Sustainable Canada Dialogues (SCD) is an initiative that mobilizes over 80 researchers from every province in Canada. Our network of scholars represents disciplines across the sciences and social sciences, sustainability being at the heart of our research programs. We share the concern that if governments in Canada don't steer the course of economic and social development towards sustainability, the next generation of citizens will face dire consequences. We collectively believe that climate change is the most serious "symptom" of non-sustainable development and that all sectors of society must contribute to a transition towards a low carbon sustainable future.

Chair Holder

Dra PotvinDr. Catherine Potvin is Biology Professor at McGill University and associate staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. She is a forest ecologist specialist in global environmental change, including climate change and biodiversity loss. Her academic training includes a PhD from Duke University in plant ecology and postdoctoral studies in statistics at Université de Montréal. Her current research is of an interdisciplinary nature and includes socio-economic and policy aspects of land use changes. Dr. Potvin has been working in Panama since 1993 on forest conservation and carbon cycling, often in close collaboration with farmers and Indigenous peoples. She has published ~100 scientific papers in international scientific journals. Dr. Potvin has actively engaged in policymaking, serving as Panama's negotiator at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change between 2005 and 2011. In 2012 she received the Royal Society of Canada's Miroslaw Romanowski Medal recognizing an exceptional contribution for important improvements to the quality of an ecosystem in all aspects brought about by scientific means. Dr. Potvin is the first woman to receive this prize which rewards, inter alia, her exceptional contribution to the development of the proposal on the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) at the international level. In the wake of the 150th anniversary of the Charlestown's Conference, Dr. Potvin was selected as one of 23 women visionaries for the future of Canada by the "A Bold Vision" initiative.

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 Scientific committee

Howard Sci CommitteeDr. Howard Ramos is Professor of Sociology at Dalhousie University and Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (as of July  1st, 2016). He completed his PhD at McGill University. His research focuses on issues of social justice and he has published on NGO advocacy, environmental advocacy, environmental harms, agenda-setting, public policy, and media. His research also looks at a wide range of other issues including Indigenous mobilization, Indigenous-Settler relations, race and racialization, non-economic element of immigration, and perceptions of change in Atlantic Canadian cities. He has published three books and over 40 research articles, book chapters, and reports. He often works with NGOs, communities and policy makers and likewise regularly contributes to public debates in English and French television, radio, and newspapers.

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ByrneJames Byrne is Professor and past Chair of Geography at the University of Lethbridge. His expertise is global environmental change and water resources. Dr. Byrne has an extensive publication list, and has given expert testimony to environmental hearings and legal proceedings on climate change, water and environmental issues. Dr. Byrne is the lead scientist and co-producer of the award winning Global Change three-part Television series (2002), the seven-part TV series Water under Fire (2004), Choking Lake Winnipeg (2011) and co-produced a series of videos on climate change science and solutions in 2014. He is a founding member of the Canadian Water Network (CWN), serving as National Theme Leader in Water Resources Management and a member of the CWN Research Management Committee from 2001-04. He continues to work on environmental change, climate and water resources modelling, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

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Liat MargolisLiat MargolisLiat Margolis is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. She is the Director of the University of Toronto's Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory (GRIT Lab), an interdisciplinary and applied research facility that is dedicated to testing and evaluating the environmental performance of green building technologies, such as green roofs, green walls, and green roof integrated solar photovoltaic systems. The GRIT Lab works collaboratively with the City of Toronto Environment and Energy Division, and with over a dozen industry partners, ranging from the roofing and solar industries to building engineers and construction companies. Her 2007 book Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Landscape Architecture provides case study examples for successful integration of natural ecosystems with urban landscapes. Her 2014 book Out of Water, Design Solutions for Arid Regions discusses strategies for sustainable and resilient urban water management. Margolis received her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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ann daleAnn Dale is Professor in the School of Environment & Sustainability at Royal Roads University and Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Policy & Administration at Carleton University. She held her university's first Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development (2004-2014) and is a Trudeau Fellow Alumna (2004). She is the principal investigator for MC3: Meeting the Climate Change Challenge in British Columbia and in addition to climate change adaptation and mitigation, her research focuses on social capital and agency, and governance.  Professor Dale is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Sciences, and sits on the Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada. Previously, she was an Executive with the Federal Government, and was one of the two public servants behind the creation of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE).  She is a recipient of the 2014 CUFA Paz Buttedahl Distinguished Academic Career Award; the 2013 Canada Council of the Arts Molson Prize for the Social Sciences; the 2009 Bissett Alumni Award for Distinctive Contributions to the Public Sector, and the 2001 Policy Research Initiative Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Policy. Professor Dale holds degrees in psychology and public administration from Carleton University, and a doctorate in Natural Resources Sciences, from McGill University.

