2018 Keynote Speakers

Lunch, Tuesday, November 13, 2018

<strong>Dr. Daniel Longboat</strong>
Dr. Daniel LongboatAssociate Professor and Director of the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Science Program at Trent University
Dr. Dan Longboat – Roronhiakewen (He Clears the Sky) – is an Associate Professor in the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, Director of the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences Program and the Director of the Indigenous Environmental Institute at Trent University in Peterborough.

Dr. Longboat belongs to the Turtle Clan of the Mohawk Nation and is a citizen of the Haudenosaunee, originally from Ohsweken the Six Nations community on the Grand River Territory.

Dr. Longboat earned a Bachelors Degree from Trent University in Native Studies with a special interest in Human Psychology. He received a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from York University.

Dr. Longboat is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies and is the Founding Director of the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences Program (IESS) at Trent University and the current Director of the newly formed Indigenous Environmental Institute (IEI). The IESS program is the first and only accredited university level program for Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences in North America. The Program is founded upon Indigenous Knowledge(s), which serves to support research and development of culturally based courses and integrated environmental science programs. The Program focuses upon Indigenous Peoples: health and the environment, traditional foods and medicines, natural resource restoration, community sustainability, international Indigenous networks, Indigenous languages, cultures and the recognition of Treaty Rights, cultural practices and traditional life ways.

Learn more about the Program at https://www.trentu.ca/iess.

Lunch, Wednesday, November 14, 2018

<strong>David Ullrich</strong>
David UllrichSenior Advisor, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
David Ullrich is an Advisor to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative where he served as executive director from 2003 to 2017. The Cities Initiative is a coalition of over 130 U.S. and Canadian mayors from across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin representing over 17 million people working to advance the protection and restoration of the resource. The Initiative leads many efforts to accelerate the work to become a more sustainable region by integrating the environmental, economic, and social activities to improve the quality of life and well being of its people.

Prior to working with the Cities Initiative, Mr. Ullrich served for thirty years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes regional office in Chicago, working on environmental issues in the six states of the upper Midwest. He worked in many capacities over the years, including Acting Regional Administrator, Deputy Regional Administrator, Waste Management Division Director, Deputy Regional Counsel, Air Enforcement Chief, and Water Enforcement Attorney. He was a founding member and chair of the Midwest Natural Resources Group. He currently serves as US Chair of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board for the International Joint Commission, Chair of the Great Lakes Advisory Board, and in 2006 and 2012 was appointed by the President to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. He serves on a number of other boards and committees. In 1986, he completed a six-month executive exchange assignment with the German Interior Ministry. U.S. EPA recognized Mr. Ullrich for a number of his accomplishments during his public service career.

Mr. Ullrich graduated from Dartmouth College in 1970 with a degree in English and received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1973, with an emphasis in environmental law. He is a runner and outdoor sportsman. He was married for 39 years to the late Polly Ullrich, an art critic, curator, teacher, and ceramic artist, and their son Eric is a 2012 graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a major in environmental science and sustainability and currently brew master at Lake Effect Brewing in Chicago.

Gala Banquet, Wednesday, November 14, 2018

<strong>The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell</strong>
The Honourable Elizabeth DowdeswellLieutenant Governor of Ontario
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell was invested as Ontario’s 29th Lieutenant Governor on September 23, 2014. Her eclectic public service career has spanned provincial, federal, and international borders, and has transcended disciplinary and sectoral lines.

Ms. Dowdeswell began her professional career as a teacher and university lecturer. After serving as the Deputy Minister of Culture and Youth for the Government of Saskatchewan, she held increasingly senior positions in the Canadian public service, most notably as head of the Atmospheric Environment Service. Throughout this period, she managed several public inquiries and royal commissions.

Her international negotiating experiences prefaced her election in 1992 as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. Upon returning to Canada in 1998, she established an international consulting practice and became the founding President and CEO of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. Immediately prior to her appointment as Lieutenant Governor, Ms. Dowdeswell was the President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies. She has also served on numerous boards of corporate and non-profit organizations.

Ms. Dowdeswell was born in Northern Ireland and immigrated to rural Saskatchewan with her parents in 1947. She earned a Bachelor of Science in home economics and teaching certificate from the University of Saskatchewan (1966) and a Master of Science in behavioural sciences from Utah State University (1972). An Officer of the Order of Canada, Ms. Dowdeswell holds 11 honorary degrees.

Breakfast, Thursday, November 15, 2018

<strong>Cher Jones</strong>
Cher JonesSocial Media Trainer & Personal Branding Coach
Cher Jones is a Social Media Trainer & Personal Brand Strategist with the love of technology hardwired into her personality. She leverages over 18 years of PR, marketing and broadcasting experience and has worked internationally with a wide variety of organizations including the City Of Toronto, Hong Kong Police, PokerStars, Meeting Professionals International, Canadian Decorators’ Association, The UK Trade and Investment, Emirates Steel (UAE), The Ontario Ministry of Education and CBC.

Cher is dedicated to helping professionals develop S.M.A.R.T. personal brands that drive results. She’s regularly invited to speak at conferences, schools, and industry events. Her passion knowledge and expertise have many people referring to her as one of Canada’s top personal branding experts. As a corporate trainer, she helps companies remain relevant and competitive with useful social media training that means business.

Lunch, Thursday, November 15, 2018

<strong>Autumn Peltier</strong>
Autumn PeltierWater Advocate
Autumn has been advocating for “sacred water” for the last couple of years. She attended the Children’s Climate Conference in Sodertalje, Sweden, where she delivered her message about the importance of clean drinking water. The Assembly of First Nations Youth Council passed a resolution supporting Autumn’s advocacy with the creation of a fund to assist First Nations people across Canada dealing with water crises. Her work continues with talks and presentations to young people and First Nations communities across her territories. She hopes to finish school, travel and study law and political science so that she can advocate for her people at a higher level in the future.

In Autumn’s words –

“We wouldn’t be able to live without water. Nothing would.”

<strong>Dr. Robin Kimmerer</strong>
Dr. Robin KimmererProfessor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, plant ecologist, writer and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She is the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Of European and Anishinaabe ancestry, Robin is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science education for Native students, and to create new models for integration of indigenous philosophy and scientific tools on behalf of land and culture. She is engaged in programs which introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge.

Dr. Kimmerer has taught courses in botany, ecology, ethnobotany and indigenous environmental issues. She is the co-founder and past president of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge section of the Ecological Society of America. Dr. Kimmerer serves as a Senior Fellow for the Center for Nature and Humans. As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. Dr. Kimmerer is the author of numerous scientific papers on the ecology of mosses and restoration ecology and on the contributions of traditional ecological knowledge to our understanding of the natural world. She is also active in literary biology. Her essays appear in Whole Terrain, Adirondack Life, Orion and several anthologies. She is the author of “Gathering Moss” which incorporates both traditional indigenous knowledge and scientific perspectives and was awarded the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing. Her latest book “Braiding Sweetgrass: indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants” which was awarded the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award.

She holds a BS in Botany from SUNY ESF, an MS and PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology. As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.