Plenary Session
Climate 101: What do you really need to know?
Dr. Curt Stager, Professor, Paul Smiths College, Tupper Lake, NY

Dr. Stager is a Professor of Natural Sciences at Paul Smith’s College, where he holds the Lussi-Draper Endowed Chair in Lake Ecology and Paleoecology. He was named the New York State Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation in 2013, and was an expert reviewer for the last IPCC report on global climate change. His research deals with climate change and environmental history as revealed by sediment cores from lakes in Africa and North America. In addition to publishing in scientific journals like Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, he has written extensively for general audiences in periodicals like National Geographic and the New York Times, and is co-host of the Natural Selections program on North country Public Radio. His book, “Deep Future”, published in 2011, has been called a definitive work on global warming.

Plenary Session
Lessons from Canada’s North – what Permafrost Observations tell us about Climate Change
Dr Christopher Burn, Chancellor’s Professor of Geography, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

Chris Burn works at Carleton University in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. He has been studying permafrost and climate change in the Yukon and western Arctic since 1982. He has worked there with Inuvialuit and Northern Tutchone people. He has published over 150 articles on the northern environment and two books. in 2018, the Governor-General awarded him the Canadian Polar Medal.

Plenary Session
How to develop a Climate Action Plan
Presentation by Panel-
Anik Hahn, Brockville Collegiate Institute, English Teacher
Megan McKenna, Brockville Collegiate Institute, Student and member of BCI Enviro Club
Kaeling Hunter, Brockville Collegiate Institute, Student and member of BCI Enviro Club
Erin Griffin, Climate Coordinator, The WILD Centre

Plenary Session
Youth Panel – My Climate Action Success
Coming Soon!

First Nation’s view of Climate Change
Abraham Francis, Environmental Science Officer, Akwesasne Environment Program, Akwesasne
Coming Soon!

Building Climate Resilience
Erin Griffin, Climate Coordinator, The WILD Centre, Tupper Lake, NY

Erin Griffin is the Climate & Communities Coordinator at The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program. She works to empower students throughout New York State to take climate action and supports Youth Climate Summits in many locations. Erin has worked in the environmental education field for over 10 years throughout the United States, and is thrilled to live and work in the Adirondacks. 


Working with Local Government – Catalysts for Community Climate Action
Robert Kiley, Kingston City Councillor, Teacher and Environmental Advocate, Kingston, ON

Robert Kiley is a city councillor in Kingston ON by night, a public educator by day, and a long time advocate for social, environmental, democratic, and economic justice. He was the author of Kingston’s climate emergency motion, which passes unanimously, making the city the fist municipality in Ontario to declare it as such. Robert is also a founding member of Climate Caucus, a network of over 200 elected local leaders leading on climate action.


The Anthropocene Project
Desiree Archer, Education Programmes Coordinator, RCGS, Ottawa, ON

Desiree’s responsibilities as education programs coordinator for Can Geo Education include designing and delivering hands-on learning opportunities and professional development workshops for students and teachers, and collaborating with regional and national organizations that are passionate about promoting geographic literacy, spatial awareness and sustainable living in Canada.  Desiree is a high school science teacher who grew up in Peterborough Ontario.  


Nature Canada’s “Save our Swallows Program”: Taking Action in your community
Aly Hyder Ali, Urban Nature Organizer, Nature Canada, Ottawa

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Aly Hyder Ali moved to Canada with his family in 2004. Since then he has lived in Toronto, Ottawa, Lindsay and Peterborough. Aly is passionate about conservation and sustainability, and loves collaborating with people towards the protection of all things related to nature. Aly graduated from a joint degree-diploma program at Sir Sandford Fleming College and Trent University, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and an Ecological Restoration Technician Diploma. In his spare time, you can find Aly in the Ottawa/Gatineau area hiking, fishing, gardening and/or playing with his little puppy, Lana!

How to talk with your Parents about Climate Change
Amy Henson, Staff Scientist, New Audiences, Science North, Sudbury

Amy Henson is a passionate Marine Biologist and Science Communicator from Science North in Sudbury Ontario. Her goal is to engage youth in environmental science and develop passionate climate communicators. She’s an avid outdoor adventurer hiking, paddling, and biking through Ontario’s wild land.


Tree Planting and Climate Change
Jim Hendry, RPF, Hendry Forest Service, Ingleside, ON

Jim Hendry is a registered professional forester who has spent over 30 years working with private landowners, industry and community groups to manage the forests and natural resources. He has worked in New Brunswick, and northern and eastern Ontario. Jim graduated with a degree in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick in 1986. Over the past 30 years he has worked for industry, federal and provincial governments, a conservation authority, not-for-profit agencies and has been operating his own private consulting business, Hendry Forestry Services for the past 8 years. His skill sets and experience include forest management planning, forest operations, wildlife habitat management, and community engagement and empowerment.  In his spare time, you will find Jim gardening, hiking, making maple syrup and enjoying a campfire with family and friends!

Climate Change and the Emergence of Tick-borne Diseases
Dr John Donovan, Veterinarian, Rideau St. Lawrence Veterinary Services

John was born and raised on the family beef and horse farm in Escott, Ontario. He obtained his Honours Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Western Ontario in 1990. In 1995 he graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College and joined the team at the Prescott Animal Hospital as a full time large animal veterinarian. He has since become an owner/partner in the Prescott Animal Hospital/Rideau-St. Lawrence Veterinary Services organization. John has a special interest in equine sports medicine and dentistry. He currently resides in Brockville with his wife Cheryl, and his daughters Alisha and Daron. In his spare time he enjoys boating, playing and coaching hockey, skiing, traveling and socializing with friends.

Water Issues and Opportunities for Youth
Jaclyn Franceschini, Research Assistant, River Institute, Cornwall, ON

Jaclyn graduated Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours BSc in Biology in 2019. She focussed her undergraduate thesis on the impacts of road salt on freshwater zooplankton communities. After graduating, Jaclyn spent three months in Greece, cleaning beaches and studying dolphin behaviour in the Aegean Sea. Currently, Jaclyn works as a Research Assistant at the River Institute in Cornwall. Her, along with a the River Rapport team, hope to write an Ecosystem Health Report to reflect the condition of the Upper St. Lawrence River. The goal of the Report is to provide a friendly and informative platform for sharing knowledge concerning the River. Today, Jaclyn joins us to talk about the impacts of Climate Change on water and what we can do as individuals to help reduce these impacts.