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Summit Program

Innovating Canada’s approach to the conservation of fish, wildlife and biodiversity

Summit themes:

Thinking Big
Charting a collaborative vision and actions for conservation in Canada

Making Conservation Relevant
Addressing nature connection, public opinion, and livelihoods

Partnerships for Conservation
Expanding stewardship partnerships among industry, governments, conservation groups, and Indigenous Peoples

Conservation Financing
Increasing public and private investment, valuing nature, advancing incentive-based tools

Summit Program

Using a workshop format, participants will share concerns, ideas, and interests, be challenged and inspired by leading thinkers
through panel discussions and keynote speakers, and seek collaborative action for fish, wildlife, and biodiversity conservation.

The Summit program is motivated by a number of conversations currently taking place in Canada including
the Federal Review of Environmental and Regulatory Processes, the Pathway to Target 1 process,
public dialogue around major new resource development projects, the conservation of fish, wildlife, and biodiversity
on working landscapes and private lands, and the advancement of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

Tuesday November 28

16:00 – 19:00
Registration


19:00 – 20:30
Welcome Reception – Rockies Room

Stoney Nation Opening Ceremony

Opening Remarks on the challenges facing fish, wildlife, and biodiversity conservation

Wednesday November 29

07:00 – 08:00
Buffet Breakfast – Olympic Ballroom


08:00
Opening Remarks with Rick Bates, CEO Canadian Wildlife Federation
Introduction of Leadership Panel
Agenda and Workshop Overview with Warren Wilson, Facilitator


Thinking Big

08:20
Introduction to the Session


08:30
Part 1: The Future of Conservation in Canada
Keynote speaker: Stephen Woodley, IUCN


09:00
Workshop Discussion: Future of biodiversity conservation – key elements, emerging priorities, actions, and barriers


10:00
Break


10:20
Part 2: Acting Locally but Planning Broadly: Can we create an effective interface?
Presentations:
Connecting Habitat to Achieve Landscape Scale Conservation with Jodi Hilty, Yellowstone to Yukon
Integrating Local Engagement with Landscape Scale Conservation with Nancy Newhouse, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Workshop Discussion: How to effectively integrate the bottom up approach of local conservation action with the top down approach of landscape-scale conservation planning


12:00-13:00
Luncheon

Presentation: The IUCN #Natureforall Movement with Sean Southey, Chair IUCN Commission on Education and Communication


13:00
Part 3: Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas: Their role in future landscape conservation
Presentations:
Creating Ethical Space for Biodiversity Conservation with Danika Littlechild, Co-Chair, Indigenous Circle of Experts
Understanding the Role of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas with Eli Enns, Co-Chair, Indigenous Circle of Experts

Open Discussion with Speakers and Additional Indigenous Circle of Experts


Making Conservation Relevant

14:15
Introduction to the Session


14:20
Part 1: Relevance of Conservation in Canadian Society
Presentations:
Current and Future Canadian demographics, values, and public opinion with Sarah Roberton, Vice President Corporate and Public Affairs, Environics Research
Insights from the Value of Nature to Canadians Study with Kelly Torck, National Biodiversity Policy Manager, Environment and Climate Change Canada


15:20
Break


15:40
Workshop Discussion: Exploring the links between how Canadians value nature and the conservation of fish, wildlife, and biodiversity


16:30
Adjourn


17:30-18:30
Building and Sharing Initiatives – Dawson, Palliser, and Sinclair Rooms
Agenda posted online and in Olympic Ballroom

Thursday November 30

07:00 – 08:00
Buffet Breakfast – Olympic Ballroom


08:00
Review and Introduction


08:15
Making Conservation Relevant Part 2: Relevance of Conservation in Decision-Making

Moderated Panel Discussion: Situating wildlife and biodiversity conservation on the decision-making agenda with moderator George Greene, Stratos.
Panelists: Barry Worbets, Brad Stelfox, ALCES Group, Stephen Hazell, Nature Canada

Open Discussion


Partnerships for Conservation

09:15
Introduction to the Session


09:20
Part 1: Advancing Conservation Partnerships: Challenges and Opportunities
Presentation: Views on the current state of conservation partnerships in Canada with Caitlin McClung, Director, StrategyCorp


09:40
Moderated Panel Discussion: Government Roles and Tools for Conservation Partnerships

What can governments and non-government organizations do to help build a stronger environment for conservation partnerships? with moderator Cameron Mack, Wildlife Habitat Canada
Panelists: Travis Ripley, Alberta Environment, Bob Petrie, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Matt DeMille, OFAH


10:10
Break


10:30
Workshop Discussion: How to create a stronger environment for conservation partnerships.


11:30-12:30
Luncheon


12:30
Part 2: Novel Models and Approaches to Conservation Partnerships
Presentations:
Advancing a collaborative approach to conservation and economic development with First Nations with Colin Lachance, Lachance Environmental
Building Conservation Partnerships with Agriculture with Sue Michalsky,
Saskatchewan Rancher
Achieving Conservation Outcomes with Municipalities with Gord MacPherson, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Open Discussion


Conservation Financing

13:40
Introduction to the Session

New Thinking for Nature – Approaches, policy tools, and investments to secure Canada’s natural capital with speaker Michael Wilson, Smart Prosperity Institute


14:00
Advancing Conservation Financing in Canada
Presentations:
Banking and financial tools for conservation: How can the conservation community position itself to best benefit from ‘impact investing’? with Connie Parker, Director of Stewardship and Corporate Sustainability, Pure Fishing
Conservation financing mechanisms for Canada: An overview with Amy Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, Green Analytics
Dedicated financing of biodiversity conservation: Experience in establishing major national funding programs for conservation in the U.S. with Naomi Edelson, Senior Director, Wildlife Partnerships, National Wildlife Federation


15:00
Break


15:20
Workshop Discussion: Exploring conservation financing options for Canada and defining actions


16:30
Adjourn


17:30 – 18:30
Building and Sharing Initiatives – Dawson, Palliser, and Sinclair Rooms
Agenda posted online and in Olympic Ballroom

 

Friday December 1

08:30
Welcome and Review

Wrap up of input on the four themes with Warren Wilson Summary of outcomes

Open Discussion


10:00
Break


10:20
Leadership Panel – Commentary and thoughts on the Summit


11:00
Remarks from the Federal Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development with The Honourable Will Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac

Remarks from the Province of Alberta with The Honourable Shannon Phillips, Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks and the Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office

Closing remarks and next steps with Rick Bates, CEO Canadian Wildlife Federation


11:30
Stoney Nation Closing Ceremony


12:00
Adjourn