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Past Events

Moderator: Ingrid Leman Stefanovic
Date: Wednesday, 19 September, 2018
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Join us for a public screening of the documentary Women Bending the Curve on Climate Change in Vancouver. Set in the context of the Paris climate change agreements, the new film tells the stories of climate change leaders from Canada’s West Coast working in renewable energy, city government, energy conservation, community engagement, sustainable food, finance and indigenous land stewardship.

Stories that Make a Difference: Climate Narratives for a New World

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Simon Fraser University's Wosk Centre for Dialogue | 580 West Hastings Street | Vancouver, BC


A shift is happening in the way the world talks about climate change. What used to be the exclusive domain of science and activism is quickly transforming into a global SOS featuring the voices and stories of people from all walks of life, young and old, near and far. There is a renewed urgency in their message: climate change isn’t abstract or distant any more. It is here. It is now. And it affects everything we see and do.

Roundtable on the Research and Practice of Women's Participation and Leadership in Climate Solutions

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Simon Fraser University's Wosk Centre for Dialogue | 580 West Hastings Street | Vancouver, BC


Greater economic, infrastructure and employment and health disparities make women more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. And when given the opportunity to participate and influence policy and programs, they are also key agents of change for social, economic and environmental sustainability across sectors ranging from agriculture to governance to natural resources to energy. This roundtable will examine the barriers that currently exist for women’s (and other marginalized populations) participation as well as the opportunities and actionable methods for greater participation and leadership in climate solutions. The organizing questions include: What would it look like if there was gender equity and fully inclusive participation in your sector to take action on climate change? What innovative methods of inclusion and participation would you scale up to address climate solutions?

Student Writing Contest 2018

The Faculty of Environment encouraged students to write an evidence-based research opinion editorial (op-ed) for its 2018 OpEd Writing Contest

Developing a Landscape of Green Infrastructure in a Changing Climate

Friday, February 9, 2018 | 9:30AM - 2:00PM

The workshop will aim to integrate understanding of green infrastructure, ecological restoration, urban planning, landscape architecture, government planning and action, and climate change resilience. The workshop calls upon a panel of experts to speak to each section, followed by a roundtable, and summary by the panel speakers. It will approach these concepts in a top-down framework by moving through the current green infrastructure landscape with a number of guest lecturers.

Researching Teaching and Learning for Democratic Participation: An Inquiry into Pedagogy Practices at Simon Fraser University

On October 15, 2017, a group of researchers at SFU, including Dr. Cristina Serverius (RA), Dr. Brenda Morrison, Dr. Am Johal, Paola Ardiles, Dr. Daniel Savas, led by Dr. Joanna Ashworth, proposed a research project to the VP Research that would explore cases of democratic teaching and learning internally at Simon Fraser University.

Imagine 12,000 Rain Gardens on Vancouver's North Shore

June 27th, 2017

Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Environment's Pacific Water Research Centre and partners are inviting you to learn about an exciting rain garden initiative in Puget Sound and explore what it would take to build 12,000 rain gardens on the North Shore.

An effective blend of regionally coordinated but locally driven efforts, the 12,000 Rain Gardens in Puget Sound campaign has played a major role in taking the rain garden concept from obscure to commonplace and from outlier to mainstream in terms of stormwater management strategies. With representatives from the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver and the District of West Vancouver, we will talk about what it would take to engage our citizens in such an initiative here on the North Shore.

Columbia's Transformation: Good News in a Convoluted World: Business Opportunities in a Growing Middle Income Economy with His Excellency Nicolas Lloreda-Ricuarte Ambassador of Colombia

Join us for a presentation and discussion with the Colombian Ambassador to Canada Nicolas Lloreda-Ricaurte on the Colombian economy, political outlook, trade and investment, and business opportunities for Canadian companies.

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2017
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Room 470 Hamber Foundation Boardroom,
SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W Hastings Street, Vancouver

This is a free public event.


His Excellency Nicolás Lloreda-Ricaurte, serves as Ambassador of Colombia to Canada since February 14, 2013. Previously (2010-2012), he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Colombia in Washington, D.C. Between 2001-2010, Mr. Lloreda practiced law in Washington D.C., where he focused on international business transactions, trade, investment policy and international dispute resolution. Mr. Lloreda also served as Director General of the Andean Community (1997-2000), where he supervised the legal department and prosecuted and defended cases before the Andean Court of Justice. Earlier, Mr. Lloreda spent four years with the Colombian Government Trade Bureau in Washington, D.C. (1993-1997), where he served as Director of the Trade Bureau of the Colombian Embassy. In 2010, he was appointed as an arbitrator before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, ICSID. Mr lloreda is an attorney admitted to practice in Colombia, the State of New York and the District of Columbia. His wife, Alessandra is an economist. They have two children.


  • SFU International
  • SFU School for International Studies
  • SFU Institute for Diaspora Research & Engagement Development and Sustainability Group
  • SFU Faculty of Environment: Professional Programs & Partnerships

Rain Gardens and Other Green Infrastructure: Approaches to Manage Storm Water at Home

Learn about various ways to minimize run off and flooding damage from rain and snow to our local ecosystems and community infrastructure in this two-part event. All are welcome, registration is free (pre-registration required).

Rain garden tour

Enjoy a guided tour of a local rain garden developed by West Vancouver residents at Pauline Johnson School. Learn valuable tips for building your own rain garden from Kyra Smiljanic, Co-Chair for the community project.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Location: Pauline Johnson School (Back Field)
1150 22nd St., West Vancouver

Followed by:

Presentations by sustainabiity and water experts from SFU and the Fraser Basin Council

Discover how different types of green infrastructure including rain gardens can manage storm water and flooding plus hear about the Seattle and Puget Sound initiative to install 12,000 rain gardens.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Education Centre (Classroom 1)
2225 Marine Dr., West Vancouver

This cool drinks is proudly supported by:

  • Vancity
  • SFU Community Engagement Funds
  • Faculty of Environment, Professional Programs