Canada Pavilion at COP27 – Event Program Schedule

Explore over 80 events advancing global actions on climate change


Taking place Nov. 6-18, 2022, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, the Canada Pavilion at COP27 will embody Canada’s inclusive and collaborative approach to climate action, nature preservation and biodiversity conservation at home and abroad. It is a critical venue for Canada to convene key partners and stakeholders to advance global actions on climate change through the lenses of ambition, partnership and implementation.


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Day 1 – November 6, 2022 – Pavilion Open, No Programming

Pavilion Open, No Programming

Nov 6-17 - Biidaaban: First Light – A VR Experience Rooted in Indigenous Futurism, Produced by the National Film Board  | Global Affairs Canada

Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square is flooded. Its infrastructure has merged with the local fauna; mature trees grow through cracks in the sidewalks and vines cover south-facing walls. People commute via canoe and grow vegetables on skyscraper roofs. Urban life is thriving. 

Rooted in the realm of Indigenous futurism, Biidaaban: First Light is an interactive VR time-jump into a highly realistic—and radically different—Toronto of tomorrow. As you explore this altered city now reclaimed by nature, you will come to think about your place in history and ultimately your role in the future. 

In Biidaaban: First Light, Creative Director Lisa Jackson joins forces with 3D artist Mathew Borrett, Jam3, and the National Film Board of Canada to create a future for Canada’s largest urban centre from an Indigenous female perspective.


Day 2 – November 7, 2022 – World Leaders Summit – Pavilion Open, No Programming

World Leaders Summit – Pavilion Open, No Programming

Day 3 – November 8, 2022 – World Leaders Summit — Pavilion Open

9:00 | Social Benefits of a Worker Focused Just Transition | Canadian Labour Congress

Just Transition is an established, and agreed-upon term that is focused on workers, work, and ultimately providing transitions to good work in a new economy. While Just Transition focuses on elements such as equity in new jobs, support for workers in high-emitting sectors to train or bridge to an existing pension, and free and fair collective bargaining in these new industries, it also creates opportunities for building a more just society.By focusing on work and workers, Just Transition ensures that the workers most at risk are not left behind, creates space opportunities to establish greater opportunity and equity, and allows countries to enable support for ambitious climate action.This discussion among labour leaders will highlight how the implementation of a just transition will benefit workers and the broader society.


10:15 | Investing in Ocean Observation to Meet Climate Targets: The Importance of Deep Blue Carbon | Ocean Frontier Institute

Having absorbed 40 per cent of fossil fuel emissions and 90 per cent of the heat produced by humans, the ocean controls our climate.  

However, this function is changing, and how fast this change is occurring is becoming more uncertain. Importantly, 95 per cent of ocean carbon is “deep blue carbon” in the high seas beyond national jurisdictions and the ocean is critically under-observed. In this event, nations will be called on to invest in ocean observation to meet urgent climate targets.  

This lack of information is undermining our ability to predict long-term climate change and weather events and the risk to our economy and our planet is too great to ignore.  

The Ocean Frontier Institute is proposing the North Atlantic Carbon Observatory to serve as an initial framework for nations to join forces to consider how to measure, manage, and report on carbon which will enable better climate forecasts to inform global climate policy and strategy.


11:30 | Beyond Zero: First Nations Leadership for a Recovering Climate | First Nations Climate Initiative (FNCI) – Pacific Resolutions

The Federal and British Columbia government climate policies and programs are evolving quickly to meet their stated 2030 and 2050 emissions reduction goals. Over the past three years, the First Nations Climate Initiative (FNCI) — led by Haisla Nation, Metlakatla First Nation, and Nisga’a Nation in collaboration with other First Nations — has developed a Climate Action Plan with climate experts, technology experts and representatives of industry, civil society organizations and other levels of government. This Climate Action Plan is now being presented to the Federal and BC governments to enhance Federal and Provincial government climate policies and programs while contributing to reconciliation with First Nations through economic self-determination and ensuring that First Nations play a central role in the emerging decarbonized economy.


12:30 | The Role of Nuclear Energy and the Just Transition to Net-Zero | Canadian Nuclear Association

A just energy transition encompasses accessibility to clean energy for all populations, whilst mitigating the impact the transition will have on jobs, affordability, and vulnerable populations. New innovative nuclear technologies, such as small modular reactors, combined with renewables, have the capacity to ensure clean and accessible energy in remote communities, job transition from coal plants to nuclear plants, all while mitigating our carbon footprint.  Join us as we discuss the role of nuclear energy and the just transition to net-zero.


13:45 | Indigenous Voices from the Frontlines | Indigenous Climate Action

15:15 | Innovative Approaches to Accelerating Climate Tech Adoption | Resilient LLP

The International Energy Agency says achieving net-zero by 2050 will be impossible unless new innovations that can decarbonize our economies can be developed and rapidly deployed. Canada punches above its weight in the development and commercialization of low-carbon innovations, but these solutions face barriers to adoption that are holding back the growth they need to achieve global impact. This session will emphasize the importance of inclusiveness, collaboration, and coalition-building to overcome these barriers, and will highlight several approaches and programs currently underway in Canada that are showing encouraging results.


16:30 | Global Transparency to Move the Global Methane Pledge to Action | GHGSat

This engaging event explores the challenges faced by the signatories of the Global Methane Pledge in moving from commitments to action. Global transparency is critical to support international efforts for methane reductions, and innovative technologies such as satellite monitoring are making transparency a reality today. Panelists include representatives from the Government of Canada, the International Methane Emissions Observatory, the Global Methane Hub, and Canadian industry.  

The panel will discuss the important role of global transparency in achieving methane emissions reduction; the successes and failures of turning the Global Methane Pledge into action; how Earth-observing satellites are at the heart of transparency as they deliver specific, actionable insight on large industrial emissions; and the policy and action governments can take now based on this technology-enabled global transparency. 


17:45 | International Financial Sector Collaboration: Financing the Fight Against Climate Change | FinDev Canada 

This event provides an opportunity to convene meaningful discussions on the challenges around mobilizing capital to finance climate change solutions in emerging markets. The panelists, drawn from several geographic regions including Sub-Saharan Africa, are providers of capital and include financiers representing a commercial bank, an institutional investor, inter-governmental bank and a development finance institution. They are allies in the fight against climate change and work constantly on opportunities, challenges, and potential solutions.


