Climate Change and Biodiversity

How can we mitigate the environmental impacts of producing protein-rich foods, and how might global environmental change shape their production in turn?

The full panel podcast and video will be available soon.


Jeremy Pittman

Assistant Professor with the School of Planning, University of Waterloo

Dr. Jeremy Pittman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo. He is an alumnus of the Liber Ero Fellowship Program, and his research focuses on advancing conservation in human-dominated landscapes and seascapes.

Gabrielle Bastien

Founder and Executive Director, Regeneration Canada

Gabrielle’s life mission is to promote regenerative land management as a way to mitigate climate change and foster healthy food systems. After obtaining her Master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management at Harvard University in 2016, Gabrielle moved back to her hometown and led the team that launched the Living Soils Symposium Montreal, a 3-day bilingual event that gathered 400 participants. The momentum created by the event inspired her to found Regeneration Canada, a nonprofit dedicated to building a movement for soil regeneration in Canada. Interested in diving in deeper in the practical aspects of permaculture in the context of her graduate studies, Gabrielle had done an apprenticeship on Ben Falk’s Whole Systems Design farm in Vermont in 2015 and had focused her Master’s thesis on the economic viability of permaculture-inspired farms in Quebec. Prior to her graduate studies, she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at HEC Montréal and gathered years of work experience in communications, project management and event planning.

Kathleen Kevany

Associate Professor of Food Systems, Dalhousie University

Kathleen Kevanny is an Associate Professor, Dalhousie University, Business & Social Sciences Department, & Director of Rural Research Collaborative-Centre. She is the Editor of the forthcoming book on “Succulence and Sustainability through Plant-rich Living”. Kathleen is a Certified Psychotherapist and a lifetime community builder. She has authored many papers on conscious consumption, sustainable diets, eco-psychology and mindfulness. She invites collaborators to join the emerging research and practice network in plant-rich living.

Éric Darier

Ecological Campaigner, Greenpeace

Éric Darier is currently working for Greenpeace International as a global strategist on the food system and in particular on Meat and Dairy. He has worked for Greenpeace on food and environmental issues since 2000. He has a Ph.D. in Political Studies from McGill University (Canada) and a MA in European Studies from Reading University (UK). He also did a post-doctorate at Queen’s University (Canada). He was also a university researcher on environmental issues like climate change (University of Lancaster UK on an EU research project), toxics, waste and transport. He is the author and co-author of scientific publications including the book Discourses of the Environment (Blackwell, Oxford). He taught courses on environmental studies at universities in Canada, Québec, Britain and Catalonia. His current research interests range from agroecology, urban agriculture, food movement and the new collaborative economy practices. His latest publication in on the food movement (chapter in Biopolitical Disaster, 2018).