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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 - 9:30am
Keynote - Creating Connections to Nature in an Urbanizing World: An International Perspective
Opening Plenary: Creating Connections to Nature in an Urbanizing World: An International Perspective

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Gil Penalosa

Founder & Chair, 8 80 Cities
Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. He advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age, gender and social, economic, or ethnic background. His focus is on the design and use of parks... Read More →

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Jesús Aguirre

Superintendent, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Jesús Aguirre has served as the Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation since June 2015. Aguirre began his career as a middle school science teacher in Los Angeles in the 1990s and most recently, served as the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia... Read More →
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Matilda van den Bosch

Asst Prof, Dept of Forest & Conservation Sciences, University of British Columbia
Matilda is a doctor in medicine as well as in landscape planning and public health. Since July 2016 she is an assistant professor at The University of British Columbia, Canada, where she holds a shared affiliation between the School of Population and Public Health and the Department... Read More →
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Lauraleigh Paul

First Nations Ecology Programmer, Stanley Park Ecology Society
Lauraleigh is of Coast Salish, Interior Salish, and Carrier First Nations descent.  In spring 2016, Lauraleigh joined SPES via her environmental monitoring practicum.  She passionately offers us her invaluable indigenous life experiences and integral teachings about Coast Salish... Read More →

Wednesday April 19, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am PDT
Bayshore Grand Ballroom