Keynotes

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

… mkimmererother, author, storyteller, professor, scientist, & member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her latest book “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants” was released in 2013 and was awarded the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to the land. She is the Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She serves as the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

Jan and ChrisA for Adventure… Jan Sebastian LaPierre & Chris Surette

… are adventurers, storytellers and entrepreneurs building a movement that is inspiring people to get outdoors and experience nature. They are gifted in using new media, video and a wonderful children’s book to engage Maritimers. Their regular CBC radio stories have grabbed the public’s imagination. Their recent book tour across Nova Scotia was a youthful mob scene. Expect to be engaged, challenged and inspired.

boris_worm_sampling-copyDr. Boris Worm

… an internationally recognized marine biologist, educator and researcher committed to understanding, promoting and protecting both biodiversity in the oceans and ocean literacy in our hearts. He is known as the “Oceans Guy” for his popular contributions on CBC Radio. HIs educational work explores how one can best teach about the oceans using technology and multi-media, to overcome the hurdle of getting students beneath the waves and into sea.

ShiftItDance_colour-w-300x189MindShift

… is a powerful, award winning, theatrical production designed and performed by high school youth working with the Halifax Regional Adventure Earth Centre that asks all of us to shift our awareness and actions, making sustainability a core value in our lives, workplaces and communities. The productions consistently receive standing ovations and elicit deep emotional responses and commitments among audience members to make a difference. They speak to and embody the power of youth to promote a “see change”.