February 2023

CSIP Innovation Forum ~ Conservation Doesn’t Just Happen: Protecting Lands and Waters Through Policy Engagement

Presented by: Katie Morrison, Executive Director, CPAWS Southern Alberta

Canada has committed to achieving targets under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity to protect at least 30% of lands and oceans by 2030. But conservation doesn’t just happen without support from citizens. With increasing controversy over the creation of parks and protected areas, we all need to be involved in supporting and advocating for the protection of our lands at waters. This session will walk through recent examples from Alberta where advocacy and engagement changed the government policy direction toward better conservation outcomes.

About our speaker:

Katie Morrison is the Executive Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Southern Alberta chapter, whose mission is to safeguard, connect, and expand Alberta’s parks and wilderness. CPAWS Southern Alberta works toward these goals through education, engagement, and collaboration with Albertans of all backgrounds. Katie is a Professional Biologist with more than 20 years of experience in the environmental sector. She holds a B.Sc. in Environmental and Conservation Sciences from the University of Alberta and a Master of Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. Katie has worked in Canada and Latin America for university research projects, nongovernmental organizations, and environmental consulting companies. She has an in-depth understanding of conservation, ecology, stakeholder and public engagement and mitigating the environmental impacts of human development. Katie is an avid hunter, angler and all-around outdoors person and stills feels happiest when she is outside discovering the wonders of nature and our place in it.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm (CST-SK)
Join us on Zoom! Click to register and the Zoom connection details will be sent by email.

About the CSIP Forums: Science, technology, and innovation policy are essential in shaping our future. Translating the narrative into clear options, strategies and outcomes is necessary, but far from simple. CSIP invites all students, faculty, researchers, and citizens interested in the study of science, technology, and innovation policy to participate in these bi-weekly forums. For more information, visit us online! www.scienceandinnovationpolicy.ca