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Join us for the 2024 Kingston Climate Change Symposium, presented by the City of Kingston and Sustainable Kingston, and get ready to be inspired by our remarkable lineup of speakers.

Our keynote address will be delivered by Bob McDonald, one of Canada's most prominent science journalists and the host of the award-winning show, Quirks & Quarks. Ali Hassan, the dynamic and engaging host of CBC's Laugh out Loud and moderator of Canada Reads, will once again return as our event host.

Under the theme "Balance: Climate, Nature, and Technology," the 2024 Symposium will explore how we can create balance to advance climate action and safeguard biodiversity. Our speakers will delve into these strategies, discussing nature and technology-based solutions that promise a healthier, more resilient climate future while preserving the rich tapestry of our planet's ecosystems.

During breaks and after the symposium, you'll also have the chance to connect with local environmental groups and city leaders at our small exhibit located at the Grand Theatre.

This signature event is all about sparking action, showcasing the latest progress in community-driven climate projects, enhancing our local community connections, and nurturing new ones.

2024 Kingston Climate Change Symposium: Speakers

Ali Hassan

Ali Hassan is returning for a third time to host the Climate Change Symposium. He is the host of Canada Reads and a best-selling author and broadcaster.


Bob Macdonald

Bob McDonald is a Canadian author and science journalist. He has been bringing science to the public for almost half a century with programs such as hosting his podcast, Quirks & Quarks on CBC radio. Bob is also a regular reporter for CBC’s The National and the writer of the children’s series, Heads Up! Bob Macdonald will be joining us online from Victoria, BC, for a talk and Q&A session moderated by our host, Ali Hassan.

Ewa Jackson is the managing director at ICLEI, an organization that works with local governments toward municipal climate change adaptation and resilience in climate communications. Ewa examines how effective and targeted communications can be applied to propel us toward implementing adaptive actions.

Hosted by Sustainable Kingston COO, Geoff Hendry, the Biodiversity Panel will feature Maureen Buchananon from All Our Relations Land Trust and Holly Evans from the Catarqui Conservation Authority, to discuss the importance of biodiversity in Southeastern Ontario. Additional panellists are to be announced.


Sustainable Kingston wishes to make the 2024 Kingston Climate Change Symposium as accessible as possible.

We have put aside some free tickets for individuals for whom cost is a barrier to attending the event; please visit sustainablekingston.com.


  • To participate in the question-and-answer periods, please visit Menti.com on your mobile device and enter the code “43 80 67”. When you enter the code, you will see a Q&A box to enter your question.  We will also be providing an opportunity for those without access to Menti.com to participate during the Q&A.
  • Thanks to the generosity of Kingston Transit, attendees can enjoy complimentary transit to and from the venue. Simply show your ticket and ride for free!
  • Let’s keep this event waste-free! Please bring your reusable water bottle.