Welcome to the Lakehead University Climate Change Forum!


Thursday September 28, 2017
Friday September 29, 2017


The Study Coffeehouse
Bartley Residence, Conference Centre

Conference Poster

Debate Poster


Dr. Sudip Rakshit

Welcome! Lakehead University is hosting a Climate Change Seminar on September 28th and 29th, 2017 in Thunder Bay, ON. A network of researchers, community workers, academics, and government agencies will converge to discuss climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. We are bringing together the conversation on climate change – join us!

Lakehead University Climate Change Forum gratefully acknowledges the support of Lakehead University, Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy, and the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada. Support does not indicate endorsement on part of the Government of Ontario.


            (iteration of Sept. 6th, 2017)

               Speaker and Panelist Bios…

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 (The Study Coffeehouse)

1:00 – 1: 15 pm      Ice breaker/ Coffee    

1:15 – 2:15 pm       What Is Climate Change Anyway?

Brief Presentations and Q&A

Moderator: Ledah McKellar, Lakehead University Sustainability Coordinator.
Panelists: Adam Cornwell (Lakehead University), Paul Berger (Lakehead University), Kelsey Jones-Casey (Visiting Fulbright Scholar Lakehead University), Graham Saunders (Lakehead University), Rena Viehbeck (Acting Sustainability Coordinator, Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator – EarthCare City of Thunder Bay) 

2:15 – 2:45 pm     Picturing Climate Change in Thunder Bay: Urgency, Hope, and Action. A guided tour of EarthCare Thunder Bay and Lakehead University’s Collaborative photovoice exhibit on climate change.

Lindsay Galway (Lakehead University), Rena Viehbeck (Acting Sustainability Coordinator, Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator – EarthCare City of Thunder Bay)

2:45 – 3:45 pm      Student/Faculty Debate

Be it resolved that “Humans are rising to the challenge and tackling the climate change crisis

3:45 – 4:00 pm      Break

4:00 – 5:00 pm      Lecture: Sherilee Harper: “Climate change impacts on Indigenous peoples’ health: Stories from around the world”

5:00 – 6:00 pm      Dinner Break (Free for registered participants)

6:00 – 7:30 pm      Boreal Heartbeat: Emotional Impacts of Climate Change in Northwestern Ontario. Kelsey Jones-Casey, Fulbright Scholar

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 (Bartley Residence, Conference Room)

8:30 – 9:00 am    Coffee and informal greetings

ALL FOLLOWING PANEL DISCUSSIONS: 5 mins presentations per panelist. Floor will be open for discussion.

Chair of panel summarizes discussion

9:00 – 10:30 am   Lecture/Panel 1 : Climate Change Impacts on Lake Superior and its Watersheds

Panelists: Robert Stewart (Moderator)
-Carl Lindquist – Superior Watershed Partnership
-Tom Beery – Minnesota Sea Grant
– EJ Isaac – Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
-Alyssa Ray – Red Rock Indian Band

10:30 – 10:45 am  Tea Break

10.45 – 12.15 am   Lecture/Panel  2: Climate Modelling and Data Use

Panelists: Adam Cornwell (Moderator)
-Al Douglas
-Edmundo Fausto
-Graham Saunders
-Tammy Cook

12:15 – 1:00 pm   Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 pm     Lecture / Panel 3 The Bio-economy and climate mitigation

Panelists: Sudip Rakshit (Moderator)
-Warren Mabee (Queens University)
-Colin Kelly (Confederation College, Thunder Bay)
-David Johnson
-Scott Wiebe

2:30 – 3:00 pm Tea

3:00 – 3:15 pm       Lecture: First Nations and the Front Line of Climate Change – Bill Maloney

3:15 – 4:45 pm        Lecture / Panel 4: Community Awareness Perspectives

Panelists:  Paul Berger (Moderator)
-Rena Viehbeck (EarthCare, City of Thunder Bay)
-Lindsay Galway
-Charles Levkoe