Climate Change Forum

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 1:00pm to Friday, September 29, 2017 - 5:00pm
Event Location: 
The Study and Bartley Residence
Event Fee: 
Event Contact Name: 
Sudip Rakshit
Event Contact E-mail: 

Lakehead University Climate Change Forum      


Day 1: September 28th (Thursday)

Venue: The Study, LU 


1:00 – 1: 15 pm      Ice breaker/ Coffee    

1:15 – 2:15 pm       What Is Climate Change Anyway?

Brief Presentations and Q&A

2:15 – 2:45 pm     Picturing Climate Change in Thunder Bay: Urgency, Hope, and                         Action. A guided tour of EarthCare Thunder Bay and Lakehead University’s Collaborative photovoice exhibit on climate change.

2:45 – 3:45 pm      Student/Faculty Debate

Be it resolved that “Humans are rising to the challenge and tackling the climate change crisis

3:45 – 4:00 pm      Break

4:00 – 5:00 pm      Lecture: Sherilee Harper: “Climate change impacts on Indigenous peoples’ health: Stories from around the world”

5:00 – 6:00 pm      Dinner Break (Free for registered participants)

6:00 – 7:30 pm      Boreal Heartbeat: Emotional Impacts of Climate Change in Northwestern Ontario. Kelsey Jones-Casey, Fulbright Scholar

Day 2: September 29th, 2017

Venue: Bartley Residence, Conference Room, LU 

8:30 – 9:00 am    Coffee and informal greetings

ALL FOLLOWING PANEL DISCUSSIONS: 5 mins presentations per panelist. Floor will be open for discussion.

Chair of panel summarizes discussion

9:00 - 10:30 am   Lecture/Panel 1 : Climate Change impacts on the Lake Superior/watersheds

Panelists: Robert Stewart (Moderator)

     Carl Lindquist – Superior Watershed Partnership

     Tom Berry – Minnesota Sea Grant

     EJ Isaac – Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

   Alyssa Ray – Red Rock Indian Band

10:30 – 10:45 am  Tea Break

10.45 - 12.15 am   Lecture/Panel  2: Climate Modelling and Data Use

Panelists: Adam Cornwell (Moderator)

Al Douglas

Edmundo Fausto

Graham Saunders

Tammy Cook

12:15 - 1:00 pm   Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 pm     Lecture / Panel 3 The Bio-economy and climate mitigation

Panelists: Sudip Rakshit (Moderator)

                     Warren Mabee (Queens)

                     Colin Kelly (Confed college, Thunder Bay)

      David Johnson

2:30 - 3:00 pm Tea

3:00 - 3:15 pm       Lecture: Ontario’s Aboriginal Communities: On the frontline of the fight against Climate change - First Nation Technical Services (TBC)

3:15 - 4:45 pm        Lecture / Panel 4: Community Awareness Perspectives

Panelists:  Paul Berger (Moderator)

                 Rena Viehbeck (EarthCare, City of Thunder Bay)

                 Lindsay Galway

                 Charles Levkoe






Nature Walk

Event Date: 
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 1:00pm
Event Location: 
Meet in front of Chancellor Paterson Library
Event Fee: 
Event Contact Name: 
Ledah McKellar
Event Contact Phone: 

You don’t need to go far to access the beautiful scenery and tranquil nature that is all around us! The Office of Sustainability will offer a guided walk to explore some of the natural features of campus.  

While on the walk, learn about recycling procedures, water bottle refilling stations, the community garden, and other sustainability initiatives.

Date: Friday, Sept. 8 
Time: 1 to 2 pm 
Location: Meet out front of the Chancellor Paterson Library

We welcome all students to join, especially new, incoming students. Please dress appropriately for the weather, including footwear for walking on uneven ground.

For questions, contact Ledah McKellar, Sustainability Coordinator at coordinator.


Protect Quetico and the Boundary Waters

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:00pm
Event Location: 
Bora Laskin Theatre, Lakehead University (BL 1001)
Event Fee: 

Thunder Bay, Thursday, March 23th

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:00pm
Event Location: 
Bora Laskin Theater, Lakehead University (BL 1001)

Nipigon, Wednesday, March 29th

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Nipigon Community Center

Join us for a conversation about climate and weather variability in our region, and how it is impacting our well-being. Kelsey Jones-Casey, a Fulbright Fellow at Lakehead University, will be guiding the group discussions about our connections to the land, our observations of changing weather patterns, and the impact of these changes on our well-being. This is the first of three community conversations that will be held on the north shore of Lake Superior. For more information about this project, visit

Facebook event here.

CBC interview of the project here.


Thunder Bay, Wednesday, March 22nd

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 2:30pm
Event Location: 
Agora, Lakehead University

Research & Innovation Week

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Faculty Lounge, Lakehead University

Thunder Bay, Wednesday, March 8th

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Event Location: 
The Study, Lakehead University

International Women's Day poster


Thunder Bay, Tuesday, March 7th

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Event Location: 
The Agora, Lakehead University

Friedmann Poster 

For more sustainability events related to Research and Innovation week, visit


Round Table Discussion: What Can We do About Mercury in Our Water?

Event Date: 
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Thunder Bay Art Gallery


  •  Elder Beatrice Twance-Hynes will do an opening including the Water Song.
  •  Dr. Michael Rennie, Canada Research Chair in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries (Biology, formerly with Experimental Lakes Area).
  • Dr. Brian Branfireun, Canada Research Chair in Environment and Sustainability, cross-appointed with Earth Sciences and Geography at Western University.
  • Judy Da Silva (Environmentalist and member of Grassy Narrows First Nation).
  • Dr. Peter Lee (Biology, works with Seine River First Nation).
  • Dr. Peggy Smith Interim Vice-Provost, Aboriginal Initiatives, and Associate Professor in Natural Resources Management (Moderator).

- Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm - 

This event is made possible with the generous support from:

Aboriginal Initiatives, Research Services, the Faculty of Science & Environmental Studies, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Natural Resources Management, the Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery