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Degrees of Change – Roundtable Discussion – October 5, 2010

The  NRTEE and the RCGS organized a moderated “roundtable” discussion on the impacts of climate change for Canada and what we can do to adapt to these impacts.  Panelists were asked to address a series of pre-determined questions relating to the topic.  The roundtable was made up of 11  high-level experts from a range of sectors.  An audience of about 100 invited attendees were also be present.

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Don Newman
Chairman, Canada 2020

Jim Bruce
IPCC member and fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Gerald Butts
President & CEO, World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada)

Brock Carlton
Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Jean Cinq-Mars
Québec Commissioner of Sustainable Development

Darrel Danyluk
Chair of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) Committee on Engineering and the Environment

Cassie Doyle
Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada

Blair Feltmate
Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment, and Director, Sustainability Practice, University of Waterloo

Sandra Odendahl
Director, Corporate Environmental Affairs, Royal Bank of Canada

Elisapee Sheutiapik
Mayor of Iqaluit

Robert Slater
NRTEE Member and Adjunct Professor, Environmental Policy, Carleton University

Scott Vaughan
Federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development




Theme IWhat are key risks for Canada of a changing climate?

Theme IIWhat early lessons are emerging from adaptation initiatives by governments, communities, and industry?

Theme IIIWhat long-term strategies, investments, and opportunities to adapt to climate change can we pursue that build on early lessons?

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