Thomas Homer-Dixon

Previous Talks

Booking Information

Information on Thomas Homer-Dixon’s availability for speaking and my fees can be obtained from Speakers’ Spotlight at www.speakers.ca for engagements in Canada and from Lyceum Agency at www.lyceumagency.com for engagements in the United States.


2014

November 21, 2014
“Shock, Complexity, and Resilience: Prospering in a Nonlinear Age,” Financial Planning Standards Council, Vancouver,B.C.

November 19, 2014
“Shock, Complexity, and Resilience: Prospering in a Nonlinear Age,” Financial Planning Standards Council, Toronto, Ontario.

October 29, 2014
“Canada as a Resilient Energy Superpower: Climate change and the coming energy transition,” CIGI Signature Lecture, Waterloo, Ontario.

May 27, 2014
“China in the Global Economy: Challenges and Opportunities,” Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa, Ontario.

April 12, 2014
“Growth, Environmental Damage, and Innovation,” Annual Conference of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Toronto

February 5, 2014
“Beyond Sustainability: Crisis, Innovation, and Resilience in a Turbulent World,” Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

February 1, 2014
“Knowledge, Mobilization, and Change: Reconciling Science and Activism in a World in Crisis,”  20th Annual Environmental Sciences Symposium, Guelph University, Guelph, Ontario.

2013

November 13, 2013
“Beyond Brittleness: Making Canada a Resilient Energy Superpower,” Green Party of Canada, Sidney, BC.

September 19, 2013
“Liberal Arts Education in a Turbulent World: Enabling the Deliberative Citizen and Society,” Huron University College, Huron Sesquicentennial Lectures, London, Ontario.

May 30, 2013
“Resilience in a Turbulent World: Shock, Creativity, and Our Collective Future,” United Way Centraide Canada, National Conference, Hamilton, Ontario.

April 19, 2013
“Urban Resilience in a Turbulent World: Shock, Creativity, and Prosperity,” Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture- What Makes a Resilient City? Dallas, Texas.

March 19, 2013
“The Coming Energy Transition: Shock, Innovation, and Resilience,” University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.

2012

December 13, 2012
“The Coming Energy Transition,” Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Ottawa.

November 29, 2012
“Alberta and the Coming Energy Transition: Shock, Innovation, and Resilience,” University of Alberta, Edmonton.

November 28, 2012
“Community Resilience in a Turbulent World: Pathways to Innovation,” University of Alberta, Camrose, Alberta.

November 19-23, 2012
“Challenges to Growth: 2013 and Beyond,” HSBC Global Forecast; Toronto, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver.

November 16, 2012
“New Tools for Understanding a Turbulent World: Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences,” Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.

November 15, 2012
“Learning for a Nonlinear World: Cultivating a Prospective Mind,” Manitoba Association of School Superintendents, Sustainability Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

October 7, 2012
“Complexity: What Drives Innovation, Adaptation, and Resilience?” Imagine 2012: International Conference on Cooperative Economics, Quebec City, Que.

October 1, 2012
“Prospering through the Coming GPT Transition: Shocks, Creative Destruction, and Resilience,” COM 21, 51st Annual Conference of Metallurgists, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

June  6, 2012
“Shock, Complexity, and Resilience: The Forest Industry in a Turbulent Era,” Canadian Council of Forest Ministers Deputy Ministers’ Meeting, Vancouver, BC.

June 3, 2012
“Don’t Be Surprised by Surprise: Leadership for Resilience in a Turbulent Era,” Governor General’s Leadership Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

May 31, 2012
“New Tools for Understanding a Turbulent World: Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences,” Congress 2012, Waterloo, Ontario

April 17, 2012
“Catastrophic Dehumanization: the Psychological Dynamics of Severe Conflict,” James Martin School, Oxford University, U.K.

March 20, 2012
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization,” Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Quebec.

March 6, 2012
“Thriving Vineyards: Resilience and Innovation in a Turbulent World,” Winery and Grower Alliance of Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

March 5, 2012
“Climate Change and Violent Conflict,” Seminar XII, Environment and Demography Session, Washington, D.C.

February 10, 2012
“Sustainable Communities and the GPT Transition: Staying Livable, Building Resilience, and Being Smart,” Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Sustainable Communities Conference, Ottawa, Ontario.

2011

October 13, 2011
“Learning for a Nonlinear World: Cultivating a Prospective Mind,”  21st Century Learning Leadership Forum, Banff, Alberta.

June 13, 2011
“Sustainability and Beyond: Standards, Crisis, and Resilience in a Nonlinear World,” Canadian Standards Association Annual Conference, Victoria B.C.

June 9, 2011 
“Energy Futures: Shock and Innovation in 21st Century Energy,” Alberta Association of Surface Land Agents, Calgary, Alberta.

June 7, 2011 
“Civilization Far from Equilibrium: Energy, Complexity, and Human Survival,”  Equinox Summit: Energy 2030, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Ontario.

May 27, 2011
“Drivers of Change: Shock and Innovation in 21st Century Transportation,” Auto21 2011 Conference- A Decade of Canadian Automotive Innovation, Ottawa, Ontario.

March 24, 2011
“Here to There: Making the Leap from Non-renewables to Renewables,”  Americana 2011, Montreal, Quebec.

