Queen’s Sustainability Conference (QSUS) was started in collaboration with the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC) to give Queen’s students the opportunity to learn about and devise innovative solutions to long-lasting environmental issues both on campus, in the Kingston community and worldwide. QSUS’ goal is to empower students to create change themselves and come up with innovative solutions to many sustainability-themed problems.
This year, the theme of the conference is “Empowering Communities” which focuses on the role that local and small-scale contributions have on achieving a sustainable world. We will also highlight the roles that individuals can occupy within these frameworks and in their individual lives. The conference will take place from January 10 – 12, 2019 and can accomodate 100 total delegates.
The four main areas that the conference aims to educate students in are: recognizing and valuing local knowledge, highlighting the changes that individuals can make in their daily lives, as well as examining the roles of both the public and private realms.
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The application fee is $100 until December 10th and $130 after. Contact us and fill out the AMS Individual Bursary form for a chance to have the majority of your delegate fee covered.
The conference is partnering with many local businesses (e.g. The Grocery Basket, No. 9 Gardens, Mackinnon Brother’s) to expose students to the sustainability-minded groups in the area. We will also hear from Ben Powless, a Mohawk citizen and and documentary photographer, videographer, writer and organizer who is heavily involved in the Indigenous rights and environmental justice movement around the world. This aims to bridge the gap between Queen’s students and First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.
As part of the 3-day long conference that will run from January 10 to 12th, 2019, delegates will be exposed to 2 high-level workshops run by Dr. Steven Moore from Queen’s University and Lori Nikkel from Second Harvest, Canada’s Largest Food Rescue Organization. These aim to inspire students to take leadership roles relating to environmental sustainability and teaching them the skills to do so.
Delegates will be exposed to and will learn about the roles that government and education have in furthering sustainability initiatives, especially those that are created by the students themselves. We will hear from John Robinson from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy as well as Dr. Steven Moore, as mentioned above.
The last focus of QSUS will be to address the role that investors, social entrepreneurs and corporate social responsibility (CSR) have on these same sustainability initiatives. We will hear from Faisal Moola from the David Suzuki Foundation, Mike Brigham from Solar Share as well as Cara Clairman from Plug ‘N Drive.
QSUS hopes to inspire Queen’s students from all disciplines to collaborate with each other as well as with many community groups to devise new solutions to some of the longest lasting environmental issues such as pollution, food security and waste mitigation in its many forms.
Thursday January 10th, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Faisal Moola – David Suzuki Foundation
Former Director General for DSF’s Ontario and Northern Canada office
Expertise: Species at risk, grizzly bears, working with Indigenous communities, social justice
Credentials: Adjunct professor, faculty of forestry, University of Toronto and faculty of environmental studies, York University
Passion: Blueberries — successfully advocated for the blueberry becoming Canada’s national plant
Friday January 11th, 2019 – Speaker Panel
Panelist: Ben Powless – Canadian Youth Climate Coalition
Ben Powless is a Mohawk citizen from Six Nations in Ontario, currently living in Ottawa, Canada. He has a degree in Human Rights, Indigenous and Environmental Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. He has worked with the Indigenous Environmental Network, focused on climate justice and resource extraction in Indigenous territories, particularly the tar sands, and most recently Ecology Ottawa as an organizer against the Energy East Pipeline. He is also an organizer with the Defenders of the Land network, Idle No More, and was a co-founder of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition. He enjoys biking and photography in his spare time.
Panelist: Mike Brigham – Solar Share
He started building solar PV systems in 1985 and in 2009, I retired from my business to devote my full time to developing the SolarShare Co-operative and moving Ontario towards a clean, safe renewable energy future.
Personal goal: To have all of Ontario’s electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2030.
Specialties: Community Solar projects.
