World Water Day 2024:


March 20th @ The Manitoba Museum
Registration Open!

Free student conference for 450 grade 9 - 12 students:

Coming hot on the heels of a very successful and engaging World Water Day youth conference in 2023, the Manitoba Museum and Science First are excited to partner up for a second year to be able to offer this event for FREE to Middle and Senior Years students who are keen about climate and sustainability matters.

Participants will be immersed in learning about water issues affecting Manitoba, Canada, and the world. We’ll have exciting speakers, interactive programming, and peer-to-peer engagement focused on youth actions.

Teachers register students here:  
Water Day Registration Page


World Water Day Featured Guest Speaker:

Eli Enns 
IISAAK OLAM FOUNDATION CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND CEO

Eli Enns is an internationally recognized expert in Indigenous-led conservation. From Tla-o-qui-aht Nation on his father’s side, and of Dutch Mennonite heritage on his mother’s side, Eli promotes holistic solutions for community and ecosystem health and well-being. With a background in political science, Eli is a ‘Nation-builder’ with values and approaches rooted in Indigenous economic theory and practice.

In 2017, a decade after co-founding the Ha-uukmin Tribal Park in his own territory, Eli co-chaired the Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE) for the Pathway to Canada Target 1, which culminated with the groundbreaking 2018 report, We Rise Together: Achieving Pathway to Canada Target 1 through the creation of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) in the spirit and practice of reconciliation. IPCAs are now a central component of Canada’s conservation efforts. Eli supports Indigenous Nations across Canada to advance their conservation efforts via his roles with the IISAAK OLAM Foundation and the Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership.

What are Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas?
An Interview with Eli Enns, co-founder of the IISAAK OLAM Foundation

Past Events:


September 20th - 22nd, 2023: Science Literacy Week

STEM SUPERHEROES School Program: Featuring special guest author and presenter Erin Twamley
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Erin Twamley is an award-winning children’s book author and educator (M.Ed.). Through her educational consulting group STEM Superheroes™ Erin leads hands-on encounters for kids and writes publications focused on the topics of science, technology, engineering, or math referred to as STEM. She aims to share the careers, stories, and superpowers of women in STEM to spark interest and build girls’ confidence in STEM. She is the co-author of the award-winning children’s book series, Everyday Superheroes, published by Wise Ink. She is also a co-author of award-winning STEM project-based books by Nomad Press and silly science books from Waldorf publishing. She is a contributor to magazines including Reinvented Magazine, the nation’s first print magazine for Women in STEM.

Twamley leads global encounters for USA Girl Scouts Overseas, libraries, museums and classrooms. She is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and has been a Global Facilitator. Her mission: is to cultivate curiosity and ask questions. These interactive encounters are on topics such as: Burps, Farts & Greenhouse Gases, The Renewable Energy Games and Who are STEM Superheroes™?

Prior to teaching and writing, Ms. Twamley had a career supporting government agencies including the Department of Education and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
at the U.S. Department of Energy (2012-2016). In 2022, she was named a Clean Energy Champion from EERE for her storytelling and energy literacy efforts.  


Sign up your classroom:

We have three school presentation slots remaining.  Teachers and parents please email us at [email protected] to inquire about how to bring Erin Twamley to your school for this free educational outreach program!

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March 22nd, 2023

World Water Day @ The Manitoba Museum - 7pm - 8:15pm (Main presentation)

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World Water Day is being presented in partnership with The Manitoba Museum and consists of a daytime conference for 400 high school students with special guest speaker scientists and multiple workshops. The evening portion of the conference is open to the public and includes guest speaker Dr. Markus Brinkmann, Associate Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability at The University of Saskatchewan & Dr Scott Higgins, researcher at The Experimental Lakes Area. Speaker bios and ticket/registration information below:

Featuring:


Dr Markus Brinkmann - PhD Associate Professor

School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan
Faculty Member, Global Water Futures (GWF) program
Director, Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS)