March 2, 2011
“Water, Climate, and Energy: Addressing Global Challenges with Local Resilience,” World Water Day, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.

February 28, 2011
“Energy and the Rural Sector: Crisis, Innovation, and Resilience,” Growing the Margins: Rural Green Energy Conference and Exhibition, London, Ontario.

February 4, 2011 
“Planning for Turbulence: Shock, Resilience, and Innovation,” Canadian Association of Planning Students, Waterloo, Ontario.

February 2, 2011 
“Ontario in a Turbulent World: Shock, Resilience, and Innovation,” EDCO Economic Developers of Ontario 54th Annual Conference and Showcase, Toronto, Ontario.

January 27, 2011
“Global Trends and Groceries: Shock, Resilience, and Innovation,” Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, Calgary, Alberta.

2010

December 1
“Critical Infrastructure in Canada: Crisis, Resilience, and Systemic Innovation,” Public Safety Canada, Ottawa.

November 23-24
“Resilient Calgary: Innovation and Adaptability in an Uncertain Age,” City of Calgary Trends Forum and Trends Workshop, Calgary, Alberta.

October 26
“The Green Economy in a Global Context: Turning Crisis into Opportunity,” BC Hydro 2010 Power Smart Forum, Vancouver, B.C.

October 20
“The Age of Nature: Converging Stress, Crisis, and Resilience in the 21st Century,” Cannon Design Environmental Forum, Chicago.

October 15
“The Ingenuity Gap: What Makes Our Problems So Hard?” Royal Society for the Arts, London, England.

October 14
“Climate Shock: Turning Crisis into Opportunity,” James Martin School, Oxford University, Oxford, England.

October 5
“Wildfires, Complexity, and Crisis: Exploring the Link,” Wildland
Fire Canada 2010 – Integrating Management and Fire Science, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

September 27
“Chaos, Uncertainty, and the Possibility of Collaboration,” 2010 Communities Collaborating Institution, Tamarack.

September 23
“The World in 2050: Stress, Complexity, and Resilience,” River Basins of the Future, IWA World Water Conference, Montreal.

September 21
“The Future of Agriculture: Innovation, Adaptation, and Resilience,” Innovations in Agriculture Media Tour, Indianapolis, Indiana.

August 30
“The Oil Sands: Crisis and Opportunity,” Oil Sands Dialogue, National Roundtable on Environment and Economy, Island Lake Lodge, Fernie, B.C.

August 27
“Complexity Shift: Systems Change in a New World,” PHS 601 Foundations of Public Health, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.

August 25 “How the World Is Changing: Complex Adaptation in a Future of Turbulence and Surprise,” Science and Technology Innovation Workshop, Health Canada, Ottawa.

August 25
Developing Innovative Science and Technology Solutions to Have Healthier Canadians by 2030, Health Canada, Ottawa.

August 19
“Twin Shocks: The Future of Natural Gas in an Economy Constrained by Oil Scarcity and Carbon Pricing,”  2010 Union Gas Storage and Transportation Customer and Supplier Event, Toronto, Ontario.

August 8
“Watershed Moment or Wasted Opportunity,” 79th Annual Couchiching Conference, 2010, Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, Orillia, Ontario.

July 20
“Exploring the Adjacent Possible: Scenario Development for a Resilient Future,” International Society for Systems Science Conference, Waterloo, Ontario.

May 18
Canadian Business Sustainability Conference, Rogers Media, Toronto.

May 5
“Complexity, Crisis, and Change: Implications for Federal Public Service,” 2010 Manion Lecture, Canada School of Public Service, Ottawa.

May 4
“Capitalizing on Crisis: Innovation and the Climate-Energy Challenge,” Northwestern Institute for Sustainable Practices, Evanston, Illinois.

April 21-22
“Global Change, Creativity, and Resilience: Outsourcing in a Turbulent World,” 5th Annual Global Sourcing Forum, 2010, Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education, Toronto, Ontario.

April 26
“The Climate-Energy Challenge: What Is the Problem and What Can We Do about It?” Energy Matters Summit, The Business of Energy Management, Mississauga, Ontario.

April 14
“Convergence, Crisis, and Creativity: Economic Development in a Turbulent Age,” 2010 Economic Assembly, Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia.

April 6
“Convergence, Crisis, and Creativity: Global Security in a Nonlinear Age,” Embry-Riddle College, Prescott, Arizona.

March 5
“The Role of Innovation in Building Resilience,” Social Innovation Generation, Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation, Briarhurst Institute, Fergus, Ontario.

March 4
“Governance in a Turbulent World: Managing Complexity, Understanding Uncertainty, Building Resilience,” Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Toronto, Ontario.

February 17
“Gardening for Resilience: Climate Change and Horticulture Through Mid-century,” Patrick Colgan Lecture, Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, Ontario.

February 25
“Peak Oil, The Challenge and Its Implications,” University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta.

January 29
“Making Turbulence Pay: Exploiting Change in a Carbon and Energy Constrained World,” Peters & Co. Energy Conference, Lake Louise, Alberta.

January 27
“Convergence, Crisis, and Creativity: the Possibility of a Humane World in a Turbulent Age,” ICDW, University of Ottawa Health Services, Ottawa.

