Past Conversations

Post COP 21: Next Steps

March 23, 2016. Moderated by Professor Ann Dale

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Following the commitment of world leader to an aspirational limit in global temperature of 1.5 degree increase at the December 2015 COP 21 negotiations (UNFCCC, 2015), it is clear that we need to dramatically change our current development paths if we are to achieve this objective.

What are the next steps for Canadian governments if they are serious about achieving a limit of 1.5 degrees increase and in a time frame that will make a difference for humanity? Are the scholars from Sustainable Canada Dialogues right that we can achieve a carbon neutral economy by 2050 through renewable energy? What kinds of policies and incentives have to be in place to accelerate the pace of change if we are to meet our commitments under COP21? How far does the Vancouver Declaration get us towards 1.5?

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The Climate Imperative Series

May - October 2015. Moderated by Professor Ann Dale

According to the latest Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2014), the last three decades have experienced a clear increase in the Earth’s surface temperature, and it is likely that 1983 to 2012 was the warmest 30-year period in the Northern Hemisphere within the last 1,400 years. In direct response to this evidence, a collaboration of over 60 scientists from every province and across disciplines came together in the Sustainable Canada Dialogues, led by Dr. Catherine Potvin from McGill University. The scholars within this collaboration brought their knowledge and research to collectively identify a sustainable climate pathway for Canada. The consensus action agenda, Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars, launched in March 2015, identifies ten policy orientations and actions that could be immediately adopted to kick-start Canada’s necessary transition toward a low carbon economy.

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  1. The Art of the Possible: What are the ten steps Canada can take now to achieve a low carbon economy?
  2. The Provincial Context: What are the provincial challenges in adopting the ten action steps?
  3. Canadian Voices: What did we learn from Canadians?
  4. Canadians Vote: Which climate scenario is the most desirable for our country’s future?

Virtual conversations around these questions were led over six months to inform the upcoming federal election. Following the fourth e-Dialogue, we asked Canadians to vote on their preferred climate scenario in an online survey.

This conversation series complements the research conducted through the Meeting the Climate Change Challenge (MC3) project. Click here to access the interactive map of MC3 case studies and learn more on actions and innovations implemented by communities to address climate change.

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Revitalizing the Social Sector Series

October 2014 - June 2015. Moderated by Professor Ann Dale.

Revitalizing the Social Sector looks at critical developments in the non-profit sector serving communities across Canada. Non-profit organizations are a vital part of every Canadian community. They provide a wide range of essential services and programs that touch virtually all aspects of our society: social justice, safety, human rights, environment, health, sports, faith, arts and culture. Taken together, nonprofits and charities generate upwards of $176 billion in income, employ two million people and accounts for more than 8% of Canada’s GDP.

At the same time, the sector continues to fly under the radar. The public continues to highly value charities and nonprofits, but remain unaware of the profound challenges undermining the capacity of non-profits to serve their communities.

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  1. The State of the Art: Where have we come from and where are we headed as a sector?
  2. The Future of Work: Where do our leaders come from today
  3. Social Innovation: What do we need for scaling out and up?
  4. Not for Profits in the 21st Century: What do we need for revitalization?