Lakehead University Climate Change Forum Speakers

In alphabetical order:

Tom Beery is a social scientist, resilience specialist, and an educator with Minnesota Sea Grant at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His research focuses on human-environment relationships, including cultural ecosystem services, human aspects of green infrastructure, human connectedness to nature and human response to climate change. Tom’s teaching and outreach are focused on climate mitigation and adaptation.

Paul Berger is Chair of Graduate Studies and Research in Education at the Faculty of Education, Lakehead University. His research focuses on Inuit sovereignty in schooling and on climate change education. The current study was undertaken in collaboration with Melissa Oskineegish, Helle Moller, Roxanne Turuba, Connie Russell, Ferederico Oliveira, Mirella Stroink, with assistance for Joey Miller, Anna Heaps, Jill Giff, and Devon Lee.

Tammy Cook is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority, which is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, and one of five in Northern Ontario.  During her 12 years at the Authority, she has administered many programs including:  Flood Forecasting and Warning, Plan Input and Review, Regulatory program to reduce the impacts of flooding and erosion on the public and property, Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Program, Provincial Water Quality Monitoring Network, Ontario Low Water Response Program, maintaining the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway, Source Water Protection as well as various other Authority programs.

Adam Cornwell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment, and Program Coordinator for Environmental Studies. His research interests include climate modelling and analysis, and strategies for adaptation to climatic change.

Al Douglas is the Director at the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR), located at Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON. He has experience in climate science; climate change impact, vulnerability and risk assessment; policy development and adaptation planning in natural resource sectors and is a member of Canada’s national panel for climate change adaptation and resilience results.

Edmundo Fausto is a Project Manager with the Ontario Climate Consortium Secretariat, hosted by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, where he is responsible for the Climate Information and Adaptation programs. His work focuses on answering critical research questions related to climate change adaptation responses and policy. The projects in these programs include a variety of partnerships among universities and public and private sector organizations that come together to advance climate research in Ontario. Edmundo has worked in energy consulting as a certified measurement and verification professional, as well as stimulated scientific research through international multidisciplinary partnerships focused on Climate, Atmospheric, and Environmental Science.

 Lindsay Galway is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University. Lindsay’s research activities span the social, natural, and health sciences and aim to bring together multiple perspectives in order to comprehensively understand, and collaboratively address, complex human-environment issues. Using an interdisciplinary approach and a range of qualitative and quantitive research methods, her current research activities focus on three core areas: (1) the impacts of ecosystem change on health, (2) climate change communication and engagement, (3) walkability and bikeability. Lindsay also has a keen interest in methodological, conceptual, and practical advances that support interdisciplinary research, integration, and collaborative action.

Sherilee Harper is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph. Her research investigates associations between weather, water, and Indigenous health in the context of climate change, and she collaborates with Indigenous partners to prioritise climate-related health actions, planning, interventions, and research. She is currently a collaborator in an international research initiative called the “Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change” (IHACC) project, and is also a co-investigator on the “Indigenous Peoples Adapting to the Health Effects of Climate Change” (IK-ADAPT) project.

E.J. Isaac is a Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. E.J. works to manage a wide range of natural resources including moose, white-tailed deer, lake trout, cisco and wild rice. He leads climate change work in Grand Portage and has created climate change vulnerability assessments, adaptation plans, and guidance for tribes and inter-tribal organizations in the Great Lakes region. Current climate change projects target how best to manage boreal forest species like moose and brook trout that are experiencing significant climate induced stressors. E.J. has 15 years of research experience on Lake Superior working with state, federal, and Tribal agencies.

David Johnson graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies with honours in urban and rural planning. David has worked with the provincial government as an Area and Community Planner, Planning Director for the County of Victoria in Lindsay and Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Newcastle. David has also worked in the private sector as Vice-president of Frederick G. Reynolds Consulting Group Inc. and Trent Rideau Properties Inc. He recently retired as General Manager of Economic Development and Strategic Investments with the County of Brent, fundamentally improving the county’s economic and business landscape in the process. A true “people person” David has also volunteered countless hours to the community through fundraising efforts with the United Way.

Kelsey Jones-Casey is from Duluth, Minnesota. She is a researcher, storyteller, and organizer. Kelsey holds an MPA from the University of Washington, and a BA in International Relations from Wheaton College. She received a Fulbright fellowship in 2016-2017 for her project “Boreal Heartbeart”, which unpacked the relationship between climate change and mental and emotional well-being.

Colin Kelly is the Director of Applied Research at Confederation College.

Charles Levkoe is the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University. Working directly with a range of scholars and community-based practitioners across North America and Europe, Dr. Levkoe studies the evolution of the broader collective of social movement networks that views the right to food as a component of more sustainable futures. Mobilizing his existing partnerships, Dr. Levkoe integrates his research and teaching through community engaged learning pedagogies and supports students, community-partners and scholars to be actively involved in knowledge co-generation. Through community-based, action-oriented inquiry and teaching and the development of placed-based action projects, his research contributes to critical discussions that inform theory, civil society action and public policy.

