Connecting to Conservation in Canada


Canadian National Parks, protected areas and ‘wild' spaces have long played an important role in Canadian national imagination. In 2017, residents and visitors alike are encouraged to visit these places and reflect on their importance to Canada during this 150th anniversary of confederation. This national conversation is taking place at the same time that Canada is trying to formulate a plan to meet its international commitments for protected area coverage and while Canadians increasingly recognize the colonial foundations of protected area establishment and planning.

This panel event, featured esteemed speakers with expertise in environmental issues, built on this conversation and helped the audience reflect on the strengths, challenges and opportunities for conservation in Canada.  Moderated by Judy Maddren M.S.M, CBC Journalist and UofG Alumna the panelists included:

  • Elizabeth May - MP and Leader of the Green Party of Canada

  • David Miller - North America Regional Director and ambassador for inclusive climate action for C40 Cities

  • Dr. Faisal Moola - Director General, Ontario and Canada’s North, David Suzuki Foundation

  • John Cutfeet - Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation

The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences together with the Department of Geography presented this event in support of the Kinross Chair in Environmental Governance.  U of G and Kinross joined forces in 2008 in a new education and research network to promote responsible natural resource management. 


Click on the photo above to watch the full event.