Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin
Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin
Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin
Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin
Dr. Sarah Burch

Dr. Sarah Burch







+ Virtual Keynote Speaker

A 30, 45, or 60 minute live keynote presentation delivered via zoom. 

+ In-person Keynote Speaker

A 30, 45, or 60 minute live keynote presentation delivered in person.

+ Hybrid Keynote Speaker

A 30, 45, or 60 minute live keynote presentation delivered in-person and livestreamed to virtual audiences. 


Triggering Innovation for Sustainable Communities

Communities, sustainability, and innovation are the key to long-term prosperity. In eye-opening keynotes, Dr. Sarah Burch outlines the steps that each of us can take by providing a clear and accessible overview of what the risks and challenges of the future will look like, and how innovation might fit into a larger program for managing climate change.

Making Progress on Climate Change in a Post-truth Era

Conversations about climate change are filled with challenges involving complex data, deeply held values, and political issues. In this talk, Dr. Sarah Burch provides audiences with a concise, accessible, and holistic picture of the climate change problem, including both the scientific and human dimensions.

Sarah explains the basics of the climate system, climate models and prediction, and human and biophysical impacts, as well as strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing adaptability, and enabling climate change governance. This talk will examine the connections between climate change and other pressing issues, such as human health, poverty, and other environmental problems, and explore the ways that sustainable responses to climate change can simultaneously address those issues.


How will technological innovations, rapid global population expansion, climate change, and unpredictable environmental forces transform the world? Dr. Sarah Burch, one of the world’s leading sustainability and climate change scholars, tackles these challenges and shares her breakthrough insights into humanity’s most innovative solutions.

Dr. Sarah Burch is one of Canada’s leading sustainability and climate change scholars. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance and Innovation in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo. She is a Senior Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation and a Fellow of the Balsillie School for International Affairs. Through her research, writing, and teaching, she explores transformative responses to climate change at the community scale, and innovative strategies for governing sustainability. In 2018, she was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 leaders by Caldwell.

Sarah was a contributing author to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007) and a coordinating lead author in the Second Assessment Report on Climate Change in Cities. She is helping to lead the Earth System Governance project’s New Directions Initiative, which will inform the research of an international network of more than 3,000 environmental governance scholars over the next 10 years. Sarah was a Visiting Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute and was awarded a Banting Fellowship for her work on sustainability innovation. Her most recent book is Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy and Practice. She works extensively with governments, civil society organizations, and innovative firms to explore pathways to resilient, prosperous, low-carbon futures.

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Acclaimed Sustainability & Climate Change Scholar