The International Women’s Forum of Montréal will launch a new Thought Leadership Conference initiative titled “CONTINUUM” on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. The conference is the first edition in the CONTINUUM series.
CONTINUUM 2016 will explore the scientific, economic and social impacts of climate change. The context for the event is the preceding COP21 Sustainable Innovation Forum held in December, which presented the continued work of Climate Action and the UN Environment Program. The CONTINUUM conference is open to the public , and is a bold new best practice from the Montreal chapter, one of several IWF pacesetters launching global leadership events at the local level.
“After discussion with experts who will present analytical tools and courses of action on climate change, the CONTINUUM participants can think about ways to pool their resources to contribute to the fight against global warming, from a local and global point of view,” explained Françoise Lyon, President of IWF Canada – Montreal Chapter, First Vice-President of Pembroke Private Wealth Management Ltd. and IWF Leadership Foundation President.
IWF International Hall of Fame Honoree, Astronaut and Chief Operating Officer of the Montréal Science Centre, Julie Payette, will review and close the event.
CONTINUUM is made possible by financial contributions from Pembroke Private Wealth Management Ltd., ABB, Cundari, Hydro-Québec and Intact.
Details on each panel:
Moderated by Louise Otis, the Science Panel will present the current state of scientific knowledge available on climate change and will be composed of Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec, and Dr. Jean-Pierre Savard, Oceanographer and Scientific Program Coordinator, Ouranos
Climate Change from an Economic Point of View
From an economic point of view, Quebec is one of North America’s pioneers, with the creation of a carbon market in 2013. This carbon market requires industrial enterprises and energy distributors to acquire greenhouse gas emission allowances. Is this process effective? For a better “ecofiscal” approach, should Quebec impose higher taxes on gasoline or the purchase of particularly polluting cars, for example? Combining the best-known economic practices and converging the visions of ecofiscal research, private enterprise and the financial community, the Economic Panel will be composed of Chris Ragan, Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, Sophie Brochu, CEO of Gaz Métro, and Karen Clarke-Whistler, Chief Environment Officer of TD Bank Group. It will be moderated by Milla Craig, founder of Millani Perspectives and an expert in sustainable investment.
Adaptation to climate change also requires education, awareness and knowledge sharing. Moderated by Carolina Gallo, Director of Communications and Public Affairs of ABB in Canada, the Social Panel will present concrete examples of leading-edge interventions by philanthropic organizations. It will bring together Catherine Bachand, CEO of the One Drop Foundation, current Leadership Foundation Fellow Melanie Goodchild, Senior Counsel, Indigenous Relations at the Canadian Red Cross, and Louis-Alexandre de Gaspé Beaubien of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation and initiator of AquaHacking.
Full event details:
Wednesday, February 10
At the St. James Club, 1145 Avenue Union
Conference: from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Cocktails: form 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Bilingual event with simultaneous translation and open to all
(Source: Canada News Wire)
Link from Canada news wire here.
Find the Event Registration at Eventbrite here.