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.
Award-winning broadcaster Ziya Tong anchored Daily Planet, Discovery Channel’s flagship science program, until its final season in 2018. Tong also hosted the CBC’s Emmy-nominated series ZeD, PBS’s national prime-time series, Wired Science, and worked as a correspondent for NOVA scienceNOW alongside Neil deGrasse Tyson on PBS.
Tong received her master’s degree in communications from McGill University. She currently serves as the vice chair of the World Wildlife Fund Canada.
In the spring of 2019, she participated in CBC’s annual “battle of the books.” After a national four-day debate, she won Canada Reads.
Tong’s first book, The Reality Bubble, was published in spring 2019. It has earned praise from luminaries including Naomi Klein, who notes that “in a time of mounting global crisis, the kind of radical curiosity that fills this book—a commitment to probing the unseen, unknowable and unthinkable—has become essential to our survival.” David Suzuki calls Tong’s book “required reading for all who care about what we are doing to the planet.”
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
"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’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.
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.
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
October 3rd, 2018 - MANITOBA'S CARBON TAX - Investing in Our Future?
Venue: The Fairmont Hotel - Harrow Room
Guest speakers confirmed:
Nazim Cicek PhD, PEng
Please remember to register to attend by emailing us at [email protected]
This evening will be a critical review of the current "Made-in-Manitoba" plan for the carbon tax to be put solely towards tax breaks and/or PST reduction:
July 11th, 2018: Lake Winnipeg Watershed - Science & Policy Update
Thursday, November 24th 2016
Dr. Michael Rennie
Canada Research Chair in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries
Research Fellow, IISD-Experimental Lakes Area
Dr. Rennie’s research interests focus on understanding the role of ecosystem change (e.g., climate change, commercial and recreational fishing, species invasions) on the aquatic community structure and energetics, and understanding how behavioural and life history variation in of aquatic organisms drives population and ecosystem-level processes. His research articles have been published in a variety of scientific journals, and he has been a lecturer and adjunct professor at several Canadian universities.
Location: The Fort Garry Hotel - Club room
Time: 7pm - 9pm
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(With Boreal Forest Network)
Maude Barlow - Council of Canadians
David Schindler - Faculty of Science - University of Alberta
Dr. Diane Orihel - Save ELA