2009

December 16
“The Ontology of Dangerous Outcomes: Uncertainty, Resources, and Governance in a Complex Future,” International Risk Governance Council, Zurich, Switzerland.

December 3
“The Energy-Climate Challenge for Canada and Waterloo,” Canadian Technology Triangle, Waterloo, Ontario.

December 2
“Climate Change and Agriculture: Innovation, Adaptation, and Resilience,” Agriculture Canada and Agri-food Canada, Ottawa.

November 27
“Knowledge Integration for a Resilient World: The Climate-Energy Challenge,” Knowledge Integration, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.

November 18
“Essentials of the New Economics: Ingenuity, Resilience, and the Steady State,” AD Latornell Conservation Symposium, Alliston, Ontario.

November 5
“Climate Change and Agriculture: Innovation, Adaptation, and Resilience,” Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Edmonton, Alberta.

November 2-3
“Tomorrow’s Communities: Innovation, Adaptation, and Resilience in a New World,” Jasper Innovation forum 2009, Jasper, Alberta.

October 21
“The Climate-Energy Challenge: How Will It Change the Economy and Society?” Canadian Business Leadership Forum, Toronto, Ontario.

October 19
“Complex Leadership: Innovation, Adaptation and Resilience in a New World,”  2009 Leadership Conference, Health Care Leaders Assoc. of B.C., Vancouver, B.C.

October 14
“The Upside of Down: Preparing Our Students for a Nonlinear Future,” Ontario Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, Vaughan, Ontario.

October 12
“The Upside of Down,” Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee.

September 28
“Wither Fossil Fuels? Energy Choices in a World Under Tightening Material Constraints,”  TEC 2009, Telvent Canada, Ltd., Banff, Alberta.

September 25
“The Climate-Energy Challenge  and Our Heritage Buildings,” Heritage Canada Foundation, Toronto, Ontario.

September 24
“Future Scan: Complex Problems, Resilient Societies,” 2009 Annual Conference , Municipal Finance Officers Assoc., Deerhurst Inn, Huntsville, Ontario.

September 17
“Plan Z: Global Responses to a Climate Emergency,” Centre for International Governance Innovation,  International Institute for Sustainable Development, Briarhurst Institute, Fergus, Ontario.

June 16
“Complexity, Ingenuity, and Resilience: Science and Public Security in a Turbulent World,” Public Security S & T Summer Symposium, Centre for Security Science, Ottawa.

June 10
“The Climate Energy Challenge: Why We Need to Move to Zero,” The Canadian Green Building Council, National Summit, Montreal, Quebec.

June 8
“The Great Transformation: Climate Change as Cultural Change,” Essen, Germany.

June 3
“Convergence and Crisis: Challenges to Foreign Ministries in a Turbulent World,” Conference on the Future of Foreign Ministries, Toronto, Ontario.

May 30
Georgian Bay Earthdays, “Voices for Nature,” Collingwood, Ontario.

May 28
“Facing the Future: Educating for Resilience,” Humber College of Technology and Advanced Learning, 2009 Showcase, North, Toronto, Ontario.

May 25
“Change the World at Work,” ‘Make It Good’ launch, Calgary, Alberta.

May 19
ROM Schad Gallery opening, Toronto, Ontario.

May 7
“Uncertainty, Lags, and Nonlinearity: Challenges to Governance in a Turbulent World,” Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, Oxford, UK.

May 6
“A Theory of Societal Collapse: Convergent Stress, Thermodynamic Disequilibrium, and Brittleness,” Winchester Lecture, Oxford University, UK.

May 5
“Convergent Stresses and Resilience in a Turbulent World,” UK Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil London, UK.

April 30
Chancellor’s Club, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.

April 23
“Sustainability or Triage: Forestry and the Prospect of a Climate Emergency,” Sustainable Forest Management Network Conference: Envisioning Tomorrow’s Forests, Ottawa.

April 22
“The Prospective Mind in a  Nonlinear World: Educating for Resilience,” Upper Grand District School Board, Elora, Ontario.

April 20
“Resilience in a Turbulent World: Closing the Ingenuity Gap,” St. John’s Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

April 2
“Education for a Turbulent World: Convergence, Uncertainty, and the Prospective Mind,” MGI Gordon Distinguished Speakers Series,  Literary Dinner, Ridley College, St. Catharines, Ontario.

March 27
“A Theory of Societal Collapse: Convergent Stress, Thermodynamic Disequilibrium and Brittleness,” Ethics of Catastrophe Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

March 16
Enercan
West, Regina, Saskatchewan.

March 12
“Convergence and Crisis: Prospering in an Uncertain World,” Speakers’ Spotlight Showcase, Toronto, Ontario.

March 10
“The Future of Energy: Society’s Master Resource,” 2009 ENERCOM Conference & Exposition, The MEARIE Group, Toronto, Ontario.

March 9
“Inspiring Change: Prospering in an Uncertain World,” Inter-Nation Trade and Economic Summit, Assembly of First Nations, Toronto, Ontario.

March 6
“The Fall of Machines: Prospering in a Nonlinear World,” Canadian Association Of Geographers, Western Division, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, B.C.

March 5
“2020: Where in the World Are We Going?” Hospitality Design Summit 2009, Miami, Florida.