Carl Lindquist is the Executive Director of the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) a Great Lakes non-profit organization that serves communities in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The SWP service area includes portions of the Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron watersheds. Lindquist’s 25 year career includes practical field experience supervising large scale environmental restoration projects (Wisconsin, Vermont, Michigan) and working with the National Park Service (Mt. Rainier, Isle Royale). Lindquist has served on numerous regional, state, and international advisory bodies including two terms as the US Chair of the Lake Superior Binational Forum (US and Canada). Lindquist was instrumental in establishing the Great Lakes Conservation Corps and more recently the Climate Conservation Corps.

Warren Mabee is a Professor and Head of the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. He has been at Queen’s University since 2008 and currently holds an appointment in the Department of Geography and Planning. He has cross-appointments to the School of Policy Studies and the School of Environmental Studies. He is currently the Associate Director of the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, the Acting Director of Queen’s Sustainable Bioeconomy Centre, and the Associate Task Leader (Policy) for the IEA’s Bioenergy Task 39 ‘Liquid Biofuels’.

Bill Maloney attended the University of Toronto and graduated with a degree in Biology and Economics. He spent four years working at Nishnawbe Aski Nation, focusing on provincial and federal environmental policies and assessing their potential impacts to First Nations. He is currently working with several First Nation communities and organizations to help assess the impacts of climate change and government policies.

Sudip Rakshit is a Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the PhD program in the Chemical Engineering Department at Lakehead University. His research interests include bioenergy and biorefining processes, bioethanol from lignocellulosic residues, biodiesel, renewable chemicals from renewable resources, fermentative production of fine chemicals, waste utilization, etc.  He has been involved in various projects in Energy, Environment and Climate Change in Asia. He created the Centre for Sustainable Development in the context of Climate Change (SDCC) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), where he served as VP Research before moving to Lakehead. He presently serves as a catalyst in the Energy Supply contest organized by the MIT Climate CoLab.

Alyssa Ray is a Consultation Research and Technical Administrator with the Red Rock Indian Band.

Graham Saunders has extensive weather and climate background including work with the Australian Weather Bureau, the Atmospheric Environment Service of Canada and forest fire weather prediction for forest fire management teams with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. His research and presentations include consequences of climate change for the boreal forest and changes in the frequency of heavy rain events and other severe weather. He has taught meteorology and various climate- related courses at Lakehead University since 1995. Current teaching includes Sustainable Communities and  Water Resource Management courses.  He writes for several publications about weather, climate, Lake Superior, agriculture and northern gardening issues, including his book Gardening with Short Growing Seasons. His column Weather Whys has appeared for almost two decades.

Robert Stewart is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and the Environment at Lakehead University. He is interested in research pertaining to water security and water resource management in the Lake Superior Basin. He is currently exploring community-based resource management strategies that reduce vulnerability to water issues and protect watershed and coastal environments.

Rena Viehbeck is the City of Thunder Bay’s Climate Adaptation Coordinator and Acting Sustainability Coordinator with EarthCare Thunder Bay. Rena has been the city’s Climate Adaptation Coordinator and Acting Sustainability Coordinator since April 2017. Her previous experience lies within Urban Forestry, working for the City of Thunder Bay as the Urban Forest Program Specialist. As the Acting Sustainability Coordinator, Rena leads the community through EarthCare, the city’s sustainability initiative, in securing the environmental health of our region, and thereby improve the social, cultural, and economic well-being of future generations. As the Climate Adaptation Coordinator, Rena continuously works towards achieving the City’s vision to build community resilience to reduce the risks inherent in climate change while taking advantage of opportunities and building upon existing adaptive actions. This role is responsible for coordinating, implementing, reporting, and updating the City of Thunder Bay Climate Adaptation Strategy and works to increase the resilience of the city, support the community’s climate adaptation efforts, and position the City of Thunder Bay as a leader for climate change adaptation.

Scott Wiebe has been active in the Forest sector for 15 years. He has worked in most areas of Forestry, including silviculture, planning, and harvest logistics. Scott went back to school in 2007 to complete a PhD in biomass harvesting, and has subsequently worked for both the public and private sector. He was the business analyst for AV Terrace Bay, specializing in fibre procurement, cost analysis and wood flow planning to both the pulp facility in Terrace Bay as well as merchandized wood to area sawmills and hardwood veneer mills. Scott re-joined the Centre for Research and Innovation in Bio Economy as CEO for two years and is now the Senior Forest Business Analyst for MNRF. Scott’s active files are Softwood Lumber, Cap and Trade, as well as Bioeconomy. Scott brings together his expertise in academia, government and industry to further innovation in the bio economy in Ontario. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a PhD in Forest Sciences from Lakehead University and is a Registered Professional Forester.