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April 22nd – Earth Day 2015

Ottawa City Hall – Jean Piggot Place 

8:30 – Noon


The Canadian Climate Forum (the Forum) would like to thank its event partners Arctic21, the WWF – Global Arctic Programme, Ambassador Bruce Heyman and the Embassy of the United States for their generous support. Thank you to those who joined us on Earth Day 2015 for the ‘science of the issues’ event addressing the changing climate underway in the Arctic. The event came days before Ministers gathered in Iqaluit to mark the transition of the two year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council from Canada to the United States of America. The event explored the serious impacts of climate change in the Arctic, as well as opportunities arising from these changes. World renowned experts addressed the most current Arctic research, weaving perspectives rooted in human interest with impacts on ecosystems, local and Indigenous peoples and the economy – all of which have global implications.

For more details, view Speakers’ Presentations.


Schedule (8:30 – Noon)

Introductory and closing remarks

Dr. Tom Pedersen – Chair of the Canadian Climate Forum; Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, University of Victoria

Panel 1 – Natural Sciences

Dr. Martin Sharp – Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta

Dr. Antoni (Toni) Lewkowicz – President, International Permafrost Association; Dean, Faculty of Arts, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa

Dr. Bruno Tremblay – Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, University of McGill

Q & A

Panel 2 – Human / Economic

Dr. Risa Smith – International Chair, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna working group of the Arctic Council; Manager, International Biodiversity Policy, Canadian Wildlife Services, Environment Canada

Terry Audla – President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK); the national organization representing close to 60,000 Inuit across Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador) and the Inuvialuit settlement region of the Northwest Territories.

Erika Rosenthal -Staff Attorney, International Program, Earthjustice; Contributor to the Arctic Black Carbon Framework

Q & A

Wrap up

Ed Struzik – Award winning author, photographer and journalist. Fellow at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University; Regulator contributor to ‘Yale Environment 360’.

Media Contacts: General inquiries and to schedule interviews
Deirdre Laframboise, Executive Director – dlaframboise@climateforum.ca
Canadian Climate Forum 
Lead media coordinator 
Clive Tesar, Head of Communications and External Relations
WWF Global Arctic Programme