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Who will be tending your garden when the ocean rises? An octopus? A sea star?

SFU's Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT), the Pacific Water Research Centre in Faculty of Environment and Dialogue Programs in partnership with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the Vancouver Aquarium are pleased to invite you to the fifth talk in the Octopus’s Garden Series featuring John Englander, Oceanographer, Consultant and Leading Expert on Sea Level Rise, Florida, USA; Gil Kelley, Chief Planner and General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, City of Vancouver, and Dr. Sybil Seitzinger, the Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Change.

This talk is free and open to the public.

Due to popular demand we will webcast this talk live at: https://www.sfu.ca/webcast/event/711/live.html
It will also be available for later viewing at: http://www.sfu.ca/pwrc/events/octopus-s-garden.html

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John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and leading expert on sea level rise. His broad marine science background coupled with explorations to Greenland and Antarctica allow him to see the big picture of sea level rise and its societal impacts. He brings the diverse points of view of an industry scientist, entrepreneur and CEO. For over 30 years, he has been a leader in both the private and non-profit sectors, serving as Chief Executive Officer for the International SeaKeepers and the Coutsteau Society. As founder of Englander and Associates John works with businesses, government agencies and communities to understand the financial risks of increased flooding due to the compounding effects of rising seas, extreme tides, unprecedented rainfall and storm surge, advocating for “intelligent adaptation”. He believes that along with the tremendous risks in the coming decades there will also be enormous economic opportunities that will allow us to thrive if we begin to plan and adapt now.

Gil Kelley is the General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, with the City of Vancouver.
He leads the City’s work on all city planning visioning, policy, urban design, and major development negotiations. He is also responsible for the effective implementation of the Greenest City Action Plan, Renewable City Strategy, and green building initiatives. He is a voting member of the Development Permit Board and a member of the Corporate Management Team. Before joining the City of Vancouver in 2016, Gil was the director of citywide planning for the City of Francisco and also spent ten years as the director of planning for the City of Portland. An alumnus of the prestigious Loeb Fellowship program at Harvard University Graduate School of
Design, Gil holds a BA in political economy and is a graduate candidate for a Master of Science degree from MIT.

Dr. Sybil Seitzinger is the Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), and Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. Dr. Seitzinger joins PICS from her position as executive director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) based in Stockholm, Sweden. Prior to that, she was director of the Rutgers/NOAA Cooperative Marine Education and Research Program and visiting professor at Rutgers University in the US. She served as president of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography from 2006-2010. Dr. Seitzinger’s work at the IGBP involved facilitating and integrating the work of scientists and researchers across Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe on global environmental change. As a pioneering scientist, her work at Rutgers centred on land-atmosphere-ocean biogeochemistry, with a focus on changes in the global nitrogen cycle and how humans are affecting it. Dr. Seitzinger holds a PhD in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been awarded an honorary PhD from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

About the Octopus’s Garden Series:
Regions around the world are experiencing climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, wildfires, and heat waves, while planning for the long-term effects of sea level rise and coastal storms. These stressors are driving damages and increased costs for communities, and increasing the risk of mass migration. Building on the success of the Resiliency and YOU talk, this series, runs from June-November 2017, and features experts on sea level rise from a variety of backgrounds who will address ways we can adapt and build resilience, with a focus on local to global challenges and solutions. Topics to be addressed include the science and physical challenges to sea level rise, local, provincial and international preparations and initiatives, climate refugees, traditional knowledge and indigenous responses to sea level rise, and finally what to expect globally - and what we can do about it locally. We hope you will join us!

Other Talks in the Series:

September 21, 2017, 7:00 pm , SFU's Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Sea Level Rise in Deep History: Coastal Fist Nations Flood Stories
Featuring Squamish Chief Ian Campbell and Haida elder and author Captain Gold who will share stories from their nations' history followed by discussion.
https://firstnationscoastalfloodstories.eventbrite.ca

October 5, 2017 - 6:30 pm, SFU Vancouver, 515 West Hasting, Room 1900
Sea Level Rise and the International Response - Policy Action
Featuring Special Envoy on Water for the Kingdom of the Netherlands Henk Ovink and Flood Consultant Tamsin Lyle (Ebbwater Consulting) and Lawyer, Deborah Carlson (West Coast Environmental Law) who will explore policy options from international to local levels followed by discussion.
https://slr_international_response.eventbrite.ca

June 8, 2017, Sea Level Rise and what it means to coastal BC and Metro Vancouver featuring Angela Danyluk, City of Vancouver; John Readshaw, SNC Lavalin and Andy Yan, SFU's City Program. To view the video visit: http://www.sfu.ca/pwrc/events.html


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