Markus Brinkmann is a scientist at the University of Saskatchewan studying contaminants in aquatic organisms, including the influence of environmental and physiological factors, results from global change, and translating lab studies into real-life situations. Markus uses an interdisciplinary approach, using toxicology, environmental chemistry, and hydrology, to explore these problems. He earned a PhD at Aachen University in Germany, before becoming a research associate at the Department of Ecosystem Analysis, Institute for Environmental Research, at Aachen University. In 2018, he became an assistant Professor in Exposure and Risk Assessment Modelling in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also Faculty of the Global Water Futures (GWF) Programme, and the newly appointed Director of the Toxicology Centre and the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS).


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Scott Higgins
Research Scientist, IISD-ELA

International Institute Sustainable Development (IISD)-Experimental Lakes Area

Dr. Higgins is a Research Scientist at the IISD-Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA), a whole-ecosystem research program based in northwestern Ontario, Canada focused on finding solutions to water-quality problems. He has worked at the Experimental Lakes Area since 2010, first with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and then with the IISD-ELA. His primary research interests focus on algal ecology, aquatic invasive species and the effects of climate change and contaminants on lake ecosystems and he has participated in many large collaborative projects on lake eutrophication, fish productivity, water diversion, climate change, and contaminants. He has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters and is an adjunct professor at several Canadian universities.

 

Elder Florence Paynter

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) and Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba (TRCM)’s Council of Elders and Speaker Bureau

A Member of the Sandy Bay First Nation Treaty Territory 1 and a Norway House Cree Nation Treaty Territory 5A. Florence is a fourth degree Mide Anishinabekwe and holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Manitoba. Florence speaks Anishinabe fluently and has been involved in many language and cultural initiatives and ceremonies. She helps teach the cultural and spiritual knowledge and traditions of the Anishinabe people. Florence attended residential school and works hard to teach about the history of her people, the legacy of Indian residential schools, and its impact on Indigenous people.

 

Ali Khan

Canadian ambient artist

For World Water Day 2023, Canadian ambient artist Ali Khan brings his music to the Manitoba Museum. Ali integrates nature, electronics, minimalism and deep listening into a sound that invites listeners to slow down and just be. Ali is celebrated internationally for his meditative compositions and flowing approach to sound design on more than 20 album projects, which he releases using the stage name, Yoyu. For this event, Ali has curated a collection of water recordings from friends and field recording artists worldwide, including Bali, Iceland, Australia, UK, USA, Brazil, and more. Pure sounds of water in natural settings – streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans are looped and processed with Ali’s live electronic instrumentation. Through immersive sound, listeners are connected with the beauty of water and the importance of water security for all beings.

Tickets are $15 for the General Public, and $10 for Museum Members - click here to purchase tickets.
Science First members can register for FREE here - [email protected]

Find the full event itinerary here:

https://manitobamuseum.ca/event/world-water-day-2023-public-event

More info:

www.worldwaterday.org

We'd like to thank our World Water Day sponsors for their generous support:

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June 2nd, 2022 @ 237 McDermot Ave

"Engineering a Climate Resilient Future for Manitoba"

Featuring:

Curt Hull - Project Director - Climate Change Connection

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"Hydro has published estimates of the power and energy required to heat all of our buildings and fuel all of our vehicles electrically. Roughly speaking, those estimates call for a doubling of current generation. This has been justification for some to throw up their hands and say “See, it can’t be done”. We beg to differ. Not only must it be done, we believe that the analysis in Road to Resilience: Energy Solutions shows that it can be done. And it can be done without experimental technologies, new dams, or nuclear."

