Cities in the Era of Climate Change: Fireside Chat with David Miller and Guelph Mayor, Karen Farbridge
Have you ever wondered what it will be like to conduct business during the era of climate change? What are the risks and opportunities for business? How can cities best plan for what’s coming and use climate change as a tool for economic growth? Are there lessons to be learned from Hurricane Sandy?
DATE: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 (The event is now SOLD OUT – Please join the WAITLIST or sign up for the FREE WEBCAST)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:30-7:30)
LOCATION: Bennett Jones, 1st Canadian Place, 100 King St. W., 34th Floor, Toronto
FREE LIVE WEBCAST & twitterchat #tssschat from 5:00 – 6:30 PM EST
(Tickets for both the live event and the webcast must be purchased in advance)
Join us on March 27th as the former Mayor of Toronto, David Miller, and the current Mayor of Guelph, Karen Farbridge, explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for cities in the era of climate change.
During this interactive discussion a variety of questions will be explored including:
- Why is climate change a serious issue for every city in the world?
- How will climate change affect your business? What risks are you taking by not proactively addressing climate change in your corporate strategy?
- How does climate change create opportunities for high paying jobs and economic growth?
- How can we better prepare ourselves by learning from climate tragedies like Hurricane Sandy?
- What are leading cities around the world doing to prepare their people, policies and infrastructure for the climate change era?
Moderator – Dr. Blair Feltmate
Dr. Feltmate is Associate Professor, and Director of Sustainability Practice, in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. Positions he holds include: Chair, Climate Change Adaptation Project – Canada; Chair, Pollution Probe; Co-Chair, WeatherWise, City of Toronto…(See full bio below)
Lead Media Partner
Aman Singh (Editorial Director, CSRwire) will be our twitter chat facilitator
Capitalism 2.0 Strategic Advisor
Michael Townsend (Founder and CEO Earthshine Solutions) will co-host our twitterchat from London, UK
4:30 – 5:00 pm: Registration, snacks and networking
5:00 – 5:15 pm: Introductions and special announcements
5:15 – 5:45 pm: Fireside Chat Moderated by Dr. Feltmate – Former Toronto Mayor, David Miller and the current Mayor of Guelph Karen Farbridge
5:45 – 6:05 pm: Small group breakout session
6:05: – 6:35 pm: Groups report back to main audience and general Q and A
6:35 – 7:30 pm: Networking and snacks
David Miller was elected Toronto’s 63rd mayor in 2003 and was re-elected in 2006. During this time, David’s mandate was to make Toronto a world-class city: one of prosperity, livability and opportunity. David is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies. In addition to being a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability, he advises companies – and governments – on practical measures to make this happen.
Karen Farbridge was re-elected as Mayor of the City of Guelph in 2010. She was first elected to Council in 1994 and previously served as Mayor in 2000-2003 and 2006-2010. Karen was part of a team that developed Guelph’s leading-edge Community Energy Plan, which aims to cut Guelph’s energy use by 50 per cent and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent. She served on the national co-ordinating committee for QUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow). Karen has taught courses in political science and environmental policy at the University of Guelph, and served for ten years as the Director of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group.
Moderator – Dr. Blair Feltmate is Associate Professor, and Director of Sustainability Practice, in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. Positions he holds include: Chair, Climate Change Adaptation Project – Canada; Chair, Pollution Probe; Co-Chair, WeatherWise, City of Toronto; Co-Chair, Greening Greater Toronto; Senior Advisor, Sustainable Electricity Program, Canadian Electricity Association; Board Member, Ontario Securities Commission’s Environmental Reporting Advisory Committee; and Board Member, Sustainable Hamilton.
Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Dr. Feltmate was Director of Sustainable Development, Ontario Power Generation, and before that he was Vice President of Sustainable Development, Bank of Montreal. Earlier in his career, Dr. Feltmate spent twelve years developing sustainable development programs for two dozen multi-national companies and industry associations in Canada and the US.
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