The Green Citizen Symposium 2021 Monday, Oct. 25 to Wednesday, Oct. 27

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Monday, Oct. 25 to Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021

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The Green Citizen Symposium: Today’s Challenge. Tomorrow’s Opportunity

Seneca is hosting the annual Green Citizen Symposium from Oct. 25 to 27. This gathering, in its tenth year, brings together thought leaders, students and the community to engage in important discussions about sustainability.

This year, our theme is “Today’s Challenge. Tomorrow’s Opportunity” — Improving current societal systems during and after the pandemic, with a focus on equity, inclusion and how communities can work together to build a better tomorrow.

This virtual symposium is sponsored by TD Insurance and the Seneca Student Federation. It is one of the many ways we are creating the sustainable Seneca through our academic programs, activities and operations.

Each free session is divided into two components: a keynote address open to the public and a guided workshop for Seneca students who are obliged to participate in specified sessions during the symposium.

Guests from the community should register for the keynote sessions as soon as possible. Space is limited.

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Session 1

Monday Oct. 25 - 9 a.m. to noon

Keynote is open to all

Workshop for designated Seneca students only

Speaker: Tony Cupido, Research Chair, Sustainable Building Technologies, Mohawk College

Managing Mohawk College’s Net Zero Building, The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation

Speaker's bio

Session 2

Monday, Oct. 25 - 1 to 4 p.m.

Keynote is open to all

Workshop for designated Seneca students only

Speaker: Laura Stewart, FireSmart Specialist

Working to Provide Resiliency Strategies for Communities Confronting Disastrous Wildfires in Western Canada

Speaker's bio

Session 3

Tuesday, Oct. 26 - 9 a.m. to noon

Keynote is open to all

Workshop for designated Seneca students only

Speaker: Drew Jones, Co-founder & Co-director, Climate Interactive

How Using Advanced Modeling Systems Helps Decision Makers Confront Climate Change in Meaningful Ways

Speaker's bio

Session 4

Tuesday, Oct. 26 - 1 to 4 p.m.

Keynote is open to all

Workshop for designated Seneca students only

Speaker: Jeffrey Hollender, Co-founder & former CEO of Seventh Generation, Author and Entrepreneur

Creating a Business with a Focus on Sustainability Principles from the Ground Up

Speaker's bio

Session 5

Wednesday, Oct. 27 - 9 a.m. to noon

Keynote is open to all

Workshop for designated Seneca students only

Speakers: Elly Bonny & Adam Kroeker, HTFC Planning and DesignFlora Beardy, Elder, Mother, Community Champion and Historian

Serving First Nation Communities in Manitoba for a More Resilient and Happy Future

Speakers' bios

Session 6

Wednesday, Oct. 27 - 1 to 4 p.m.

Keynote is open to all

Workshop for designated Seneca students only

Speaker: Ingrid Waldron, HOPE Chair and Professor, Peace and Health, McMaster University and Author

Environmental Racism and its Devastating Health Effect of Black and First Nation Communities in Nova Scotia and all of Canada

Speaker's bio


Tony Cupido

Tony Cupido is a professional engineer with more than 35 years experience in engineering, facilities management, capital development and academic research. He has considerable institutional experience, particularly with McMaster University and Mohawk College where he is currently the Research Chair, Sustainable Building Technologies. He is providing leading-edge research that will contribute to a low-carbon economy, while engaging students to develop a multi-disciplinary focus on finding real world solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges. He is also active in the field of air purification technologies and is engaging in research regarding in-situ measurement and verification for these technologies that are being installed in elementary and secondary schools in Ontario.

He was responsible for the planning, design, construction and operation of Canada’s largest institutional, zero carbon building – The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation at Mohawk College. This award-winning facility became the first to achieve dual certification under the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building program. He has participated, nationally and internationally, in numerous speaking engagements and formal lectures and has been a strong proponent for high performance buildings. He has a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on green buildings and policy and was recently appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology at McMaster University. He is a proud member of the Board of Directors for the CaGBC as the representative for Academia and Research.

Laura Stewart

Laura Stewart has worked in the Wildfire Management Branch with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry for the last eight years as a FireSmart Specialist. Prior to this, she spent five years with a municipal fire department as the Community Safety Education Co-ordinator. In this role, Ms. Stewart was responsible for coordinating all home fire safety, emergency preparedness, and injury prevention programming. In 2012, FireSmart planning and education were added to her portfolio and she led the municipal FireSmart program.

Ms. Stewart chairs the provincial cross-discipline FireSmart committee and works to empower Albertans to live resiliently with wildfire.

Drew Jones

Andrew (Drew) Jones is Co-founder and Co-director of Climate Interactive and holds a research position at MIT Sloan. An expert on international climate and energy issues, his quotes and data stories appear in the New York Times, The Washington Post and other media.

Mr. Jones and his team at CI and MIT Sloan developed the climate simulations used by John Kerry to secure the 2014 bi-lateral U.S.-China deal that set up the Paris Agreement, as well as currently in the White House and Congress.

Trained in system dynamics modeling at Dartmouth College and MIT, he has worked at Rocky Mountain Institute and was a protégé of environmental scientist, Dana Meadows.