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Communications committee 

Howard Sci CommitteeDr. Howard Ramos is Professor of Sociology at Dalhousie University and Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (as of July  1st, 2016). He has researched media and NGO advocacy for over ten years. His research has looked at the portrayal of environment and advocacy on environmental harms and how it is received by policy makers and publics. He often works with NGOs, communities and policy makers and likewise regularly contributes to public debates in English and French television, radio, and newspapers.

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MStoddartDr. Mark Stoddart is Professor of Sociology at Memorial University. His research draws attention to three sets of linkages. First, it highlights the ways in which local communities and environments are embedded within and shaped by large-scale systems of media communication, tourism mobility, oil extractin, and climate change policy debate. Second, it demonstrates how social practices and discourses related to tourism and recreation are intimately bound up with technologies and nature. Third, it traces connections between cultural understandings of nature, economic transformation, and environmental politics.

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Dr. Patrick McCurdy is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at University of Ottawa. Drawing from media and communication, journalism as well as social movement scholarship, Professor McCurdy’s research and teaching is interested in media as a site and source of social struggle. His research has studied the mainstream and social media movement strategies of social movements including the global justice movement and the Occupy movement. He has also examined the implications of living in a media saturated and media event oriented society covering topics ranging from WikiLeaks to the rise and consequences of celebrity activism. 

 

Dr. Shauna Sylvester is Director of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue and the Executive Director of the SFU Public Square—a signature project of SFU’s commitment to engagement which convenes serious and productive dialogues on issues of public concern to Canadians. Shauna is a skilled facilitator, social entrepreneur and commentator on international issues.  She has led several dialogues on density, business development, transportation and energy and she served as the lead facilitator for the Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing in Vancouver.

Map of SCD Scholars


Alberta

  1. Bryson Brown
  2. David Kahane
  3. David Layzell  
  4. Debra Davidson
  5. Ian Gates
  6. James Byrne
  7. Mishka Lysak 
  8. Steve Larter

BC

  1. Ann Dale
  2. Anthony Perl
  3. George Hoberg
  4. John Calvert
  5. Lauchlan Fraser
  6. Meg Holden 
  7. Ralph Matthews
  8. Sally Aitken 
  9. Sally Otto 
  10. Shauna Sylvester
  11. Stephen Sheppard 
  12. Suzanne Simard
  13. Val Napoleon

Saskatchewan

  1. Grant Ferguson
  2. Gordon Huang
  3. Jeffrey McDonnell
  4. Jeremy Rayner
  5. Yvonne Vizina

Manitoba

  1. Bruno Dyck 
  2. Fikret Berkes 
  3. Ian Mauro 
  4. Martin Entz

Ontario

  1. Alison Kemper 
  2. Andreas Heyland 
  3. Brent Sinclair 
  4. Cheryl Teelucksingh
  5. Christina Hoicka
  6. Irena Creed 
  7. Irene Henriques 
  8. James Meadowcroft
  9. John Robinson
  10. Jose Etcheverry 
  11. Liat Margolis 
  12. Liette Vasseur
  13. Matthew Hoffmann
  14. Nic Rivers
  15. Pam Palmater 
  16. Patrick McCurdy
  17. Perry Sadorsky
  18. Sarah Burch 
  19. Steven Bernstein 
  20. Warren Mabee

Québec

  1. André Potvin
  2. Benoit Boulet
  3. Catherine Morency
  4. Catherine Potvin
  5. Christian Messier
  6. Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne  
  7. Claude Villeneuve
  8. Damon Matthews
  9. Dominique Paquin
  10. Dror Etzion
  11. Elena Bennett
  12. François Anctil
  13. Hugo Tremblay
  14. Jean Leclair
  15. Marc Lucotte
  16. Maya Jegen
  17. Nathalie Bleau 
  18. Normand Mousseau
  19. Sébastien Jodoin  
  20. Marc-André Villard

Newfoundland & Labrador

  1. Mark Stoddart
  2. Natalie Slawinski

PEI

  1. Adam Fenech
  2. Matthew Hall

Nova Scotia

  1. Ashlee Cunsolo
  2. Brendan Haley 
  3. Howard Ramos 
  4. Ken Oakes 
  5. Martin Mkandawire 
  6. Tarah Wright

New Brunswick

  1. Bradley Walters
  2. Van Lantz