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Thursday, November 18 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
807: Canada’s Sustainable Future – Creating a Digital Action Plan - Part 1: National Dialogue Panel

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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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Bonnie Schmidt

Founder & President, Let’s Talk Science
Dr. Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, a national education charity that she started in 1991 while completing a PhD in Physiology at Western University. Let’s Talk Science supports youth engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics... Read More →
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Ryan Oliver

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pinnguaq Association
For over a decade, Ryan Oliver has been a leader in the development of STEAM skills through innovative technology, art, and play. As the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Pinnguaq Association, Oliver has grown the organization from a single desk in Pangnirtung, Nunavut to... Read More →
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Karen Bakker

Professor, University of British Columbia
Dr. Karen Bakker obtained her PhD from Oxford University (where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar) and her BASc from McMaster University. She is a Professor at the University of British Columbia, with expertise in environmental governance and digital innovation. The author of more... Read More →
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Ken Paul

Lead Fisheries Negotiator, Wolastoqey Nation
Ken Paul is a member of the Wolastoqey Nation whose traditional territorial lands and waters span the Canada/US border and extend into the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine.  Ken has held senior positions with the Canadian Hydrographic Service as a Hydrographer-in-Charge and with Parks... Read More →
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Olivier Bullion

Director, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Unit, Government of Canada
Olivier joined ESDC in June 2019 to head the SDG Unit. Created in 2018, the SDG Unit is to lead the overall coordination of Canada’s 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs, in close collaboration with all other departments and agencies. It is notably mandated to develop a National Strategy... Read More →
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Joel Martin

Chief Digital Research Officer, National Research Council of Canada
Dr. Joel Martin is the Chief Digital Research Officer of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), overseeing the Digital Technologies Research Centre. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Machine Learning, from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Martin has received awards for exceptional leadership and for innovative approaches to technology transfer. He... Read More →

Thursday November 18, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST