Can Democracies meet the Challenge of Climate Change?

This year’s event in the Dalhousie University Stanfield Conversations: Talking Democracy series will welcome featured speakers Megan Leslie (LLB’04), Naheed Nenshi and Mark Jaccard with CBC Radio host and Dal alum, Jeff Douglas (BSc’93) as moderator. This talk will focus on the need for robust and far-reaching climate action amid the pressures within democracies to agree on and implement sufficiently strong and consistent policies.

Watch live

This Open Dialogue Live panel discussion is sold out in person. You can stream it live on YouTube.

ASL interpretation will be provided on stage and on the live stream.

Thank you to CBC Nova Scotia for acting as official media sponsor of the 2023 event.

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About our guests

Megan Leslie (LLB’04) is the president and CEO of WWF-Canada and leads its 10-year plan, Regenerate Canada, to reverse wildlife loss and fight climate change. A former Member of Parliament representing Halifax, she received a Dalhousie Aurum Award in 2019 to celebrate the impact she is making in her community and around the world.


Mark Jaccard is a Distinguished Professor at Simon Fraser University (on leave serving as chair and CEO of the BC Utilities Commission). His latest book is The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success: Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress. His research focus is the design and application of energy-economy models for assessing climate policies.


Naheed Nenshi served as Calgary’s mayor for three terms between 2010 and 2021, during which Calgary was named one of the best cities to live in in the Western Hemisphere. Nenshi is an internationally known voice on urban issues, presenting to audiences across Canada and the world.


Jeff Douglas (BSc’93) hosts Mainstreet NS in the afternoons on CBC Radio One. Born in Truro, N.S., he has travelled the country, tackling projects as disparate as mushing dogs in Yukon to jumping out of planes with search-and-rescue personnel from the 442nd Squadron. He’s received three Gemini nominations, and a Kari Award.


Learn more about the Stanfield Conversation topic and our featured guests.