18:45 | Reception: International Financial Sector Collaboration: Financing the Fight Against Climate Change  | FinDev Canada 

Day 4 – November 9, 2022 – Finance

9:00 | Canada at COP27 - Canada Pavilion Opening Ceremony | Government of Canada

This opening ceremony will launch the Canada Pavilion at COP27 in a good way through Indigenous cultural protocols, high-level remarks on Canada’s objectives at COP27, highlighting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation leadership and perspectives on climate action, and discussions with key stakeholders around the thematic pillars of the Canada Pavilion: Ambition, Implementation and Partnership.


10:15 | Financing the Net Zero Transition: A Discussion with the Investor Leadership Network | Investor Leadership Network

With 90% of the global economy now committed to net-zero emissions by 2050, it is clear that investors and financial institutions are aware of the devastating impacts of climate change and understand their roles in accelerating the transition to a sustainable, equitable, 1.5˚C-aligned future. 

Reaching net-zero goals and achieving real economy decarbonization, however, is a complex challenge. Investors must collaborate and align objectives to fund new innovation, guide high-emitting companies through their transitions, and strategically allocate capital toward the phase-out of sectors where greener alternatives exist. 

Against the backdrop of COP27’s call for urgent decarbonization, leaders from five of Canada’s largest financial institutions will discuss the different approaches that asset managers and asset owners are taking to finance the transition and how to address the challenges that remain. 


11:15 | Mobilize Quebecois and Canadian Sustainable Development Actors to Develop Innovative Solution | Fondaction 

Conversation between Marc-André Blanchard, CDPQ, and Geneviève Morin, Fondaction, about the mobilization of financial actors in the fight against climate change and the leadership of Quebec and Canada’s financial position with respect to sustainable finance in order to share examples and concrete initiatives. The event will focus on the ESG-related paths taken by financial institutions toward the next “waves” of the fight against climate change, like biodiversity and the mobilization of financial actors in the exchange of best practices and the advocacy for change. The event will be an opportunity to showcase the innovative financial solutions that come out of Montreal. It will also serve as a link between COP27 and COP15 (to be held in Montreal) and the chance to mobilize the finance sector on biodiversity.


11:30 | Youth Call to Action: Climate Finance for Intergenerational Climate Justice | Plan International Canada

This roundtable focuses on climate finance from a youth and gender equality perspective. This event aims to amplify the voices of youth and their call to action for the new collective quantified goal on climate finance. Key questions to be addressed by panelists and audience participants include: 1) What are the stakes for youth on climate financing and how should this be considered for the new collective quantified goal on climate finance? 2) What are the challenges for youth accessing and influencing climate finance? How can these challenges be addressed? 3) What is your call to action for COP27 outcomes on climate finance, including Loss and Damage financing?


12:45 | Climate Finance Delivery Plan Progress Report | Government of Canada and Federal Government of Germany

Following last year’s Climate Finance Delivery Plan, to demonstrate how and when the US$100 Billion goal would be met, Canada and Germany have co-led, at the request of the COP26 President and with the support of developed countries, the Climate Finance Delivery Plan Progress Report, which focuses on demonstrating continued progress towards the goal. This event will be an opportunity to highlight and discuss the findings of the Report with a focus on key collective actions to reach the goal effectively. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, and Germany’s State Secretary Jennifer Morgan will present the Report’s findings and engage in a high-level discussion that will provide a venue to explore progress and challenges to mobilizing climate finance for developing countries.


14:00 | Access is Equity: How Investing in Capacity Development Unlocks Climate Finance | RMI Climate Finance Access Network

Even with climate finance and adaptation top of the COP27 agenda, capacity gaps in the most vulnerable countries risk being overlooked when discussing access solutions. 

In 2022, the Climate Finance Access Network (CFAN) deployed its first cohort of highly trained climate finance advisors embedded in eight Pacific countries, modeling a country-led approach that is achieving results. Advisors from this cohort will share their experience developing a pipeline of bankable climate projects while ensuring in-country expertise is developed and sustained. 

A diverse panel of experts, practitioners, civil society, and country representatives will discuss how to promote and scale a renewed, tailored approach to growing local expertise and capacity that matches the ambition and needs of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Key partners will speak to the way forward, with island nations at the forefront, and CFAN’s regional expansion will also be discussed.


15:15 | The Next Generation of Export Credits: Driving Commitments and Innovations | Export Development Canada

Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) pose untapped potential to contribute to climate finance and climate transition by helping to grow innovative solutions through exports and global trade. Progress can be achieved through shared international commitments and building on current advances to explore new products, partnerships, and innovative approaches. 

This roundtable will engage climate-leading ECAs to explore the steps that can be taken to increase ECAs’ climate action and to support exporters’ transition. Participants will examine the growing ECA ‘toolkit’ of commitments, restrictions and incentives, and explore the practical challenges and potential solutions to help ECAs move faster on climate.  

This roundtable will highlight the potential for the global export credit community to drive greater climate action by leveraging their unique role in the global trade finance ecosystem.


16:30 | Clean Energy Ambition: Multilateral Collaboration to Drive Results | Environment and Climate Change Canada

The global energy transition is upon us. Our actions today will determine our collective success or failure in meeting international climate goals over the next decade. While each country has a role to play, the scale of investments needed to achieve the global energy transition is beyond what any one country can secure.    

Multilateral collaboration remains paramount in supporting developing and emerging economies as they transition to clean energy and promoting equitable access to reliable and cost-effective clean energy solutions and energy efficient technologies.   

This session will feature speakers from selected international multilateral organizations discussing innovative approaches to accelerating just energy transitions, their expertise and challenges they aim to overcome, and best practices and lessons learned to drive results.


17:30 | Climate Engagement Canada Fireside Chat: The Role of Engagement in Driving Climate Action and Achieving Net-Zero | Climate Engagement Canada (CEC)

In a fireside chat, two sustainable finance experts will discuss Canada’s first-of-its kind approach to national climate engagements, Climate Engagement Canada (CEC). Priti Shokeen, Head of ESG Research and Engagement with one of the largest asset management firms in the country, and Jodi-Ann Wang, Senior Climate Policy Analyst with the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, will highlight the CEC’s inclusive engagement mechanism to implement climate commitments and accelerate Canada’s transition to net- zero. 

The event will include a conversation about the role of engagements in driving climate action and progress toward net-zero, what effective engagements look like, and best practices globally. The speakers will also be showcasing Canada’s leadership and discussing how Climate Engagement Canada is achieving this at a national level in Canada.


