November 8, 2017
Sea Level Rise - The Big Picture
Featuring John Englander, Oceanographer, Consultant and Leading Expert on Sea Level Rise, Florida, USA and Gil Kelley, Chief Planner and General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, City of Vancouver and and Dr. Sybil Seitzinger, Executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.
John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and leading expert on sea level rise. His broad marine science background coupled with explorations to Greenland and Antarctica allow him to see the big picture of sea level rise and its societal impacts. He brings the diverse points of view of an industry scientist, entrepreneur and CEO. For over 30 years, he has been a leader in both the private and non-profit sectors, serving as Chief Executive Officer for the International SeaKeepers and the Coutsteau Society. As founder of Englander and Associates John works with businesses, government agencies and communities to understand the financial risks of increased flooding due to the compounding effects of rising seas, extreme tides, unprecedented rainfall and storm surge, advocating for “intelligent adaptation”. He believes that along with the tremendous risks in the coming decades there will also be enormous economic opportunities that will allow us to thrive if we begin to plan and adapt now.
Gil Kelley is the General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, with the City of Vancouver.
He leads the City’s work on all city planning visioning, policy, urban design, and major development negotiations. He is also responsible for the effective implementation of the Greenest City Action Plan, Renewable City Strategy, and green building initiatives. He is a voting member of the Development Permit Board and a member of the Corporate Management Team. Before joining the City of Vancouver in 2016, Gil was the director of citywide planning for the City of Francisco and also spent ten years as the director of planning for the City of Portland. An alumnus of the prestigious Loeb Fellowship program at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Gil holds a BA in political economy and is a graduate candidate for a Master of Science degree from MIT.
Sybil Seitzinger is the Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), and Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. Dr. Seitzinger joins PICS from her position as executive director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) based in Stockholm, Sweden. Prior to that, she was director of the Rutgers/NOAA Cooperative Marine Education and Research Program and visiting professor at Rutgers University in the US. She served as president of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography from 2006-2010. Dr. Seitzinger’s work at the IGBP involved facilitating and integrating the work of scientists and researchers across Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe on global environmental change. As a pioneering scientist, her work at Rutgers centred on land-atmosphere-ocean biogeochemistry, with a focus on changes in the global nitrogen cycle and how humans are affecting it. Dr. Seitzinger holds a PhD in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been awarded an honorary PhD from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Brought to you by the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT), and the Pacific Water Research Centre in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre.