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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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Wednesday, April 19 • 8:00am - 8:30am
Conference Overview & Welcome
For the first time in human history, more people live in urban environments than in rural. As this global trend continues, how do we make sure that children experience the benefits of nature in their daily lives? This Summit will explore issues of justice and equity, urban design, policy, advocacy and community engagement to ensure safe, beautiful places for all children and families. Morning roundtable sessions will focus on strategies for nature connection in urban areas. The afternoon will offer interactive walkshops and workshops.

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Rick Bates

Executive Vice-President and CEO, Canadian Wildlife Federation
Rick Bates is the CEO and Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Canada’s largest conservation charity.  CWF has been a leader in experiential education and connecting people to nature for over 30 years. Through its educator professional development and youth... Read More →
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Pete Dominick

Pete Dominick is a Stand Up Comic, radio host, activist and staunch environmentalist.
Pete Dominick is a Stand Up Comic, radio host, activist and staunch environmentalist. He’s best known for his daily national public affairs show on SIRIUSXM, “Stand Up with Pete Dominick.” The daily 3-hour show has been airing for over eight years, which regularly features some... Read More →
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The Honourable Judith Guichon

OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
The Honourable Judith Guichon was sworn-in as the 29th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia on November 2, 2012. Prior to this appointment she owned and operated Gerard Guichon Ranch Limited in the Nicola Valley in the British Columbia Interior. The Guichon family has ranched in... Read More →
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Sarah Milligan-Toffler

Executive Director, Children & Nature Network
Sarah is a creative, energetic, and mission-driven leader who brings 25 years of experience in developing, funding, and implementing outdoor education and adventure programs that provide a deep connection to nature for people of all backgrounds and abilities.

Wednesday April 19, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am PDT
Bayshore Grand Ballroom