Upcoming events: 

November 14th (2pm - 4pm)

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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Ramona Pringle 


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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'


Andrew Park (Winnipeg)
Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Winnipeg  

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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)
Facebook Event Page


January 16th, 2021:

Canada's Green Recovery

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We’ll be examining the economics, science, innovation & psychology of a green & just recovery. Guest speakers tba. 
Date: January 16th, 2021
Event time:
2pm - 4pm
Cost: $10 general public, $5 students, free to Science First members
Register here: [email protected]
Online event: Zoom (link tba)

Facebook Event Page

February 13th, 2021:

Mandatory Vaccines? Expert Panel Discussion

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Politics, Psychology, Social Media: How a Vaccine has to defeat more than just a simple virus. Guest speakers tba.
Date: Feb 13th, 2021
Event time:
2pm - 4pm
Cost: $10 general public, $5 students, free to Science First members
Register here: [email protected]
Online event: Zoom (link tba)
Facebook Event Page

March 20th - 21st 2021:

World Water Day - Lake Winnipeg Watershed Conference 

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Science First is presenting multiple workshops and presentations on the science and policies around the Lake Winnipeg Watershed.
Full lineup tba December 2020.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/331222097994805

Past events:

March 3rd, 2020

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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 @ Fort Garry Hotel

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Climate Emergency Solutions 


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  


"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

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


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

Guest Speakers:

Executive Director
Lake Winnipeg Foundation

PhD, PEng. Professor
University of Manitoba, Biosystems Engineering

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.

David McLaughlin - Director of Climate Change – Canada


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

Local Expert:



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?


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

Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association

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

On July 11th politicians and scientists will be presenting current updates on the Lake Winnipeg Watershed. Topics will include micro-plastics, invasive species, hog barns and where federal funding is headed for lake cleanup & water research. Presentations will be followed by an audience Q & A. This is a great chance to talk directly to a MP who is managing the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative alongside talented local scientists researching our watershed.

Guest speakers & panelists:

Terry Duguid
MP - Winnipeg South
Lake Winnipeg Basin Program

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

Sarah Warrack
Master's Student - University of Manitoba
Microplastics in Lake Winnipeg

David Lobb

Professor of Landscape Ecology

Deptartment of Soil Science, University of Manitoba

Vicki Burns

Director - Save Lake Winnipeg
H2O: Ideas & Action for Canada's Water

*Registration Required*
$10 to attend for the general public.
Free for Science First members.
Register by sending us an email: [email protected]
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/223591435090886/

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May 16th, 2018: Investing Our Future - Electric Vehicles & Divesting From Fossil Fuels

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This evening will feature three guest speakers discussing various facets of the electric vehicle industry. Presentations will cover the consumer market, technology trends and where Manitoba is headed with adopting electric vehicles.
Cars, buses, trucks and vehicles of all kinds are being electrified. Come learn about the infrastructure needed to support this move away from fossil fuels.


Email us at [email protected] to register for this event.
FREE for Science First members, $10 for the general public.
Venue: Winnipeg Free Press Cafe - 237 McDermot Ave
Time: 7pm - 9pm

Guest Speakers:

Paul Edmond - President
Edmond Financial Group

Robert Elms - President
Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association (MEVA)

Nazim Cicek - PhD, PEng, Professor
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Engineering

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April 14th 2018: March For Science - Manitoba Legislature

Event time: 1pm - 2pm

Featured speaker:  Prof. Samar Safi-Harb, Canada Research Chair in Supernova (Remnants) Astrophysics, in the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg,

Additional Speakers:

Candi Bezte - Manitoba Eco Network
Manager @ Water Caucus Manitoba

Curt Hull - Manitoba Eco Network
Project Manager @ Climate Change Connection

Harvey Zahn - U of M Faculty Advisor and Humanist
Teacher, Outdoor Recreational Advocate

Nathan Zahn - Science First
Professional Campaigner / Organizer



April 22nd, 2017: March For Science (Rally & guest speakers)
Location: Manitoba Legislature
Time: 1pm - 2pm

Cost: Free
Facebook Event Page:  March For Science (Rally + Guest Speakers)
Guest speakers:
Michael Paterson -Senior Research Scientist, IISD-ELA
Andrew Park - Associate Professor of Biology, University of Winnipeg
Mark Belmonte - Associate Professor - Department of Biological Sciences, U of M
Deirdre Khan - Master of Science, Botany/Plant Biology,  University of Manitoba

*Sponsored by University of Manitoba - The Faculty of Science

Thursday, November 24th 2016 

Guest Speaker: 

Dr. Michael Rennie  

Canada Research Chair in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries
Research Fellow, IISD-Experimental Lakes Area
Assistant Professor

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



Make sure to check out our Facebook group for campaign updates and up-to-date news alerts: www.facebook.com/ScienceFirstCanada

March 22nd, 2016:


Past guest speakers: 

(With Boreal Forest Network)

Maude Barlow - Council of Canadians

David Schindler - Faculty of Science - University of Alberta

Dr. Diane Orihel - Save ELA