May 21-28, 2007

Calendar (May 21, 2007)

May 23: "Forests, Carbon and Climate Change," the first in an electronic lecture series on Forests and Climate Change, presented by the Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada (CIF/IFC) in partnership with Natural Resources Canada. The four-lecture series will cover a number of important issues such as carbon dynamics in the forest and bioenergy production and impacts on biodiversity and employment. The remaining three lectures are scheduled for June 13, June 20 and August 1; all will be presented at 1:30 p.m. The CIF/IFC notes that these virtual lectures remove the need for people to travel, thus eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions associated with travelling to a conventional conference. "There is currently too much misinformation with respect to climate change," says CIF/IFC president Doug Stables. "Our virtual lecture series will attempt to provide unbiased science and well-researched information on climate change as it relates to forestry, so that effective and meaningful solutions may be developed and implemented; and it will do this in a cost-effective and carbon-neutral manner." More information is available from John Pineau at the ICF/IFC, 705/495-9060, E-mail The CIF/IFC Climate Change Electronic Lecture Series Poster may be viewed on-line at

May 31:Brownfield Redevelopment in Canada and the U.S., presented by the Toronto law firms Thompson Hine LLP and Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP as part of their Compare and Contrast Webinar series. To be held between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the session will feature discussions by specialists from both firms on topics such as public policy and brownfields redevelopment, liability issues, conducting effective due diligence, contract negotiations between buyers and sellers, creative ways to transfer or allocate risk, and obtaining liability protection. The conference is free of charge, but participants need to register to obtain log-in information. Details from: Jennifer Mixson at Thompson Hine, E-mail or Susi Tarleton at Gowlings, E-mail A previous session in this series on Chemical Regulation in Canada and the U.S. is available in podcast and pdf format on the Gowlings Web site,

May 31-June 1: SB07Toronto, the Toronto Regional Sustainable Building and Construction Conference, sponsored by the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation, Ryerson University, Loblaw Companies and Toronto Community Housing; to be held at 89 Chestnut Conference Centre in downtown Toronto. The conference will present best practices and the latest policy, technological and commercial developments in sustainable buildings and construction. SB07Toronto is one of 14 similar events being held worldwide during 2007 as a lead-up to SB08 in Melbourne, Australia. Full conference and registration details may be viewed on the SB07Toronto Web site,

June 13-15: 11th Canadian Pollution Prevention [P2] Roundtable and 2007 Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CCME) P2 Awards, presented by the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention (C2P2); to be held in Winnipeg. The conference program features sessions on sustainable production and industrial P2; global applications of P2, small business P2 and extended producer responsibility, plus a showcase of Manitoba zero-waste and P2 initiatives. The CCME's P2 Awards will be presented during the conference at a gala dinner on June 14. Details are available from the C2P2 at 1-800-667-9790, E-mail

June 15-17: Sustainable Ecosystem and Social Stewardship, a Greening of Industry Network conference, hosted by the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) Centre for Responsible Organizations at Wilfed Laurier University; to be held at WLU in Waterloo, Ont. The conference will focus on three broad sub-themes related to sustainable ecosystem and social stewardship: sustainable innovation of products, services, processes and business models; sustainable infrastructure, e.g. energy, transportation and communication systems; and the role of corporations in ecological stewardship and fostering social sufficiency at the base of the pyramid. Program and registration details may be viewed on the conference Web site,

June 19-20: EECO, the 2007 Environment and Energy Conference, presented by the Globe Foundation of Canada; to be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto. Presentations will focus on three key issues critical to the Great Lakes region: clean air, clean energy and climate change. A highlight of the conference will be the presentation of the Globe Awards for Environmental Excellence at the closing gala lunch on June 20. Full program and registration details are available from the Globe Foundation, 604/775-7300, FAX 604/666-8123, E-mail,

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June 26-29: Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) 100th Annual Conference and Exhibition, to be held at the David L Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA. Full program and registration details are available on the A&WMA Web site,

July 8-11: World Conference on Disaster Management, presented by the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness; to be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto. The program will examine contingency planning and response to a wide range of risks and situations, including climate change. Disaster management professionals from around the world will discuss the economic effects, what they can do to mitigate climate change impacts, the type of planning they should be doing, and what influence, if any, they can exert on politicians and business leaders. Representatives from Environment Canada's Meteorological Service of Canada will discuss the agency's role in disaster risk reduction and community resiliency. Worth noting is the fact that the conference is being planned as a "green" event. Full program and registration details may be viewed on the conference Web site,

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