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Nature Works! Restore Our Future by 2030
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Forum Speakers




Mira Maude Chouinard

Green Finance and Sustainability from Mennonite Economic Development Associates    View Presentation

Mira Maude Chouinard is a Senior Project Manager in the West Africa, Middle East/North Africa Programs at MEDA and is passionate about green finance and environmental sustainability. Mira earned a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from the University of British Columbia and Graduate Certificate in International Development and is a Certified Expert in Climate & Renewable Energy Finance. She is interested in how human development can go hand in hand with environmental sustainability and is an advocate for environmental stewardship. At MEDA, Mira manages the AVENIR project in Senegal, which strengthens livelihoods and climate resilience of women and youth smallholder farmers, and provides technical support on environment and climate change topics to projects in Ethiopia and Nigeria. Prior to MEDA, Mira managed environmental sustainability projects in Honduras that focused on coastal community development and mangrove restoration.


Biophilic Cities

Tim Beatley

Design for Planetary Health and Human Flourishing  View Presentation Part 1      View Presentation Part 2


Timothy Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, and Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last thirty years.  Beatley is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books, including Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities (recently translated into Chinese and Korean), Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global AgeBiophilic Cities: Integrating Nature Into Urban Design and Planning, and Blue Urbanism: Connecting Oceans and Cities. Beatley’s book Ethical Land Use was declared, by the American Planning Association, to be one of the “100 Essential Books in Planning.”  Beatley founded and directs the Biophilic Cities Project at UVA (, and recently helped to launch a global Biophilic Cities Network.  He also co-founder and co-director, with Reuben Rainey, of UVA’s Center for Design and Health, within the School of Architecture.  He has been the recipient of the All-University Teaching Award at UVA, and also received the Outstanding Faculty Award, the state’s highest award for faculty at its public universities (awarded by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia).  Beatley holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition

Jenn Court

Green Infrastructure: What's New  View Presentation

Jennifer Court is the Executive Director of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition. As an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of success in the environmental sector, Jennifer brings a breadth of experience in government relations, stakeholder engagement, partnership development and capacity building to her role at GIO. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Design from the Ontario College of Art & Design, as well as a Master of Environmental Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Business & Sustainability from York University.


Forests Ontario

Rob Keen

2 Billion Nature Based Climate Solutions  View Presentation


In 2014, Rob Keen assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Forests Ontario (the merged organization of Trees Ontario and Ontario Forestry Association) after serving as CEO of Trees Ontario since 2011. Rob is currently leading the Forests Ontario team in sustaining and generating new partnerships to support and achieve its re-greening mandate.

Rob is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) who founded a forestry consultant business upon graduating with a BScF from the University of Toronto in 1982. He has been involved in many facets of the forestry industry, primarily in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence forest region. Rob has provided forestry services to landowners, developed forest management plans on Crown and private lands, conducted wood supply and feasibility studies, led forest audits for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (and Forestry).

Rob has been an active member of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association since 1985, where he served as vice-president for two terms. He was a director and chair of the Algonquin Forestry Authority, and currently serves as a Director for Invasive Species Centre, Maple Leaves Forever and Chair of Westwind Forest Stewardship.

Rob now leads the Forests Ontario team in sustaining and generating new partnerships to support and achieve its re-greening mandate.

Future Majority

Maeve Sharkey

How to engage youth in your campgain; youth led Future Majority shares their successes.
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Maeve Sharkey is a community organizer focused on increasing youth and young adult engagement in a variety of community and civic causes. Maeve has a background in business and community engagement studies as well as a wide range of community-level volunteer leadership positions. Since 2019 Maeve has worked across Canada for Future Majority, a non-profit focused on amplifying the concerns of young Canadians so that every candidate, politician and party are advocates for youth priorities.

Canadian Forest Service

Tony Lemprière

Planting 2 Billion Trees, and new federal commitments to nature based solutions for climate.
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Tony is Senior Manager, Climate Change Policy at the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada. He heads a policy group that examines options for climate change mitigation involving forests, and analyze the contribution these options could make to achieving Canada’s targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions. His group also provides advice on forest issues in the on-going negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. He holds a MA in Economics from Queen’s University and an interdisciplinary MSc in Resource and Environmental Management from the University of British Columbia.

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