18:30 | Climate Resiliency: Indigenous Women, Two-Spirit, Transgender and Gender-Diverse Leadership | Native Women's Association of Canada

This event will highlight best practices and focus on a model for land-based healing that the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has developed and, considering regional differences, will roll out across the country. This event will focus on NWAC’s lodge in New Brunswick (Wabanaki) that has a land restoration component. All of the Resiliency Lodge’s services—online workshops, virtual Elder support or in-person services—are geared toward violence prevention and empowered healing intervention. Providing support and empowerment through Elder-led, trauma-informed programs is one of NWAC’s responses to the Calls for Justice of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). 

The Wabanaki Resiliency Lodge will offer healing services, ceremonies, educational opportunities, economic development opportunities, and agriculture, food security, and traditional medicine programs to help Indigenous women and gender-diverse people heal and to support violence prevention efforts. 


Day 5 – November 10, 2022 – Science & Youth

9:00 | Art Display: #Decarbonize: Waves of Change, Canadian Children Leading Climate Conversations and Action | Centre for Global Education (CGE), TakingITGlobal Youth Assoc (TIG) 

9:00 | A Healthy Response to Climate Change: Successful Case Studies of Health Leadership | Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

This event will underscore how linking human and planetary health, and framing climate as a health issue, is contributing to transformative climate work in Canada. It will highlight evidence from the field of communications, that shows that framing climate change discussions against the backdrop of health is the optimal way to motivate people to act on climate change. Several success stories from Canada and Egypt will showcase examples where the health of both people and the planet have benefited from the leadership of health professionals. The final portion of this session will be dedicated to the exploration of concrete and specific ways to engage health care professionals in climate work. 


10:00 | Energy Beyond Combustion | Natural Resources Canada

This panel discussion will bring together Canada’s federal, provincial, and private sectors working in collaboration to enable diversification at the intersection of economic resiliency and environmental leadership. The event will showcase Canadian leadership in diversifying the oil and gas value chain for a net-zero future, as oil and gas demand in the global circular economy shifts from combustion to non-emitting uses. Profiling Canadian leadership and innovation in the cleantech and energy sectors, this panel will feature Alberta Innovates’ “Bitumen Beyond Combustion” as well as other innovative non-emitting projects and initiatives, including the proposal to build the world’s first net-zero CO2 ethylene and derivatives complex (Dow).


11:15 | Ocean Acidification in Seas and Oceans off Canada: The Need for Urgent CO2 Emissions Reduction | Plymouth Marine Laboratory 

Ocean acidification, caused by ocean uptake of nearly 30% of CO2 emissions to-date, is impacting ocean ecosystems, fisheries, and dependant societies in the waters surrounding Canada. Canada has the longest coastline in the world, bordered by the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans, hosting some of the most productive fin and shell fisheries.    

This event will include speakers and science experts that focus on these critical ocean ecosystems, to highlight their latest findings on ocean acidification to help raise awareness around the need for emissions reductions and the development of adaptation strategies.   

This event will also showcase the importance that the Global Ocean Acidification-Observing Network places on global collaborative and transnational research efforts, and how these initiatives can provide a deeper understanding of the present and future state of the ocean, to inform policy makers in incorporating evidence-based decisions.   

The event will also provide insights into the actions that nations’ have already taken to combat ocean acidification.  


12:30 | Canada, the United States, and Mexico: Working together on Climate Adaptation Solutions for North America | Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by Canada, the United States, and Mexico to facilitate effective cooperation and public participation to conserve, protect, and enhance the North American environment. The Commission has longstanding experience in promoting regional collaboration to address climate-related impacts and this event will present success stories in the design and implementation of key projects that foster collaboration and adaptation to promote social and environmental well-being. The overarching objective of this event is to provide input for delegates, representatives of Indigenous communities, and other countries to design and implement regional, collaborative, science-based mitigation and adaptation projects. The Ministers of Environment from Canada, Mexico and the United States, the CEC Executive Director and an Indigenous Community leader will present CEC’s extensive collaborative work and numerous successes, including at the local level.


13:30 | #Decarbonize: Waves of Change, Canadian Children Leading Climate Conversations and Action | Centre for Global Education (CGE), TakingITGlobal Youth Assoc (TIG) 

This interactive session will feature a panel discussion, a world cafe, and an art exhibit, highlighting children’s sense of civic efficacy, engagement, and mobilization around climate change. This session will showcase Canadian local, national, and international commonalities and differences of the lived climate experiences of youth, accounting for intersections of geographic location, age, gender, Indigeneity, socioeconomic status, and other social variables. Finally, the session will underscore the importance of evidence-informed approaches for communicating and implementing youth-specific climate change strategies, mobilizing knowledge-for-action in climate change policies and practices.


15:00 | Youth Challenges and Solutions from Frontline Communities | BIPOC2COP Project

16:15 | Sustainable Consumption: The Cost of Climate Change | United Nations Association in Canada

Today, young people across the world are speaking up and demanding that something be done about climate change. Young people are expressing this through advocacy and through their consumption choices.   

This session will highlight stories from various backgrounds and cultures, deepening our understanding of how young people’s consumption and way of life are changing, and will continue to change, as the predicted effects of climate change occur. This session will also explore these different realities and efforts to raise awareness, inspire, and mobilize leaders, especially young people, to act, demonstrating that our contribution makes a difference, and we should not lose faith.  


17:30 | Climate Education: a call to action from Canadian youth | Environment and Climate Change Canada

Climate change education is part of Canada’s international commitments and is fundamental to overcoming climate denial, increasing climate literacy, and supporting climate action and a transition to a greener economy. With formal education varying across Canada, youth are calling for a cohesive climate education strategy. Moderated by Youth Climate Lab, this event will bring together the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and young people from diverse walks of life, to discuss ways to enhance climate literacy and education across Canada.


18:30 | Science Advice for a Successful Energy Transition | Office of the Chief Science Advisor, Government of Canada 

This panel, moderated by the Chief Science Advisor to Canada, will explore the science advice required to support the decisions that form our equitable energy transition to net-zero. Decisions around what technologies and solutions to develop, invest in, purchase, and deploy are made by all levels of government and by individuals and require data, a scientific basis, and metrics to measure success.  

Citizens deserve transparency in decision-making and having well established criteria, based in science and data, for the selection of net-zero technologies is one example where data can support advice. Data sharing through open science initiatives and international partnerships can provide the supporting information required to act within a short timeframe. 

The panel will discuss where science advice could be strengthened and how the science can be accessible to everyone. 


Day 6 – November 11, 2022 – Decarbonization

9:00 | Collaborating on Solutions in the Oil Sands | Pathways Alliance

Pathways Alliance brings together Canada’s six largest oil sands producers, representing 95% of Canada’s oil sands production, to help Canada meet its 2030 target and commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.   