February 24
“Ingenuity Theory: Applications to Health Policy,” Health Innovations for Patients and Population, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

February 23
“The Upside of Down,” Imagine BC,  Leaders’ Summit, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C.

February 16
“Surviving the Turbulence,” Fellows Networking Conference, Action Canada, 2009, Toronto, Ontario.

February 7
“The Energy-Climate Challenge,” Ontario Engineering Competition, 2009, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.

February 3
“Global Challenges, Local Consequences: Profiting From Turbulence,” Sysco Canada, Foodservices Insights Symposium, 2009, Phoenix, Arizona.

January 29
“Uncertainty, Lags, and Nonlinearity: Governance under Conditions of Turbulence,” University of Waterloo New Frontiers Global Governance Workshop, Waterloo, Ontario.

January 13
“Ingenuity Theory: Adaptation Failure and Societal Crisis,” Waterloo Institute on Complexity and Innovation, Waterloo, Ontario.

January 12
“Ingenuity Theory: Adaptations to Health Policy,” Groves Memorial Hospital, Fergus, Ontario.

2008

November 25
“Complexity Shift: System Change in a New World,” Toronto Public Health Management,  Toront0, Ontario.

November 20
“Beyond the Growth Imperative: Challenges of a Global Steady-State Economy,” Department of Finance, Ottawa.

November 20
“Crisis, Creativity, and Resilience: Profiting from Uncertainty,” Accenture, CSO Roundtable.

November 19
“Enabling Complex Adaptation: Brains, Information and Open-Architecture Democracy,” IGLOO Symposium, Waterloo, Ontario.

November 18
“The Energy-Climate Challenge: Crisis, Creativity and Resilience,” Atlantic Federation of Agriculture, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Moncton, New Brunswick.

November 12
Industry Canada, Leadership Conference, Ottawa.

November 8
Hart House, University of  Toronto, Talk About the Planet Symposium.

November 7
“Convergence, Crisis, and Creativity: Local Resilience in an Age of Turmoil,” REACT 2008, Strait-Highlands Regional Development Agency, Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia.

October 30
“Climate Change, the Arctic, and Canada: Avoiding Yesterday’s Analysis of Tomorrow’s Crisis,” NRTEE 20th Anniversary Forum – “Securing Canada’s Future in a Changing World,” Ottawa.

October 28
“The Energy-Climate Challenge: Profiting from Turbulence,” International Council for Shopping Centres, 2008 Canadian Convention, Toronto, Ontario.

October 27
“The Energy-Climate Challenge: Tunnelling to a Solution,” Niagara Tunnelling Assoc. of Canada, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

October 23
“Convergence and Crisis: Global Security in a Nonlinear World,” RCMP Senior Management Team Meeting, Ottawa.

October 22
2008 SOLEC State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

October 20
“Convergence, Crisis, and Creativity: Global Security in a Nonlinear Age,” Canadian Society of Customs Brokers, Vancouver, B.C.

October 17
“The Energy-Climate Challenge: Building Resilience in an Age of Uncertainty,” Kootenay Assoc. for Science & Technology, Kootenay Energy Conference, Castlegar, B.C.

October 9
“Complexity, Crisis, and Creativity: Resilient Societies in a Nonlinear World,”  IPAC, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

October 4-5
“The Upside of Down: Renewal and Resilience in a World in Crisis,” Round Square Conference, Glenlyon-Norfolk and Collingwood Schools, Victoria and Vancouver, B.C.

October 3
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization,” Courtenay River Symposium, Courtenay, B.C.

October 1
“Beyond Sustainability: Resilience and Opportunity in a Nonlinear World,” World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Vision 2050 Project, Seattle, Washington.

September 30
“Complexity, Connectivity, and Crisis: Building Resilience for an Uncertain World,” Ontario Economic Summit, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

September 28
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization,” Sunday Evening Forum, Burlington, Ontario.

September 25
“Investing for Resilience in a Turbulent World,” Social Investment Organization, Toronto, Ontario.

September 23
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization,” University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Kelowna, B.C.

September 22
“Closing the Gap: Leadership for the Energy-Climate Challenge,” CAPL Conference 2008, Canadian Assoc. of Petroleum Landmen, Victoria, B.C.

September 21
“Complexity, Convergence, and Crisis: Resilience and Opportunity in a Turbulent World,” YPO, Toronto, Ontario.

September 18
“The Carbon Imperative: The Climate-Energy Challenge for Transport,” T2M, 6th Annual Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, Ottawa.

September 15
“Crisis and Resilience: Why the Future Won’t Be Anything Like the Past, and What We Can Do About It,” CIGI Signature Lecture, Waterloo, Ontario.

September 12
“Crisis and Resilience: Ontario’s Challenges in a Turbulent World,” Cabinet Office, Ottawa.

September 9
“The Climate-Energy Challenge: How It Will Change Our Economy and Society,” Green Enterprises Toronto, Sustainability Network Forum, Toronto, Ontario.

August 16
“Convergence and Crisis: Maintaining Civil Order in a Nonlinear World,” Toronto Police Services Board, Toronto, Ontario.

June 25
“Complexity, Crisis, and Creativity: Meeting the Challenge of the Age of Nature,” CEC JPAC Conference, Ottawa.

