Concordia University

2nd Annual Concordia Sustainability Across Disciplines Conference

March 8-9, 2018

Concordia University

Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre (7141 Sherbrooke St O., Montreal) (March 8)

John Molson Building (1450 rue Guy, Montreal) (March 9)

KamalBawa409x201 Dr. Kamal Bawa will give a keynote address at this year's Sustainability Across Disciplines conference

Last year's Sustainability Across Disciplines Conference was such a success that we have decided to host the 2nd Annual Sustainability Across Disciplines Conference in March of 2018. As last year, this conference will bring together professors, graduate students, and undergraduate students from across the University and from the Montreal community to discuss sustainability. The conference will feature presentations by an external keynote speaker, as well as Concordia faculty and students, providing an opportunity to share sustainability research across disciplines and fostering the type of interdisciplinary discussion crucial to the success of sustainability studies and research at the University and beyond.

This year's conference will feature a closing keynote address from Dr. Kamal Bawa. Dr. Kamal Bawa is winner of the Gunnerus Sustainability Award and founder of the renowned environmental think-tank the ASHOKA Trust, a research institution focused on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, which groups together research programs on forests and governance; land, water, and livelihoods; climate change; and ecosystem services and human well-being. Dr. Bawa’s own research has touched on issues as wide-ranging as the impact of climate change on local ecosystems, the role of history and politics in conservation, and the relationship between human rights, governance, and biodiversity. Dr Bawa will speak on Friday, March 9th, 2018, from 4-5 PM in MB 9-AB.

Also for the first time this year, the conference will feature a round-table discussion on careers in sustainability, which takes place on Friday, March 9th, in MB 9-AB, and will feature professionals in the field of sustainability.


Planning on attending the conference?

This conference is open to the general public. Admission is free but registration is required. Please register via Eventbrite here.  





Welcome and opening address

Jeannine-Marie St-Jacques and Alex Pace: Long-term trends and low-frequency variability of river flows in the North American West



10h30-10h45 Break: Coffee, tea, and snacks provided RF-120





Panel I: The Importance of Place in Sustainability

10h45: Monica Mulrennan: Sea Space as Home Place: Indigenous Womens’ Perspectives on Sustainability

11h00: Cheryl Gladu: Cooperative Co-Housing and Sustainability

11h15: James W. A. Grant: The Role of Place in Ecological Sustainability





11h30-11h45 Break: Coffee, tea, and snacks provided RF-120



Panel II: Reconciling the Three Pillars of Sustainability

  • TBA



12h30-13h30 Lunch provided RF-120








Panel III: Potential Solutions to Problems of Sustainability

13h30: Ashlee Prevost, Nicole Hill, James W.A Grant, William R. Ardren, and Dylan J. FraserReproductive Success of Landlocked Atlantic Salmon in Two Lake Champlain Tributaries

13h45: Matthew C. Yates and Dylan J. Fraser: Experimentally Replicated Population Translocations Reveal the Relative Importance of Habitat and Genetic Risks to Novel Change in a Vertebrate

14h00: Leif Schenstead-Harris: Sustainability at the Arctic Council: The Curious Case of the Sustainable Development Working Group

14h15: TBA








14h30-14h45 Break: Coffee, tea, and snacks provided RF-120







Panel IV: The Politics and Industrial Implications of Sustainability

14h45: Isabelle Jolin and Shannon Lloyd on Benchmarking Canadian Airports on Environmental Performance: A New and Improved Sustainability Ranking Index

15h00: Matthias Heppa, Shannon Lloyd, and Onur Kuzgunkaya: Economic and Ecologic Impacts of Industry 4.0: A Case Study Exploring Supply Chain Configurations with Distributed Production Caabilities in the Aerospace Sector

15h15: Effrosyni Diamantoudi, Eftichios Sartzetakisy, and Stefania Strantza: International Environmental Agreements Stability with Transfers among Countries

15h30: Karolyn Martin: Ethical Textile Design: Towards a Montreal Portrait








15h45-16h00 Break: Coffee, tea, and snacks provided RF-120







Panel V: Landscape Ecology Perspectives on Sustainability

16h00: Ariel Spanowicz, Fernanda Zimmermann Teixeira, and Jochen A.G. Jaeger: Mitigating Roadkill: A Multi-scale Analysis about Wildlife Fencing

16h15: Benjamin Brunen, Caroline Daguet, and Jochen A.G. Jaeger: Analyzing the Effects of a High-Traffic Highway on Wildlife Movement in Proposed Wildlife Corridors

16h30: Jonathan Cole and Jochen A. G. Jaeger: Past, Present and Future Land-use in the Adirondack - Laurentians Ecological Corridor: Identifying Risk Areas for Loss of Connectivity due to Roads and Development and Proposing Proactive Mitigation Measures

16h45: Mehrdokht Pourali and Jochen A. G. Jaeger: Multi-scale Analysis of Urban Sprawl in Canada since 1971











Round-Table Discussion I: What, if Anything, is Sustainability?

Featuring Matthias Fritsch, Cheryl Gladu, James W.A Grant, Pedro Peres-Neto, and Amy Poteete

12h00-13h30 Lunch break (lunch not provided)  

Panel VI: The Role of Innovation in Sustainability

13h30: Hami Yousefdehi: System Innovation vs Innovation Systems in Sustainability Transition Pathways

13h45: Mark Underwood: Social Innovation and Sustainability

14h15-14h30 Break: Coffee, tea, and snacks provided  

Round-Table Discussion II: How to Build a Career in Sustainability

Featuring Maude Lecourt (Internship Coordinator for the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment), Colleen Thorpe (Director of Educational Programming at Equiterre), Andrew Ross (senior associate within PwC Canada’s Sustainable Business Solutions), and Chantal Forgues (Sustainability Coordinator at Environmental Health and Safety, Concordia)

15h45-16h00 Break: Coffee, tea, and snacks provided MB-9AB
16h00-17h00 Dr. Kamal Bawa: Institutions of Sustainability Science MB-9AB
17h00-17h15 Student Awards Ceremony and Closing MB-9AB


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