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Summit Program

Shaping the Conversation

The key topics of conversation at the Summit were developed through design workshops and pre-Summit engagement with participants.

Workshops and engagement with a variety of sectors of society identified four critical steps needed to address key conservation challenges such as a changing climate or cumulative impacts across a landscape/seascape: start thinking bigger and broader, make wildlife and habitat conservation relevant to Canadians, build new partnerships for action on conservation, and establish new ways of financing conservation.

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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 citizens

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

Summit Program

The Summit will bring together approximately 150 people with a broad range of perspectives.
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.



Preliminary Program (subject to change)

Tuesday November 28

16:00 – 19:00:  Registration
19:00:  Reception


  • Stoney Nation Traditional Ceremony
  • Opening Remarks on the challenges facing fish, wildlife, and biodiversity conservation
  • Speaker: Indigenous peoples and wildlife conservation

21:00:  Adjourn

Wednesday November 29

Thinking Big

08:30:  Welcome / Opening Remarks / Framing the Thinking Big Theme  


  1. A Vision for Conservation in Canada
  2. Bridging the Diversity of Cultures for Conservation

Open Forum – Discussion

Speakers –  Acting Locally but Planning Broadly: Can we create an effective interface?

  • Provocative observations on what makes conservation efforts at local and large scales successful and whether current approaches will be adequate to meet emerging challenges
  • Empowering local conservation efforts
  • Integrating local actions into large scale goals and plans

Workshop – Discussion

Making Conservation Relevant

Framing the Relevance Theme

Panel – Conservation for Whom: Constituencies and Public Opinion

  • Hanging demographics and public opinion
  • Relevance to various sectors/constituencies in Canada
  • The evidence that constituency for conservation is increasing/decreasing

Workshop – Discussion 

  • What do we need to do to ensure conservation is relevant to Canadians in the future?
  • Where will leadership come from?

Panel Discussion – Relevance of Conservation in Decision Making:  View from different sectors

  • Panel of case studies explores where conservation considerations sit on the priority list for decision making and what it would take to move them higher Open Forum – Discussion (Technique/process TBD)

16:30:  Adjourn

17:00-18:30:  Building and Sharing Initiatives. Space and an open agenda for groups to present initiatives and build partnerships

Thursday November 30

Partnerships for Conservation

08:30:  Framing the Partnerships Theme  

Keynote Speaker

  • Status of partnerships for conservation and what critics say about partnering with the conservation community

Open Forum – Discussion 

Panel Discussion – Government Roles and Tools for Conservation Partnerships 

  • What more can governments do to help build partnership to move forward the various fish, wildlife and biodiversity conservation agendas?

Workshop – Discussion 

Panel Presentations – Challenging the Partnership Approach

  • First Nations perspective on conservation and wildlife management
  • Expectations and needs of municipalities when partnering on conservation
  • Expectations and needs of the agriculture community when partnering on conservation initiatives

 Workshop – Discussion

Conservation Financing

Framing the Financing Theme

Keynote Speaker – New Thinking for Nature

  • Relationship of fish, wildlife, and biodiversity conservation to Canada’s economic competitiveness, policy tools needed to support investment in conservation, and new investment models needed

Open Forum – Discussion    

Panel Presentations:

1. Banking and financial tools.
What is driving banks and institutional investors to “impact investing”? How will this affect conservation?  And how can the conservation community position itself to best benefit?

2. Market based tools for conservation – certification and consumer awareness   

3. Dedicated Financing of Biodiversity Conservation. 
Experience in working to create major national funding programs for conservation in the US, application to Canada, scale and scope of work required

Q & A with speakers

Workshop – Discussion (Technique/process TBD). Exploring conservation financing options for Canada and defining actions

16:30:  Adjourn

17:00-18:30:  Building and Sharing Initiatives. Space and an open agenda for groups to present initiatives and build partnerships

Friday December 1

The Path Forward

08:30:  Overview of the two days of discussions  

Leadership Panel comments and perspectives on the Summit

Group Discussion 

  • What are the emerging priorities for you as a leader in the conservation community?
  • What commitments are you prepared to make?

Closing Remarks

Stoney Nation traditional ceremony

12:00:  Adjourn