June 25
“Cracking the Energy-Climate Conundrum,” Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Ottawa.

June 20
“Energy and Climate: Are Radical Measures Necessary?” CIC Foreign Policy Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

June 20
“Resilience and Renewal: the Co-operative Movement in a Time of Turmoil,” Ontario Co-operative Association, Guelph, Ontario.

June 19
“The Downside of Up: the Climate Implications of High Oil Prices,” NOIA (Newfoundland & Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Assoc.) -
East Coast Oil and Gas: A Billion Barrels and Beyond, St. John’s, Newfoundland.

June 17
“The Climate-Energy Challenge,” CDM Technical Council Meeting, Edison, New Jersey.

June 14
“Resilience and Renewal: the Co-operative Housing Movement in a Time of Turmoil,” Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada Annual General Meeting, Toronto, Ontario.

June 13
“Impediments to Policy Communication,” NRCan Senior Managers Leadership Forum, 2008, Gatineau, Quebec.

June 12
“Turning Ideas into Action: Working Together for Solutions,” University of Waterloo, Faculty of the Environment Reception, National Press Club, Ottawa.

June 9-10
“The Environment and Supply Chains: Monster Conference Synthesis,” Mount Royal College, Calgary, Alberta.

June 5
“The Upside of Down: Bridging the Ingenuity Gap in a Turbulent World,” Sault College, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
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June 4
“Complexity Shift: System Change in a New World,” Canadian Public Health Assoc. 2008 Annual Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

June 3
“Beyond the Growth Imperative: Challenges of a Global Steady-State Economy,”  Finance Canada, Ottawa.

May 30
“Bridging the Gap: Ingenuity Challenges in a Turbulent World,” Ontario Ministry of the Environment,  Environment Assessment and Approval Board, Toronto, Ontario.

May 26
“Global Trends, Grand Challenges, and Groceries: Getting Grade A in a Turbulent World,” National Grocery Conference, Victoria B.C.

May 21
“Supercharging Ingenuity to Aid a World in Crisis,” Tech Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, London, Ontario.

May 14
“Values and the Prospective Mind: Personal Resilience in a Volatile World,” Guelph Seminar, Guelph, Ontario.

May 8
“The Great Transition: Coping with the End of the Oil,” Petroleum Historical Institute 2008 Symposium, Oil Springs, Ontario.

May 8
“The Climate-Energy Challenge: Implications for Municipalities,” 2008 Smarter Niagara Summit, Welland, Ontario.

May 7
“The New Sense of Urgency about Climate Change: Implications for Innovation,”  European Patent Forum,  Ljubljana, Slovenia.

April 22
“The Climate-Energy Challenge,” Energy2100, Global Perspectives on a Sustainable Future Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

April 21
“Convergence, Crisis, and Creativity: Research in a Nonlinear World,” 8th Annual Grad Studies Research Conference, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.

April 14
“Convergence, Crisis, and Creativity: Intelligence and Global Security in a Nonlinear World,” Annual Meeting of Global Futures Forum, Vancouver, B.C.

April 10
“The Eco-Imperative: Why a Green Conference Shouldn’t Be an Oxymoron,” National Meetings Industry Day, Ottawa, Ontario.

March 31-April 2
Conference on “Energy, Climate, and Global Security: Resilient Technologies and Institutions in a Nonlinear World,” Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California.

March 29
“Catastrophe and the Media: Turning Crisis into Opportunity,” Digifest 2008: Water’s Edge, Design Exchange, Toronto, Ontario.

March 28
“A Climate for Conflict? Resource and Environmental Stress as a Cause of Mass Violence in the 21st Century,” Class of 1958 Annual Lecture on Global Governance in the 21st Century, Conference on the Environment and National Security, Currie Hall, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario.

March 28
“Canada’s Energy Future: Challenges and Solutions in the Context of Climate Change,” OPG 2008 Conference, OPG Head Office, Toronto, Ontario.

March 26
“Creative Destruction: Greening the Ontario Economy,” 2nd Annual University of Waterloo Environment & Business Conference, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.

March 7
“Building Resilient Societies  in a Turbulent World: the IT Contribution,”  Connect IT 08 Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario.

March 5
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Society,” SIAS 2008 Symposium, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.

February 27
“Crisis and Creativity: The Great Challenges of the 21st Century and What We Can Do about Them,” Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, B.C.

February 26
“Racing Backwards: The Climate-Energy Challenge and the Recarbonization of the Global Fuel Supply,” Institute of Public Administrators of Canada, National Energy Conference, Edmonton, Alberta.

February 21
“Converging Stresses, Creative Community: Meeting the 21st Century’s Challenges in Sudbury,” EarthCare Sudbury Annual General Meeting, Sudbury, Ontario.

February 13
“An End to Reticence? Natural Scientists and the Politics of Global Change,” Colloquium, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.

February 7
“Creative Destruction: Greening the Ontario Economy,” Ministry of Economic Development & Trade, OPS Young Professionals Economic Development Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

February 4
“The Future Global Securityy Environment,” Symposium, Centre for Leadership and Learning, Toronto, Ontario.

January 24
“Environmental Stress, Security and American Leadership,” 2007-08 Bank of America Lecture Series: Principles, Power and the Future Of American Leadership, Davidson College, Charlotte, South Carolina.

