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Thursday, November 18 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
807: Canada’s Sustainable Future – Creating a Digital Action Plan - Part 2: Landscape Analysis

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Organized by: Future Earth

Canada has less than 10 years to deliver on its commitments for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Canadian Indicator Framework for the SDGs), and to meet national climate and biodiversity targets such as protecting 30% of land by 2030 and hitting net-zero emissions by 2050. To catalyze action and achieve these ambitions, we must foster cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaborations that merge digital innovations with sustainability science and increase collective awareness at this interface. Canada is well-positioned to become a “first mover” on digital innovations for the SDGs and for scaling-up nature-based solutions as pathways to decarbonization.

To explore this topic further, Future Earth and Sustainability in the Digital Age will be hosting a half-day symposium at the 13th Canadian Science Policy Conference. This symposium will bring together panelists with diverse expertise, covering policy analysis, climatology, digital innovation, sustainable development, private sector partnerships, Indigenous driven transformative solutions, education and youth development.

Panel part 1: National Dialogue Series (12PM - 1:30PM EST)
Panel part 2: Landscape Analysis (2PM - 4PM EST)

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Éliane Ubalijoro

Executive Director of Sustainability in the Digital Age and the Global Hub Director in Canada, Future Earth
Éliane Ubalijoro, PhD, is the Executive Director of Sustainability in the Digital Age and the Global Hub Director in Canada for Future Earth. Her decades of experience span academia, science-policy and the non-profit and international development sectors. She is a Professor of Practice... Read More →

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David Rolnick

Assistant Professor and Canada CIFAR AI Chair, McGill University and at Mila - Quebec AI Institute
David Rolnick is an Assistant Professor and Canada CIFAR AI Chair in the School of Computer Science at McGill University and at Mila - Quebec AI Institute. He is a co-founder and Chair of Climate Change AI and serves as Scientific Co-director of Sustainability in the Digital Age... Read More →
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Angela Kross

Fulltime Faculty in Geospatial Technologies, Concordia University
Angela Kross is a fulltime-faculty in Geospatial Technologies, she has obtained an M.Sc in Geographic Information Science / Remote Sensing from Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands and a Ph.D. in Physical Geography / Remote Sensing from McGill University. Prior... Read More →
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Damon Matthews

Professor and Research Chair in Climate Science and Sustainability, Concordia University
Damon Matthews is a Professor and Research Chair in Climate Science and Sustainability at Concordia University. Damon holds a Ph.D. in climate science from the University of Victoria and is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada... Read More →
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Marie-Josée Fortin

Ecologist and Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto
Marie-Josée Fortin FRSC is an ecologist and Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. Fortin holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Spatial Ecology at the University of Toronto. In 2016, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal... Read More →
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Graeme Reed

Senior Policy Advisor, Assembly of First Nations
Of mixed Anishinaabe and European descent, Graeme Reed works at the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) as a senior policy advisor, ensuring federal and international climate policy safeguards First Nations rights, jurisdiction and knowledge. In his spare time, he is a doctoral candidate... Read More →
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Verna McGregor

Minwaashin Lodge
Elder Verna McGregor is from the Algonquin Community of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, which is approximately 120 kilometres north of Ottawa. Ottawa is part of the Algonquin Nation’s traditional lands. Verna works at Minwaashin Lodge, the Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre located in... Read More →
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Paul del Giorgio

Professor, L'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Holder of the CRSNG-Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair in Carbon Biogeochemistry of Boreal Aquatic Ecosystems (BiCÉAB), Professor Paul del Giorgio specializes in the study of bacteria in aquatic environments for the Interuniversity Research Group in Liminoly (GRIL) at L'Universit... Read More →

Thursday November 18, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm EST