Symposium 2015 – Food Security in a Changing Climate

Thank you to all speakers and delegates who participated in Symposium 2015 and helped make it a successful event.

Click to view the following:

A Summary of Proceedings by R.W. Sandford

Speakers’ presentations

Symposium 2015’s Hill Times media panel event

Symposium 2015 event photos


The Hill Times Events Policy Briefing Live! Climate Change media panel event is happening at the end of Day 1 of Symposium 2015 (4-5PM). Click for more details.



A one and a half day gathering to raise awareness, share knowledge and drive action to address food security in the face of a changing climate. The event’s main objectives are to:

  • Enhance levels of understanding about the impact climate change has on food (and seed) production, distribution, value, and life cycle management.
  • Engage stakeholders from multi-sectors and jurisdictions to share evidence, strategies and solutions.
  • Develop priorities and recommendations for action to help guide decisions and best practices that lead to more sustainable, safe, and nutritious food.

Symposium 2015 - Themes

Confirmed Speakers

  • Mr. Nicolas Chapuis French Ambassador to Canada
  • The Honourable Glen Murray Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • Dr. Tom Pedersen Chair, Canadian Climate Forum
  • Mr. Ron Bonnett President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture
  • Mr. Robert Sandford EPCOR Water Security Research Chair, United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment & Health
  • Dr. Dave Sauchyn Research Chair, Water Resources and Climate Change, University of Regina
  • Dr. Susan Wood-Bohm Executive Director, Biological GHG Management Program, Alberta Innovates – BIO Solutions / Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation
  • Dr. Richard Hebda Adjunct Professor, Heritage Potatoes Climate Project / University of Victoria
  • Dr. Laurie Chan Research Chair, Toxicology and Environmental Health, University of Ottawa
  • Dr. Don Lemmen Research Manager, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division, Department of Natural Resources
  • Ms. Geraldine Van Bibber Chancellor, Yukon College, member of the Gwich’in First Nation
  • Ms. Anne Hammill Director, Resilience, International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Dr. R. Ian Perry Research Scientist, Pacific Biological Station, Department of Fisheries and Oceans
  • Mr. Don McCabe President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Past President of the Soil Conservation Council of Canada
  • Dr. Karin Wittenberg Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Ms. Jane Rabinowicz National Director, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
  • Dr. Brian Riddell President and CEO, Pacific Salmon Foundation
  • Mr. Ed Desson Fisheries Manager, Nisga’a Lisims Government
  • Prof. Tim Benton Global Food Security Champion, Global Food Security Programme (UK)
  • Dr. Lars-Otto Reiersen Executive Secretary, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme
  • Dr. Hans Hurni Founding President and Board Member, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern
  • Dr. Bernard Cantin, Program Leader, Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia, International Development Research Centre

Schedule (Click to view speakers’ presentations)

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To view a sample menu, click here.


  • $399 – Symposium (includes all Symposium meals), “The Hill Times Policy Briefing Live! Climate Change” media panel event, Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • $320 – Member and Partner Preferred Rate (includes all Symposium meals), “The Hill Times Policy Briefing Live! Climate Change” media panel event, Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • $185 – Student and Retiree Rate (includes all Symposium meals), “The Hill Times Policy Briefing Live! Climate Change” media panel event, Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • $100 – Student and Retiree Rate (does not include Cocktail Reception & Dinner)
  • $100 – Cocktail Reception & Dinner only on November 12th with Keynote Speaker M. Nicolas Chapuis, French Ambassador to Canada

Symposium 2015: Registration is now closed. For additional information about Symposium 2015, please contact Marielle Fontaine at

*Canadian Climate Forum Member Discount*
Register as a Canadian Climate Forum member and receive a preferred rate for Symposium 2015. See ‘Membership‘ for details.
A student discount is also available.


Where to Stay?

Limited rooms have been reserved at the Westin, Ottawa Downtown location, at our Symposium preferred rate.

Westin Ottawa

11 Colonel By Drive · Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9H4 · Canada

“Whether visiting for business or pleasure, treat yourself to unparalleled views of Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal or the historic ByWard Market.”

Reservations must be made by phone using the following information:

Phone: (613) 560-7000

Toll Free: 1-800-228-3000

Booking Code: CK11AB

Booking Name: Canadian Climate Forum


Novotel Ottawa will also have rooms available at our Symposium preferred rate.

33 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9M7

To make a reservation use the following information:

Phone: (613) 230-3033

Toll Free: 1-855-677-3033


Booking Code: 260950

Booking Name: Canadian Climate Forum


Who Should Attend?

Symposium 2015 is open to all, however our primary target audiences include:

  • Policymakers (public and private sectors, national associations, etc.)
  • Business leaders (multiple sectors)
  • Innovators (researchers, thought leaders)


For related articles and information on food security see:

Extreme weather and resilience of the global food system

Feeding people on our stressed planet will require a “revolution”

Thawing permafrost threatens food security in Jean Marie River, NWT

New technology by Urban Barns and McGill University “the future of agriculture” 

Food Fight: A “yummy” new food policy podcast 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Several levels of sponsorship are offered for Symposium 2015. Please contact the Executive Director for additional information:

Deirdre Laframboise BES, MES
613.238.2223 w /

Individual Sponsors

  • Mrs. Gretchen Bauta
  • Mr. Rudy North