January 22
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization,” 2nd Annual Ecology Action Centre Winter Lecture, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

January 18
“Positive Feedbacks, Dynamic Ice Sheets and the Recarbonization of the Global Fuel Supply: Recent Developments in Climate-Energy Research,” CBC Advisory Board.

 2007

December 4
“Positive Feedbacks, Dynamic Ice Sheets, and the Recarbonization of the Global Fuel Supply: the New Sense of Urgency about Global Warming,” SERDP (Strategic Environmental Research & Development Program), Washington, D.C.

November 28
“Ingenuity of Substance: Solving Problems in an Age of Complexity, Speed and Surprise,” Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse National Conference 2007, Edmonton, Alberta.

November 17
“The Upside of Down: Preparing B.C. Citizens for a Turbulent Future,” B.C. NDP Convention, Vancouver, B.C.
To watch the video of his speech, click here.

November 16
“The Upside of Down: Preparing Our Students for a Nonlinear Future,” Science Teachers of Ontario (STAO) 2007, Toronto, Ontario.

November 13
“Resilient Cities: Preparing for Demographic, Energy, and Climate Stress,” The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), North America 28th Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

November 13
“Dynamic Ice Sheets, Positive Feedbacks, and Climate Inertia: The New Sense of Urgency about Global Warming,” Conference on a Globally Integrated Climate Policy for Canada, Toronto, Ontario.

November 3
“Changing Landscapes: Building Local Resilience in a Time of Turmoil,” CUDO 2007 Directors Forum, Ontario Co-operative Association, Toronto, Ontario.

November 2
“Distributed Local Food Systems & Social Resilience,” Food Down the Road Local Food Summit, Kingston, Ontario.

November 1
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization,” Halifax Chamber of Commerce Fall Dinner 2007, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

October 31
“Prospering in a Nonlinear World: Complex Adaptation at the Intersection of Energy, Climate and Security,” 2007 International Marine CNG Forum, St. John’s, Newfoundland.

October 26
“Racing Backwards: Recarbonization of the Global Fuel Supply,” CIGI ’07, Waterloo, Ontario.

October 24
“Resilient Cities: San Antonio in a Future of Complexity, Speed, and Surprise,” University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas.

October 22
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization,” The City of Calgary Foundation, Vital Signs 2007: “Friends of the Foundation Annual Celebration,” Calgary, Alberta.

October 19
“Educating the Prospective Mind: Learning  to Be Resilient in a World of Complexity, Speed, and Surprise,” ADETA Symposium 2007 (Alberta Distance Education and Training), Edmonton, Alberta.

October 14
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization,” Ottawa International Writer’s Festival, Ottawa.

October 12
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization,” International Conference at Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec.

October 12
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization,” Pedagogical Day Conference 2007, Westmount, Quebec.

October 2
“Can Cities Survive? Global Threats to Global Urbanization,” Ohio Wesleyan International Studies Program and the Sagan National Colloquium, Delaware, Ohio.

October 2
“A Theory of Societal Collapse: Convergent Stress, Thermodynamic Disequilibrium, and Brittleness,” Mershon Centre for International Security Studies, Columbus, Ohio.

September 2007

September 26
“Climate Change and Municipalities in British Columbia: Mitigation and Adaptation,” Union of British Columbia Municipalities, Vancouver, B.C.

September 24
“Global Challenges to Global Governance: a Proposed 21st Century Research Agenda for the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.

September 20
“Threats to International Security in the 21st Century,” BOMEX: BOMA Canada’s National Conference and Exposition, Toronto, Ontario.

September 18
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization,” Mona Elaine Adilman Lectureship on the Environment, Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, Westmount (Montreal), Quebec.

September 9
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization,” Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, Eden Mills, Ontario.

September 6-7
“Risk and Resilience: Calgary in a Future of Complexity, Speed, and Surprise,” The City of Calgary’s Trends Workshop 2007, Calgary, Alberta.

September 3
“Resilient Organizations: Preparing for a Nonlinear Future,” JWT.

September 2
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization,” Sydney, Ausrtralia.

August 20
“Canadian Municipalities and the Climate Challenge.” The 2007 AMO Annual Conference: “Postcards from Ontario Municipalities, ” Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Ottawa.

August 18
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization,” 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Bahá’i Studies – North America, Mississauga, Ontario.

June 24
“Resilient Design: Preparing for a Nonlinear Future,” Berkley Church, George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario.

June 2 – 10
U.K. Book Tour. For dates, locations and information, click here.

May 31
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization,” Nova Scotia Architects Assoc., Halifax, Nova Scotia.

May 29
“Thinking Beyond Management: Leadership for Modern Times,” Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network Annual Conference, Sidney, B.C.

May 23
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization,” Illahee, Portland, Oregon.

May 19
“The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization,” University Centre, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.

May 10
“The Coal Conundrum: Can We Reconcile the Exigencies of Climate, Growth, and Global Peace?” Queen’s University Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

May 1
Special presentation on climate change at the Ontario Centres for Excellence (OCE) Conference: Discovery 2007, TO NEXT, Toronto, Ontario.

April 26
Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.

April 25
“Conflict in a Nonlinear World: Complex Adaptation at the Intersection of Energy, Climate, and Security,” Ingar Moen Memorial Lecture, Science & Technology Symposium, Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa.

