2019 Keynote Speakers

Morning, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | Rebecca Thomas

<strong>Rebecca Thomas</strong>
Rebecca ThomasMi'kmaw Poet and Activist
Rebecca Thomas is a Mi’kmaw poet and activist who does not want to be a poet or activist. She just happens to be good enough at poetry and persuasion to get people to listen but her ultimate goal is to make Canada a better place for her Indigenous community because so many people tend to forget they were here first.

She has accidentally found herself as the Poet Laureate of Halifax (2016-2019). She has performed with a Tribe Called Red and has spoken and lectured at conferences and coffee houses from coast to coast. She writes kids books about growing up the child of a residential school survivor. She has written for the CBC and Washington Post but has yet to make a chapbook. She pays her bills by working as a Senior Consultant for Diversity and Inclusion with the provincial government. She’s collaborated with composer Laura Sgroi to bring together a three poem story and full orchestral score which had is debut with the Kitchener Waterloo symphony in the spring of 2019.

She also feels real uncomfortable writing bios about herself. She’s done some other things here and there but has reached her tolerance for hearing her accomplishments listed off.

Lunch, Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | Dave Meslin

<strong>Dave Meslin</strong>
Dave MeslinPolitical Entrepreneur & Engagement Specialist
Using non-traditional methods and creative tactics, Dave Meslin spent twenty years as a social and political entrepreneur leaving a trail of non-profit start-ups, campaign victories, viral videos, new magazines, and public space interventions in his path. An urbanist, community organiser, author and trainer, Meslin inspires us to invert the traditional pyramid of hierarchy by creating meaningful opportunities to engage our employees, our members, our students. His thesis is simple: We’re stronger and smarter when we’re all involved. Transforming top-down leadership into bottom-up collaboration is the true challenge of the 21st century.

Lunch, Thursday, November 21, 2019 | Dr. Peter Beckett

<strong>Dr. Peter Beckett</strong>
Dr. Peter BeckettRestoration Ecologist
Peter Beckett has a Ph.D in wetland ecology from King’s College, London, UK. For 40 years he has been a restoration/reclamation ecologist and wetland specialist at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and in the Vale Living with Lakes Centre. Peter has been a member of Vegetation Enhancement Technical Advisory Committee (VETAC) since 1978 and is currently serving as Chair. VETAC is an Advisory Panel to The City of Greater Sudbury that oversees the local landscape restoration projects and the transformation of the image of the City following impacts of mining and smelting.  He has worked on reclamation projects on many mine sites and around smelter locations across northern Ontario together with numerous graduate students.

Peter has been a President and Director of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) and holds a Noranda Award for “outstanding achievements in reclamation” and in 2016 was awarded The Watkin Award for Reclamation by the CLRA and Pioneers in Reclamation Award by the American Society of Mining and Reclamation. Peter is an honorary member of the China Land Reclamation Society. He is Co-Chair of the Sudbury International Mining and Environment Conferences.  He teaches courses in restoration ecology, biostatistics, wetland ecology as well as leading many field trips for local, national and international visitors to local wetlands, forests and restored/reclaimed sites.

Dr. Beckett has given numerous invited presentations on and participated in conferences discussing aspects of the  Sudbury Protocol world-wide, including Canada, United States, Peru, Chile, Hong Kong, Australia, China, Russia, United Kingdom  and other European countries.