Keynote:  Catherine Odora Hoppers

Tuesday, February 5
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location change: Cascade room, Students' Union Building
6:00 - 7:00 pm: Cultural performance by Chakanaka Zinyemba, drinks and snacks in the lobby. 

Towards a Strategic Sustained Global Dialogue: Rethinking our Approach to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Professor Catherine Odora Hoppers

Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals demands that all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, sustainable lifestyles, human rights,  gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity. 

Achieving this calls for a transdisciplinary mode of engagement, which combines different ways of knowing and seeing and is relatively unexplored in public settings as the world is transfixed into western modes of knowing and seeing to the exclusion of Indigenous ways.  Preparing our young and old before they go out to “solve problems” calls for a sustained global dialogue which would generate a new innovative and just approach to knowledge production, knowledge sharing, and knowledge utilization.  It also demands the recognition, development, promotion and protection of different knowledge systems and epistemologies.

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Professor Catherine Odora Hoppers is a scholar and policy specialist on international development, education, North-South questions, disarmament, peace, and human security. She is a UNESCO expert in basic education, lifelong learning, information systems and on Science and Society; an expert in disarmament at the UN Department of Disarmament Affairs; an expert to the World Economic Forum on benefit sharing and value addition protocols; and the World Intellectual Property Organisation on traditional knowledge and community intellectual property rights.

She received a Masters and PhD in International Education from Stockholm University, Sweden; was a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Orebro University (Sweden), and an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. In South Africa, Professor Hoppers holds a South African Research Chair in Development Education at the University of South Africa (since 2008), a National Chair set up by the Department of Science and Technology

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    Prior to that, she was a technical adviser on Indigenous Knowledge Systems to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (South Africa) and led the Task Team to draft the national policy on Indigenous Knowledge Systems. She was a Distinguished Professional at the Human Sciences Research Council; an Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria; a visiting Professor at Stockholm University (Sweden) where she led the Systems Research Collaboration (Sweden and South Africa), bringing together policy makers and professionals in academia in the two countries.

    She was formerly a member of the International Faculty of the United Nations International Leadership Academy (Amman-Jordan); and is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and was a member of the Academy of Science Special Panel on the Future of Humanities (South Africa). She serves as member of the Board of the PASCAL International Observatory (initiated by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development Countries [OECD]), and was the Scientific Coordinator and Campus Director for the Council for the Development of Social Science in Africa (CODESRIA) Annual Social Science Campus (2006). She is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and is the Chair of the African Academy of Science Advisory Council on the Social and Cultural Sciences (2014). In 2013, she was appointed by the Minister of Higher Education (South Africa) as Member of the Task Team on the Ministerial Project on the Future of the Humanities and Social Science.

    She has addressed the International Bar Association, the Swedish Research Council, and Academy of Science of South Africa, the British House of Lords, and the Royal Dutch Shell. She was the Goodwill Ambassador for Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda; and Ambassador for Non-Violence at the Durban Universities’ International Centre for Non-Violence. She was given the Presidential Medal of Honour by the President of Uganda on the 9th October 2013, marking Uganda’s Golden Jubilee, for her groundbreaking academic research and leadership. She received the South African National Pioneers Award for her contribution to the development of Indigenous knowledge systems since 1994, given at the Freedom Park in 2014.

    In July 2015, she received the Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award from HE Thabo Mbeki for her pursuit of the total liberation for the African continent through the promotion of Indigenous Knowledge Systems of Education and in the same year, Professor Hoppers was awarded “Woman of the Year” by the University of South Africa, and was named as a “Leading Educationist” and was honoured in the Gallery of Leadership as the 63 most influential people who have shaped Unisa since its inception in 1873, in a permanent exhibition in Kgorong Building in UNISA.  In 2017 Professor Hoppers received the distinction from UNESCO as an Honorary Fellow in Lifelong Learning.

    She got her Masters (1992) and PhD in International Education from Stockholm University (1998).


Global Goals Talks

4:00 - 6:00 pm
Atrium, Students' Union Building

Join us for engaging 17-minute talks on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as well as a cultural performance by Sangea.

Today's Talks: 

The Power of Youth in Achieving the Global Goals

Michelle Kim, Student, University of Alberta
Anjali Mishra, Student, University of British Columbia

Michelle Kim (she/her), is a student at UAlberta and one of the co-founders of the UN Sustainable Development Goals UAlberta Coalition. This group promotes the UN Sustainable Development Goals at UAlberta and in the greater Edmonton community through education, campus and cross-campus outreach, policy advocacy and partnerships with like-minded organizations and initiatives. 

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    She is also a Global Education Program Assistant with University of Alberta International and a student leader of various groups. She strongly believes that “No one can help everyone but everyone can help someone”.
Anjali Mishra is a student at the University of British Columbia and a former participant in the BC Council of International Cooperation’s SDG Bootcamp, an experience which enabled her to travel throughout BC and engage communities on the SDGs. 
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    She was a part of a youth delegation to Together 2017, Canada's first-ever annual multi-stakeholder SDG symposium, where she realized the immense need for youth collaboration in achieving the Goals. Since then she has spoken on the SDGs at UBC and Together 2018, been part of selecting BC youth to attend COP4 in Poland and co-wrote a policy brief on institutional structures to achieve Agenda 2030 that was presented to Economic and Social Development Canada. She is in the process of spearheading a SDG engagement campaign with the help of UBC Sustainability and is incredibly honoured to share her story of how the SDGs can provide a rich platform for youth leadership. 

Radical Incrementalism as a Tool for Urban Sustainability

Simon O’Byrne
Senior Vice President, Community Development, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Simon O’Byrne is both an award-winning urban designer/planner and Senior Vice President of Stantec’s Community Development business sector. As a planning expert, he has been frequently quoted in European and North American media and has given many keynote presentations on both continents.

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    Simon has led multi-disciplinary design teams in the planning and successful delivery of large, complex, and politically charged projects in Canada, the US and the UK. Simon is very active in the community and has chaired many initiatives and organizations, such as the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Vibrancy Task Force, Winter Cities and the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation. MacEwan University recognized Simon, when they made him the 2015 Allard Chair in Business. He has also been named as one of Edmonton’s Power 30 by the Edmonton Journal, one of the 50 most influential Albertans by Alberta Venture and was in Avenue magazine’s first Top 40 Under 40 list.

Development for Whom?

Cynthia Palmaria  
Co-founder, Migrante-Alberta

Cynthia Palmaria was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Canada 30 years ago. She came through the sponsorship of her parents who came to Quebec under the Foreign Domestic Movement. 

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    In 2013 she moved to Edmonton with her family and became one of the founding members of Migrante-Alberta, a not-for profit Filipino organization that advocates for the rights and welfare of temporary workers. She is currently working as a Faculty Service Officer in the Radiation Therapy program at UAlberta.

The Wheel Truth

Roxanne Ulanicki  
Disability Advocate

Roxanne Ulanicki, after accepting a medical retirement in 2005, committed to using her pension as a paycheck to advocate for people with disabilities.

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     A few of her projects have included creating a medical clinic for adults with spina bifida, co-founding a dance company focused on integrated dance, and fighting to maintain the independence of people with disabilities in a home-care setting.