Panelist: Cara Clairman – Plug ‘N Drive
Cara Clairman is President and CEO of Plug’n Drive, a non-profit that is accelerating the deployment of EVs to maximize their environmental and economic benefits. In just over three years, Cara has taken Plug’n Drive from an idea to a thriving non-profit, recognized as a leader in the EV space. Cara has more than 20 years of experience working in the environmental and sustainability fields, including 12 years working at Ontario Power Generation, initially as OPG’s environmental lawyer and later in the role Vice President of Sustainable Development. As VP of SD, she was responsible for oversight of OPG’s environmental performance and the development and implementation of OPG’s sustainable development policies and programs. Prior to joining OPG, Cara spent five years practicing environmental law with the Torys law firm. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University. Cara is currently driving the 100% electric Nissan Leaf as her personal car and the 100% electric Mitsubishi i-Miev for business.
Moderator: Aaron Ball – Queen’s Sustainability Office
Aaron Ball is the Sustainability Manager in the Physical Plant Services department at Queen’s University and has held this position since 2008. As Sustainability Manager, Aaron works to advance green initiatives at the university, identify and implement new opportunities for working closely with faculty, students and staff, and create a greater degree of awareness about environmental issues within the University community. His current focus is to develop a comprehensive climate action plan for the university.
Saturday January 12th, 2019
Keynote Speaker: John Robinson – Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability at the University of Toronto
John Robinson is a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and the School of the Environment, at the University of Toronto; an Honorary Professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability at The University of British Columbia; and an Adjunct Professor with the Copenhagen Business School. At the University of Toronto, he is also Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability. Prof. Robinson’s research focuses on the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; the use of visualization, modelling, and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures; sustainable buildings and urban design; the role of the university in contributing to sustainability; creating partnerships for sustainability with non-academic partners; and, generally, the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes.
Friday January 11th will be devoted to learning how as a student, you can make sustainable change in your own life and get involved with environmental initiatives. There will be 2 workshops, 1 hosted by Dr. Steven Moore from the Smith School of Business and 1 hosted by Lori Nikkel from Second Harvest in Toronto.
Stay tuned for more details regarding the direction each workshop will take.
Workshop Leader: Steven Moore – Smith School of Business
Steven Moore earned his Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from York University and teaches Sustainability at the Smith School of Business. His teaching experience includes Queen’s School of Environmental Studies; Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.; Queen’s/Blyth in Costa Rica; and the University of Canberra.
At the Smith School of Business, he has developed and taught two sustainability courses, COMM 408 and COMM 409, and has pursued interdisciplinary business, environmental, and energy theories and practices for over 25 years in the green business sector. He has run an off-the-grid organic farm on solar power and designed and built an earth-sheltered home incorporating many sustainable features suitable for student and community field trips.
Workshop Leader: Lori Nikkel – Second Harvest
Charity executive who works collaboratively to create change. I love to improve systems, build things and solve problems for organizations and have a strong track record of doing this in my career. I have a variety of experience within the sector including strategic & operational planning, financial management, customer relations, marketing, fundraising and direct service/programs which gives me a unique perspective to provide more thoughtful and effective leadership.
My strengths lie in food security, environmental protection, community & relationship building; overall business and people management; and developing and leading from strategy while focusing people on practical execution to get results
QSUS 2019 challenges delegates to pitch the next big green-technology business solution. Sponsored by Advonex International, the overnight case-competition creates the opportunity for multi-disciplinary teams to think outside the box in addressing a local sustainability-related problem in Kingston. Students will present their socially-entrepreneurial ideas to a judging panel of industry professionals and sustainability advocates with a chance to win monetary prizes.
Joanna Tinus – Dunin Deshpande Innovation Centre
Cara Clairman – Plug N’ Drive
Steven Moore – Smith School of Business
Why sponsor QSUS?
QSUS presents an opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds that Queen’s has to offer. What sets QSUS apart from other conferences at Queen’s is that we embrace the multitude of disciplines at our school and bring together all types of backgrounds to create real solutions to long-lasting environmental issues.
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