Schedule For The 2020/21 Season:


Speakers/Topics for the 2020/21 Season:

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell


Speaking October 8

Title: Building a Better Normal: In Conversation with the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Description: Drawing on conversations with key stakeholders in multiple sectors across the province, The Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will talk about equity and economic sustainability in a post-COVID world.


Bio - The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell is the 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. As the representative of Her Majesty The Queen, Ms. Dowdeswell carries out constitutional and ceremonial duties and facilitates healthy citizen and community engagement

ThE WHALE & THE RAVEN


Presenting and Q and A November 18

Title - The Whale and the Raven

Description: The Whale and the Raven (2019) is a documentary that tells the story of efforts by the Gitga’at First Nation and allies in British Columbia to protect their land, waters, and whale population from the gas industry. Screen the film then attend the discussion event with researchers involved in the film. Janie Wray, Head Researcher at BC Whales, and Spencer Greening (La’Goot), PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University focusing on Language, Place-based Knowledge, and Environmental Stewardship in the Heart of Gitga’at Territory, will join us for this online event live from British Columbia.

NIKKI PAYNE


Speaking January 13

Title - Your Garbage - A journey from curb side pickup to Landfill and Beyond

Description: Join us for a virtual presentation about what happens to the garbage and recycling you leave at your driveway every week. Nikki Payne, and Kerri Snoddy are garbage experts. They will explain how a landfill works, de-mystify recycling and advise us about how we can all do better.



Bio: Nikki Payne is a graduate of the Fleming College Environmental Technician and Technology programs. During her time at Fleming she worked summers with the City of Kawartha Lakes and found her passion for the waste management sector. After graduation she relocated to Vancouver Island and worked in the aquaculture sector. Since then she has returned to the City of Kawartha Lakes as a Waste Technician II, where she performs environmental monitoring all the closed and open landfills, as well as monitoring the curbside waste and recycling contract, Lindsay’s landfill gas generator and flare, composting, construction and demolition recycling programs and other tasks that come her way.

KERRI SNODDY


Speaking January 13

Title- Your Garbage - A journey from curb side pickup to Landfill and Beyond

Description: Join us for a virtual presentation about what happens to the garbage and recycling you leave at your driveway every week. Nikki Payne, and Kerri Snoddy are garbage experts. They will explain how a landfill works, de-mystify recycling and advise us about how we can all do better.




Bio - Kerri Snoddy is the Regulatory Compliance Officer for the City of Kawartha Lakes. Her role at the City includes consolidating annual monitoring reports for the City’s sixteen landfill sites, submitting annual reporting and funding applications for recycling programs, consulting with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks to ensure that the landfill sites are operating in compliance with provincial legislation to protect the environment, and implementing recycling initiatives through the City’s Integrated Waste Management Strategy to increase the City’s overall diversion rate. Kerri is a graduate of the Fleming College Environmental Technology program and has over five years of relevant experience in the private and public sectors. She is passionate about waste reduction and moving towards a (practically) zero-waste future.

Panel on the Scugog river


Showing February 10

Topic - Panel Discussion On Scugog Conservation

Description: Scugog River Conservation

Panelists Brett Tregunno and Professor Eric Sager will discuss pressing conservation needs facing the Scugog, the impact of water conservancy on the community, and steps that can be taken to ensure the sustainability of the Scugog from different perspectives.


Bio: Eric Sager is a professor in the Ecological Restoration Program, a jointly administered program between the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at Fleming College and the Environmental and Resource Studies Program at Trent University.


Bio: Brett Tregunno is an Aquatic Biologist with Kawartha Conservation.


Jennifer Pogue - Lacombe


Speaking March 10

Title - Neurodiversity: True confessions of a dyslexic student turned teacher

Description: In this informative talk Jennifer will discuss her experiences as a dyslexic learner and teacher within the Ontario school system. As an advocate for learners who are neurologically diverse, Jennifer will talk about broadening our perception of who is an ‘ideal learner’, overcoming the challenges of being dyslexic in a text driven education system, and how she has used her strengths to succeed in the world of work.


Bio: Jennifer Pogue-Lacombe has taught Media and Art in the Ontario Secondary School System for over eleven years. She has done workshops for the National Character Education Conference, Connect 2018 as well as workshops on integrating arts and film cross-curricularly.


As well as developing arts and film programs for her own schools, Jennifer is the creator of a successful women in careers conference called W2, has spearheaded several elementary family of schools arts/high school connections programs with TLDSB, and is the founder of a board-wide film festival that has run for 12 years.


Jennifer currently teaches media at I.E. Weldon Secondary School and is continuing her postgraduate studies at UOIT.

Kenton Otterbein


Speaking April 14

Title - The Massasauga Rattler - Dangerous and Endangered.

Description: Join us for an informative virtual event featuring Kenton Otterbein, the Discovery Leader at Killbear Provincial Park on Georgian Bay. Kenton will speak about the Ministry of Natural Resources initiative to preserve the Massasauga Rattlesnake species, a unique yet threatened species native to Ontario.


Bio - Graduated from Trent University in 1989 with an Honours B.Sc in Environmental Science and Resource Management. Started working at Killbear Provincial Park in 1999 as the full time Discovery Program Leader, leading a team of park naturalists in educating visitors about the natural and cultural history of Killbear. Kenton is also responsible for resource management projects in the park.


Kenton was inspired to work in the environmental field in the 1970’s by finding out about acid rain and it’s impacts while camping at Killarney Provincial Park. When not working he’s most likely to be found kayaking or cross country skiing amongst the Thirty Thousand Islands of eastern Georgian Bay.


Kenton will explain how Killbear has worked over the past three decades to protect a high profile population of the threatened Massasauga rattlesnake in one of Ontario’s busiest and most popular parks.

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