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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.

Please note: Schedules are now locked from being changed. If you would like to make changes to your schedule, please come see us at the registration desk. See you in Vancouver!
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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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Guillermo (Gil) Penalosa

Founder, 8- 80 Cities
Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. Gil 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 and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and the new use of cars. Gil is the founder and chair of the board of the internationally-recognized nonprofit organization 8 80 Cities, based in Canada. The organization was created centred on a simple but powerful philosophy: if you create a great city for an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old, you will create a successful city for all people. Gil also runs his own international consulting firm - Gil Penalosa... Read More →

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Jesús Aguirre

Superintendent Seattle Parks & Rec, Seattle Parks & 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 Departm... 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 historical interpretation and relevant present day interpretations to directly facilitate positive relationship building and ecological stewardship practices. She also generously shares a wealth of local flora and fauna use, teaching us how to nurture ourselves with nature, whether it be medicinal or practical, to harmonize our wellbeing with the natural... Read More →

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

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