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Ian Mauro

Dr. Ian Mauro is the Principal of the Richardson College for the Environment, Co-Director of the Prairie Climate Centre and filmmaker at the University of Winnipeg. He is a former Canada Research Chair, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, and has served on expert panels related to food security, energy issues, and climate change.

Mauro is a pioneer of multi-media methodologies, scholarship and education. He holds a BSc in Environmental Science, PhD in Geography, and Postdoc in Ethnoecology. His work focuses on climate change, food security, industrial development and strategies to build vibrant, resilient, low carbon communities across scales.

He uses participatory video to collect, communicate and conserve local and indigenous knowledge, an approach that allows people who live on the land to tell their own stories, in their own language, within the landscapes where their knowledge has been generated. He was awarded an “Apple Distinguished Educator” award for his approach.

In 2010, he co-directed Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change – the world’s first Inuktitut language film on this topic – with acclaimed Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner). Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change has been screened globally. Qapirangajuq is viewed by many as setting a new standard for participatory visual research with Indigenous communities.

Following this, Mauro directed Climate Change in Atlantic Canada, which he toured across Canada with David Suzuki between 2013-2014. The tour engaged thousands of Canadians with screenings in Halifax, St. John’s, Charlottetown, Moncton, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. This film has been featured in numerous festivals and museums, most notably the Carbon 14 exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Mauro then launched Beyond Climate, which was shot across British Columbia between 2014-2017. As part of the participatory filmmaking process, Drs. Suzuki and Mauro toured throughout coastal BC on a “Listening Tour” that engaged citizens, and these insights combined with additional interviews contributed to the final film.

After the screening of ‘Beyond Climate’, there will be a live on-stage conversation between Drs. Ian Mauro (director) and David Suzuki (narrator) where they discuss climate change and what we can do to protect ourselves and the planet.