Dialogue with West Coast Environmental Law: This Wednesday!

Invitation to West Coast Environmental Law’s Dialogue for Legal Innovation Series: Law Reform for Nature, Climate and Communities dialogue event

Please join us on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011, as an audience participant at a dialogue to explore how BC’s laws and policies about land use should evolve in light of climate change.


The reality we face in BC is that many of our resource and land-use management laws were created decades ago, before the phrase “climate change” had even been coined, and long before climate change was recognized as the greatest ecological challenge of our time.


What are the implications of the legal status quo for nature and communities, in an era of climate change? Looking forward, what vision should we be enabling with our laws and policies?


Our diverse panel of invited guests will explore these issues, drawing on their own experiences and examples of innovation. The evening will begin with short presentations introducing scientific, legal, and economic perspectives. Dialogue participants will then be invited to explore the following questions:

  • In light of climate change, what challenges and opportunities are presented by our current legal framework for land use and resource management on public and indigenous lands in BC?
  • What are priority issues or considerations that must be taken into account as we evolve our laws and policies around land use and resource management in an era of climate change?
  • What will it take to make viable legal and policy shifts to enable optimal land use choices for nature, climate and communities in BC?

Audience members will be given the opportunity to ask questions in a closing question and answer session.



Jessica Clogg, Executive Director and Senior Counsel, West Coast Environmental Law


Dialogue Participants:

  • Dr. Bill Bourgeois, RPF, President, New Direction Resource Management Ltd. (confirmed)
  • Dirk Brinkman, CEO, Brinkman Forest Restoration Ltd. (confirmed)
  • Deborah Carlson, Staff Counsel, West Coast Environmental Law (confirmed)
  • Dr. Richard Hebda, Curator, Botany and Earth History, Royal BC Museum (confirmed)
  • Jens Wieting, Forests Campaigner, Sierra Club BC (confirmed)
  • Ben Parfitt, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (confirmed)
  • Dr. Suzanne W. Simard, RPF, Professor, Department of Forest Sciences, UBC (confirmed)
  • Jessica Verhagen, Director, Business Development, and Lead Negotiator in the Western Climate Initiative, Climate Action Secretariat, Ministry of the Environment, Government of BC (confirmed)
  • Shannon Janzen, RPF, Manager of Strategic Planning, Western Forest Products Inc.
  • Kaaren Lewis, Director, Ecosystem Protection and Sustainability, Ministry of the Environment, Government of BC
  • Malii (Glen Williams), Lead Negotiator, Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs


Please RSVP to Jeanette_Ageson@wcel.org


Event Logistics:

Date: February 16th, 2011

Location:  Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue – Asia Pacific Hall
580 West Hastings Street (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance)

Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Cost: Admission is free but attendees are invited to make a donation to West Coast to support our work: https://wcel.org/donate-west-coast-environmental-law


West Coast is grateful to the Law Foundation of BC, Catherine Donnelly Foundation, Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, the Vancouver Foundation, the Bruce and Lis Welch Community Award, as well as the SFU Centre for Dialogue for funding to make possible this second event in our Dialogues for Legal Innovation Series.

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