Opening Ceremonies Schedule
- Welcome from Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President Research and Innovation
- Prayer with Elder Audrey Deroy
- Greetings from Thunder Bay and Orillia Dignitaries
- Keynote Speaker: Seth Klein
Seth Klein is the Team Lead for the Climate Emergency Unit (a project of the David Suzuki Institute). Previously, Seth served for 22 years as the founding British Columbia Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a public policy research institute committed to social, economic and environmental justice. He is a writer, speaker and policy consultant, and an adjunct professor with Simon Fraser University’s Urban Studies program. He writes a bi-monthly column for Canada’s National Observer. Seth’s book – A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency – was published in September 2020.
Seth is a founder and served for eight years as co-chair of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, a co-founder of the Metro Vancouver Living Wage for Families campaign, and an advisory board member for the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance. He also serves on the board of Dogwood. A social change activist for over 35 years, Seth lives in East Vancouver with his partner and two children.