Draft Agenda



2016: Air Quality, Climate Change and the Anthropocene


- SUNDAY FEB 21, 2016 -

FREE Public Speaker

Sheraton Hotel – downtown Hamilton


2nd Floor



2 PM. – 4 P.M.

Please RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/82C25HS


 Climate Change and the Demands of Justice


Justice is about who gets what (and why) in social distributive systems, but the way we think about the demands of justice has for most of our history been confined to specifying the duties individual humans have to  other (currently living) individual humans. Anthropogenic climate change (ACC) challenges this traditional focus in three distinct ways. First, we need to think about how collectives can produce harms even though none of the individuals making up the collectives intends to cause the harms. Second, we need to extend our moral gaze to far-flung future generations, taking seriously the rights and interests of future people. Third, we need to come to grips with the damage we are doing to natural systems, quite apart from the knock-on effects this damage does to our own interests. In short, ACC requires us to revolutionize our understanding of the demands of justice. I will describe this new moral world as carefully as possible and lay out some ways in which we might navigate it wisely.


Dr. Byron Williston


Dr. Byron Williston, author of The Anthropocene Project: Virtue in the Age of Climate Change (2015) and Environmental Ethics for Canadians (2011). Dr Williston is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University and a member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at University of Waterloo.  He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and has previously taught at the University of Toronto and the University of South Florida. He has published widely in the history of philosophy (especially the modern period, from Descartes to Nietzsche), the theory of knowledge, the philosophy of emotion, and ethical theory.






- MONDAY FEB 22, 2016-


Upwind Downwind Conference 2016: Air Quality, Climate Change and the Anthropocene

8am – 5pm


Sheraton Hotel – downtown Hamilton


2nd Floor



- DRAFT Agenda -


8:00- 8:30 AM         

Registration & Welcome


8:30 AM    


Welcome – Dr. Denis Corr, Clean Air Hamilton   www.cleanair.hamilton.ca

Welcome – Mayor Fred Eisenberger or representative from Hamilton City Council


Welcome – Dr. Elizabeth Richardson – Medical Officer of Health, Hamilton Public Health Services






9:00 AM


Dr. Peter Berry, PhD; Senior Policy Advisor with the Climate Change and Health Office at Health Canada


 Dr. Peter Berry is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Climate Change and Health Office in the Safe Environments Directorate at Health Canada where he has worked since 2001 and a 2006  Recipient of the Dr. Andrés Petrasovits Aware for Excellence in Public Health.

While at Health Canada Peter has conducted research in several areas related to climate change including health risks to Canadians, adaptive capacity of health systems, health vulnerability assessment and communicating climate change risks to the public. As part of Health Canada’s initiative to help Canadians protect themselves from extreme heat he co-authored a number of guidance documents for public health officials.

Peter actively collaborates with researchers within and outside of Canada to facilitate public health adaptation. He is a contributing author for climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation assessment guidelines that were released by the World Health Organization in 2012 and to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on the Management of Extreme Weather Events. He was a lead author for the health chapter of the Government of Canada climate change and impacts assessment update (2014). 





10:00 AM


Health Break & Network



10:30 AM


Rob Kaleel; Executive Director, The Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium (LADCO)




Rob Kaleel is the Executive Director of the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium (LADCO). LADCO was established in 1989, making it one if the oldest Regional Planning Organizations in the country. LADCO’s members include the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. LADCO primary role is to provide a forum for its member states to discuss regional air quality issues. LADCO also provides technical assessments— photochemical grid modeling and emissions inventories-- for its member states. 


Prior to joining LADCO, Rob worked for more than 30 years at the Illinois EPA - Bureau of Air. He served in varying capacities at Illinois EPA, most recently as Manager of the Air Quality Planning Section. In this capacity, Rob was responsible for air-quality related regulatory planning for Illinois, including development of State Implementation Plans (SIPs), emissions inventories, and air quality modeling. Rob has also worked as a private consultant as a specialist in air quality modeling and permitting. 


11:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Lunch & Network





Local Actions and Innovation Stream:

Regional and Transboundart Action Stream:


1:00 PM

Innovation in local air quality monitoring and information


 A panel of Hamiltonians engaged in addressing air quality locally will highlight some of the more recent activities in Hamilton to engage, monitor and inform the local community on air emission sources and actions that can be taken to protect your health.


Sally Radisic, Hamilton Public Health – Outreach in Hamilton on the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) https://www.hamilton.ca/public-health/health-topics/air-quality-pollution-smog

Sally Radisic is a Health Hazard Specialist with the City of Hamilton Public Health Services. She has spent over 15 years working in the environmental health field at both the federal and local government levels. Currently she is completing her PhD studies in the Earth and Environmental Sciences program at McMaster University. Over the years, Sally has had the opportunity to work collaboratively with the public, private and non-profit sectors. Sally’s research interests focus on risk communication theory and application in public health. 


Dr. Denis Corr, Clean Air Hamilton – Fresh Air for Kids – School Air Monitoring and Active Transportation https://greenventure.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/fresh-air-for-kids/

Denis is president of Corr Research (http://www.corr-research.com/) and Chair of Clean Air Hamilton. His Ph.D. is in Physics and he has worked in all three of university, government and business. At the Province, Denis led the environmental response to the 1990 Hagersville tire fire, the largest tire fire in the world at that time, and managed all environmental aspects of putting out the fire and subsequent cleanup. Denis was also a Professor of Engineering Physics (part time) at McMaster University for thirteen years. He is still active in air monitoring and air quality policy development. 


Dr. Lynda Lukasik, Environment Hamilton – Bicycle Air Monitoring (BAM) and Initiative for Healthy Air & Local Economies (INHALE)



Lynda is a co-founder and current Executive Director of Environment Hamilton - a not-for-profit environmental organization established in 2001 with a mandate to provide Hamiltonians with the knowledge and skills to protect and enhance the environment around them. Her environmental work has been recognized with a Canadian Environment Award, the Dr. Victor Cecilioni Hamilton Environmentalist of the Year award, and Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. She holds a PhD in Planning from the University of Waterloo. 


 Airshed Modelling


Dr.Anthony Ciccone,Golder Associates http://www.golder.ca/en/modules.php?name=Services&sp_id=249

Dr. Anthony Ciccone is the Vice-President of Infrastructure and Power of North America for Golder Associates Ltd. He received his doctorate from the University of Toronto in 1988 and has additional advanced training in computational fluid dynamics. He is an Adjunct Professor at Western University with The Boundary-Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory, in the Faculty of Engineering Science in London. Dr. Ciccone is the Principal Investigator for the Hamilton Airshed Study in Ontario, Canada. 

Dr. Janya Kelly,Golder Associates http://www.golder.ca/en/modules.php?name=Services&sp_id=249

Dr. Janya Kelly is an Air Quality Specialist with Golder Associates Ltd. Janya has over six years of experience in the field of atmospheric science, with work experience focused on both air quality and climate change. Dr. Kelly’s experience includes noteworthy work in field of regional and airshed modelling. Currently, Dr. Kelly is the project manager for the development and implementation of the Hamilton Airshed Modelling System, covering the industrial region of Hamilton, Ontario. 







2:15 PM


Break & Network

2:45 PM

Making Infrastructure Work – Sustainable Mobility Programs in Hamilton


Hamilton has a long history as a transportation hub and continues to develop and evolve its transportation system into the 21st century.  Large and small investments are on the horizon in transit, walking and cycling infrastructure to serve the needs of a growing urban population.  In order to prepare and get “Rapid Ready”, a robust sustainable mobility program has been developed and is currently being implemented to include a new bikeshare system, 2-way protected bike lanes, extensive public engagement, robust incentive programs and new policy development in complete streets.  This presentation will cover this and more ….


Peter Topalovic, City of Hamilton- Public Works, Smart Commute Hamilton

Peter works in the Public Works department of the City of Hamilton where he oversees the implementation of a wide range of programs, policy implementation and infrastructure projects to promote active and sustainable modes of transportation, bike sharing, carsharing and carpooling throughout the City. In addition to his work at the City, Peter teaches at McMaster University and is the Chair of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area TDM Coordinating Committee. Peter has a Masters in Engineering and Public Policy from McMaster University. 


Regional and Local Economic Impacts of Local Climate Change Plans


Dr. Atif Kurbusi, Econometric Research Ltd.


Atif Kubursi is Emeritus Professor of Economics and also taught in the elite Arts and Science Programme at McMaster University. Dr. Kubursi taught economics at Purdue University in Indiana, USA, and was Senior Academic Visitor at Cambridge University, UK in 1974/75. He also served as the Acting Executive Secretary, and Undersecretary General, of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in from 2006 to 2008. He is the recipient of the Canadian Centennial Medal. 









3:45 PM


Closing and Farewell

Dr. Denis Corr, Clean Air Hamilton   www.cleanair.hamilton.ca



4:30 PM



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