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Together | Ensemble

Together | Ensemble Conference 2023

By Sustainability Council (University of Alberta)

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Date and time

Thu, Jun 8, 2023 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM MDT


Maple Leaf Room, Lister Centre, University of Alberta Lister Centre Edmonton, AB T6G 2H6 Canada

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8:45 AM - 9:15 AM


9:15 AM


Half way but not half hearted -- accelerating action for 2030

Leah Ettarh

Leah Ettarh, Executive Director, Alberta Council for Global Cooperation -- May 4, 2023 marked the half-way point in the implementation of the UN SDGs. In passing this critical milestone, Leah will re...

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Crowdsensing-based Monitoring of Built and Natural Environments

Mustafa Gül

Mustafa Gül, PhD, PEng | Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta -- This presentation will discuss Dr. Gül’s recent research efforts to develop smart, sustainable...

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Transport planning and policy considerations for sustainable cities

Emily Grisé

Emily Grisé, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science | Lab Director: Moving Transport Forward Lab, University of Alberta -- Talk description TBA

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Women in Fleet Transformation

Trinity Song

Trinity Song, Analyst, Equitable Transition, Pembina Institute -- Talk description TBA

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Future of Transportation in Alberta

Heather Stephens

Derek Hanson

Heather Stephens (Chief Operating Officer, Emissions Reduction Alberta) & Derek Hanson (Director, Transit Fleet Maintenance, Edmonton Transit Service) -- In this session, you’ll hear from two movers ...

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM

Calgary Transit's RouteAhead

Erin Felker

Erin Felker, Transportation Planner, City of Calgary -- Through 2022, The City of Calgary prepared a 10-year update to the 30-year plan for transit, RouteAhead. The update includes policy alignment w...

1:20 PM - 1:40 PM

Advancing Edmonton's Mobility Goals

Pablo Orozco

Pablo Orozco, Mobility Expert, City of Edmonton -- Edmonton’s City Plan charts a new course for how Edmonton will grow. Its adoption by City Council in 2020 solidified aggressive sustainable mobility...

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Roundtable Discussions

Join us for roundtable discussions on what is needed to advance the SDGs in the province in the coming 2-3 years. Designed for discussion, the roundtables offer an opportunity for small group convers...

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

People Power for Climate Cities

Michael Janz

Edmonton City Councillor Michael Janz (ward papastew) -- We know what we need to do, and we know the solutions. What does it take to generate the political will to get there? Building political power...

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

A participatory route to urban transformation

Jonathan Lawrence

Jonathan Lawrence, Planning Advisor, Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues -- We are in the midst of a climate and ecological crisis. Cities, particularly those who have contributed disproportiona...

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Boiling SDGs down to a walk, roll, or bike ride

Stephen Raitz

Stephen Raitz, Chair of Paths for People -- Stephen will discuss his experiences with working collaboratively with community advocates, stakeholders, and organizations towards pushing for better acti...

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM


About this event

  • 8 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Together | Ensemble is a chance for sustainability-minded citizens to connect with experts in academia, industry, civil society and government. Started in 2016, the conference aims to address Canada’s toughest sustainable development challenges and is devoted to tracking the country’s progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This year the University of Alberta’s version of the conference will cover many topic areas, but its central focus will be transit sustainability and equity. Expect speakers to answer questions about how to improve equity in transit access, how to build efficient transit systems, how to fund sustainability initiatives and how to craft good transit policy.

The event will address SDGs 13 (Climate Action), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities). It will include roundtable discussions in which participants meet in small groups to uncover SDG-connected priorities and challenges of the next two years.

Breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack are included in the cost of this ticket.

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