Alan Freeman -University of Manitoba | UMN ·

Department of Political Studies, Master of Science

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Research affiliate of the University of Manitoba's Geopolitical Economy Research Group (GERG) (www.geopoliticaleconomy.org). Former Principal Economist with the Greater London Authority, England. Researches the Creative economy, the theory of value, Development Economics, Econometrics and Labor Economics. With Radhika Desai edits the 'New Cold War' website (www.newcoldwar.org) and co-directs GERG His academia website is at www.geopoliticaleconomy.academia.edu/AlanFreeman.

Venue: Winnipeg Free Press Cafe - 237 McDermot Ave

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Cost: Free to members, $10 to the public

Food: Free delicious appetizers provided for all attendees

Register: [email protected]

More info:

www.climatechangeconnection.org


March 22nd 2002, 12pm - 1pm (Virtual Talk)

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Featuring:

Dr. Gordon Goldsborough

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba

Gordon Goldsborough is a member of the Department of Biological Sciences
at the University of Manitoba. He is a water quality specialist
concerned with the impacts of humans on lakes and wetlands. President of
the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium, he has consulted on several
documentaries relating to water quality, including the "Save My Lake"
episode of The Nature of Things (CBC). Besides his scientific interests,
Goldsborough is involved in the Manitoba heritage community, being the
Webmaster and President of the Manitoba Historical Society, and an
Editor of Prairie History magazine.

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Science Literacy Week Sept 20 - 26, 2021 (Virtual)

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Join us for UM Homecoming and Science Literacy Week

(FREE) Virtual Science Talks and Q&A via Zoom

Join the UM Faculty of Science and Science First for an exciting lineup of FREE Virtual Public Talks in celebration of Science Literacy Week, Sept. 20 – 26, 2021.

Our Events:


THURS. SEPT. 23 – CLIMATE CHANGE, CONSERVATION, ECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

  • Ariel Gordon, University of Manitoba Press, Writer, Author of Tree Talk – Urban Forests, Ecology, Biodiversity, Climate Change
  • Tom Nagy, Mycologist – Mushrooms, Ecology, Biodiversity
  • Jim Duncan, [PhD/92], Director of Discover Owls – Wildlife Research and Conservation.

Moderated by Dr. Brian Mark, Dean, Faculty of Science.


THURS. SEPT. 23 – BIOFUELS, BIOREACTORS, BATTERIES, WASTE MANAGEMENT, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Dr. Richard Sparling, Professor, Department of Microbiology – Making Money from Trash

  • Dale Overton, [BSc. (Maj)/05] CEO Overton Environmental Enterprises Inc. – Organics Waste Management, Sustainable Agri-Systems, Soil Ecology and Revegetation.
  • Dr. Olivia Wilkins, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences – Plant Genomics & Systems, Climate Resilient Plants
  • Dr. Christian Kuss, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry – Material Science, Batteries/Electric Vehicles

FRI. SEPT. 24 – ARCTIC LED CLIMATE SCIENCE (POLAR BEARS, ARCTIC FOXES) CONSERVATION, SCIENCE POLICY
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  • Dr. Jane Waterman & Dr. Jim Roth, Professors, Department of Biological Sciences – Arctic Led Climate Research, Predator-Prey Relationships, Endangered Species/Polar Bears and Arctic Foxes.

Greenpac Townhall on the Environment

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Event info:

-Come join UMSU, UMSU Green Team, Science First & Green Pack for a Zoom Webinar with Q & A.

-The event is open to the public/members of each constituency and are focused on the environment.

-UMSU Green Team’s aim is to promote and educate people on and around the campus of the University of Manitoba about the sustainable use of resources.

-GreenPAC is a non-partisan, non-profit that aims to promote environmentally conscious elected officials.

-Science First is a Winnipeg based non-profit that organizes events and media campaigns that promote science literacy, publicly funded science, ecological conservation and evidence based policies. Science First is a non-partisan advocacy group that aims to reduce and counter disinformation & misinformation to better strengthen our democracy.

