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Symposium Program

Biodiversity Conservation for a Sustainable Future

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Optional Evening Activity

7 pm – 8 pm: Discovering and Protecting the Web of Life in a Crowded World
Don't miss this public talk by Jeremy Kerr, Ph.D., University of Ottawa.

8 pm – 9 pm: Networking Reception
Light refreshments provided


  • Free
  • Cash bar

Friday, February 2, 2018

Watch It Here, Live!
9 am – 5 pm, Eastern standard time (UTC−05)

Watch the live stream of the symposium on the Canadian Geographic YouTube channel:

8 am: Registration
Refreshments provided

9 am: Opening Remarks and Welcoming Comments

9:05 am: Introduction to the Symposium
Ross Beaty, Sitka Foundation

9:20 am: Keynote Speaker
Leonard Krishtalka, Ph.D., Director, Kansas Biodiversity Institute
A new view of life: Quantum biology and biological dark matter

10:00 am: Networking Break
Refreshments provided

10:20 am: Speaker
Rick Taylor, Ph.D., Director, Beaty Biodiversity Museum; Chair, COSEWIC
COSEWIC's conservation-status assessments for Canadian species at risk: Current status and future challenges

11:00 am: Speaker
Dan Kraus, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Stopping the sixth extinction needs to start at home: A Canadian perspective on conservation

11:30 am: Speaker
Eli Enns, Regional Coordinator, North America, Indigenous Peoples' and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas Consortium
Indigenous protected and conserved areas in Canada

12:00 pm: Lunch
Lunch provided

1:30 pm: Profile of the Museum's Centres of Excellence

1:40 pm: Speaker
Chris Buddle, Ph.D., Dean of Students, McGill University
Memes, millennials and museums: How today's university students will save our planet

2:10 pm: Speaker
Danielle Fraser, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Palaeobiology, Canadian Museum of Nature
Conservation palaeobiology: Using the past to understand and forecast responses to global perturbations

2:40 pm: Speaker
Rhys Jenkins, Principal Advisor, Rio Tinto
Reshaping Rio Tinto's Approach to Biodiversity

3:10 pm: Networking Break
Refreshments provided

3:30 pm: Speaker
Carolyn Callaghan, Ph.D., Senior Conservation Biologist, Canadian Wildlife Federation
What is the connection between taxonomists, food consumers, grocers, celebrity chefs and biodiversity conservation?

4:00 pm: Speaker
Mike Wilson, Executive Director, Smart Prosperity Institute
A New Mix of Economic and Policy Tools for Recovering Species at Risk

4:30 pm: Speaker Round-Table
Speakers to be determined
Questions and discussion

5:00 pm: Closing Remarks
Mark Graham, Ph.D., Vice-President, Research and Collections, Canadian Museum of Nature

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm: Closing Reception

  • Light refreshments provided
  • Cash bar
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