Environment & the Federal Election: How to Talk About It - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Price: Free for Congress2015 attendees
University of Ottawa Sports Complex
801 King Edward Ave Room SCS E218
Ottawa / Ontario / Canada
K1N 6N5
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Canada's Map to Sustainability

Updated May 27, 2015

A\J IS THRILLED TO HOST a roundtable discussion at the Environmental Studies Association of Canada’s 2015 conference (ESAC 2015). A panel of distinguished experts from various fields will discuss how Canadian citizens can raise environmental and sustainability concerns in October’s federal election.

This talk builds on themes explored in Canada’s Map to Sustainability, the most important issue A\J has published in our 44-year history. In this special issue, we teamed up with Sustainable Canada Dialogues / Dialogues pour un Canada vert to chart our country’s path toward a sustainable future. Authors from the issue will join A\J, elected officials and other environmental experts at this roundtable. 

ESAC 2015 will be held in conjunction with Congress2015.

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(Moderator) Daryn Caister, Director and Host, The Green Majority: Daryn Caister is the host of the nationally syndicated Green Majority radio program, promoting science and environmental values to more than 50,000 listeners each week since 2006. Green Majority Media also produces eco-videos featuring the series "Climate Cartoons" that explores the opportunities we can look forward to as we transition away from fossil fuels.

Elizabeth May, MP - Saanich-Gulf Islands, Green Party: Elizabeth May is Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, an environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer, and leader of the Green Party of Canada. She held the position of Senior Policy Advisor to the federal minister of the Environment from 1986 until 1988. Elizabeth was the Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada from 1989 to 2006. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, author of eight books and was chosen (by a vote of all MPs) as Macleans magazine's 2012 Parliamentarian of the Year.

Megan Leslie, MP - Halifax, NDP: Megan Leslie works to make things better for the people of Halifax, as a community activist and Member of Parliament (MP). In May of 2011, Megan was named to the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet as the Environment Critic. In this role, she has been pushing for strong action on clean energy, and a plan to include climate change in a national energy strategy. In March 2012, Megan was also named Deputy Leader of the NDP – one of the youngest MPs ever to be selected for the post.

John McKay, MP - Scarborough-Guildwood, Liberal Party: John McKay is Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood and the Liberal Party of Canada Critic for the Environment. He is currently serving his sixth term in the House of Commons and has held a number of positions in Parliament, including serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (2003-2006). He holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and a L.L.B. from Queen’s University.

John Bennett, National Program Director, Sierra Club Canada Foundation: John Bennett has a long history of campaigning on energy and environmental issues. In the 1970s, John co-founded the first Greenpeace office east of the Rockies and launched Greenpeace’s first nuclear power campaign. John was communications director for the Green Party of Canada, including the 2008 campaign in which the Greens, led by Elizabeth May, won nearly a million votes. His experience has demonstrated the importance of collaboration in whatever work must be done.

Ann Dale, Professor, Royal Roads University: Ann Dale is a professor with the school of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University. She held her university's first Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development (2004-2014), is a Trudeau Fellow Alumna (2004) and is the Principal Investigator of Meeting the Climate Change Challenge (MC3 2.0). Dale believes in the importance of government leadership in moving us forward on climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Normand Mousseau, Professor, Université de Montréal: Normand Mousseau is professor and University Research Chair in Complex Materials, Energy and Natural Resources at Université de Montréal. In 2013-2014, he co-chaired Quebec’s Commission on Energy Issues. He has published more than 150 papers and general public books on materials, biophysics, energy and natural resources. He hosts the weekly science radio show «La Grande Équation» at Radio VM. 

James Meadowcroft, Professor, Carleton University: James Meadowcroft is a professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, and in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University, teaching sustainable energy policy and global environmental politics. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development and his research focuses on reforms to structures and processes of governance to promote the transition toward sustainability.

Stephen Scharper, Associate Professor, University of Toronto: Stephen Scharper is an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Anthropology and School of the Environment. His research interests include Environmental ethics, environmental worldviews, liberation theology and ecology, religions and environmentalism, and ecological worldviews. He is also a columnist for the Toronto Star.

Robert Paehlke, Founder, Alternatives JournalRobert Paehlke is a professor emeritus at Trent University where he taught environmental policy and politics for 35 years. He is the founding editor of Alternatives Journal and is the author of numerous books, his latest being Hegemony and Global Citizenship from Palgrave Macmillan.



  • Date: June 2, 2015
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Location: University of Ottawa Sports Complex - Room SCS E218 - 801 King Edward Ave, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

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We look forward to seeing you there!

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