Events

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

Events

Sustainability Seminar Series

January 24 2022, 11:00am 

“Sustainability, Equity, and Resilience in Food Systems”

Featuring:
Dr. Jennifer Hodbod, Michigan State University

Jennifer Hodbod is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability, where she researches and teaches the topic of resilient food systems – environmentally and economically sustainable food systems that can equitably feed a growing global population whilst adapting to security threats such as climate change, changing preferences, and economic shocks. To integrate these components, she utilized environmental social science and political ecology methods within a novel and integrative research design for investigating human-environment interactions – resilience assessment. Her collaborators include members of key research and engagement organizations, academics from multiple disciplines and universities, local and national governments, NGOs, and smallholder and commercial producers.

Master of Sustainability Information Session

January 13, 2022, 12:00pm 

Join us virtually on January 13th, 2022 at 12:00pm and 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!

RSVP for this event here

Sustainability Seminar Series

January 10 2021, 11:00am 

“A strategy to increase energy savings from a smart thermostat”

Featuring:
Dr. Fayez Elayan, Goodman School of Business, Brock University 

Dr. Fayez A. Elayan is Chair and Professor of Accounting with Brock’s Goodman School of Business. He has also been an Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University and Northeast Louisiana University, Associate Professor at Southwest Missouri State University and Professor at Massey University in New Zealand. Dr. Elayan is a member of the Canadian Academic of Accounting Association, the Decision Sciences Institute, and the American Allied Social Science Association.

This event was live-streamed and recorded. To watch the recording, visit https://brocku.ca/esrc/sustainability-seminar-series/

PhD in Sustainability Science Information Session

Join us virtually on November 2nd from 11:00am EST to 12:00pm EST and learn all about Brock University’s newly-launched PhD in Sustainability Science 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

Join us virtually on November 2nd from 10:00am EST to 11:00am EST and 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 8 2021, 11:00am 

“Panel on Innovative Partnerships and Sustainability”

Featuring:
Amanda Smits (panelist)
Dr. Ryan Plummer (panelist)
Samantha Witkowski (panelist)
Dr. Jessica Blythe (moderator)

This discussion will highlight innovative partnerships that aim to co-create solutions for urgent sustainability challenges. These partnerships are a core component of sustainability science and the work of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre. This seminar will highlight the mutual benefits that can be realized for people and planet when Brock teams up with the community.

Sustainability Seminar Series

October 26 2021, 11:00am 

“A strategy to increase energy savings from a smart thermostat”

Featuring:
Dr. Pedro Ponce Cruz, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Dr. Ponce holds a Master’s and Doctorate of Science in Electrical Engineering, specializing in automatic control. He is a research professor at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus. He is a member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico and the Mexican academy of sciences in Mexico, has received recognition for teaching excellence from the National Polytechnic Institute and the medal for academic merit as the best postgraduate professor of the Graduate School of Engineering and Architecture of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City campus and was awarded first place in the International Graphical System Design Award, in the category of Biotechnology and Life Sciences, by the National Instruments company in the United States; also he received the Quo-Discovery mind award in Mexico City and is member of distinguished professors circle at Tecnologico de Monterrey. Dr. Ponce has published more than 200 academic articles and conferences papers, 15 published books, 20 book chapters in ​​mechatronics, electrical engineering, and artificial intelligence. In addition, he has one US patent and four Mexican patents.

Sustainability Seminar Series

March 11 2021, 11:00am 

“Panel on Implementing Climate Change Adaptation Plans”

Featuring:
Jacob Porter (panelist)
Joanna Eyquem (panelist)
Katie Thompson (panelist)
Dr. Jessica Blythe (moderator)

This discussion will highlight what can be accomplished at the municipal level when climate change adaptation plans are implemented. The panel will be moderated by ESRC Faculty Dr. Jessica Blythe, who will be joined by three experienced professionals who will detail the successes and challenges associated with implementation. Make sure to join us for this informative discussion!

This event was live-streamed and recorded. To watch a recording, visit https://brocku.ca/esrc/sustainability-seminar-series/

Sustainability Seminar Series

February 25 2021, 11:00am 

“Sport and Environmental Politics”

Featuring:
Brad Millington, Associate Professor, Department of Sport Management, Brock University

Sport is impacted by the environment and is itself environmentally impactful. This presentation uses golf as a case study for examining the environmental politics of sport. Consideration is given to the historical emergence of, and merits and drawbacks associated with, corporate environmentalism in the golf industry.

