Collaborating on Climate Action

Collaborating on Climate Action

Working together to accelerate action in tackling the climate crisis is the way forward.  Collaboration is no longer optional - it is imperative.

The upcoming COP26 summit, the 2021 United Nations conference on climate change, will address how countries are planning to commit to urgent global climate action. COP26 is significant as it will be the first summit to take place after the Paris Agreement measures take effect and will see nations come together to review their commitments.  It will demonstrate the urgency and the opportunities towards a zero-carbon future and the power of international cooperation to address climate action.

Join Chancellor Deborah Yedlin as she moderates a panel of distinguished guests who will discuss the importance and priorities of the forthcoming COP26:

  • Jonathan Turner, British Consul-General for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
  • Anna-Maria Hubert, assistant professor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary
  • Dr. Don Lawton, professor emeritus of geophysics, University of Calgary and director of Carbon Management Canada’s Containment and Monitoring Institute

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Meet the Speakers

Jonathan Turner

Jonathan took up his appointment as British Consul-General in Calgary in June 2021. He is the UK Government’s representative in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Prior to arriving in Calgary, Jonathan served for four years as Southeast Asia Regional Director for Economic and Trade Policy, based in the British High Commission Singapore. His most recent role in London was leading a team focused on global economic issues including financial services, economic reform and engagement with economic multilaterals, including the G7, G20 and OECD. Before joining the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in 2013, Jonathan was an economic advisor for the UK Department for Business, focusing on areas including science and innovation, regional economic integration, productivity and financing to support economic development.

Anna-Maria Hubert

Anna-Maria Hubert is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary. She is also an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation, and Society at the University of Oxford. Anna-Maria’s research interests lie generally in the area of public international law, focusing on the law of the sea, international environmental law, international human rights law, and international law and policy of science and emerging technologies. She has acted as a consultant and provided advice to governments, treaty bodies, NGOs, and scientific institutions within her field of expertise. 

Previously, she was a research associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, working in an interdisciplinary research group studying the implications of emerging climate technologies. From 2015 to 2019, she was Principal Investigator of the Geoengineering Research Governance Project (GRGP), a joint initiative of the University of Calgary, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam and the University of Oxford.

Dr. Don Lawton

Don Lawton is Professor Emeritus in Geophysics at the University of Calgary and is Director of Science at Carbon Management Canada (CMC).  He is a sought-after expert advisor and thought leader to industry, government, the research community and other stakeholders on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).  He led the development of the CMC-UofC Field Research Station in Southern Alberta where he supervises graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on research related to monitoring technologies to verify secure storage of CO2. He was a co-recipient of an NSERC and Conference Board of Canada University/Industry Synergy Award in 2000, was awarded the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) Medal in 2000 and received Honorary Membership in the Society in 2014.