Sharing Experiences 2018

2018 Sharing Experiences Workshop 

In addition to hosting adventurer James Raffan as our keynote speaker, this dynamic workshop will include presentations and breakout sessions from knowledgeable members of the environmental community:

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Where: Puslinch Community Centre
Address: 23 Brock Road South, Puslinch, ON, N0B 2J0
Cost: $15 plus HST

Breakfast treats and lunch sourced from local producers is included in the registration fee. You can register by clicking the link below. 


2018 Sharing Experiences Workshop Program

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Registration (8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.)

Welcome (9 a.m. to 9:05 a.m.): Archie MacRobbie Hall

Keynote Speaker (9:05 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.): Archie MacRobbie Hall

Presenter: James Raffan

Title: Our Home on Native Land

In 2017, James Raffan was involved in four epic sesquicentennial journeys that included paddling the Rideau Canal from Kingston to Ottawa, a circumnavigation of Canada from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage, a ship-based youth expedition from Resolute Nunavut to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and a quick trip to the North Pole from Murmansk, Russia aboard the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreaker. With wonderful people in faraway places, he pondered climate change, canoes, youth engagement, the national anthem, diversity and inclusion, tolerance, reconciliation and home. Join one of Canada’s great storytellers for thought-provoking reflection on Canada 150 and beyond.

Bio: Dr. James Raffan is a writer, geographer and Kickass Canadian ( with a passion for the North. He is a Fellow of the Explorers Club, Past Chair of the Arctic Institute of North America as well as a Fellow and Past Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, earning the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, the RCGS Camsell Medal, and, most recently, Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal from Governor General Julie Payette. In 2015 James received an honorary doctorate from Guelph University and was named by Canadian Geographic magazine as one of Canada’s Top 100 Explorers. He has produced films and documentaries and written bestselling books, including the critically-acclaimed, Circling the Midnight Sun, based on a three-year journey around the Arctic Circle. It has been said that James was born in a canoe on the mighty Speed River in Guelph, Ontario. His mother has a different version of that tale.

Break and Networking (10:25 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.)

Breakout Session 1 (10:55 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.)

Title: Indigenous Knowledge: Understanding and Co-existing with Indigenous Communities

Presenter: Paul General, Six Nations
Location: Archie MacRobbie Hall

Title: The Halton Climate Collective 

Panel Discussion: Kim Barrett, Conservation Halton; Lisa Kohler, Halton Environmental Network; Deniz Ergun, Town of Oakville; Norm Miller (moderator) Conservation Halton
Location: Alf Hales Room 

Title: Invasive Species Initiatives: Ideas for Sustaining Engagement

Moderator: Bronwen Buck, Grand River Conservation Authority 
Location: Library Community Room

Lunch and Networking (11:40 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.): Archie MacRobbie Hall

Title: Photos and Stories from the Friends of Sheldon Creek

Presenter: Vince Fiorito

Title: Meet and Greet and Book Signing with Author James Raffan

Lunch Presentation (12:55 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.): Archie MacRobbie Hall

Title: A Passion for Partnerships: Lessons Learned from 35 Years of Stewardship and Collaboration

Presenter: Larry Halyk, Conservation Halton

Break and Networking (1:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.)

Breakout Session 2 (1:50 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.)

Title: Collective Impact: The Power of Partnerships 

Panel Discussion: Peter Kelly, Cootes to Escarpment; Karen Rathwell, Wellington Water Watchers; Jeff Stock, Hamilton Conservation Authority; Beth Anne Fischer (moderator), Conservation Halton
Location: Archie MacRobbie Hall

Title: Citizen Pruners

Presenters: Alison Morrison and Toni Ellis, NeighbourWoods
Location: Alf Hales Room

Title: Importance of Spending Time in Nature for Health and Well Being

Presenter: Ashoo Anand, Credit Valley Conservation
Location: Library Community Room

Break and Networking (2:20 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.)

Breakout Session 3 (2:40 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.)

Title: Engaging Youth in Environmental Stewardship 101

Presenters: Keren Bromberg, Adam Wilford and Youth Presenters, Credit Valley Conservation
Location: Archie MacRobbie Hall

Title: Using Social Media to Engage Environmental Stewards on a Local, National, and International Level

Presenter: Neil Dunning, Brant Woodlot Owners Association 
Location: Alf Hales Room

Title: Fresh Air for Kids: A Cooperative Approach to Reducing Children’s Exposure to Air Pollution

Presenter: Dr. Denis Corr, Corr Research
Location: Library Community Room

Break (3:10 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.)

Closing Remarks and Raffle (3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.): Archie MacRobbie Hall