Be inspired by local climate action and innovation

Attend the 2023 Kingston Climate Change Symposium 

On Jan. 19, 2023, the City and Sustainable Kingston will host an all-star line-up of speakers – including The Honourable Catherine McKenna, former Minister of the Environment and Climate Change – at the free, virtual 2023 Kingston Climate Change Symposium.   

“Each year, we bring together diverse voices to inspire our community to take climate action. This year will be no different,” says Geoff Hendry, chief operating officer at Sustainable Kingston. “Please join us for thought-provoking discussions and inspiring stories of innovation and climate action.” 

Catherine McKenna, founder and principal of Climate and Nature Solutions and Chair of the UN Secretary General’s new High-Level Expert Group on Net-Zero Commitments of Non-State Entities will deliver the keynote address. As Canada’s former Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, she was a lead negotiator of the Paris Agreement before introducing and successfully defending landmark legislation that established a carbon price across Canada. She also led efforts to phase out coal, reduce plastics in oceans and waterways, and doubled the amount of nature protected in Canada in partnership with Indigenous Peoples.  

McKenna is dedicated to drastically reducing global emissions by 2030 and ensuring a sustainable planet for future generations. 

“In addition to an inspirational keynote address, attendees can look forward to fascinating discussions about food security, climate change innovation and local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” adds Hendry.  

Joining this year’s line-up are:  

  • Ali Hassan: A well-known CBC broadcaster, Hassan will be the symposium’s MC. He has hosted such programs as CBC’s Laugh out Loud, q, As it Happens, and the always-popular Canada Reads. Hassan also recently released a new book, “Is there Bacon in Heaven,” a heartfelt and funny memoir based on his hit stand-up comedy. 

  • Paul Taylor: As Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto and a lifelong anti-poverty activist, Taylor will join the symposium to lead a conversation about food security, justice and how FoodShare advocates for the right to food. Each year, FoodShare provides a quarter million people with fresh produce and fights for their right to access “good” food on their own terms rather than charity on someone else’s.  

More speakers will be announced closer to the event date.  

To attend the event, RSVP now on Zoom.  

Tickets are limited. If the Zoom event is full, participants will be able to livestream the event from home, work or school on the City of Kingston’s YouTube channel.  

Support local climate action 

To ensure everyone who wants to attend this event has a spot, the City and Sustainable Kingston have teamed up to make this a free event for the third year in a row. 

In lieu of payment, attendees are asked to donate to the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund if they are able to do so. The Kingston Community Climate Action Fund helps local non-profits and charities realize projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One hundred per cent of funds donated support local climate action initiatives.