Lectures & Events

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

Friday, March 22, 2019
8:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Approved for 5 hours of in-person CLE credit

Friday's conference will be at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Parking is included in the cost of the conference if you park at the Botanical Gardens. Please take your ticket to the Parking attendant located on P1 of the Botanical Gardens and they will validate it.

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.

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Event Location
Cleveland Botanical Gardens
11030 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 Sidney Picker Jr. Award
6:30 pm
Opening Address & Distinguished Lecture
8:00 pm

Friday March 22nd, 2019
8:00 am
Registration and Breakfast - Woodland Hall, Cleveland Botanical Gardens
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?
Moderated by Christopher Sands, Ph.D., Senior Research Professor and Director, Center for Canadian Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Commissioner Lana Pollack, Chair of the United States Section, International Joint Commission
Martha Hall Finlay, President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation
Joanna Dafoe, Senior Policy Advisor for Climate Change, Environment and Climate Change Canada
11:45 am
Break and Lunch
12:30 pm
Friday Distinguished Lecture
The Honourable John McKay PC MP, Minister of Canadian Parliament, Canadian Co-Chair of the Canada-United States Permanent Joint Board on Defence, and Vice-Chair of Canada-U.S Inter-Parliamentary Association
1:00 pm
1:15 pm
Climate Change and Economy – effects, risks, and strategic thinking for the future
Moderated by Richard O. Cunningham, International Trade Partner, Steptoe & Johnson
Karlis Vasarais, Pres. and CEO of Imtex Membranes, Venture Capitalist in Low-Carbon Industries
David Terry, Executive Director of the National Association of State Energy Officials
Grant Goodrich, Director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute at CWRU
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
Regional Efforts – State, Province, and Regional Approaches to Climate Change
Moderated by Mark Fisher, CEO of the Council of the Great Lakes Region
Terrance J. Fitzpatrick, President & CEO, Energy Association of Pennsylvania
Associate Professor Chios Carmody, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law
M. Marc Deblois, Senior Advisor, Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques / Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against climate change, Province of Quebec, and co-Chair of the Climate Change Steering Committee of the Coalition of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers
4:00 pm
4:15 pm
Closing Remarks
Chios Carmody, Canadian National Director, Canada – United States Law Institute, Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law
4:45 pm
Close of Conference
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