Members of the University of Victoria delegation to COP26 in Glasgow shared their behind-the-scenes insights, highlights and lowlights as official observers of the world’s biggest negotiation on climate. The delegates discussed developments in their fields of interest - from oceans and energy, to the role of business and research - and what the outcome of COP26 means for the climate emergency going forward.
Watch the full webinar on the PICS Youtube Page.
Dr. Cynthia Milton is the Associate Vice-President Research, Co-Chair, Climate and Sustainability Action Plan Integrated Steering Committee (CSAP-ISC)
Dr. Milton is past president of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada. She is a former Canada Research Chair in the Université de Montréal and co-director of the Centre de Recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal.
Sybil Seitzinger is the Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. Dr. Seitzinger holds a PhD in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union since 2019, and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a member of the United Nations Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) steering committee. Within Canada she is a board member of the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices.
PICS is hosted and led by UVic in collaboration with UBC, SFU and UNBC.
Dr. Julia Baum is Professor of Ocean Ecology and Global Change in the Department of Biology and the President’s Chair for the Faculty of Science at the University of Victoria. Dr. Baum's research examines the impacts of climate change on ocean ecosystems, and how the ocean can contribute to climate change solutions.
For more information visit her website.
Christina Hoicka is an associate Professor of Geography and Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria. She has degrees in engineering, environmental studies and geography, and combines these perspectives into both teaching and research.
Her current areas of focus are to combine the fields of energy geography and sustainability transitions in order to investigate the actions of communities and the demand-side (households, firms, organizations) in mitigating climate change.
Kristy Faccer is the PICS-UVic Program Manager. She has two decades of experience working in Canada and internationally as an advisor, researcher and practitioner in the fields of climate change and sustainability.
She has a PhD in management from the University of Cape Town and is interested in social movements, change agency and organizational processes that support climate action.
Kevin Andrew is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Gustavson School of Business at UVic. He works on the PICS funded Climate Finance Project - a UVic-led research initiative in partnership with the British Columbia Investment Corporation (BCI). This project is aimed at developing tools to integrate climate scenario analysis into investment decisions.