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H.E Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi
H.E Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi
Minister Climate Change and Environment
United Arab Emirates
 
Mr. Buti Al Ghandi
H.E Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi
Chancellor
Canadian University Dubai, United Arab Emirates
 
Dr. Karim Chelli
Dr. Karim Chelli
President
Canadian University Dubai, United Arab Emirates
 
Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz
President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Prince Edward Island

Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz assumed his responsibilities as the sixth president and vice-chancellor of the University of Prince Edward Island on July 1, 2011. Since that time he has championed a highly collaborative strategic planning process designed to define and advance the strategic direction of UPEI and support its academic mission—teaching, research and service.

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Keynote Speakers

Climate Change and Biodiversity

Dr. Francisco Dallmeier
Senior Conservation Biologist
Director of the Smithsonian Center for Conservation and Sustainability

Global Biodiversity Conservation under a Changing Climate

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Dr. Daniel Scott University Research Chair in Climate and Society
Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management
Executive Director, Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3)
University of Waterloo

Global Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism

International tourism has grown tremendously over the past 50 years to become one of the largest global economic sectors and a significant contributor to many national and local economies. With tourism’s close relationships to climate and the natural environment, climate change is anticipated to have far-reaching impacts on tourism destinations and the global travel patterns of tourists in the decades ahead. Climate change and climate policy will alter the competitiveness and sustainability of destinations, transforming some international tourism markets.

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Mashael Al Ansari Climate Change Specialist
Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), UAE

The Climate Change Opportunities & Challenges in the UAE

For the UAE, climate change is not only considered as a challenge, but an opportunity for growth and prosperity. We are innovating to strengthen our existing industries and moving into new ones that are low-carbon and climate resilient in line with the country’s objective to diversity its economy. All sectors are working towards implementing those national priorities with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment playing the lead implementation oversight role.

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Sustainability

Leanne Bilodeau
Associate Director Sustainability Operations | Campus Planning and Development
The University of British Columbia

Resilient Universities: Planning and Implementing for Climate Change and Sustainability

University campuses are microcosms of cities. They provide critical built and natural environments, infrastructure and services to support faculty research, student learning and community wellbeing. Like cities, Universities are increasingly vulnerable to climate change impacts and exposure to operational, financial, environmental, and social risks and this is becoming an area of greater focus.

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Dr. Aitazaz Farooque
Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Design Engineering
University of Prince Edward Island

Development of Smart Technologies to Improve Agriculture Productivity and Mitigate Environmental Risks: A Sustainable Approach

Agriculture is a key resource to ensure food security at the planet. The increasing world population demands more food for survival, as agricultural land is shrinking because of urbanization and intensification. Agriculture production contributes significantly to global warming and is related to climate change which is very likely to affect food security at the global, regional, and local level.

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Karim El Jisr
Executive Director
The Sustainable City Innovation Center

Accelerating Net Zero in the Built Environment

Karim is a Danish citizen with 17 years of experience in conservation, pollution control, climate change, urban planning, responsible tourism, and environmental reporting. He has directed more than 50 projects for government entities, UN agencies, and the private sector in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Stephanie Arnold
Climate Research Lab
University of Prince Edward Island

Developing a Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Strategy for a Sub-national Island Jurisdiction: The Case Study of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Changes in our climate are often small enough as to take decades to be observable. These small changes in climate, however, can have significant impacts on the coastal environment, society and the economy, especially on sub-national island jurisdictions such as the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island where rising sea levels, changing precipitation patterns and increasingly intense storms have been observed and are anticipated to increase in the future.

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Global Climate Change

Dr. Adam Fenech Director, Climate Research Lab,
University of Prince Edward Island

The Changing Climate: Physical Responses to a Warming World

The leading authority on climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded that warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and will continue for centuries. Preliminary analyses of climate observations over the past forty years shows an increase in annual mean temperature of over 3.3 degrees Celsius in some countries, and an increase in annual extreme hot days (where the daily maximum temperature is greater than 38°C) of 42 days.

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Karen Jans
Field Unit Superintendent Prince Edward Island
Parks Canada
Government of Canada

Assessing the vulnerability of Canada’s heritage under a changing climate: Experiences in Parks Canada’s national system of protected heritage places

Parks Canada’s heritage places are vulnerable to environmental forces including changes to climate (global warming, increased sea levels), physical environment (air quality, water quality, ocean acidification and connectivity), biodiversity (ecosystem processes, increased number of species at risk, hyper abundant species and invasive species) and habitat loss.

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Andrew Clark
Climate Research Lab
University of Prince Edward Island

The Application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Geovisualization Technologies in Understanding Coastal Environmental Changes

Canada is a coastal nation. Boasting over 243,000 km of coastline, the longest in the world, Canada has relied and will continue to rely on its coasts to support national, regional, and local economies. The coastal zone also holds important societal, historical, cultural, and biological significance.

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Hope Parnham
Climate Research Lab
University of Prince Edward Island

Understanding the Collateral Effects of Shoreline Structures in Responding to Global Climate Change

As coastal property owners respond to the threat of flooding and accelerated rates of coastal erosion due to climate change, one of the most common adaptation strategies is to build a defensive shoreline structure (i.e., seawall, riprap, gabion baskets) to protect buildings and infrastructure.

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Climate Change and Human Health

Suzanne King
McGill University & Douglas Hospital Research Centre
Montreal, Canada

Wildfires, Floods and Ice: The SPIRAL Research Program on Prenatal Maternal Stress

Little is known about the effects of prenatal maternal stress in humans because it would be unethical to randomly assign pregnant women to stress conditions. However, Mother Nature does that for us with natural disasters

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Dr. William J. Montelpare
The Margaret and Wallace McCain Chair in Human Development and Health
University of Prince Edward Island

The Impact of Climate Change on Physical Activity – What might we expect in the future?

Regular involvement in daily quality physical activity has been shown to have tremendous positive impacts on communities. However, despite the worldwide recognition of climate change effects in several areas, there have been few research studies demonstrating how such effects influence participation in physical activity out of doors. Earlier research by Merrill and coworkers (2005) showed that in the United States, climate conditions, which included seasonal variations of moisture and actual precipitation were influencing factors on an individual’s likelihood to participate in physical activity, as noted by variations of respondents from different States.

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Ahmad Abd-El-Aziz
Climate Research Lab
University of Prince Edward Island

The Influence Of Climate Change On Human Health As A Function Of Stress On Individuals

As the effects of climate change have been better understood, the potential danger of climate change affecting human health has become an area of concern[1]. Climate change can affect health directly, such as trauma from storms or heat waves, or indirectly, such as the spread of disease or exacerbating existing conditions like asthma.

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