready, Steady, Adapt: Leading Adaptation through Collaboration
Event Date: Monday, May 11, 2015
Location: Convocation Hall (located on the second floor of University Hall), McMaster University (1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8)
Directions: Directions to McMaster University are available here.

Agenda

Time Description
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Registration + Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Master of Ceremonies

Opening Remarks

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Keynote Presentations

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM Session 1 | The Business of Climate Resilience and Adaptation

Speakers + Moderator

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch | Graduate Research Poster Session
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Session 2 | The Synergies of Natural and Social Science: The Adaptation Tag-Team

Speakers + Moderator

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Break
2:45 PM – 4:15 PM Session 3 | Art, Activism and Climate Change: The Bridge between Science and Society

Speakers + Moderator

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM Closing Remarks

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Networking Reception | Art Exhibition

Featured Panels

Each session will feature a series of presentations from professors, public and private sector representatives, and other experts followed by a roundtable panel discussion which will address a number of key questions.

Session 1 | The Business of Climate Resilience and Adaptation

The business sector has a critical role to play in responding to climate change, including not just infrastructure and property dimensions, but lending, insurance, retail, food and manufacturing engagement. This session will answer questions about whether adaptation can be profitable and how the business sector can overcome barriers associated with building climate resilience.

Session 2 | The Synergies of Natural and Social Science: The Adaptation Tag-Team

This session will highlight three community-based projects that cut across multiple disciplines to find mutually beneficial collaborative solutions. It will also examine adaptation strategies that showcase the synergies between the sciences and represent the intersecting themes to enable more informed and effective policy-making.

Session 3 | Art, Activism and Climate Change: The Bridge between Science and Society

This session presents us with an opportunity to discuss the overlap of climate change with art, activism and other social movements. Art and activism are increasingly being used in tandem to uplift the stories of many communities and clearly communicate the urgency of climate change. As a result, the art behind the science can help us build a vital bridge between science and society.

Your Host | McMaster Centre for Climate Change (MCCC)

McMasterCentreforClimateChangeMODIFIEDThe McMaster Centre for Climate Change (MCCC) is a multidisciplinary research centre with the established goal of bringing together researchers to study and model climate processes, the effects of climate change, and their possible mitigation. Click here for information about research and projects undertaken by the centre, seminars, news, etc.

Representatives
We are pleased to have Dr. Mo Elbestawi (Vice-President of Research and International Affairs at McMaster University) and Dr. Robert L. Baker (Dean of Science and Chair of the MCCCs Advisory Board) as speakers during the Opening Remarks. More details about Dr. Elbestawi and Dr. Baker are available below.

Elbestawi_MoDr. Mo Elbestawi | Vice-President of Research and International Affairs, McMaster University
 
As the Vice-President, Research and International Affairs at McMaster University, Dr. Mo Elbestawi is responsible for research activities within the University and for the aggressive pursuit of new partnerships – including technology transfer and economic development opportunities – locally, nationally and internationally. His experience spans a number of research and administrative roles over 25 years, including Dean of Engineering, Chair of Mechanical Engineering, and founding Director of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute. His experience in industry included research engineer, unit head-structural dynamics, Ontario Hydro Research Division. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Dr. Elbestawi is known worldwide for his research in Manufacturing Engineering, specifically machining systems, and computer aided manufacturing. His record of scholarship includes more than 260 archival papers, contribution to 4 books, and 3 patents. He has supervised 82 graduate students – including 32 doctoral students – to the completion of their degrees. Dr. Elbestawi received his B.Sc. from the University of Alexandria and his MEng and PhD degrees from McMaster University.

Baker_RobertDr. Robert L. Baker | Dean of Science, McMaster University
 
Dr. Robert L. Baker received his PhD in 1981 from the University of Alberta. He was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Toronto in 1982 and promoted to Full Professor in 1996. In 2013 he joined McMaster, becoming Dean of Science and a member of the Department of Biology. His research explores the evolution and ecological significance of antipredator and anti-parasite behaviour of aquatic insects and amphibians. He also considers the effects of pollutants such as road salt and herbicides on the development, behaviour, population dynamics and community structure of freshwater insects and amphibians. He is also currently serving as the Chair of the McMaster Centre for Climate Change’s (MCCC) Advisory Board.

Before coming to McMaster, Dean Baker held several progressive senior administrative positions at the University of Toronto. He served as the inaugural Chair of the Department of Biology and Associate Dean of Sciences, Chair of the Department of Zoology in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, and Chair of the new Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB). Dr. Baker continued as Vice-Dean, Graduate Education and Research, Faculty of Arts & Sciences from 2009-2012. He also oversaw a major graduate expansion and an increase in the Faculty’s competitiveness in securing external research support. His position evolved into Vice-Dean, Research and Infrastructure in 2012, wherein he initiated a comprehensive assessment of the Faculty of Arts & Science’s infrastructure needs for research and teaching.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here to discover how you can showcase your organize your organization to Climate Change Leaders and Innovators. Contact Simran Chattha at schattha@trca.on.ca for more information.

Speaker and Moderator Biographies

More information coming soon.

Graduate Research Poster Competition

The OCC is pleased to launch a call for poster presentations for its 2015 Climate Change Research Symposium. We are inviting graduate-level students in the natural and social sciences to submit research poster presentations with a focus on climate change adaptation and/or mitigation. Given this year’s theme, preference will be given to research projects that are Ontario-specific and present collaborative approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation. However, this is not a requirement.

