Hosted by CIGI and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the Global Youth Forum is a combination of expert panels, trans-media storytelling, and the opportunity for local youth to engage with both academic experts and community groups. will bring together students, community groups, academics and researchers to engage on climate change related topics such as:

  • the complexity of intergovernmental responses;
  • the causes and impact of the crises (e.g., fossil fuels, greenhouse gasses);
  • expressing the interdependent systems that contribute to the issue (i.e., legal, social, economic); and
  • predicting potential responses and the perspectives from which they arise (e.g. mitigation vs. adaptation).

AGENDA

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Welcome and introductions

  • Andrea Harding , Community Relations and Events Manager, Centre for International Governance Innovation
  • Silvia Maciunas, Deputy Director for Environmental Law, Centre for International Governance Innovation
  • Rohinton Medhora, President, Centre for International Governance Innovation (video message)

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM: Keynote presentation 

  • Craig Johnson, Professor of Political Science, University of Guelph

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Health break and group photo

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM: Breakout sessions with climate change experts

  • Sarah Burch, Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation and Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo
  • Simon Dalby, CIGI Chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change and Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Timiebi Aganaba - Jeanty, Post - Doctoral Fellow, Environmental Law, CIGI
  • Truzaar Dordi, PhD Candidate, Climate Finance, University of Waterloo
  • Freedom - Kai Phillips, Environmental Law Research Associate, CIGI
  • Sara Mainville, Senior Associate, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

11:00 AM - Noon: Lunch and opportunity to connect with community groups

12:00 Noon - 1:15 PM: Breakout Sessions with Community Groups & TED Talk screening in Auditorium

GROUP A:

12:00 – 12:30 – Breakout Sessions with Community Groups

12:45 – 1:15 – TED Talk Screening in Auditorium

GROUP B:

12:00 – 12:30 – TED Talk Screening in Auditorium

12:45 – 1:15 – Breakout Sessions with Community Groups

During the breakout sessions, local community groups will facilitate small group discussions with the students about their organizations and what action youth can take.

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM: Health break

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM: Panel discussion: students are encouraged to submit questions for the panel throughout the day using the Twitter hashtag #CIGIGYF

Moderator:

  • Timiebi Aganaba - Jeanty, Post - Doctoral Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation

Panelist:

  • Sarah Burch, Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation and Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo
  • Craig Johnson, Professor of Political Science, University of Guelph
  • Truzaar Dordi, PhD Candidate, Climate Finance, University of Waterloo
  • Freedom - Kai Phillips, Environmental Law Research Associate, CIGI
  • Sara Mainville, Senior Associate, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP

2 :15 PM - 2:30 PM: Closing remarks

Capacity for this event is limited to 250 students, and all students should register through their teacher/school representative. For additional details or to register for the event, please contact Muriel O’Doherty at [email protected].