Exciting first wave of speakers announced for Making the Links: Climate Change, Community Health and Resilience!

We are excited to announce that we have confirmed our first wave of presenters for Making the Links: Climate Change, Community Health and Resilience (November 5-6, 2018, Kelowna, BC) and have a great lineup so far! This symposium will be tackling a number of increasingly salient topics, including climate change and public health, equity and vulnerability, whole community resilience, and much more. In order to effectively come together in a collaborative manner and make the kinds of changes we know are necessary to meet these challenges, we need to be informed by voices from near and far.

At Making the Links, our speakers hail from right here in BC and Canada, as well as the USA, Australia, and beyond. Below is a first glimpse of some of the exciting speakers in store, who will provide a broader context on linking health, climate change and resilience in our communities. These speakers will be joined an inspiring group of community leaders and other thinkers and doers, who will engage participants through their firsthand perspectives on experiences, priorities and innovations on the ground. Keep reading to learn more and stay tuned as we will be confirming new speakers to this lineup every week!

Kristie Ebi, Professor, University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment, USA

Kristie L. Ebi is director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE)Kristie L. Ebi is director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE), and Rohm and Haas Endowed Professor in Public Health Sciences at the University of Washington. She has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for over twenty years, focusing on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures. As an author contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Assessment Report, she shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Mr. Gore. She has been an author on multiple national and international climate change assessments. She co-chairs the International Committee On New Integrated Climate change assessment Scenarios (ICONICS), facilitating development of new climate change scenarios.

Fiona Armstrong, Founder and Executive Director, Climate and Health Alliance (Australia)

Fiona Armstrong is an expert in policy, advocacy and communicationsFiona is the Founder of the Climate and Health Alliance, the first ever national coalition of health groups advocating for action on climate change from a health perspective, which she led as Convenor (2010-2014) and then (2014-2018) as its Executive Director. The Alliance is recognized internationally as a leading organization in advocacy, research translation, communications, and health sector engagement on climate change and health.
 She has a background in health, journalism and communications, politics and public policy.

Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Team Lead, Climate and Health, World Health Organization

Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Team Lead, Climate and Health, World Health OrganizationDiarmid Campbell-Lendrum leads the climate change and health team within the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at World Health Organization(WHO) Headquarters. He has played key roles in the development of the first quantitative estimates of the overall health impacts of climate change, the 2008 World Health Assembly Resolution, and the first three WHO global conferences on health and climate. He is a lead author of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Extreme Events, and of the health chapter of the 5th Assessment report of the IPCC.

Deb Harford, Executive Director, ACT, SFU

Deb Harford, Executive Director, ACT, SFUDeb directs ACT’s research on adaptation strategies, as well as communication of the program’s outcomes. As the executive director, she is responsible for development of the initiative’s vision and its partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as overall coordination and management of the program.

And many others, including…

  • Dana Decent, Manager, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo
  • Ewa Jackson, Managing Director, ICLEI Canada
  • Dr. Sue Pollock, Medical Health Officer, Interior Health
  • Trevor Murdock, Regional Climate Impacts Lead, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
  • Gregory Richard, Senior Policy Analyst, Climate Change and Innovation Bureau, Health Canada
  • Patricia Dehnel, Community Relations Manager, Community Energy Association
  • Jennifer Lewis, Wellness Manager, Okanagan Nation Alliance
  • Danielle Noble-Brandt, Department Manager of Policy & Planning, City of Kelowna
  • Zoe Kirk, REgional District of Okanagan Similkameen
  • Jessica Yu, PhD Candidate, School of Population and Public Health, UBC

Making the Links: Climate Change, Community Healthy, and Resilience.

November 5th and 6th | Kelowna
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