Event Five

Climate Change and Environment: Navigating from Risk to Resilience

April 18 – 22, 2016

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How can cities respond to the threat of climate change, protect our precious natural resources, and plan smart, sustainable transportation for future generations? Join McMaster experts for a range of events that explore the effects of climate change and its impact on city building and health.

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Spring Water Forum

Monday April 18, 2016 @ 12:00 p.m.
at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre in downtown Hamilton
Hosted by The McMaster Water Network

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan– Hamilton’s sister city - highlights the impacts of drinking water insecurity on public health.

Join leading McMaster and international experts as they discuss this issue and more at the 3rd Annual Spring Water Forum: Navigating from Risk to Resilience.  Explore some of the most pressing water-related challenges facing cities today and learn more about how the latest research is helping communities develop paths to urban water security.

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Keynote Speakers include:

Yanna Lambrinidou

Yanna Lambrinidou

Affiliate faculty in Science and Technology at Virginia Tech, Founder, Parents for Nontoxic Alternatives

The Flint Water Crisis: Policy Lessons for Protecting our Drinking Water
Dr. Lambrinidou will share insights from the prize-winning Virginia Tech research team that uncovered the drinking water crisis in Flint Michigan.

Patrick Ray

Patrick Ray

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Member, Hydrosystems Research Group

Confronting Climate Uncertainty in Water Resources Planning and Project Design
Dr. Ray will discuss innovations in the analysis of sustainable water resource development and how these advances can help communities manage the water security risks presented by climate change.

Low Carbon Cities Conference

Tuesday, 19th April, 2016 @ 8:00 a.m.
at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre in downtown Hamilton

How can cities respond and adapt to the threat of climate change?

Join McMaster researchers and renowned experts as they explore this question and more at this special event hosted by the McMaster Centre for Climate Change.

“Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Cities” will bring together researchers, city managers, the businesses community, government and non-governmental organizations to exchange ideas and build collaborations focused on transforming cities into smart, low carbon communities.

Session topics include:

  • Challenges: Climate related issues faced by cities in the socio-economic, transportation, infrastructure and public health sectors
  • Solutions: Cutting-edge actions cities can take to tackle climate related challenges
  • Implementation: Barriers cities are facing to implementing low carbon solutions

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Speakers include:

The Honourable Glen Murray

The Honourable Glen Murray

M.P.P, Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

Minister Murray will focus on some of the climate-related initiatives currently underway in the province (Keynote speech at 1:30 p.m).

The Honourable Eleanor McMahon

The Honourable Eleanor McMahon

M.P.P for Burlington; Founder, Share the Road Cycling Coalition

Glen Hodgson

Glen Hodgson

Vice-President & Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada; Commissioner Ecofiscal

The policy framework for a low carbon future

Blair Feltmate

Blair Feltmate

Professor & Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo

Extreme Weather Events: Not Adapting is NOT an Option

Karen Farbridge

Karen Farbridge

Former Mayor, City of Guelph

Better Living with Less Carbon

Daniel Hoornweg

Daniel Hoornweg

Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology & Fellow, Global Cities Institute

Overcoming barriers to implement low carbon

Hamilton Bike Tour: The Rolling Green Seminar

Tuesday, 19 April, 2016 @ 2:00 p.m.
at the Tim Hortons Field

How is Hamilton becoming cleaner and greener?
Spend an afternoon cycling the city with community leaders and McMaster experts to find out.

Join us for this special event and explore some of the environmentally significant sites across the city and learn more about the initiatives currently underway to help preserve and restore Hamilton’s natural environment.

During the tour, participants will hear from community and municipal leaders on a variety of issues and will make a number of stops including selected sites in East Hamilton, the Hamilton Bayfront, Lot M (an environmental restoration site on McMaster’s campus), and the Dundas EcoPark.

The tour will begin at Tim Hortons Field and will conclude at the Shawn & Ed Brewery in Dundas with a small networking event.

A map of the bike route will be available soon.

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Presenters will include:

Matthew Green
Ward 3 Councilor
Carlos Pinho
Beautiful Alleys
Mark Chamberlain
President & CEO, Trivaris Ltd.
Randy Kay
Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) McMaster
Dr. Nancy Bouchier
Associate Professor, Department of History, McMaster University
Daryl Bender
Transportation Planner, City of Hamilton
Reyna Matties
Graduate Student, Department of Biology, McMaster University
Dr. Brian Baetz
Professor and Chair, Department of Civil Engineering, McMaster University

Electric Mobility Conference

Wednesday, April 20th @ 8:30 a.m.
at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre in downtown Hamilton
Hosted by The McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL)

How are advances in electric vehicles helping to build clean, sustainable and more livable cities?

Join leading McMaster, national and international experts for “The Critical Role for Electric Mobility,” a one-day conference aimed at exploring how electric vehicles are poised to transform our everyday lives, impact our economic activities and help re-shape our cities locally and around the world.

In addition to a number of talks and panel discussions with academic and industry leaders, this event will also feature an update on “Social Costs and Benefits of Electric Mobility in Canada,” a five year research partnership being led by the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics

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Keynote Speakers:

Jillian Anable

Jillian Anable

Professor and Chair in Transport and Energy, University of Leeds is a leading world expert in the dynamics of consumer adoption of electric vehicles. She will focus on the UK experience to this point and the implications for other urban jurisdictions around the world.

Julian Marshall

Julian Marshall

Professor, Environmental Engineering, University of Washington is an international expert on urban air pollution and its relationship to urban form. He will compare the Life-Cycle Air Quality Impacts of Electric versus Conventional Vehicles.

Speakers include:

Dan Guatto

Dan Guatto

Chief Operating Officer, Vice President, Engineering and Operations, Burlington Hydro Inc.

Dan will host a panel to discuss the significant impact of electric vehicles on utilities.

Marlene Chamandy

Marlene Chamandy

Manager, Government Relations at Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd.

Marlene will speak on Smart Mobility. Her presentation will focus on the technological opportunities provided by electric vehicles and the rise of complementary technologies such as autonomous and connected vehicles.

Chantal Guimont

Chantal Guimont

President Electric Mobility Canada

Chantal will present on the recommendations of the recently developed National Roadmap, and the important focal point that cities are invited to play in the transition toward a robust electric vehicle market.

McMaster Environmental Crawl

Thursday April 21, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Begins at the McMaster University Students Centre (MUSC)

Go behind the scenes and see first-hand how McMaster researchers are making the discoveries that are helping to build more environmentally sustainable cities.

Join us for the McMaster Environmental Crawl and explore some of the labs and research spaces on campus where environmental and climate change research is taking place.

The crawl will begin at the McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) and will include demonstrations, short presentations and posters featuring some of the groundbreaking climate and environment-related research currently underway at McMaster.

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Big Ideas, Better Harbour

Friday April 22, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m.
at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre in downtown Hamilton

The McMaster and Hamilton communities are invited to mark Earth Day with a conversation on the future of Hamilton Harbour.

Join leading McMaster and community experts for Big Ideas, Better Harbour, aimed at bringing together members of the McMaster and Hamilton communities to identify how we can work together to support a healthy and thriving harbor.

This event includes feature talks and a panel discussion, moderated by Chris McLaughlin from the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC), as well as a "Blue Drinks,” networking celebration, co-hosted by the Canadian Water Network.

Expert speakers and panelists include, Dean of Humanities and Hamilton historian, Ken Cruikshank, Jay Carter, Hamilton Project Manager at Evergreen Cityworks, a Hamilton organization focused on tackling critical urban infrastructure issues, and Rob Fielder, an urban geographer and cartographer.

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