Events Archive

Reality Check: Climate Change, the Resource Economy and the Road to Paris: An Evening with Professor Tim Flannery

October 14, 2015 - 7:00pm

At this special lecture, Professor Tim Flannery, recipient of SFU’s 2015/16 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue, will engage with local thought leaders to tackle the thorny topic of how to reconcile climate action with economic growth and resource development in the lead-up to the international climate change negotiations in Paris this December. Audience members will also witness the Canadian launch of Professor Flannery’s latest book, Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis, which follows his past international best seller, The Weather Makers.

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The Economics and Politics of Carbon Pricing in Australia

October 1, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Australia has the distinction of being one of the only jurisdictions in the world to both implement and scrap a carbon tax. What's up Down Under?

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GTEx Forum September 30: Growing Deployment of Alternative Energy: Biomass and District Energy

September 30, 2015 - 5:00pm

Metro Vancouver is home to several communities focusing their efforts on the application of alternative energy sources. From district energy facilities, waste-to-energy sites, to sustainable biomass projects, innovative new energy sources can be seen in municipalities and institutions across the lower mainland of B.C. EcoDistricts are also on the rise, where urban development is centered around sustainably sourced energy and a desire to diversify the power grid.

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Climate, COP21, and Paris: Behind Closed Doors

September 24, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

One of the largest and most important international climate conferences is about to take place. On November 30, governments from around the world will gather at COP21 in Paris to (hopefully) finalize and agree to a deal that keeps the global temperature increase to below 2°C. The outcome in Paris could signal the future direction and ambition of global climate action. Many greet this optimism with cautionary notes, reminiscent of countries’ previous failures to secure a global deal, and muted expectations heading into COP21.

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Clean, Green and Sustainable: Making Waves in the Marine and Shipping Industry

July 29, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Metro Vancouver is home to Canada’s largest port and the third-largest container port in North America, responsible for Canada’s trade with more than 160 world economies. Enabling the trade of approximately $187 billion in goods annually, the Port Metro Vancouver generates an estimated 100,000 jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, and $9.7 billion in GDP across Canada. With the projected volume of world trade doubling by 2030 and tripling by 2050, demand for Canada’s exports will increase with the growing global population and rising middle class.

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Why are we so much less certain than the science? Cognition and climate change: Public Lecture by Stephan Lewandowsky

June 25, 2015 - 7:00pm

Although most experts agree that greenhouse gas emissions are causing anthropogenic global warming, substantial segments of the public are unconvinced and/or unconcerned. What accounts for this disparity?  This talk will address these and other questions concerning how people think about climate change.

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Canadian Water Summit

June 25, 2015 - 7:30am to 9:30pm

The 6th Annual Canadian Water Summit will be held on at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver on June 25, 2015. The conference will offer expert plenary sessions and panel presentations filled with case studies, real world projects and positive examples of nexus opportunities that exist for water and energy which benefit government, industry, and First Nations. The 250 water professionals in attendance will be engaged and inspired by the full day program to collaborate and take advantage of the energy of water - in Canada and around the world.

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SFU Blue: A Community-Engaged Water Research Dialogue

June 24, 2015 - 8:00am to 7:00pm

Are you interested in knowing more about community-engaged water research in BC?
As a preamble to the Canadian Water Summit, join us at SFU BLUE – a dialogue of community engaged water research, profiling work emerging between the university and its partner organizations. Innovative research and case studies will support conversations on the themes of ecological conservation, urban sustainability, climate change, socio-economic factors, health, governance, stakeholder management and technological change.


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Vancouver Island Sustainable Technology Expo

June 24, 2015 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

The Vancouver Island Sustainable Tech Showcase has the goal of raising overall awareness of green tech activity/leadership on Vancouver Island. The Showcase features a day of Key Note speakers, panel sessions, networking, and exhibitions. Regional exhibitors represent Campbell River/Port Hardy, Port Alberni/Tofino, Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley and the Greater Victoria Region.

To learn more, to attend, engage and invest please join us. Details, registration options can be found at :

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