This panel will elaborate on the importance of collaboration and partnerships between government, Indigenous communities, and industry in achieving net-zero emissions through Pathways Alliance’s foundational project. This project is a major carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) system and transportation line connecting oil sands facilities in northern Alberta to a joint underground carbon storage hub. Highlighting Canadian leadership and innovation in the clean tech and energy sectors, the oilsands producers aim to achieve a 22 megatonne annual reduction by 2030 and net zero by 2050.


10:00 | Net-Zero from Coast to Coast to Coast | Prince Edward Island - Department of Environment, Energy and Climate Action 

This session will begin with a brief video showing the landscapes and impacts of climate change in British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, and Yukon. The Yukon will then moderate a panel with the Ministers of Environment for PEI and BC to discuss the opportunities and challenges within these regions. Then Deputy Ministers and Assistant Deputy Ministers from each of the three provinces will participate in a moderated discussion that focuses on unique challenges, lessons learned, and potential synergies. Policies and initiatives that are expected to have the biggest impact will be discussed, especially in terms of clean tech and energy, with the goal of showcasing three distinct provinces on the same path to decarbonization. This session will reflect on the breadth of Canada’s climate action and show how provinces are engaged and how they can work cooperatively in the future.


11:15 | Capturing Carbon: Fighting Climate Change Through Canadian Forestry  | Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)

This session will tell the story of how sustainable forestry will help address the most pressing concern of our generation and help shape the greener future that we deserve. From the forest floor of BC, where foresters are fighting the effects of climate change, to the front-line fight in our cities, where building tall with wood can create more climate-conscious communities, sustainable Canadian forestry can put our country on the path toward meeting our net-zero emissions targets.  

The topics – told by five individuals – speak to misconceptions about Canada’s forest sector, regrowth and renewal, the pillars of forestry in Canada, working with the forest, resiliency, and “future-proofing” communities.   


12:30 | Climate Finance Pitch Session: Funding Canadian Solutions to Address the Climate Crisis | Global Affairs Canada – Trade Commissioner Service

Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service will host a pitch session, where Canadian clean technology and green infrastructure firms will pitch their mitigation and adaptation projects and innovative solutions. This session will assemble climate fund managers and other investors to learn about investment opportunities for made-in-Canada solutions to the climate crisis around the world.   

The pitch session will include presentations from four innovative Canadian companies: Instream Energy Systems Corp. (renewable energy / hydro), GHG Sat Inc. (climate analysis), Livestock Water Recycling Inc. (agriculture / manure treatment), and Viridis Terra (reforestation and land restoration).  


13:45 | Decarbonize: Experience the Challenges and Opportunities of Decarbonization in an Immersive Simulation | MaRS Discovery District

Decarbonize is an immersive experience that challenges participants to strategize through decades of market disruption in a life-sized simulation that unfolds over one session. This session will use experiential learning to spur creative approaches and action towards decarbonization. Participants will: 1) Explore the trade-offs required to transition towards a low carbon economy and meet net zero goals; 2) Learn about emerging technologies and business models coming out of the Canadian ecosystem that are demonstrating plausible impacts on carbon reduction; and 3) Test the boundaries of what is possible to decarbonize. Participants will experiment in a sandbox to rethink how to reduce carbon, succeed in a greener future, and bring these learnings into their real-world every day 


15:00 | Circularity for Climate: Leveraging Circular Economy to Accelerate the Net-Zero Transition | Environment and Climate Change Canada

Recent studies suggest the circular economy can help mitigate the 45% of global GHG emissions linked to how we make and use products, and how we produce food and manage land (Ellen MacArthur Foundation).  The circular economy seeks to shift from the current linear (take-make-dispose) model of economic growth to a model based on three principles: i) design out waste and pollution, ii) keep products and materials in use, and iii) regenerate natural systems. 

This session will explore how circular economy approaches can support climate change mitigation efforts. It will explore pathways to decarbonization through increased circularity, with case studies from key sectors. Experts from government, non-governmental organizations, and academia will discuss current efforts and best practices, and identify opportunities for further action on the circular economy to support climate ambition. 


16:15 | From Targets to Implementation and Accountability: The Role of Climate Councils | International Climate Councils Network (ICCN) 

Independent climate councils are a critical element of the governance frameworks needed to meet climate objectives and build accountability for climate pledges. This panel will feature climate councils from Canada, Ireland, South Africa, and New Zealand in a facilitated conversation about providing expert advice and assessing climate policy implementation, sharing lessons learned, and discussing how to sustain durable climate progress in dynamic global and domestic contexts. This event will highlight Canada’s recent climate legislation and the establishment of the Net-Zero Advisory Body, while raising the profile of climate councils as an institutional mechanism for climate action around the world. Speakers will provide insights from their national contexts for other countries interested in developing their own councils or working collaboratively with existing councils. 


17:30 | Municipal Leadership in achieving Net Zero Emissions | Federation of Canadian Municipalities 

Hosted by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, this panel demonstrates the crucial role of local governments in helping national governments achieve net zero emissions. Local governments around the world are creating local GHG inventories, setting ambitious climate targets, and developing and implementing bold climate action plans. This conversation between Canadian and international mayors and municipal sector representatives will show how cities are driving climate action, and with the right support and policy alignment with other orders of government, can do more to implement local net zero pathways.


18:45 | Achieving Net-Zero by 2050: Implementing the Net-Zero Advisory Body’s Values and Principles | Net-Zero Advisory Body

A full society effort is required for Canada to successfully achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Canada’s Net-Zero Advisory Body (NZAB) has developed 10 values and principles to serve as a guide for governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations to develop net-zero pathways. 

The co-chairs of the NZAB will present the values and principles and explain how the NZAB uses these as the foundation for its advice, including for the Government of Canada’s recent 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan. The co-chairs will engage in a dialogue with Canadian leaders on how their organizations have understood and embraced the NZAB’s values and principles in the development of their approaches to net-zero. This event promotes Canadian leadership on net-zero and demonstrates the importance of grounding climate action in a strategic framework of values and principles. 


Day 7 – November 12, 2022 – Adaptation

9:00 | Farmers’ Voices for Implementing Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs): Local Solutions for a Global Impact  | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

In the face of the triple global crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution, governments are exploring approaches to preserve ecosystems while moving towards sustainable and resilient agri-food systems. These transformations require the engagement of key stakeholders at all levels, particularly farmers.    

This event will give voice to civil society actors who will share initiatives that promote ecosystem protection as a tool for climate change adaptation and mitigation. It will also facilitate discussion around the role of policies and research to support local action and highlight possible avenues to accelerate the needed integration of civil society actors in national climate and environmental strategies.  


10:00 | Implementing a National Adaptation Strategy that Addresses Wildfire, Flood and Extreme Heat Risks that Canada is Already Facing Today | Insurance Bureau of Canada for Climate Proof Canada

Awareness of the effects of climate change has been amplified in Canada by the recent floods, wildfires, and heat waves that have damaged critical infrastructure, destroyed personal property, claimed lives, and affected overall health and wellbeing. Advisory tables for Canada’s first National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) have urged the federal government to establish long-term transformational goals to address the widespread effects of climate change while also setting near-term targets to reduce disaster risk. This panel features experts advising the development of Canada’s first NAS and will focus on how disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation policy can be aligned to address Canada’s vulnerability and exposure to rapidly intensifying severe weather.


11:00 | Northern Climate Resiliency Through Partnerships | Environment and Natural Resources – Government of the Northwest Territories

Some of the most extreme climate change impacts that are projected to occur by 2050 elsewhere in the world have already been observed in the Arctic. As a result, people in Canada’s Northern communities are facing unprecedented challenges to their ways of life. While Arctic people are working hard to adapt to climate change impacts, these impacts are projected to increase, and the remoteness of Northern communities, along with the disproportionate extent of changes in the North, increase the risks stemming from climate change. Nevertheless, Arctic communities’ resilience stems from strong relationships, self-sufficiency, working together, and ongoing connections to the land. This session will highlight the importance of partnership and collaboration in Canada’s Arctic. It will inspire ideas for partnership between Arctic jurisdictions, Indigenous governments and organizations, other levels of government, and partners from other countries, academia, and industry.


12:15 | Strengthening Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems in the Caribbean, Pacific, and Southeast Asia | World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 

The Canada CREWS Project (2016-2022), led by the World Meteorological Organization and funded by the Environment and Climate Change Canada, aimed to build resilience to high-impact hydro-meteorological events by strengthening multi-hazard early warning systems in the Caribbean, South East Asia, and Pacific. This event will showcase some key outcomes of the project with specific examples of Resilience Building in the context of high-impact hydro-meteorological events at regional, national, and community levels. Key project stakeholders from all three regions will provide the audience with an opportunity to understand the importance of investing in Early Warning Systems and consolidate knowledge of their contribution to Resilience Building. 


13:30 | A Food System in Crisis: Gender Equitable Responses to Build Climate Resilience | Canadian Foodgrains Bank

The current food system works poorly for much of the world’s population, particularly women and girls, in terms of providing sufficient and nutritious diets within planetary boundaries. A more gender-equitable and resilient food system, including local food systems, is urgently needed to respond to current and future crises and enable implementation of the Paris Agreement. Canada’s current climate finance package includes a commitment to achieve gender equality integration in 80% of projects with Climate Smart Agriculture and Food Systems, and Nature-based Solutions, as key themes. This event will bring together civil society and think-tanks with expertise in agriculture, nutrition, WASH, and adaptation to discuss approaches to enabling climate resilient food systems, critical to human and environmental sustainability.


14:45 | Adaptation Futures 2023: Time to Innovate, Adapting Together | Ouranos

Adaptation Futures (AF2023) is the premier conference series devoted entirely to climate change adaptation. It has been an essential venue for diverse state- and non-state actors, especially for those in the global South, to identify and implement adaptation solutions over the past decades. Adaptation Futures 2023 will be held in October 2023 in Montréal, Canada and will focus on various issues including placing Indigenous people and local knowledge at the forefront of adaptation efforts, experimenting co-production of knowledge in a hybrid format, and actively pursuing transformative justice and equity in a flagship climate conference at both the global and local scales. The COP27 panel will focus on the design logic and scientific reasoning of AF2023, and will illustrate how we seek to respond to the primary concerns within the adaptation communities. This session will also provide the ideal platform to showcase Canada’s efforts in sustaining the momentum on adaptation action on a global scale, being of particular interest to those in the fields of climate and development.


16:00 | From the Ground Up: Sustainable Agriculture Solutions for Food Security | Trade and Export Development, Government of Saskatchewan

This panel discussion will focus on how current agriculture innovation in Saskatchewan contributes to decarbonization and enhances food security concerns around the world.  

Saskatchewan is leading the way on technological innovation and sustainable practices and has an incredible story to tell about how the provincial industry has used technological advancement to overcome our harsh climate. Despite a short growing season and minimal precipitation, Saskatchewan is a global leader in the export of dry peas, lentils, canola seed and cereals. Saskatchewan has overcome major ecological issues and through innovative changes in agronomic practices, crops, and technology advancement agriculture lands within the province have become carbon sinks. This has been achieved through a sustained focus on public private research collaboration and funding. This focus continues today, with the Global Institute in Food Security that was established in 2013 and innovative companies such as Lucent Bio Inc. which continue to pave the way in developing sustainable agriculture solutions.


17:00 | Reception: Strong. Sustainable. Saskatchewan | Trade and Export Development, Government of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan welcomes you to meet Saskatchewan based innovative agriculture experts and industry leaders who have developed: pulse crops that are exported worldwide to address food security; soil management and tillage systems that sequester carbon; plant protein through bioprocessing and value-add methods, among other sustainable systems.   

Learn more about public-private partnerships that are forged every day to develop agricultural innovations that will enhance the sustainability of agricultural practices around the world.  


Day 8 – November 13, 2022 – Pavilion Closed, No programming

Pavilion closed, No programming

Day 9 – November 14, 2022 – Gender & Water

9:00 | Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Digital Poster Display | Fisheries and Oceans Canada

To achieve gender equity, it is necessary to cut across geographies, cultures, generations, and to recognize and address disparities for long-lasting and impactful change. A continued effort to ensure diversity and gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is essential to unlock opportunities to address global challenges, including climate change. Gender equity is a priority for Canada, a key theme of UNFCCC COP27, and a critical factor in achieving the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.    

A rotating display of digital posters showcases the achievements of Canadian women in STEM, promotes potential careers for women in STEM, and highlights the importance of advancing gender equity in science.  This exhibit also sheds light on persistent, often implicit, gender biases in order to improve women’s participation, inclusion, leadership, and recognition in STEM.


9:00 | Driving Gender Equality through Climate Action | International Development Research Centre of Canada

This session will highlight forward-looking insights that focus on the meaningful integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment into climate adaptation and mitigation interventions in the Global South. Drawing on lessons from Southern researchers and practitioners supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), this panel discussion will emphasize themes such as gender-inclusive research, locally led climate action, and mobilizing Southern knowledge for climate policy.   

