Virtual AGM 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT
The 2021 Annual General Meeting was held virtually as the result of COVID-19 restrictions.  We utilized state-of-the-art online technologies to ensure one-on-one interaction with fellow mayors and our keynote speakers.  Our theme was “Climate Change: 2021 and Beyond – Preparing Our Communities for the Future.”  This year’s annual meeting will focus on helping cities prepare for the future.

Video Presentations

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Keynote address from Polly Trottenberg

Breakout Session One:  Understanding Climate Change – Physical
in the Region of the Next Century

Breakout Session Two:  Understanding Climate Change – Regional
Impacts
and Threats Over the Next Century


(Breakout Session presentations can be view under the Agenda tab)


Advisory Council on Coastal Resilience Report Out

View Presentation | Summary of Coastal Resilience Needs


Thursday, August 26, 2021

Keynote Address from The Honourable Chantal Rouleau, M.N.A.


Keynote Address from The Honorable Brenda Mallory



Breakout Session One:  Planning for the Future – Adapting to
the Physical Impacts of Climate Change



Breakout Session Two:  Planning for the Future – Preparing for
Socio-Economic Impacts of Climate Change


(Breakout Session presentations can be view under the Agenda tab)

Keynote Address from the Honourable David Piccini, M.P.P.



Mayor’s Commission on Water Equity Report Out

View Presentation | Recommendations

Keynote Address from Senator Dick Durbin

Agenda

View Speaker Lineup and Agenda

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Erin Brockovich, Environmental Activist
Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator – IL, Senate Majority Whip
Brian Mulroney, Former Prime Minister of Canada
David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Michael Regan, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Guest Speakers:

Senator
Tammy Duckworth
(D-Illinois)

The Honourable Chantal Rouleau, M.N.A.
Minister for Transport

Senator
Debbie Stabenow
(D-Michigan)

Polly Trottenberg
Deputy Secretary
USDOT

Congresswoman
Debbie Dingell
(D-Michigan)

Elizabeth Hendriks
Vice President
WWF-Canada

Congressman
Bill Huizenga
(R-Michigan)

Congresswoman
Marcy Kaptur
(D-Ohio)

David Miller
Former Mayor
of Toronto

*The following breakout sessions will be presented concurrently and recorded.

DAY ONE

BREAKOUT SESSION ONE:

Understanding Climate Change – Physical Changes in the Region Over the Next Century

Description: The world will inevitably be impacted by climate change throughout the century. What exactly will these physical changes look like for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region? Hear from regional experts about how weather events, temperature trends, and lake levels will change over the next century.

Moderator: Mayor Sandra Easton – Town of Lincoln, ON

Presentation Topics & Guest Speakers:

Understanding Climate Change Across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin
Dr. Brent Lofgren – Physical Scientist
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab
View Presentation

Understanding Lake Level Changes
Dr. Andrew Gronewold – Associate Professor of Ecosystem Science and Management
University of Michigan
View Presentation

Understanding Shoreline Behaviour and Erosion
Dr. John Johnston – Lecturer and Coastal Geoscientist
University of Waterloo (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
View Presentation

Prepare Now or Pay Later: Guidelines to Limit Home and Community Level Flood Risk
Dr. Blair Feltmate – Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation
University of Waterloo
View Presentation

Q&A SESSION WITH SPEAKERS

BREAKOUT SESSION TWO:

Understanding Climate Change – Regional Impacts and Threats Over the Next Century

Description: The physical impacts of climate change will have repercussions on our communities, ecosystems, and economies. What will these impacts and threats look like for Great Lakes and St. Lawrence communities? Learn about the ways your community could be impacted by climate change including effects on water quality, wildlife, and infrastructure.

Moderator: Mayor George Pandaleon – Lake Forest, IL

Presentation Topics & Guest Speakers:

Climate Change Impacts on Runoff and Water Quality
Charlie Lalonde – Project Coordinator
Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative
View Presentation

Climate Change Impacts on Fish and Wildlife
Dr. Len Hunt – Human Dimensions Research Scientist
Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
View Presentation

Climate Change Impacts on Our Communities
Dr. Gail Krantzberg – Program Lead & Professor; M.Eng. Engineering and Public Policy
McMaster University
View Presentation

Q&A SESSION WITH SPEAKERS

DAY TWO

BREAKOUT SESSION ONE:

Planning for the Future – Adapting to the Physical Impacts of Climate Change

Description: Climate change will have lasting impacts on physical infrastructure and our shorelines. It will be critical for communities to plan for these changes and rebuild in more resilient ways. Hear from experts on ways your community can plan for, and adapt to, the physical impacts of climate change.

Moderator: Mayor Jerome Prince – Gary, IN

Prioritizing Nature-Based Solutions in Resilience Projects
Jason Stangland – Principal, Waterfront Practice Director
Smith Group
View Presentation

Municipal Water Supply
David Goldwater – Vice President, Senior Policy Advisor, Federal
Stantec
View Presentation

Municipal Infrastructure
Maud Allaire – Mayor of Contrecoeur, QC
View Presentation

Project Funding
Tom Berry – Senior Planner
Stantec
View Presentation

10 minutes – Q&A WITH GUEST SPEAKERS

15 minutes – SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS WITH GUEST SPEAKERS

DAY TWO

BREAKOUT SESSION TWO:

Planning for the Future – Preparing for Socio-Economic Impacts of Climate Change

Description: Our communities and economies will experience socio-economic impacts related to climate change. Hear from a range of experts on ways to prepare for, mitigate, and adapt to the different socio-economic impacts that could influence your community in future climate change scenarios. Topics include impacts on tourism, population migration, and economic development.

Moderator: Mayor Bill Steele – Port Colborne, ON

Tourism
Shelly Hartfield – Director of Port Services
American Queen Steamboat Company

Climate Migration
Beth Gibbons – Executive Director
American Society of Adaptation Professionals

Economic Development Along Our Coastlines
Aaron Barter – Director of Innovation and Sustainability
Waterfront Toronto
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Social Expectations for Our Shorelines
Jon Allan – Senior Advisor, Senior Academic and Research Program Officer
University of Michigan, Great Lakes Water Quality Board, Science Advisory Board

10 minutes – Q&A WITH GUEST SPEAKERS

15 minutes – SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS WITH GUEST SPEAKERS

Check back often for additional agenda details.

Virtual Legislative Reception

VIRTUAL LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION
We are excited to announce that this year’s Annual Group Meeting will include a virtual legislative reception.  On August 25th from 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm EST, you’ll be able to meet and mingle online with fellow Mayors, state and provincial legislators, industry leaders, and Members of Congress.

A Message from
Mayor Walter Sendzik
A Message from
Mayor Tom Barret
A Message from
Mayor George Cornell

Legislative Reception Speakers:

Ana Escrogima
Consul General
U.S. Consulate General in Montreal

Martin Loken
Minister (Political)
Embassy of Canada to the U.S.

Thank you to our 2021 AGM Sponsors

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