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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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Plenary [clear filter]
Wednesday, April 19

8:00am PDT

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
Thursday, April 20

8:15am PDT

Plenary - Growing the Movement - Funders Panel
Funders will share current trends, funding priorities and challenges that impact the work of connecting children to nature. The intention of this session is to provide the funder's perspective in an informative way.

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Angie Chen

Director, Blue Sky Funders Forum
Angie Chen is director of the Blue Sky Funders Forum. Prior to this role, she was an advisor to the Pisces Foundation. Angie previously managed a crosscutting environmental literacy program at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and oversaw grantmaking to connect California's youth... Read More →

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Kim Moore Bailey

CEO, Youth Outside
Kim Moore Bailey, Oakland, CA, serves as the Executive Director for Youth Outside. Inspired by her own passion for the outdoors and years of both professional and personal experiences, Kim focuses on Youth Outside’s strategic direction, grantmaking portfolio, and working to develop... Read More →
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Meriko Kubota

Meriko Kubota is the Director of Sponsorships and Community Investment at MEC, Mountain Equipment Co-op.  She oversees national sponsorships and new store opening activations, community investment programs including granting, partnerships and the Outdoor Nation program which inspires... Read More →
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Jason Morris

Senior Program Officer, Pisces Foundation
Jason is a Senior Program Officer at the Pisces Foundation, focusing on Environmental Education. In this role, Jason leads the Foundation’s grantmaking in environmental education and implements strategies to shape environmental education initiatives nationally. Jason was most recently... Read More →
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Laura Turner Seydel

Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation
Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide... Read More →
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Karen Shelstad

Program Director, The Lawson Foundation
Karen leads program development for four of the Lawson Foundation’s funding programs and was instrumental in developing a strategic approach to its grant making. Karen also provides leadership for the Foundation’s nascent Impact Investing program. She has over 20 years experience... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 8:15am - 9:15am PDT
Bayshore Grand Ballroom
Friday, April 21

8:15am PDT

Plenary - Young Leaders: Inspiration to Action
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José González

Founder- Executive Director Emeritus, Latino Outdoors
José G. González is an experienced educator in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He received his B.A at the University... Read More →

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Kelsey Leonard

Natural Resources Committee, Shinnecock Indian Nation
Kelsey Leonard serves on behalf of the Shinnecock Indian Nation as Tribal Co-Lead for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body. She also sits on the Natural Resources Committee for the Shinnecock Indian Nation leading tribal ocean protection efforts. Kelsey has previously worked for... Read More →
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Chloe Dragon Smith

Connecting a New Generation with Nature, Canadian Parks Council
Chloe Dragon Smith is a young Metis woman from the small northern city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Her nature-filled upbringing shaped her values today. Today, Chloe holds a degree in Earth Science from the University of Victoria. While educated in Science, she is keenly... Read More →
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Sarah Walker

Executive Director, Come Alive Outside

Friday April 21, 2017 8:15am - 9:15am PDT
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

12:00pm PDT

Plenary - Moving Forward
Friday April 21, 2017 12:00pm - 12:15pm PDT
Bayshore Grand Ballroom