April 18
National Intelligence Council, Washington DC.

April 17
“Global Change, Global Information Infrastructure, and the Global Public Good,” EcoVision 2007, Washington, DC.

April 11
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

April 10
Briefing to Security Council representatives on the links between climate change and international security, United Nations, New York.

March 30
“Agents of Peace in a Time of Turmoil,” Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario.

March 28
“The Ingenuity Challenge: Service Delivery and Organizational Resilience in an Age of Complexity, Speed, and Surprise,” Service Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

March 26
“Global Warming in Polar Regions: Is the Canary Singing?” Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

March 9
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

February 28
Annual Western Staff and Leaders Conference, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

February 12
World Affairs Conference

February 8
William Fyfe Short Course on Sustainability, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

February 7
Department of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa.

February 7
Green Party Fund Raising Dinner, Ottawa.

January 29
Bookshelf Café, Guelph, Ontario.

January 27
“Media and the Environment: Brains, Information, and Climate Change,” Environmental Science Symposium, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.

January 27
Leadership Conference, Westminster United Church, Whitby, Ontario.

From November 1, 2006, to January 20, 2007, I was on book tour promoting The Upside of Down. For information on tour speeches and readings, click here.

2006

October 27
Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, California.

October 26
Stanford Environmental Forum, Stanford, California.

September 26
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta.

July 29
World Futures Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

July 8
Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen, Colorado.

May 17
Canadian High Commission, London, England.

March 31
Pengrowth Corporation Conference, Banff, Alberta.

January 19
Centre for Leadership and Learning, Toronto, Ontario.

2005

November 30
Senior Management Leadership Forum, Ministry of the Environment, Toronto, Ontario.

November 28
Special Symposium, Yukon Government, Whitehorse, Yukon.

November 21
Canadian Construction Association Leaders Forum, Ottawa.

November 3
Council of the Federation, Quebec City, Quebec.

October 18
University of Alberta Students Union, Edmonton, Alberta.

August 8
Canadian Fertilizer Institute, Victoria, B.C.

June 2
Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

April 28
The Stockholm Seminar on Frontiers in Sustainability Science and Policy, Stockholm, Sweden.

April 27
Carl Gustaf Bernhard Lecture, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.

April 10
The Judy Project, Toronto, Ontario.

April 1
Lt.-Governor’s Shared Citizenship Lecture Series, Munk Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

2004

November 6
Random House Symposium, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

October 2004

October 26
Imagine B.C.: Dialogue on the Future of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

October 15
Canadian Educational Standards Institute, Montreal, Quebec.

October 14
Ontario Centres of Excellence – Crestech, Toronto, Ontario.

September 29
IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Annual Congress, Toronto, Ontario.

September 9
Alberta Teachers Association, Banff, Alberta.

September 8-9
Being Alberta in 2025, Calgary, Alberta.

July 16
Water Scarcity Conference, University of Lethbridge, Alberta.

June 22
RCMP Strategic Planning Meeting

May 19
International Conference on Complex Systems, Boston, Massachusetts.

May 13
The Land Summit, Vancouver, B.C.

April 5
Eckerd
College, St. Petersburg, Florida.

March 20
International Studies Association, Montreal, Quebec.

March 8
Prospectors and Developers Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

2003

November 19
Ontario Management Board Secretariat, Toronto, Ontario.

November 13-14
Centre for Leadership, Toronto, Ontario.

October 23
Alberta Library Association, Edmonton, Alberta.

October 6
Saint Andrew’s University, St. Andrews, Scotland.

October 2
Royal Society of London, London, England.

September 19
Department of National Defence, Ottawa.

June 5
Policy Learning and Distributed Governance, DEMOS and Canadian High Commission, London, England.

May 27
Mining and the Environment, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario.

May 26
International Federation of Landscape Architects, World Congress, Calgary, Alberta.

May 9-10
Forum on the Problems of Peace and War, Florence, Italy.

April 21
Rotary Club, Oakville, Ontario.

April 15
Industrial Accident Prevention Association, Toronto, Ontario.

April 9-10
Resilience Alliance, Jekyll Island, Georgia.

April 3
Canadian Studies Program, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, NY.

March 18
McGill
-Dupont Initiative on Social Innovation, Toronto, Ontario.

March 7
Peel District School Board, Model United Nations, Mississauga, Ontario.

February 6
Ontario Public School Boards’ Association, Toronto, Ontario.

January 28
Health Canada, Ottawa.

January 23
The Sustainability Network, YMCA, Toronto, Ontario.

2002

December 12
State Street Bank and Trust Company, Toronto, Ontario.

December 4
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

November 28
Policy Conference for Staff and Management, Ontario Ministry of Education, Toronto, Ontario.

November 21
Midwestern Higher Education Commission, Chicago, Illinois.

November 12
Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.

November 8
Council on Foreign Relations, New York, NY.

October 28
Alberta Association of the Canadian Institute of Planners, Jasper, Alberta.

October 26
Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, Annual Conference, Jasper, Alberta.

October 23
Georgian Triangle Economic Development Institute / Blue Mountain Watershed Trust, Collingwood, Ontario.

October 19
Durham College, Board of Governors, Alliston, Ontario.

