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.

Coordinator

Dra PotvinDr. Catherine Potvin is Professor of Biology at McGill University, Associate Staff Scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and member of the Royal Society of Canada. 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 over 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

irena 2Dr. Irena Creed is Executive Director of the School of Environment & Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan, and was the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Watershed Sciences until June 2017. Dr. Creed is an ecosystem scientist. She works on developing conceptual models, as well as the scientific and practical tools needed to challenge these models and determine the consequences of human modification on Earth. Dr. Creed’s research group, together with collaborators from government, industry and an international network of scientists, studies the impacts of global change (climate change, atmospheric pollution, and land use/land cover change) on ecosystem structure, function and services.

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NM2015Dr. Normand Mousseau is Professor of Physics at Université Montréal and Academic Director of the Trottier Energy Institute at Polytechnique Montréal. World-renowned researcher in complex materials and biophysics, with more than 160 scientific articles, he also closely follows the energy and natural resources issues, having published a number of general public books on these topics, including « Au bout du pétrole, tout ce que vous devez savoir sur la crise énergétique» in 2008, «La révolution des gaz de schiste» in 2010 and « Le défi des ressources minières » in 2012.  In 2013, he co-chaired Québec's Commission on Energy Issues, whose report, «Mastering our energy future» was released in February 2014. Since September 2011, Mousseau produces and hosts the popular science radio show «La Grande Équation» at Radio VM. His most recent book, « Gagner la bataille du climat », was published in 2017 by Éditions du Boréal.

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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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Stephen SheppardDr. Stephen Sheppard, PhD., ASLA, is a Professor in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, teaching in landscape and climate change planning, community engagement, and visualization. He has served as Director of UBC’s Bachelor of Urban Forestry program and directs the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), an interdisciplinary research group which works with communities on developing climate change and energy solutions. He has over 30 years experience in environmental assessment, aesthetics, landscape planning and public involvement. He has published four books, including Visualizing Climate Change from Earthscan/Routledge. His research interests include engaging citizens in low-carbon resilient communities, sea-level rise planning, energy effects of urban forests, and videogames as an educational tool on climate change. He leads UBC’s Research Cluster of Excellence on Cool Tools: Social Mobilization on Climate Change using Digital Media.

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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 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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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 extraction, 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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patrick mccurdyDr. Patrick McCurdy 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.

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ShaunaDr. 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.

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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. Irena Creed
  4. Jason MacLean
  5. Jeffrey McDonnell
  6. Jeremy Rayner
  7. 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. Irene Henriques 
  7. James Meadowcroft
  8. John Robinson
  9. Jose Etcheverry 
  10. Liat Margolis 
  11. Liette Vasseur
  12. Matthew Hoffmann
  13. Nic Rivers
  14. Pam Palmater 
  15. Patrick McCurdy
  16. Perry Sadorsky
  17. Sarah Burch 
  18. Steven Bernstein 
  19. 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. Marc-André Villard
  17. Maya Jegen
  18. Nathalie Bleau 
  19. Normand Mousseau
  20. Sébastien Jodoin  

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