October 24, sessions 1-3

Session 1

Opening and Keynote: Bringing an Indigenous worldview to climate action


Monday, October 24, 2022 9:30am - 11:00am MST

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Carol Anne Hilton can longer provide the keynote address. Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett Huson) has graciously stepped in to provide the keynote presentation.

You are invited to the 2022 Calgary Climate Symposium opening

Connect with City staff, community leaders, entrepreneurs, and prominent climate experts for a series of unique (and free) virtual learning opportunities.

The Calgary Climate Symposium continues the climate conversation, shares how climate change affects Calgarians, what we can do together, and why we need to have the conversation.

The Keynote session will speak to the convergence of Indigenous knowledge and western climate science; Indigenous perspectives on climate change; how Indigenous peoples are impacted and are adapting and also how they are contributing to the transition to a low carbon economy.

Hetxw’ms Gyetxw, also known as Brett D. Huson, is from Gitxsan Nation of the Northwest Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Brett has published a series of educational childrens books and also works with the Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg to connect science and Indigenous Knowledges.

Brett D. Huson 

Hetxw'ms Gyetxw, also known as Brett D. Huson (he/him/his), is from the Gitxsan Nation of the Northwest Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Growing up in this strong matrilineal society, Brett developed a passion for his people's culture, land, and politics and a desire to share their knowledge and stories. Brett has worked in the film and television industry for over 16 years and is also a volunteer board member for such organizations as Ka Ni Kanichihk and sakihiwe Festival. The award-winning series Mothers of Xsan is Brett’s first series of books and part of a larger vision he has in sharing the worlds of the Gitxsan Nation.  

As Brett continues creating new art and working on new books, he is also working with the Prairie Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg to connect science and Indigenous Knowledges. With the support of his wife Jeri and their children Warren and Ruby, Brett endeavours to continue sharing stories with his writing, artwork and photography. 

Session 2

The cost of inaction vs. the cost of action


Monday, October 24, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST

This session will explore global and localized climatic changes and the economic consequences of climate inaction. Spatially resolved estimates of economic impacts will be translated into a regulatory figure called the Social Cost of Carbon: the most important number you've never heard of.

Professor Andy Hultgren, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Climate Impact Lab.

Andy Hultgren is an environmental and IO economist studying the economics of environmental regulation. He is an assistant professor at the department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinios Urbana-Champaign, a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and a member of the Climate Impact Lab.  His research interests include firm behavior under regulatory uncertainty and quantifying the economic impacts of climate change.  Andy's doctoral studies were at UC Berkeley ARE, where he was a fellow in the Global Policy Lab and an NSF Data Sciences for the 21st Century fellow, and he was a postdoc at EPIC and the department of Economics at the University of Chicago. He also holds a Master's in public policy from UC Berkeley, and a BSE in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

Session 3

Climate Change 101: What is it and what does it mean for Calgary?


Monday, October 24, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST

Climate change has become a defining issue of our time, and the majority of Calgarians are concerned about it. In this session, City staff will help demystify this complex topic, providing information about what climate change is, how climate change is impacting Calgary, how The City of Calgary is taking action and how Calgarians can be part of the solution.

Bryce Edwards, Climate Mitigation Engineer, City of Calgary

Bryce is a Climate Mitigation Engineer at The City of Calgary leading the development of a corporate greenhouse gas reduction plan. Before joining The City, Bryce worked as a sustainability consultant helping private and corporate clients better understand and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Bryce’s personal vision is to give more than he takes from people and the environment.

Kaitlin Chantler, The City of Calgary – Climate & Environment.

With a degree in Water Resource Science, Kaitlin has worked as a Professional Biologist on wildlife conservation and habitat reclamation projects across western North America. As someone paying attention to the natural world, it didn’t take long for her to see climate change as the single biggest challenge of our time. After finding her way to The City of Calgary’s Climate Adaptation Team she now works towards building resilience to hazards made worse by climate change within the Calgary community.

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