October 18
Muskoka
, Nipissing, Parry Sound Local Training and Adjustment Board, North Bay, Ontario.

October 17
London’s Women’s Club, London, Ontario.

October 4
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Annual Conference, Deerhurst, Huntsville, Ontario.

September 27
National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, The Netherlands.

September 17
Conference on World Energy Policy in the 21st Century, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

September 12
Treasury Board Secretariat, Program Sectors’ Annual Retreat, Montebello, Quebec.

September 9
Environmental Grantmakers Association, Fall Retreat, Asheville, North Carolina.

August 10-14
52nd Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, La Jolla, California.

August 8
American Association of Botanic Gardens and Arboreta, Annual Conference, Hamilton, Ontario.

June 19
Ontario Chiefs of Police, Huntsville, Ontario.

June 18
International Development Research Centre, Ottawa.

June 16
2020 Conference, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Victoria, B.C.

May 31
Executive Dialogue, Centre for Leadership, Toronto, Ontario.

May 30
Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, Toronto, Ontario.

May 27
Canadian Association of Blue Cross Plans, Whistler, B.C.

May 26
Canadian Association of Community Colleges, St. John’s, Newfoundland.

April 25
Ontario Hospital Association, Thunder Bay, Ontario.

April 19
ASEC Seminar on Services in Manufacturing and Finance, Toronto, Ontario.

April 3
Appleby
College, Oakville, Ontario.

April 1
Westminster United Church, Toronto, Ontario.

March 27
Toronto Hydro, Toronto, Ontario.

March 12
Center for International Development, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

March 8
Canadian Club Breakfast, Chicago, Illinois.

March 7
Program on International Politics, Economics and Security, University of Chicago, Illinois.

March 1
Policy Innovation and Leadership, Ontario Public Service, Toronto, Ontario.

February 21
New America Foundation, Washington, D.C.

February 20
Faculty of Environment, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

February 19
Faculty of Law, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

February 14
University Arts Women’s Club, Toronto, Ontario.

February 12
Engineers without Borders, Toronto, Ontario.

February 12
Canadian Association for Chain Drugstores, Toronto, Ontario.

February 8
Rotary Club of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

February 7
Southam
Fellows Lunch, Massey College, Toronto, Ontario.

January 24
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa, Ontario.

January 17
World Events Forum, Etobicoke, Ontario.

January 7
Deputy Ministers’ Roundtable Discussion, Canadian Centre for Management Development, Ottawa, Ontario.

2001

December 7
National Policy Research Conference, Ottawa, Ontario.

December 6
FORUM for Young Professional in the Federal Public Service, Future Studies Network, Ottawa, Ontario.

November 29
Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Vancouver, B.C.

November 28
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C.

November 27
Jock Munro Lecture, Vancouver, B.C.

November 24
Lancaster House,  University of Toronto Centre for Industrial Relations, Toronto, Ontario.

November 22
Learning Unlimited, Toronto, Ontario.

November 8
Bob Ramsay Lunch Group, Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto, Ontario.

November 5
Ontario Hospital Association, Toronto, Ontario.

October 30
Fulbright Conference on Global Health with the New Century Scholars, Bellagio, Italy.

October 26
School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

October 23
Canadian Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Toronto, Ontario.

October 11
Federal-Provincial Deputy Ministers of Agriculture, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

October 10
Recycling Council of Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario.

October 3
Department of Health Administration, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

September 25
Ran Ide Lecture, Victoria University, Toronto, Ontario.

September 21
University of New Brunswick, Saint John, New Brunswick.

September 20
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

September 15
Ottawa Writers Festival, Ottawa.

September 14
Beyond Budgeting Roundtable, Toronto, Ontario.

September 13
Toronto Injury Prevention Coalition, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario.

September 10
Brain, Behavior, Society Group, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario.

July 30
Canadian Society of Association Executives, National Conference, Calgary, Alberta.

June 27
National Arts Centre, Ottawa.

June 27
Policy Research Initiative, Privy Council Office, Ottawa.

June 13
International Institute for Sustainable Development, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

June 13
Manitoba Library Association, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

June 11
Banff
Television Festival, Banff, Alberta.

June 7
Association of Public Service Executives, Ottawa.

June 5
Montebello Forum on Business and Sustainable Development, Montebello, Quebec.

June 2
Prince Edward County Authors Festival, Picton, Ontario.

June 2
University of Toronto Book Fair, Toronto, Ontario.

May 16
Rockefeller Foundation, New York.

May 9
Energy Resources Canada, Ottawa.

May 8
United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.

May 8
World Bank, Washington, D.C.

May 5
World Affairs Council of Northern California, Asilomar, California.

May 3
Lawrence Livermore Laboratory

May 2
World Affairs Council, UCLA, Los Angeles, California.

May 1
International Peace Academy, New York.

April 26
Energy Bar Association, Washington, D.C.

April 25
Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.

April 10
Foresight 2020 Seminar, OISE, Toronto, Ontario.

April 5
Rotary Club of North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

March 30
Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

March 29
Meeting of Environment Ministers of the Americas, Montreal, Quebec.

March 20
Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

March 13
Massey College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

March 12
Wilfred Laurier University, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

March 1-3
British Foreign Office Conference, Wilton Park, England.

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