Conference for Canadians

Ottawa, September 28 evening and Saturday 29

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Meade

Record breaking forest fires, floods in Canadian cities, exponential melting of the ice cap, droughts bankrupting farmers, crises driving wars and massive migration.

Pipelines and stranded assets. The Domino effect. News clip after news clip spells a seemingly insurmountable Climate Challenge.

But yes, there are important things that we can still do to protect our families and communities. We invite you to join us at the Cartier Place Hotel. We want you to hear and debate leading experts. Is the challenge as bad as it sounds? What are the actions that ordinary Canadians like us can do now? What will save the planet for our children and grandchildren?

“The Climate Challenge is all around us. We cannot sit back and rely on experts, activists or governments to solve it.” says Susan Tanner, Chair of the planning committee for Meeting the Climate Change. “We must get the media, schools and universities to tell it as it is but with solutions. It must be part of our family meals. Mitigation needs thoughtful citizens to commit to solutions.”

Attached is the list of speakers who have accepted our challenge. All will make specific recommendations about what we can do to better meet the Climate Challenge – at home and abroad.

“War in Syria and Mali may seem far from weather alerts in Ottawa” say Roy Culpeper, President of the Group of 78. “Meeting the Climate Challenge is essential to world Peace for us and our children.”

For more information on how to register, visit

The Group of 78 / Le Groupe des 78 608 – 63 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P 5A6 Tel: (613) 565-9449 Ext.22

Charitable registration # / No d’enregistrement : 130562085RR0001

Group of 78 Annual Policy Conference

Cartier Place Suite Hotel, Ottawa, September 28-29, 2018

MEETING THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE Accelerating the Transition to a Post-Carbon World

THURSDAY, Sept 27, 2018 evening


6:45 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Conference Conclusion and Closing Remarks: Roy Culpeper & Susan Tanner Group of 78 Annual Meeting to follow immediately

Climate Stomp: Dancing, Live Music, Cash Bar, and Appetizers will be Provided

Film Screening: Anote’s Ark (2017), at Mayfair Theatre,

co-presentation with One World Arts and the One World Film Festival ( Panel & Discussion to follow – $10.00 tickets at the door

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 evening, Dinner & Keynote Address:

What’s love got to do with it? Climate politics, solutions and the future of our planet

Indigenous Acknowledgement: Elder Verna Macgregor, Algonquin Nation Moderator: Roy Culpeper, Chair, Group of 78

Keynote speaker: Joanna Kerr – Executive director, Greenpeace Canada

SATURDAY, Sept 29, 2018 day

Panel 1: Magnitude of the Problem, A Comprehensive Approach Needed

Moderator: Manfred Bienefeld, Vice Chair, Group of 78

Speaker 1: Rohinton P. Medhora – President, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Speaker 2: Prof. Gordon McBean – President, International Council for Science; Co-chair, Governing Council, Future Earth

Speaker 3: Mike de Souza – Managing Editor, National Observer

Panel 2: The Trudeau Government’s Policies in a Global Perspective

Moderator: Susan Tanner, Board Director, Group of 78, & Chair, Conference Planning Committee Speaker 1: Tzeporah Berman – Author, environmental campaigner, and Adjunct Professor, York University Environmental Studies

Speaker 2: Scott Vaughan, CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD),

Lunch & Speaker: Serious About Climate Resilience? Empower Gender Equality

Tracy Mann, Climate Wise Women

2 : Karine Peloffy, Avocate conseil, Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement – Climate Lens on Environmental Assessment

The Group of 78 / Le Groupe des 78 608-63 Sparks St., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P 5A6

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