-This specific Town Hall will have a sustainability theme and we’ll be taking questions from attendees related to the MP’s plans to promote environmental responsibility in the commons. As well, there will be questions on their plans for specific environmental concerns in their constituencies.

Date: May 20, 2021

Time: 7:00pm

Host: TBA

Discussion with:
-Terry Duguid 


April 10th, 2021 (1pm - 2:15pm):

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Effective Communication of Vaccine Safety

Featuring special guest speakers:  

Dr. Heidi Tworek - Associate Professor of History and Public Policy at University of British Columbia

https://www.heiditworek.com/bio

Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng -  MD, MHA, FRCPC

Division of Palliative Care - The Ottawa Hospital
Assistant Professor - University of Ottawa
Critical Care Medicine-Montfort Hospital/The Ottawa Hospital
Associate Scientist OHRI
Department of Medicine Director of Innovation & Health Services Research.

Founder of The Resource Optimization Network

https://www.resourceoptimizationnetwork.com/

https://drkwadwo.ca

Event details:

Date: April 10th, 2021
Event time:
1pm - 2:15pm
Cost: FREE

March 20th, 2021:

World Water Day - Experimental Lakes Area Review (Virtual)

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Saturday March 20th:
Time: 1pm - 2pm

Join us for a current review of the science & research taking place at the Experimental Lakes Area. 15 minute presentation followed by a 45min audience Q & A.

Zoom event link will be posted here on March 19th 24 hours before the event.

Cost: Free!

Event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/331222097994805

January 16th, 2021:

Canada's Green Recovery - Register here: [email protected]

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We’ll be examining the economics, science, politics & psychology of a green & just recovery. Is the green recovery (or Green New Deal in the USA) a smart policy? How big should governments go with massive publicly supported programs? How can we best communicate these bold programs to the public at large? What are the fiscal and political hurdles to consider?

Featuring guest speakers:

Geoff Dembicki - Author/Journalist

https://thetyee.ca/Bios/Geoff_Dembicki/
Recent articles & interviews:
The Tyee:
https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/07/06/Go-Time-Canada-Green-Recovery/
https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/07/31/Alberta-Strong-Economy-Transition/
CBC Frontburner Podcast:
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/frontburner/the-push-for-canada-s-green-recovery-1.5644259

Fletcher Baragar -University of Manitoba - Economics

PhD (University of Utah) Associate Professor (Economics and Society Stream)
https://umanitoba.ca/.../faculty/fletcher_baragar.html


Event details:

Date: January 16th, 2021
Event time:
2pm - 3:15pm
Cost: $10 general public, free to Science First members
Register here: [email protected]
Online event: Zoom (link tba)

Facebook Event Page


November 14th, 2020 

How to Trust Your Source

One of the goals of this event is to discuss how people can identify trusted sources of information and to help those around them avoid being duped by misinformation and disinformation. Additionally, we'll speak about new fact checking features on social media and the various problems advanced technologies are creating with misinformation in general. We'll also cover some different angles including predatory journals, fake news, political interference, AI bots etc.. This will be the first in a series of events over the next year promoting digital literacy, science based policies and ecological conservation.

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Featuring:

Ramona Pringle

www.ramonapringle.com

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As a keynote speaker, Ramona addresses international audiences on issues related to media, creativity, technology and social shifts. To date, she has advised diverse industries including various sectors in media, journalism, gaming, manufacturing, agriculture, insurance, social media and technology on understanding the new power structures of a data-driven economy, and surviving and thriving in an age of automation.

Ramona has spoken at events including Social Media Week, SXSW, NXNE, TEDx, Ignite, the World Future Society, the Toronto International Film Festival, Idea City, and Tribeca Interactive. Her work has been featured at i-docs in Bristol, UK, Power to the Pixel in London, UK, Sheffield Doc Fest, Hot Docs, and at TFI Interactive, part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Ramona is a technology columnist for CBC News and CBC Radio, with a weekly syndicated column on the social side of tech, examining the ways in which digital culture is changing every aspect of our lives, cities, and work.

