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2015/16 Blaney Award for Dialogue

August 20, 2015

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue is pleased to announce Professor Tim Flannery as the recipient of the 2015/16 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. This award provides an opportunity to celebrate the significant role Professor Flannery’s work has had in advancing the global conversation around the critical issue of climate change. From convening global business leaders at the Copenhagen Climate Council to performing community-based outreach with the Australian Climate Commission, Professor Flannery has reached out to new audiences and created opportunities for authentic engagement.


Join us for an evening lecture with Professor Tim Flannery

Reality Check: Climate Change, the Resource Economy and the Road to Paris

The award presentation will include a short programming residency at SFU in October 2015. As friends of the SFU Centre for Dialogue, we invite you to register now to receive a 25% discount for Professor Flannery’s October 14 lecture at The Vancouver Playhouse: Reality Check—Climate Change, the Resource Economy and the Road to Paris (7pm). At this special lecture Professor Flannery will discuss global climate issues with local thought leaders and will tackle the thorny topic of how to reconcile global environmental concerns with economic growth and resource development. Audience members will also witness the Canadian launch for Professor Flannery’s latest book, Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis, which follows his past international bestseller The Weather Makers.

We hope to see you at The Playhouse for this special lecture.


About Professor Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery has published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has named 25 living and 50 fossil mammal species. His 32 books include the award-winning The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into over 20 languages. He has made numerous documentaries and regularly reviews for the New York Review of Books.

He has received a Centenary of Federation Medal, and in 2002 delivered the Australia Day address. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007, Australian of the Year. In 2011 he was made a Chevalier of the Order of St Charles.

In 1998–1999 he was a visiting professor at Harvard, and is a founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a director of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, and has served on the International Board of WWF.

In 2007 he co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council. In 2011 he became Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner, and in 2013 he founded and currently heads the Australian Climate Council. He serves of the Sustainability Advisory Board of Tata Power (India). His most recent book is Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis, published in October 2016 by Harper Collins.


About the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue

The Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue is presented by SFU every second year to an individual who has demonstrated, internationally, excellence in the use of dialogue to further the understanding of complex and profound public issues. Past recipients of the Blaney Award include Reconciliation Canada Ambassador Chief Robert Joseph, Charter for Compassion founder Karen Armstrong, dance choreographer Liz Lerman, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and leading international environmentalist Maurice Strong.

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