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Leading Experts Come Together to Discuss Sustainable Development Goals in the Arctic


Community invited to December 5 workshop in new Trent Student Centre

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Researchers, policy-makers, diplomats, and Indigenous leaders will come together at Trent University Tuesday, December 5 for an exciting discussion on the potential impact of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on the North.

“As one of only three universities in North America taking part in a series of workshops like this, Trent University is excited to be hosting this event,” explained Dr. Heather Nicol, professor in the Trent School of the Environment, and one of the workshop’s organizers. “As a partner with the Polar Research and Policy Initiative and University College London, Trent will take the comments, discussion and feedback that comes out of this event and bring forward to the United Nations meeting in New York in 2019.”

Speakers at the workshop will include:

  • Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Minister Plenipotentiary for Greenland in the US and Canada
  • Dawn Lavell-Harvard, director, First Peoples House of Learning and former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada
  • Tony Penikett, former premier of the Yukon
  • Eva Wu, co-founder, North in Focus
  • Dr. Tom Hutchinson, former chair, Canadian Polar Commission and professor emeritus at Trent University
  • Dr. Heather Nicol, faculty member in the Trent School of Environment
  • Dr. Chris Furgal, professor in the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent
  • Terzah Tippin Poe, lecturer at Harvard University

Professor David Newhouse, director of the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent will moderate the workshop, and Dr. Asaf Zohar, chair of the Master’s in Sustainability Studies program at Trent, will be a commentator for the event.

The Sustainable Development Goals in the Arctic workshop is free and open to all members of the Peterborough and Trent communities. The event will be held Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in Stohn Hall (1.22) in the new Student Centre at Trent University.


About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.


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