Benefits for successful submissions include:

  • One complimentary ticket to the symposium ($50.00 value);
  • Cash prizes for winning entries (1st prize – $300.00; 2nd prize – $150.00);
  • Networking opportunities with industry leaders, potential employers, senior researchers and other students;
  • The opportunity to showcase your research and its relevance to practitioners from a wide range of sectors; and,
  • Recognition on the OCC website.

Please note that the author(s) are responsible for printing and presenting their research posters at the symposium. Final PDF copies of research poster should be sent to the organizers to be made available online at climateontario.org

Tasks Deadlines/Documents
Completion of Poster Presentation Application Please click here to access the application and send to Shelley Hazen at shazen@trca.on.ca once completed.
Deadline to submit abstracts – EXTENDED April 6, 2015
Review Poster Presentation Evaluation Matrix Click here to access to access the evaluation matrix.
Review Poster Guidelines and Suggestions Click here to access the guidelines and suggestions.
Deadline to submit Digital Research Posters May 1, 2015

Art Exhibition

Keeping in mind that the communications panel was very much enjoyed by attendees at last year’s symposium, our third panel at this year’s conference is focused on “Art, Activism, and Climate Change.” Art and activism are increasingly being used in tandem to uplift the stories of many communities and clearly communicate the urgency of climate change. We also recognize that art can help us build a vital bridge between science and society.

Given the theme of the third panel, the OCC will be hosting an Art Exhibition in conjunction with the Networking Reception. We are inviting undergraduate and graduate-level students in the fine arts to submit artwork with a focus on climate change adaptation and resilience. Preference will be given to artwork that showcases positive changes that have resulted from climate change; however, this is not a requirement.

Benefits for successful submissions include:

  • One complimentary ticket to the symposium ($50.00 value);
  • Participate in a draw for a $100.00 Gift Card to Michael’s Arts and Crafts;
  • An opportunity to showcase your research/artwork to researchers and practitioners in a wide-range sectors;
  • Recognition on the OCC website; and,
  • Networking opportunities with industry leaders, senior researchers, and students.

Call for Submissions — DEADLINE EXTENDED

Completed applications (available here) should be sent to Simran Chattha schattha@trca.on.ca by April 6, 2015.

Guidelines and Other Considerations

  • Artists can submit their artwork for a raffle prize. Artists who take part in the raffle will receive special recognition on the OCC website and social media platforms (i.e. Twitter).
  • Artwork being submitted for the symposium should be ready for display and matted using acid free (neutral ph) matt board. The width of the matt will depend on the size of the artwork being submitted.
  • Organizers should be notified in advance about the size of the artwork so that appropriate arrangements can be made for the display.
  • Please note that students will be responsible for transporting to the symposium and setting up their artwork. Unless students are submitting their artwork for the raffle prize, it is expected that students will make arrangements to transport the artwork after the symposium as we will not be holding onto it after the event.
  • High resolution photographs and/or electronic copies of the artwork (if applicable) should be sent to the organizers to be made available online at climateontario.org

Questions?

Please contact Simran Chattha at schattha@trca.on.ca.

Who will attend?

This year’s symposium is open to public and private sector decision-makers and practitioners, researchers, scholars and members of the NGO community. As with last year’s symposium we look forward to interactions between climate professionals, business leaders, policy makers, municipal planners, conservation authorities and researchers with interests in the science of climate change, climate adaptation and risk management, environmental communications and more.

Why should public sector decision-makers and practitioners attend?

  • Come see how climate change is impacting the public sector now and how it is likely to impact in the future;
  • Investigate how the challenges faced by the public sector can be addressed through research and active collaboration with Ontario’s leading university researchers;
  • Access information, research and data to better understand and respond to uncertain conditions, markets and potential opportunities; and,
  • Meet experts working in the field who can help you in your climate change planning and implementation.

Why should private sector decision-makers and practitioners attend?

  • Come see how climate change is impacting the private sector now and how it is likely to impact in the future;
  • Have a voice in framing the issues business and industry face in responding to changing climate, all within the context of a dynamic, ever-shifting business environment defined by volatility and uncertainty;
  • Investigate how the challenges faced by the private sector can be addressed through research and active collaboration with Ontario’s leading university researchers; and,
  • Meet experts working in the field who can help you in your climate change planning and implementation.

Why should researchers attend?

  • Join a growing network of universities and organizations spearheading climate change research and practice;
  • Develop and sustain the next generation of highly trained personnel (HQP), climate professionals and decisions makers who will be challenged to respond to the risks and opportunities of a changing climate; and,
  • Explore opportunities for collaboration with public and private sector decision-makers in advancing climate change research in Ontario.

Why should postsecondary students attend?

  • Networking opportunities with industry leaders, potential employers, senior researchers, and other students;
  • The opportunity to showcase your research and its relevance to practitioners from a wide range of sectors through the Graduate Research Poster Competition;
  • The opportunity to showcase your artwork to researchers and practitioners from a wide range of sectors through the Art Exhibition; and,
  • Come see how climate change is impacting the public and private sectors now and how it is likely to impact in the future.

Event Partners

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