Lectures & Events

Can the United States and Canada cooperate on Climate Change? Should they? Why?

Thursday, March 21 - Friday, March 22, 2019
6 hours of in-person CLE credit, pending approval

Over the last century, the warming of our natural environment has accelerated due to human activity and is beginning to have significant impacts across continents and demographics. The imperative need to limit the changes in environmental conditions and manage changes brought on by climate change are, by geography, issues that Canada and the United States must face together. This year's annual conference will delve into these issues from the perspective of trans-border impact, initiatives, and need for cooperation. Our expert panelists and distinguished lecturers will cover issues ranging from efforts to limit carbon emissions, to planning for the changes to shared resources such as the Great Lakes, to national security and more. Our guests and presenters from government, academia, and industry from both countries will review these topics from their national viewpoints and engage the audience in much needed dialogue on the issues.

Event Location
Moot Courtroom (A59)
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Thursday March 21st, 2019 — Opening & Awards Banquet
3:30 pm
Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Canada-United States Law Institute
5:00 pm
Opening Reception and Dinner for all Conference Attendees
6:00 pm
Welcome and Introduction – Law School Rotunda
6:15 pm
Presentation of the Henry T. King Award and Sydney J. Picker Award
6:30 pm
Opening Address & Distinguished Lecture
8:00 pm

Friday March 22nd, 2019
8:00 am
Registration and Breakfast - Law School Lobby
8:15 am
Welcome and Introduction
8:30 am
Climate Change – The Facts
9:00 am
Ambassador’s and Minister’s Roundtable – What are the prospects for High-Level Coordination?
Moderated by Consul General Joseph Comartin, Consul General of Canada in Detroit
The Hon. James J. Blanchard, former Governor of Michigan, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Ambassador to Canada
The Hon. James S. Peterson PC, former Minister of International Trade for Canada and Minister of Parliament
Peter Gordon MacKay PC QC, former Canadian Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Minister of National Defence, and Minister of Parliament
10:15 am
10:30 am
Climate Change, Policy, and Law – what needs to be done, and how can it be achieved?
Commissioner Lana Pollack, Chair of the United States Section, International Joint Commission
Martha Hall Finlay, President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation
11:45 am
Break and Lunch
12:30 pm
Friday Distinguished Lecture
1:00 pm
1:15 pm
Climate Change and Economy – effects, risks, and strategic thinking for the future
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
Regional Efforts – State, Province, and Regional Approaches to Climate Change
4:00 pm
4:15 pm
Closing Remarks
4:45 pm
Close of Conference
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