The event will also include an announcement of a new climate adaptation program with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands.


10:15 | Women Leading Energy Transformation | Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

As a signatory of Equal by 30, a public commitment to work towards equal pay, equal leadership, and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030, the Pembina Institute is hosting this roundtable at COP 27 to connect findings from this Canadian initiative to the equitable energy transformation conversation that is emerging at the global level. 

Building on the Pembina Institute’s research on Canadian women and energy transition, this roundtable session will bring together key stakeholders to ensure energy transformation happens in a way that is innovative and capable of meeting society’s need for energy and equity.  


11:15 | How Canadian Climate Finance is Creating More Gender Equal Societies Around the World | Global Affairs Canada

Canada has adopted an inclusive, intersectional, and feminist approach to climate finance in line with the Feminist International Assistance Policy. In this panel representatives from the Asian Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank Group will discuss how Canada is supporting climate finance projects that put gender at the centre of project design and implementation with the goal to improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable.  


12:30 | Multistakeholder Partnerships to End Plastic Pollution: Global Plastic Action Partnership | Global Plastic Action Partnership, World Economic Forum

The world is facing a triple planetary crisis: climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Each year, 8 million tonnes of plastic waste leaks into the ocean. A leading platform for public-private collaboration, the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) harnesses the World Economic Forum’s convening power to bring together governments, businesses, and civil society and help translate commitments into meaningful action. As momentum grows towards tackling plastic pollution globally, including negotiations of a new international legally binding instrument, join us as GPAP country partners share their experiences in launching National Plastic Action Partnerships and reducing plastic pollution through collaborative approaches. By convening partners from across the plastics lifecycle, GPAP is championing the shift to a circular economy for plastics as a critical lever to combat climate change.


13:30 | Queer Changemakers : The Role of LGBTQ2S+ in Climate Action in Canada | McGill University

During this session, the participants will share lived experiences in climate action in Canada and present their perspectives on the importance of and practical steps for including 2SLGBTQI+ people in addressing the climate crisis.  A queer framework or methodology acknowledges that gender, sexuality, nature, and human experience exist on a spectrum. Queering: as a deconstructive practice that unsettles normative power binaries— queerness is a way of doing, rather than a way of being.  Queer ideologies of transformative change and challenging normativity have the potential to generate powerful climate solutions. 


14:30 | Preserving the Nile and the St. Lawrence Rivers through Dialogue about Legal Personalities | Observatoire international des droits de la Nature (OIDN) 

This event will focus on the preservation of rivers, through the granting of legal personality, and how this will protect both the Nile, the world’s second longest river and the St. Lawrence, North America’s third longest river.  Following the declaration of the Magpie Muteshekau Shipu River as a living entity subject of rights by the Innu of Ekuanitshit and the Minganie Regional Municipality in Québec, as well as the tabling of bills to recognize the St. Lawrence River as a legal person, this event will discuss the granting of legal personality to ensure the preservation of the Nile and the St. Lawrence.    

The event will also address how other educational initiatives, such as Blue Cities, can contribute to preserving rivers and mitigate the impacts of climate change. We will also discuss the role of civil society in the adoption of daily actions to assist an equitable distribution of water.  


15:45 | Canada's Climate Finance: Past Lessons and Future Ambition to Support Those Most Impacted | C4D (Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development)

In June 2021, Canada announced that it would double its climate finance commitment from $2.65 billion over 20152021 to $5.3 billion over 20212026. This session will include a diversity of civil society actors from the Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development as they look back on lessons from the past and key criteria to carry forward in the new commitment, to ensure maximum impact, effectiveness, and responsiveness to people affected by climate change, including women and girls. This session will highlight what Canada accomplished with its 2015-2021 climate finance commitment, particularly as it relates to the impact on women and girls, what gaps exist and how best to address them, and how Canada can strengthen its climate finance going forward. From illustrating leadership in gender equality to informing COP27 negotiations, such as the Global Stocktake, adaptation, the New Collective Quantified Goal, and Loss and Damage, speakers will draw on climate finance lessons and ideas from other countries and highlight insights from Canada to an international audience. 


17:00 | Indigenous Women, Indigenous Science, and Braiding Water Knowledge and Practices | Environment Climate Change Canada

Indigenous women have inherent relationships and responsibilities with and to their traditional lands and waters. These relationships and responsibilities are at the heart of Indigenous Science. Dr. Myrle Ballard will speak to Indigenous Science, and the important work being done by the newly established Indigenous Science Division (ISD) at Environment and Climate Change Canada.  The address will set the stage for a dialogue with fellow panelists, Dr. Susan Chiblow, Dr. Jocelyn Joe-Strack, Jennifer Pylypiw and Megan Dicker Nochasak moderated by Dr. Alexa Alexander-Trusiak. Panelists will share their unique regional perspectives and experience leading activities in the water sphere. This discussion will aim to uplift Indigenous Climate leadership, and highlight the contributions First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women are making while examining some of the challenges and roadblocks in a flexible panel format.


18:15 | Climate Adaptation Through Ocean Protection: Global Approaches to Indigenous-led Conservation | Fisheries and Oceans Canada

The ocean plays a fundamental role in regulating global temperatures by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing close to 50% of the earth’s oxygen. However, these critical services are at risk. Increasingly, nature-based solutions are seen as a means to support climate mitigation and adaptation by allowing ecosystems to return to optimal health. Marine Protected Areas (MPA) and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) are key components of the global approach to halt biodiversity loss and promote sustainable management of marine ecosystems. A panel composed of Indigenous and international leaders will discuss the potential that marine conservation measures, such as MPAs, have for climate adaptation, including the role of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge to restoring ocean health sufficiently in order to provide food, livelihoods, and to support Indigenous and local coastal communities.


18:30 | Québec Reception : The Solar Impulse Label  | Investissement Quebec

A networking event between the members of the Quebec delegation, the Canadian delegation and international companies, aimed at presenting the Solar Impulse Label and environmental solutions, with an emphasis on the collaboration projects of Quebec companies with the Label.


Day 10 – November 15, 2022 – Energy

9:00 | The Benefits of a Just Transition in Transportation: Lessons Learned from Climate Leaders | Government of Quebec & ZEV Community

This event will showcase different initiatives implemented by key stakeholders to advance an equitable transition while decarbonizing the transport sector. Subnational governments, cities, NGOs, and businesses all over the world will have the opportunity to learn more about innovative solutions in this sector.  

By highlighting success stories from Quebec and Scotland, the event will provide a chance to disseminate best practices and inspire other governments all over the world to integrate just transition within their policy-making processes. This session will also discuss how to invest and actively collaborate with private partners and other NGOs to foster sustainable transport systems.  

