A Three Day Symposium at Seneca College 22, 23, and 24 October 2019.

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Climate Resiliency: Global Problem. Local Solutions is a three day symposium for college students and interested members of the general public focusing on the impact of, and our response to, unpredictable. We know many of the causes including human impact on our climate, more people living in denser urban agglomerations, and the catastrophic effects of fire and rain in what we thought were stable settings. We want to begin looking at modest, imaginative, and bigger solutions and responses.

We’ll be examining these features for our current and future world in Seneca’s Great Hall (Room A1531 at 1750 Finch Avenue East) for three days running from 22 October through 24 October inclusive. Each day is divided into two components, morning and afternoon, (for a total over the three days of six components). Each component will have a noted speaker, or speakers, followed by an engaging exercise for participants.

Members of the general public can register for free for any or all of these components until we have met full registration. Students as part of their program requirement are obliged to register for and participate in at least one of the six components. There is no charge for students and registration can be undertaken through our Evenbrite pages.

2018 Green Citizen Conference



Tuesday morning 8:30 am to noon

Noted speaker: Elizabeth Hendriks

Elizabeth is Vice-President of the National Freshwater Programme at WWF-Canada. She has fifteen years of experience working nationally and internationally on water policy and last year, she led the release of the first national assessment of the health and stressors of Canada’s freshwater. With her team she is now working to reverse the decline of freshwater ecosystems across the country with the intersection of policy, technology, and community building. This includes leading on-the-ground work to build ecological and community climate and water resilience along the Saint John River in New Brunswick.


Tuesday afternoon 12:30 pm to 4 pm

Noted Speaker: Amy Buitenhuis & Caitriona O’Sullivan

Caitriona has close to 15 years’ experience working in the emergency management. Her operational response activations include infectious diseases, floods, forest fires, mass gathering events and drug shortages.

Amy Buitenhuis is a senior policy consultant in the Chief Resilience Office and the policy lead for the creation of Toronto’s Resilience Strategy. Her most recent work includes regulating short-term rentals and improving the quality of apartment buildings through the creation of the RentSafeTO program.


 Wednesday morning 8:30 am to noon

Noted speaker: Matthew Tokarik

Matthew currently works with designers, builders, and developers across North America to deploy geothermal heat pumps and renewable energy systems through financing and installation services, in pursuit of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately reaching Net-Zero building operation. He has experience working as a Building Energy Consultant developing whole building energy models, conducting energy audits, and creating carbon reduction strategies for new and existing buildings and building portfolios.


Wednesday afternoon 12:30 pm to 4 pm

Noted speaker: Cecilia Rocha

A member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), Celia is the lead author of the report Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus: Addressing practices, political economy, and power relations to build healthier food systems (2017). Dr. Rocha is a Professor in the School of Nutrition and a researcher at the Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University, Canada. Considered an expert on the innovative approach to food and nutrition security in the city of Belo Horizonte, Cecilia is the author of a number of scholarly papers and reports on food policy and programs in Brazil.


Thursday morning 8:30 am to noon

Noted speaker: Lisa King

Lisa King is a Senior Policy Planner for the City of Toronto, City Planning Division. Lisa has worked to integrate sustainability principles into land use and strategic planning policy and processes. She specializes in the areas of sustainable design, climate change, energy and resilience policy and standards. She has been central in the development and scaling up of the Toronto Green Standard (TGS), tiered sustainable performance measures for new construction and Toronto’s Zero Emissions Buildings Framework for which she was named to Canada’s Clean50 2018 for contributions to clean capitalism, and the recipient of the Canada Green Building Council’s Government Leadership award.


Thursday afternoon 12:30 pm to 4 pm

Noted speakers – David Miller

David Miller is a leading voice in seeking out and promoting climate change solutions. His roles have included that as Mayor of Canada’s largest city, Chair of the influential c40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and President & CEO of World Wildlife Fund – Canada.

He is currently the Director, International Diplomacy at the C40 Climate Leadership Group. C40 is the leading global network of cities committed to addressing climate change in order to improve the health of our people, our cities, and our planet.

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