Sustainability Seminar Series

February 4 2021, 11:00am 

“The Use of Geospatial Technologies to Address Contemporary Challenges in Environmental Sustainability “

Featuring:
Dr. Marilyne Jollineau, Associate Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Brock University

In this presentation, participants will learn about how geospatial technologies, such as remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), and geographic information systems (GIS), are being used to make evidence-based decisions about major challenges in environmental sustainability.

This event was live-streamed and recorded. To watch a recording, visit https://brocku.ca/esrc/sustainability-seminar-series/

Sustainability Seminar Series

January 21 2021, 11:00am to 12:30pm EST

“Exploring Careers in Sustainability”

Featuring:
Leaya Amey (Panelist)
Nicholas Fischer (Panelist)
Kara Renaud (Panelist)
Kelsey Scarfone (Panelist)
Marilyne Jollineau (Moderator)

This panel will consist of four professionals (three of whom are SSAS alumni!) that will share their experiences navigating the transition from graduate school into the field of Sustainability, how their co-op positions helped facilitate the transition, the key skills that have been the most helpful in their current roles, and the challenges or opportunities they faced throughout their journey from graduate student to where they are today.

This event was live-streamed and recorded. To watch a recording, visit https://brocku.ca/esrc/sustainability-seminar-series/

Sustainability Seminar Series

November 5 2020, 11:00am to 2:00pm EST

“The Tourism Knowledge Translation Framework: Bridging the Canyon Between Theory and Practice”

Featuring:
Dr. David Fennell, Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, Brock University

This presentation will introduce the Tourism Knowledge Translation (TKT) Framework, positioned as a concrete solution to the critical disconnect that has for some time plagued tourism theory and practice.

This event was live-streamed and recorded. To watch a recording, visit https://brocku.ca/esrc/sustainability-seminar-series/

Sustainability Seminar Series

October 22 2020, 11:00am to 2:00pm EST

Featuring:

Safdar Abidi (panelist) 
Paul Leitch (panelist) 
Dr. Janani Sivarajah (panelist) 
Dr. Ryan Plummer (moderator)

This panel will focus on various aspects of sustainability, low impact development, and green infrastructure and will inform participants on how they impact our world today. The panelists will be discussing the challenges that exist within green infrastructure, the role technology plays, changes in the field caused by COVID-19, and many more topics that are shaping the future of green infrastructure and low impact development.

This event was live-streamed and recorded. To watch a recording, visit https://brocku.ca/esrc/sustainability-seminar-series/

Sustainability Seminar Series

October 8 2020, 11:00am to 2:00pm EST

“Life as a Consulting Ecologist”

Featuring Guest Speaker:

Jillian deMan, BSc. (Hons)

This presentation will be an informal talk about how Jillian deMan got to where she is as a professional ecologist.  The presentation will be a series of dynamic photos of projects that she has lead, or was part of a multi-disciplinary team.  For each project, Jillian will explain the challenges encountered and the innovative solutions that were implemented.

SPECIAL EVENT: Cohosted by ESRC/WWF-Canada

The Future of Freshwater: A Virtual Panel Discussion

June 25, 2020, 2 to 3pm EST

A panel discussion moderated by Ryan Plummer, Professor and Director of the ESRC. Discussions will be framed around a number of questions focused fresh water resilience. The questions will be posed to the panel and there will be multiple points throughout the discussion and a chance for audience participation. The panel discussion will run from 2pm to 3pm EST. This event was live streamed and can be accessed via this link.

Introductions by:

  • Megan Leslie, President & CEO, WWF-Canada
  • Tim Kenyon, Vice-President, Research at Brock

Panelists include:

  • Julia Baird, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair
  • Simon Mitchell, Lead Specialist, Freshwater, WWF-Canada
  • Elizabeth Hendriks, Vice-President, Freshwater, WWF-Canada
  • Bridget McGlynn, Master of Sustainability Candidate

Transdisciplinary Seminar Series

March 10 2020, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Plaza 600F

“Great Lakes Revival: How Restoring Polluted Waters Leads to Rebirth of Great Lakes Communities”

Featuring Guest Speaker:

John Hartig, Visiting Scholar at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor and Science-Policy Advisor for the International Association for Great Lakes Research.

Cleanup of Great Lakes pollution hot spots called Areas of Concern has not been easy, and required networks focused on gathering stakeholders, coordinating efforts and ensuring that the results promote the public interest. Even with the compelling case of the Great Lakes being a continentally- and globally-significant natural resource, it has proved incredibly challenging. Today, the restoration of the Areas of Concern has become a springboard for local communities to convert areas that were once a detriment to economic growth into valuable community and economic assets.