Mr. Jones co-accepted the System Dynamics Society’s award for the best real-world application of modeling. He won Dartmouth College’s Ray W. Smith award for the most significant contribution to the status of the college.

He teaches systems thinking and modeling at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Jeffrey Hollender

Jeffrey Hollender is co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation, which he built into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices. Mr. Hollender is also the founder of Sustain Natural, a Certified B Corporation that develops and markets sustainable feminine care products for women. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of sustainability and social entrepreneurship at the Stern Business School, New York University and a board member of the Social Venture Circle.

Hollender is also strategic advisor and former Board Chair of Greenpeace US; and currently CEO, co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of 200,000 business leaders committed to progressive public policy. He is also the author of his seven books, including most recently, The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win and Planet Home.

Visit jeffreyhollender.com for more information.

Flora Beardy

Flora Beardy is an Ininew iskwew (Cree woman) born and raised in York Factory First Nation (YFFN) traditional territory, located between Kaskatamagan and Churchill, Manitoba.

Flora is an elder, mother, community champion, and historian. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba for her work documenting the oral history of the York Factory people. She has published a book of Ininew Oral history titled Voices From Hudson Bay and has received Awards of Excellence from Canada Heritage and the National Treasury Board. Flora has worked as an Interpreter and Board Member with Parks Canada; and as a researcher, translator, committee member, and elder advisor for her community.

Flora has recently come out of retirement to lead five Ininew Nations in protecting their shared homeland through the Kitaskiinan Kawekanawaynichikatek / “Protecting Our Shared Lands” Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) project.

Pronunciation Guide:

Ininew – I ni nay-oh

Kaskatamagan – Ka ska ta ma gan

Kitaskiinan – Ki ta ski nan

Kawekanawaynichikatek – Ka wee ka na way ni chi ka tech

Elly Bonny

Elly Bonny is a Principal with HTFC Planning & Design in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Elly holds an honours degree in environmental biology from Queen’s University and a master’s degree in natural resources management from the University of Manitoba. Her work centers on Indigenous connections to the land, and in supporting communities to manage lands and resources in ways that reflect local values and knowledge. Her commitment to understand, document, and find ways to apply communities’ perspectives, applies equally to resource management, land use planning and environmental assessment projects.

Ms. Bonny has worked closely with York Factory First Nation (YFFN) since 2007, supporting a range of projects, from environmental assessment to community-based monitoring, Specific Claims, and wildlife stewardship. At present, she is supporting YFFN’s Kitaskiinan Kawekanawaynichikatek Project looking to protect traditional lands in northeastern Manitoba.

Adam Kroeker

Adam Kroeker is an Associate and Community Planner at HTFC. He holds master’s degrees in city planning and creative writing from the University of Manitoba. Adam has worked with cities, rural municipalities, and Indigenous communities across the prairies and northern Canada on land use planning, environmental planning, tourism and economic development projects. Having grown up on a grain farm in southern Manitoba, Adam has had a life-long interest in the intersection between planning, food systems and climate change.

Adam has provided planning and technical support to York Factory First Nation (YFFN) and has contributed research and writing to YFFN’s response to the Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment (RCEA) for Hydroelectric Developments on the Churchill, Burtwood and Nelson Rivers Systems, YFFN’s Oral History, Cree Knowledge & Land Use Report, and ongoing work related to the YFFN Northern Flood Implementation Agreement.

Ingrid Waldron

Dr. Ingrid Waldron (MA, University of London; PhD, University of Toronto) is the HOPE Chair in Peace and Health in the Global Peace and Social Justice Program in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University.

Dr. Waldron’s research interests focus on ecological violence and the structural determinants of health. She has a specific interest in the social, political, environmental and health impacts of inequality and discrimination, the relationship between structural/state violence and the social, structural, and environmental determinants of health, health disparities in racialized communities, environmental racism, climate change inequities, mental illness, and COVID-19 in Black, Indigenous, immigrant and refugee communities.

Dr. Waldron is the author of There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities, which was turned into a 2020 Netflix documentary of the same name and was co-produced by Waldron, actor Elliot Page, Ian Daniel, and Julia Sanderson and directed by Page and Daniel. Her book received the 2020 Society for Socialist Studies Errol Sharpe Book Prize and the 2019 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing. She is the recipient of several other awards, including Research Canada’s Leadership in Advocacy Award (Individual Category), Dalhousie University’s President’s Research Excellence Award – Research Impact, the Dalhousie Faculty of Health Early Career Research Excellence Award, and Springtide Collective’s Advocate of the Year Award.

Dr. Waldron is the founder and Director of the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project), which inspired the federal private members bill a National Strategy Respecting Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice (Bill C-230). Bill C-230 was introduced in the House of Commons on Feb. 26, 2020, by MP Lenore Zam and approved at second reading on March 24, 2021, and at amendments on June 21, 2021. She also co-founded the Anti-Environmental Racism Coalition, which has brought together organizations in the environment and climate change sector across Canada to collaborate on projects and share expertise and resources to address environmental racism and climate change inequities in Indigenous, Black, and other racialized communities in Canada.

This event is run by the Eco-Seneca Office