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Panel Discussion: Climate Change in Cold and High Places

In addition to the four films featured in our Environmental Show, we invite our audience to join us in an engaging panel discussion in which our panelists will share both their research and personal experience as witnesses of climate change.

Through their stories from the Arctic and high-mountain regions, we hope to bring you direct human experiences of the impact of climate change that go beyond data and charts. In this discussion, our panelists will share what they have learned about climate change through their unique personal perspectives and they’ll also share their ideas on what we can do to help the planet.

Viewing Info

This film was part of the VIMFF 2021.

Moderator & Speakers

vimff climate change in cold and high places david hik

Moderator: David Hik

David Hik is a professor of ecology at Simon Fraser University. He studies the dynamics of mountain and Arctic environments, the impacts of climate change, and determinants of social-ecological resilience. David is co-editor of the annual Alpine Club of Canada’s State of the Mountains Report, and an instructor for Mountains 101, a free 12-lesson MOOC all about mountains.

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Speaker: Gwenn Flowers

Dr. Gwenn Flowers is a professor of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Flowers studies how glaciers and ice sheets respond to climate and the important role of ice dynamics. Flowers launched a major field-based research program in the St. Elias Mountains of Yukon, Canada, to study glacier processes. Flowers and her group have also been engaged in projects based in Iceland, Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. Together, their research has resulted in over 50 scholarly publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Flowers is currently the Vice President of the International Glaciological Society and a Division Head within the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences. Her research program contributes broadly to understanding the role of glaciers and ice sheets in the global climate system.

vimff climate change in cold and high places alison criscitiello

Speaker: Alison Criscitiello

Dr. Alison Criscitiello is an ice core scientist, and high-altitude mountaineer and alpinist. Criscitiello’s research explores the history of sea ice in polar regions using ice core chemistry, which involves long months of living in a tent and drilling ice cores in places like Antarctica, Alaska, the Canadian high Arctic, and Greenland. She is the Director of the Canadian Ice Core Lab (CICL) at University of Alberta, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. When not busy shivering for science, Criscitiello seeks out the cold for fun, whether working as a climbing ranger in the national parks or guiding expeditions to major peaks in the Andes, Alaska, and the Himalaya. In 2010, she led the first all-women’s ascent of Lingsarmo (6955m) in the Indian Himalaya. She has been the recipient of three American Alpine Club (AAC) climbing awards including one for Borderski, her 2-month winter ski traverse of Tajikistan’s border in the eastern Pamirs with two other Canadian women. In 2016 she was awarded the Mugs Stump Award and John Lauchlan Award to attempt a first alpine ascent in the Indian Himalaya. Alison has been named a National Geographic Explorer, and a Fellow of the Explorers Club and Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Criscitiello is founder and co-director of Girls on Ice Canada.

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Speaker: Gregory Coyes

Gregory has worked extensively in the Canadian broadcast community over the last thirty-five years as an award-winning film maker, and as an educator and writer. He has worked as a producer/director with the National Film Board and his series and one-offs have aired on many of the major networks in Canada including APTN, CTV, and CBC. Gregory has also consulted and written for the Smithsonian at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Gregory has produced multiple award-winning series such as All Our Relations and Stories from the Seventh Fire.

Gregory is the founder of the SLOW MEDIA Community, an online video library that is actively promoting an Indigenous, non-commercial model of cinema that is disrupting our sense of our relationship with our media. Greg is Metis/Cree from St. Albert, Alberta and proud member of the L’Hirondelle family.



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