The issues highlighted in this event are aligned with the priorities of the Canadian government and the Egyptian presidency, who both wish to enhance ambition and promote the decarbonization of the world’ economy in an equitable manner. 


10:15 | Challenge Accepted! Building Global Momentum on Carbon Pricing | Environment and Climate Change Canada

At COP26, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for more countries around the world to adopt carbon pricing, with a goal of covering 60% of global emissions by 2030.  Canada and Chile are gathering a partnership of carbon pricing champions to highlight recent progress and commit to working together to advance the adoption and expansion of carbon pricing around the world.


11:30 | Launch of the Equitable Framework and Finance for Extractive-based Countries in Transition | Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development - Development Centre

The public launch of the Equitable Framework and Finance for Extractive-based Countries in Transition (EFFECT) will offer the opportunity to present the key highlights of this actionable blueprint for policy makers in fossil-fuel-producer and mineral-rich developing and emerging economies, to seize the transformational opportunities and manage the risks associated with the low-carbon transition. 

A ministerial panel, involving producer and importer governments, will discuss how EFFECT can be implemented at the country and regional level, based on the shared responsibility between producing and consuming economies to drive systemic change and decarbonization, while accounting for development priorities of developing economies. The event will build momentum toward the creation of just energy transition partnerships between advanced and developing economies to facilitate deployment of low-carbon technology, progressive fossil-fuel phase-out/down, renewables phase-in, and capacity building. 



12:45 | Partnerships Among Governments, Industry, and NGOs to Achieve Methane Emissions Reductions | Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta

During this panel session, Alberta will showcase how provincial, federal, industry, and NGO leadership and partnership can manage methane emissions. Panelists representing provincial and federal governments, and businesses and NGOs from Canada, will provide an overview of their historic and current collaborative approaches and success on reducing methane emissions in the oil and gas, agriculture, and waste/wastewater sectors.  

The session will demonstrate how provincial and national policy frameworks fit together, align with the International Energy Agency’s methane reduction regulatory roadmap, and are meeting or exceeding the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership 2.0.  

The mitigation of methane emissions is an exciting case study to demonstrate the importance of collaboration, across governments and with partners, working together with various tools to achieve common goals in a timely manner. 


14:00 | Powering Net Zero: Achieving Deep Decarbonization with Canada’s Clean Electricity Advantage | Electricity Alliance Canada

Canada already has one of the cleanest electricity systems in the world, with more than 80% of our power supply coming from non-emitting sources, including hydroelectric, nuclear, wind, solar, and marine renewable generation. The grid continues to get cleaner. With Canada phasing out coal-fired generation by 2030 and committing to build a net-zero grid by 2035.  

However, Canada will need as much as two to three times more electricity by 2050 to support the electrification of the rest of the economy.  

This discussion will focus on how Canada is prioritizing the use of abundant, established, and emerging non-emitting electricity resources to accelerate our climate progress and decarbonize our country. It will identify the strategies and policies required to facilitate the increased use of electricity to power transportation, buildings, and industry at the scale and speed required to ensure Canada’s net-zero targets can be achieved. 


14:15 | Climate Community and Media Mixer  | Climate Action Network Canada

Join us for an informal reception bringing together Canadian civil society and media.This mixer will offer a space for journalists, climate experts, and activists to get to know one another better and make new connections, share stories and ideas, and discuss how we can best work together to educate and empower the public to take climate action.  

Hosted by Climate Action Network – Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac), Canada’s widest network of groups working on climate and energy issues, alongside Indigenous Climate Action, Environmental Defence, the David Suzuki Foundation, and Équiterre, this will be a bilingual event and food and drink will be provided. 


15:00 | Youth and Indigenous Leadership in Canada’s Road to Net-Zero | Student Energy, SevenGen Council

This panel session will bring together a globally diverse group of young energy leaders from a variety of backgrounds in the global clean energy space, and provide a platform to share their stories. The event will support Canada’s goal to profile Canadian leadership and innovation in the energy sector, and promote Indigenous climate leadership. The panel will include young people with expertise in research, entrepreneurship, and advocacy, and they will share their experiences in leading clean climate solutions in their communities in Canada. Finally, the panelists will engage in a dynamic conversation around how young people are leading the way in climate action in areas of policy advocacy, mobilizing communities, and developing technologies. They will identify what other actors can do to support young people who are taking the lead in finding and creating these climate solutions.


16:00 | Paris Aligned Energy Modelling and Canada’s Climate Ambition | Environmental Defence Canada

This event will present new research by the International Institute for Sustainable Development on feasible 1.5°C-aligned energy scenarios and their implications for various sectors to inform policy interventions. The event links international research with policy developments currently happening in Canada, including the proposed cap on emissions from the oil and gas sector and clean electricity regulations, with a view to bolstering the level of ambition of domestic federal and provincial policies, and providing clear guidelines for decision-makers to set their policies in line with the best available science. This event will also include a discussion of how energy scenarios guide public investments internationally and in Canada, with a view to how Canada’s overseas investments could align with ambitious, Paris-aligned scenarios while supporting developing country priorities.


17:15 | PPCA 5 Year Anniversary: Showcasing Leadership in the Global Effort to Advance Coal Phase Out | Powering Past Coal Alliance 

The Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) welcomes members and partners to celebrate five years of unprecedented progress in the global coal-to-clean transition. Since its founding by Canada and the United Kingdom at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, the PPCA has played a key role in moving the world closer toward “consigning coal to history.” From its initial 20 members, the Alliance now numbers over 170, across national and subnational governments and the private sector. PPCA members continue to be leaders in the energy transition, with many going beyond their initial phase-out pledges to accelerate their domestic transitions.   

Join us as we reflect together on our achievements over the last five years, and the global actions still needed to keep 1.5 alive. Members will present how they continue to raise ambition, as well as support prospective members of the Alliance through sharing expertise and best practices. 


18:15 | Reception: PPCA 5 Year Anniversary – Showcasing Leadership in Global Efforts to Advance Coal Phase Out | Powering Past Coal Alliance 

Day 11 – November 16, 2022 – Biodiversity & Civil Society

9:00 | Global South Perspectives on Climate Justice, Peace and Conflict, and Gender Equality | Equality Fund

This interactive event will bring the voices and experiences of women from the Global South, peacebuilders and Indigenous leaders to COP27 and make visible their critical role in addressing climate change. It will promote the urgency and importance of Global South leadership in climate policy and programming, as well as explore how to decolonize climate action, including centering Global South leadership. The event will connect COP27 decision-makers with women peacebuilders and Indigenous leaders, featuring speakers from Colombia, DRC, Guyana, Palestine, and South Sudan. In plenary and small group discussions, participants will examine two critical themes: the nexus between women, peace and security, and climate justice; and decolonizing climate action. Speakers will highlight how governments and the private sector can collaborate with civil society in a decolonial approach to peace and climate justice action.


