Straight Talk: Climate Change - On Your Door Step
Midland Cultural Centre

Straight Talk: Climate Change - On Your Door Step

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Straight Talk - a conversation on CLIMATE CHANGE. Bringing the experts to help explain to the community of Simcoe County climate change news

The series Straight Talk continues Wednesday, April 22nd. Straight Talk brings you the experts who can help you understand what is going on in a conversation and discussion format.

This episode of Straight Talk will be a conversation on CLIMATE CHANGE, "On Your Doorstep".

With some excellent panelists, Aisha Chiandet (Water Scientist, SSEA), Andy Campbell (Head of Operations, Town of Midland) and Blair Feltmate (Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo)

This is a discussion you will not want to miss Simcoe County!

What we know:

The Earth's climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization. The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over the last millennia.1

Climate Change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly. Climates change will significantly affect: - A country’s economy and finance - Agriculture and food security - Transportation - Urban design - Electricity and communications infrastructure

More information on our panelists:

1) Aisha Chiandet, Water Scientist, SSEA. Aisha completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at the University of Guelph where she specialized in Water Resources. She earned a master’s degree in the Watershed Ecosystems program at Trent University. After graduating from Trent in 2009, Aisha returned to the SSEA as a Water Scientist. Aisha’s work at the SSEA focuses on water quality monitoring of lakes and tributaries in the Severn Sound watershed, with a particular emphasis on nutrient conditions and responses of biological communities.

2) Andy Campbell - Head of Operations, Town of Midland . Andy started his engineering career with the Regional Municipality of Waterloo in 1990 and in 1995 he became their Manager, Engineering and Programs. He moved on to the Regional Municipality of York, Newmarket in 2000 and took on the challenge of Director, Waste Management & Administration. In 2014 he moved to the Town of Innisfil where he became the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer / Town Engineer. When the Town of Innisfl created a separate corporation to manage their water infrastructure, Andy was promoted to the President & CEO of the new InnServices Utilities Inc. Andy is currently the Executive Director, Environment & Infrastructure for the Town of Midland. He develops and executes short and long term operating and capital budgets, master plans and financial controls. Andy has a BSC in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Administration from York University.

3) Blair Feltmate – Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. Blair is the Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation. Previous positions he has held include Vice President, Sustainable Development, Bank of Montreal; Director, Sustainable Development, OPG; Partner, Sustainable Investment Group/YMG Capital Management; and President, Sustainable Systems Associates. Blair has written textbooks on Sustainable Banking (University of Toronto Press), and Aquatic Ecology (CAB International). He is generally interviewed by the media 100-150 times per year.

Ask your questions, share your facts and find out what our panelists think too.

Venue Information:
Midland Cultural Centre - Rotary Hall
333 King St.
Midland, ON, L4R 3M7