Also featuring guest speakers:

Geoff Dembicki (New York)
Investigative climate reporter. Stories in @VICE @TheTyee and others. Author of 'Are We Screwed'?

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Andrew Park (Winnipeg)
Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Winnipeg  
https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/biology/people/faculty-staff/andrew-park.html 

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Event details: Online Zoom Event

We will host the event online as a video seminar featuring a presentation and a Q & A. Zoom link will be emailed out before the event to registrants.
Date: November 14th, 2020
Event time: 2pm - 4pm
Cost: $15 general public, $10 students, free to Science First members
Register here: [email protected]
Online event: Zoom (link tba)
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March 3rd, 2020

Take 3 for Climate Justice - Student Conference & film festival

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Information & registration here:  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/community/take-3-for-climate-justice-1.5339802

September 17th, 2019 @ Fort Garry Hotel

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Climate Emergency Solutions 

Featuring:

Dianne Saxe, Ph.D in Law

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Dianne Saxe is president of Saxe Facts, a business providing strategic advice and presentations on climate, energy and environment. She has given hundreds of well-received presentations across Ontario and beyond. Follow her on Twitter (@envirolaw1) and LinkedIn.

From 2015 to 2019 Dr. Dianne Saxe was the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), an office that has since been abolished. She was appointed unanimously by all MPPs to report to the Legislature on Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and to be the guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). During her term, she improved the effectiveness of the Environmental Bill of Rights, increased public understanding of the urgency of climate change, and issued highly praised reports on a wide range of environmental, energy and climate topics.

Prior to her appointment, Dr. Saxe was one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers, with 40 years’ unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario’s energy and environmental laws. Dr. Saxe's career began with the Ontario Public Service and two major Bay Street law firms. She then established one of Canada’s top environmental law firms.

A Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Commissioner Saxe was recognized by all major legal rating services, including acknowledgement as one of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers by Best of the Best, 2008 and as Best Lawyers’ first Environmental Lawyer of the Year for Toronto. Her numerous honours include the Award for Distinguished Service, the highest honour granted by the Ontario Bar Association; and the Gold Key Award for exceptional lifetime professional achievement, granted by Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni. Diane will speak about her experiences inside & outside of government and comment on current trends in climate policy & politics as we head towards a federal election this October.


Dr Mark Hudson  

www.umanitoba.ca

"My research focuses on the relationships between human societies and nature. I have primarily been interested in the ways in which capitalism, as a globalizing, dominant mode of production, structures human relationships with the natural world. This includes research on issues normally characterized as ‘environmental,’ such as oil sands extraction, climate change, and forest management, but my research also pushes into the broader question of how the organization of production and distribution through the primary mechanism of markets affects the sustainability of human relationships with the non-human."


Marianne Cerilli
www.mariannecerilli.ca

Marianne’s is a health educator who started in recreation, sport, and fitness leadership but now champions community development. A focus on the social and ecological determinants of health is a common thread through her diverse roles. Marianne has been a high school guidance counselor, a government youth consultant, a Member Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, including Opposition Environment Critic. As a community advocate/mentor, she created a women’s empowerment program that was recognized as a top women’s leadership program in Canada. She has been a community animator/organizer, policy analyst,as well as a university contract faculty and college instructor in CD and CED. At UWinnipeg she organized contract faculty to form a union and negotiated their first contract. Marianne envisions green labour and green jobs as a solution to the climate crisis.


The recently announced “Marianne Cerilli Trail” recognizes her work to shift investment from vehicle infrastructure to active transportation infrastructure through the Transcona Trail Association which she initiated as MLA. Marianne’s current freelance consulting in community development emphasizes process design,using outside the box thinking,methods and engagement tools to create healthy organizations and healthy communities. She is passionate about linking personal empowerment with social innovation to transform systems for social change to a more equitable, sustainable, and peaceful world. Marianne is also a mother, poet, outdoor adventurer, and is currently the Chair of the Wolseley Resident Association in Winnipeg. 



Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Fort Garry Hotel
Register: [email protected]
Cost: $10 (free for members)
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/442364973250969


May 29th - Climate Change Event - Ottawa

May 30th - Climate Change Event - Toronto


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May 9th, 2019

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A presentation and Q & A on  Winnipeg's sewage & water-related infrastructure problem.  

Guest Speakers:

ALEXIS KANU
Executive Director
Lake Winnipeg Foundation

NAZIM CICEK
PhD, PEng. Professor
University of Manitoba, Biosystems Engineering

VICKI BURNS
Director
Save Lake Winnipeg

Candi Bezte
Biology Instructor
University of Winnipeg
Past Manager @ Water Program (Manitoba Eco-Network) 

Date: May 9th, 2019

Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Fort Garry Hotel (Club room)

Register: [email protected]

Download the interim solution proposal here: CLICK FOR DOWNLOAD (PDF)

Sign the wastewater retrofit petition here:  https://change.org/p/city-of-winnipeg-retrofit-winnipeg-s-sewage-treatment-plant-help-lake-winnipeg 

 
CBC Article:  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/lake-winnipeg-foundation-treatment-centre-1.5068542


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December 5th 2018 @ The Fort Garry Hotel (Club Room)

Carbon Dividends: A New National Climate Consensus?

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Guest Speakers:


GEOFF DEMBICKI - Author of "Are We Screwed?"

Geoff Dembicki is an award-winning independent journalist and author. He is a regular contributor to VICE and The Tyee. His work also appears in outlets like the New York Times, Foreign Policy and the Guardian. Dembicki's first book, Are We Screwed? How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change, was published internationally by Bloomsbury in 2017. It's won several awards, including the 2018 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature.
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/contributor/geoff-dembicki 


David McLaughlin - Director of Climate Change – Canada

https://www.iisd.org/about/people/david-mclaughlin/all

David McLaughlin is IISD’s Director of Climate Change – Canada. With over 30 years of public policy experience in national and provincial government and the private sector, David is a Canadian policy expert on energy, economy, environmental and intergovernmental policy issues.

In his capacity as a public official, David has served as Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Finance, the Premier of New Brunswick and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. He has served as New Brunswick’s Deputy Minister of the Commission on Legislative Democracy, Policy and Planning, and Intergovernmental Affairs. Most recently, after running the PC Party of Manitoba’s election campaign in 2015–16, David served as Senior Advisor, Climate Change in the Premier’s Office for the Province of Manitoba.

In his sustainable development work, David has served as Strategic Advisor on Sustainability, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo from 2013 to 2015 and President and CEO of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (2007–12).

Globe & Mail Article: October 9th 2018
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/commentary/article-carbon-dividends-could-save-carbon-prici...

Local Expert:

CURT HULL


https://climatechangeconnection.org

Project Manager at Climate Change Connection


Venue: Fort Garry Hotel
Time: 7pm -9pm
Cost: Free for Science First members, $10 for general public
Register: Please register by emailing: [email protected]


October 3rd, 2018 - MANITOBA'S CARBON TAX - Investing in Our Future?

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Venue: The Fairmont Hotel - Harrow Room
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Cost: Free for Science First members, $10 for general public
Register: Please register by emailing: [email protected]
Facebook Event Page 
Promote: Invite your friends!

Guest speakers confirmed:

Nazim Cicek PhD, PEng
Biosystems Engineering
University of Manitoba

Colin Fast 
Director of Policy
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

Terry Shaw 
Executive Director
Manitoba Trucking Association

Curt Hull 
Project Manager
Climate Change Connection

Rob Altemeyer 
MLA – Wolseley
Official Critic for the Environment & Green Jobs

Robert Elms

President
Manitoba Electr