Water Future: A New Generation of Sustainability Leaders

Thursday, June 9, 2022 10:00 am - 10:00 am EDT



The TD Walter Bean (TDWB) High School Lecture is back and in person!

This is a free annual event that brings into focus important environmental issues and promotes a legacy of community involvement and commitment to youth. We are inviting students in grades 8*-12 to join us on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 10am at Federation Hall for, Water Future: A New Generation of Sustainability Leaders.  

Our Speakers

Dr. Amber Wutich

Amber Wutich

This year we have the privilege of welcoming Dr. Amber Wutich, President’s Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Global Health at Arizona State University, and our 2021 TD Walter Bean Professor. An expert on water insecurity and mental health, Dr. Wutich directs the Global Ethnohydrology Study, a cross-cultural study of water knowledge and management in 22 countries. Dr. Wutich has published four books and over 100 articles, and edits the journal Field Methods. Her teaching has been recognized with awards such as Carnegie CASE Arizona Professor of the Year.




Isabel Jorgensen

Isabel Jorgensen

PhD candidate in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Isabel comes from southern California but has been living abroad for the last 6 years in Ireland, the UK and now Canada. Her research mainly explores competition for shared water resources and how conflict and cooperation can yield sustainable and equitable outcomes for the environment and society. She leads the international partnership-based research project TRANSFORM: Accelerating sustainability entrepreneurship experiments in local spaces, and is the Director of the Sustainability Policy Research on Urban Transformations (SPROUT) Lab. 




Dax Dasilva

Dax Dasilva

Dax Dasilva is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Lightspeed Commerce Inc. a one-stop commerce platform for retail, hospitality and golf merchants around the world and the Founder of Age of Union a non-profit environmental alliance that works to protect the planet’s threatened species and ecosystems.





Sarah Burch  (moderator) 

Sarah Burch

Dr. Sarah Burch holds a Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance and Innovation, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada. She is an expert in transformative responses to climate change at the community scale, innovative strategies for making progress on sustainability, and the unique contributions that small businesses can make to this solving this complex challenge.




Bus Arrival: 9:00am-9:30am (Bus subsidy is available but are limited)

Registration: 9:30am

High School Lecture: 10:00am-12:00pm

Complimentary lunch: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Optional campus tour: 1:00pm-2:00pm *

Registration Deadline: May 30, 2022*

*Unfortunately we have reached our capacity for campus tours.

*Registration deadline has been extended to June 1, 2022

For any required assistance connected to the event, email Vestiana Powell.

Covid Requirements

· Masking is required at on-campus events until further notice. Presenters may remove masks to speak providing 2m distance can be maintained from all other speakers and participants.

· Masks can be removed while seated for eating;It is recommended all participants complete the provincial self-assessment prior to coming to campus and should not attend if experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or if they are told to isolate.

· Physical distancing or capacity limits are not required under current public health guidance. However, physical distancing continues to be an effective method of reducing risk of transmission and we recommended you continue to physically distance when possible;

· Good hand hygiene should continue to be practiced and can be achieved through frequent hand washing or the use of an alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR). Hand hygiene bottles/stations will continue to be available for use;

· As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the evolution of the virus and the course of disease activity are difficult to predict, so relaxation of restrictions are contingent on current public health conditions. If the situation changes, it may become necessary to bring back requirements for mask wearing and proof of vaccination on short notice based on an assessment of risk under Policy #34 –Health, Safety & Environment.