I hope to have you join the Conference Board of Canada’s Climate Change, Security and Defence conference on November 24th, 2015 at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. Canada’s cooperation with our NATO, G20, and continental partners calls for deep discussions on how climate change has become a catalyst for conflict, and what that means for global security and Canada’s role.
This conference’s speakers and panels will explore international perspectives on climate change and global conflict, and Canada’s specific vulnerabilities, strengths, and potential strategic responses. Timed as Canada’s new government prepares for Paris, your involvement and ideas will add to the important national conversation about our climate mitigation commitments, and our adaptive response readiness in the face of the emerging security challenges of climate chaos.
The conference has the high profile speakers who can make Canada’s climate security issues clear. I encourage you and others in your organization or network to participate in this emerging narrative.
Joyce Murray, MP Vancouver Quadra
The Climate Change, Security & Defence Agenda includes:
The Global & German Perspective: Dr. Klaus Töpfer, the former German Environment Minister, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (1998-2006) who is now Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS).
The Global (& UK) Perspective: Gwynne Dyer, Author, Military Historian and Independent Journalist
Shared National Perspectives
The Norwegian Perspective: Finn Kristian Hannestad, Defence Attaché, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington DC
The French Perspective: Guillaume Schlumberger, Assistant Secretary for Defence Strategy, Counter-proliferation and Strategic Foresight
The EU Perspective: Air Commodore John Maas, Senior Military Adviser, Crisis Management Planning Directorate, European External Action Service
Joint Task Force North: Capt. Brad Peats, Deputy Commander, Chief of Staff, JTFN, Canadian Armed Forces
World Wildlife Fund: Paul Crowley, Director WWF’s Arctic Program
What this means for Canada:
IISD: Scott Vaughan, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
CAE: Mike Greenley, Vice-President and General Manager, CAE Canada on Lessons from Civil Aviation
CIGI: Simon Dalby, Chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI),Wilfrid Laurier University
CIC: David Dyment, President of the National Capital Branch of the Canadian International Council (CIC)