Previous Conferences


June 2014

Coastal Zone Canada Conference 2014

Our Coasts: Legacies and Futures

Canada’s premier international conference on coastal issues returned to Halifax 20 years after its inaugural year in this very city. Over 400 participants from around the world got together for events and activities during the week of June 15th in Halifax.

Keynote presentations:
1) The Right Honorable Paul Martin speaking on the work of the United Nations Global
Oceans Commission and its recommendations
2) Mr. Timothy Kearns speaking on big data and the Blue economy
3) Dr. Francis Zwiers speaking on climate change and the sea level rise research of the
International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

An important component of the Conference was the participation of the public and in particular youth. High school and university students will be provided an opportunity to voice their views on the future of our coasts and will spend time with local experts for mentorship regarding their career choices.

The public was encouraged to participate in a number of events throughout the week including round table discussions, for example, on the importance of communities in realizing the benefits from, and challenges associated, with our valuable coastal areas – including but not limited to impacts of climate change, emerging technologies and fisheries resources.

Discussions extended beyond issues in Atlantic Canada to include those concerning the Arctic, the Caribbean and the world as a whole.

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October 2014

6th Annual Douglas M. Johnston Lecture

Thursday, October 16, 2014
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Ondaatje Hall, Dalhousie University
6135 University Avenue, Halifax, NS

How Did Canada Go From Sustainability Leader to Laggard? And how do we get Back on Track?

Presented by Elizabeth May, OC, MP, Green Party

Elizabeth May is an environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer and leader of the Green Party of Canada. She has a long record as a committed and dedicated advocate – for social justice, for the environment, for human rights and for pragmatic economic solutions.

Thsi event was co-sponsored with the College of Sustainability

For more information download the event poster [PDF - 175 kB]