Events

The ESRC hosts a variety of academic and community events to encourage knowledge sharing.

Events

Sustainability Seminar Series

February 6, 2024, 12:00pm, WH147

Transitioning Academic Experience in Sustainability into Career Opportunities

Featuring:
Heather Stuart, PGeo, MES (Environmental Scientist, Consultant, Dillon Consulting Ltd.)

Heather is an Environmental Scientist and has worked in industry for over two decades. She’s spent the last 17 years at Dillon Consulting Limited as a Partner, Officer and, most recently, the national Business Unit Manager for Dillon’s Environmental Management portfolio which included the market areas of Project Approvals, Due Diligence, Environmental Quantification and Sustainability.

Her project experience includes roles like project manager, client manager, technical lead and site supervisor. She’s led hundreds of projects from small site investigations to an award-winning, multimillion dollar benzene remediation/control endeavour. More specifically, her experience includes management of soil and groundwater contaminant evaluation and remediation, as well as formal Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments and Records of Site Condition.

As a further dimension to her varied skillsets, Heather has international project experience in environmental assessments throughout the United States, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sudan and Gabon.

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Sustainability Seminar Series

January 23, 2024, 12:00pm, WH147

Water resilience, leverage points, and the role of empathy in positive system change

Featuring:
Dr. Julia Baird, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Brock University

Dr. Julia Baird is an Associate Professor with the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies at Brock University, and holds a Canada Research Chair (CRC Tier II) in the Human Dimensions of Water Resources and Water Resilience. Julia’s research focuses on the human dimensions of water resources. She is particularly interested in water resilience, improving outcomes of water governance by improving processes, and the role individuals can play in broader system change.

This event was live-streamed and recorded. To watch the recording, visit our YouTube Channel.

Sustainability Seminar Series

January 9, 2024, 12:00pm, WH147

Preserving Culture in a Changing Climate: A Panel Discussion

Featuring Panelists:

  • Vincent Casey, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Nicole Lawson, Policy Analyst, ECC (Environment and Climate Change), GNWT
  • Jason McNeill, Senior Advisor, Aboriginal Relations, ECC, GNWT
  • Frank McKay, Indigenous Community Outreach Coordinator, ECC, GNWT

Explore with us some northern perspectives on how climate change is impacting culture and cultural transmission in the Northwest Territories (NWT). The exploration will take a closer look at what culture is, and how western cultural norms and systems impact how we (westerners) discuss and work with Indigenous Cultural Practices, with emphasis on cultural preservation and transmission. We will also discuss other influences impacting Indigenous cultures in the NWT and how they may be protecting against or compounding cultural changes due to climate change. Panelists will be sharing both from their personal lived experiences, and from their professional experiences in a western government structure.

This event was live-streamed and recorded. To watch the recording, visit our YouTube Channel.

PhD in Sustainability Science Information Session

November 15, 2023
11:00am – 12:00pm

Join us on November 15th to learn all about Brock University’s Master of Sustainability graduate program. Representatives from the program will be there to answer all of your questions relating to such issues as the application process, funding, program structure, and much more! This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the PhD in Sustainability Science program before you send in your application – don’t miss out!

Master of Sustainability Information Session

November 15, 2023
10:00am – 11:00am

Join us on November 15th to learn all about Brock University’s Master of Sustainability graduate program. Representatives from the program will be there to answer all of your questions relating to such issues as co-op, funding, program structure, and much more! This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the Master of Sustainability program before you send in your application – don’t miss out!

Sustainability Seminar Series

November 14, 2023, 12:00pm, WH147

An Overview of Corporate Social Responsibility: What it is and when it works

Featuring:
Dr. Todd Green, Goodman School of Business, Brock University

In an era of rising expectations placed upon companies to do more to address social and environmental issues, there are a huge variety of approaches that firms can take. However, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) literature suggests there isn’t a one size fits all approach for firms and often times, CSR efforts can backfire. Discussion will include how best to define what CSR means and includes and when and why it works for consumers.

This event was live-streamed and recorded. To watch the recording, visit our YouTube Channel.

Sustainability Seminar Series

October 31, 2023, 12:00pm, WH147

Exploring Careers in Sustainability – Panel Discussion

Featuring:
Edward Anyan (Panelist)
Jillian Booth (Panelist)
Brooke Kapeller (Panelist)
Bani Maini (Panelist)
Kristin Palilionis (Panelist)

This panel discussion will focus on exploring careers in the field of sustainability. The panel will be moderated by ESRC Students ambassadors Kassie Burns and Madison Lepp, and will consist of five SSAS alumni and sustainability professionals who will share their experiences navigating the transition from graduate school into their current fields.

This event was live-streamed and recorded. To watch the recording, visit our YouTube Channel.

Sustainability Seminar Series

October 17, 2023, 12:00pm, WH147

“Adaptation in a changing world: human influences on evolution”

Featuring:
Dr. Kiyoko Gotanda

Dr. Kiyoko Gotanda is an Assistant Professor in Biological Science at Brock University and is affiliated with Universidad de San Francisco Quito. Previously, Dr. Gotanda was a postdoctoral fellow at Université de Sherbrooke and a Banting and FQRNT postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge. Her research lies at the intersection of ecology, evolution, and behaviour. She focuses on two questions asking about the origins, evolution, and maintenance of biodiversity: (i) What are the characteristics of selection? And (ii) Can we predict how organisms will adapt and evolve? Her research program focuses on a variety of taxa including Darwin’s finches, Trinidadian guppies, and three-spine stickleback. She has also worked with anoles, parrotfish, and East African cichlids.

This event was live-streamed and recorded. To watch the recording, visit our YouTube Channel. 

Sustainability Seminar Series

September 26, 2023, 12:00pm, WH147

“Blue Justice: Lessons from Grassroots Resistance Movements”

Featuring:
Dr. Jessica Blythe

Dr. Jessica Blythe is an Associate Professor with the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock University. Her research is motivated by questions including: How do coastal communities experience and respond to environmental change? What explains their differential capacities for adaptation and transformation? What supports the transformations needed to achieve more equitable and sustainable societies? Over the past decade, she has worked with communities in Australia, Canada, Mozambique, and Solomon Islands.

This event was live-streamed and recorded. To watch the recording, visit our YouTube Channel. 

 

Sustainability Seminar Series

March 17, 2023, 11:00am, Rankin Family Pavilion (Room 214/215) 

“From watersheds to fisheries: what can we learn from the transitions towards participator governance in Uruguay?”

Featuring:
Dr. Micaela Trimble

Dr. Micaela Trimble is an Associate Researcher at the South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS), Uruguay. She holds a PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Manitoba (2013). Her areas of expertise include environmental governance, stakeholder participation, and adaptive co-management of social-ecological systems e.g. small-scale fisheries, marine protected areas, watersheds), with a geographic focus on South America.

This event was live-streamed and recorded. To watch the recording, visit our YouTube Channel.