10:15 | Scaling-up Investment in Nature-based Solutions (NbS): Challenges and Opportunities | Environment and Climate Change Canada

This panel event will include participation by high-level speakers, representing governments and a variety of organizations, and focusing on the importance of scaling-up finance and investment in nature-based solutions (NbS) to meet our climate and biodiversity goals. Panelists will present their views on current challenges and barriers to mobilizing investment, and the potential opportunities and solutions for overcoming them, including by showcasing innovative and high-potential approaches that can help unlock increased investment to support the global scale-up of NbS.


11:30 | Recipes for Change with Chef Shane Chartrand | International Fund for Agricultural Development and Global Affairs Canada

Meet Canada’s Indigenous Chef Shane Chartrand, of the maskêkosak (Enoch Cree Nation). Not only is he one of Canada’s leading chefs, he’s also actively involved in the re-emergence of Indigenous cuisine in Canada. Listen to his stories about how Indigenous Peoples in Canada respect and observe the sustainable and ethical sourcing of ingredients as they understand the importance of preserving the environment for future generations – all of this while preparing an Indigenous Plains Cree fish dish served with puree of syrup baked yam. Assisting Chef Shane are Global Affairs Canada’s Deputy Director Corry Van Gaal and the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) Associate VP Satu Santala. They will talk about the Canada-IFAD partnership in abating the impacts of climate change to food systems and IFAD’s approaches to help Indigenous Peoples adapt to climate change in less developed countries. Brian Thompson, Lead of the Recipes for Change Campaign, will moderate the event. 


13:00 | Québec and Canada in the Fight Against Climate Change: An Exchange with Civil Society and Youth | Équiterre

Organized by Équiterre and the Association québécoise des organismesde coopération internationale (AQOCI), this francophone panel will focuson the role of Québec and Canada in the fight against climate changeand the space needed for dialogues with civil society and youth. Givinga platform to Québec youth and civil society to discuss with experts fromnon-governmental and governmental circles, the panel will exploresolutions to the climate crisis for Québec and Canada, includingadaptation, while addressing the various issues related to theinternational climate negotiations from a youth and intersectionalperspective.


14:30 | Building capacity to implement rights-based approaches to Nature-based Climate Solutions | International Institute for Sustainable Development

Nature-based climate solutions that conserve, restore, and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems hold promise in helping people adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. To enhance the legitimacy and effectiveness of such solutions, a greater emphasis needs to be placed on rights-based approaches that ensure social inclusion and gender equity. This event will highlight knowledge products and capacity-building tools developed as part of the Nature for Climate Adaptation Initiative (NCAI), supported by Global Affairs Canada and working in partnership with a global community of practice on ecosystem-based adaptation. Through panel presentations and an interactive Q&A, we will examine how to generate measurable biodiversity co-benefits through NBCS while following rights-based, inclusive approaches, discussing examples from SIDs, Latin America, and Africa.  


14:45 | Arts for Climate | Projet de la réalité climatique Canada 

Climate is a collaborative project between the David Suzuki Foundation and the Climate Reality Project branches in the Philippines, Canada, and Africa. It brings together the voices, emotions, and perspectives of climate activists from several continents. 

Artists associated with the initiative created a series of posters as part of the « Hear My Anger! » exhibition and the Art for Climate Justice project, that explore the mobilizing potential of emotions in favour of a holistic, vibrant vision of climate and social justice, while poets crafted three-and four-line pieces to stir readers’ imaginations. The arts enable greater solidarity, and use words and images to ignite the need for action. It is essential that the voices that have been expressed be heard in order to heal from growing cynicism. 

 Let’s make room for the arts to strengthen climate ambition!


16:00 | The MHZEV Ecosystem: Canadian and Global Successes and Next Steps | Transport Canada

This discussion will highlight Canada’s actions in the decarbonization of the transportation sector in an opening address. Next, a panel discussion with domestic and global partners will demonstrate the leadership of private and public partners and explore the successful collaborations and developments building the MHZEV ecosystem globally and in Canada. The panel discussion will be a follow up to COP26, the first venue where commitments were made by several jurisdictions globally on ways to reduce emissions from the MHZEV sub-sector. The discussion will be moderated by the International ZEV Alliance (iZEVA) with panelists from the Gouvernement du Québec, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Netherlands Government, and the Government of Portugal.  


17h30 | Advancing Indigenous-led Conservation for a Net-Zero and Biodiversity-Positive Future | WWF-Canada

This panel will provide examples of the implementation of Indigenous-led nature-based climate solutions (NbCS) in four regions of Canada. NbCS are important to deliver measurable outcomes for both climate change and biodiversity, both now and in the future. Incorporating Indigenous rights, governance, and knowledge is an essential and foundational element for implementing successful nature-based climate solutions and capturing the climate adaptation and mitigation benefits, and biodiversity improvements, which in return enhance community well-being. 


Day 12 – November 17, 2022 – Indigenous Climate Leadership

9:00 | Indigenous Climate Leadership as a Cornerstone of Domestic Climate Policy | Government of Canada

This event will kick-off Indigenous Climate Leadership (ICL) day at the Canada Pavilion. It will begin with high-level remarks from The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change on Canada’s commitments to integrate ICL into Canada’s climate policies, and to improve the reflection of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in all of its policy and programming. Indigenous leaders from the Métis Nation, Inuit and First Nations would offer their views on the role of ICL in addressing climate change to set-the stage for the rest of the day.


10:15 | Advancing First Nations Climate Leadership: Case Stories from First Nations | Assembly of First Nations

In the face of a rapidly changing climate, First Nations have been raising their voice to call for rapid decarbonization, raising the profile of what First Nations Climate Leadership means. This panel will bring together presentations by First Nations at the national, provincial (British Columbia), and territorial (Yukon) level to highlight how First Nations are not only uniquely experiencing climate impacts, but also uniquely well-positioned to develop strategies that address the climate crisis. The concept of a First Nations Climate Lens will be used to challenge conventional conceptualizations of First Nations as ‘vulnerable’ populations and the ‘passive recipients’ of climate impacts, instead framing them as ‘active leaders’ based on unique connections to the land, water, air, and more-than-human beings.


12:30 | Young Métis Leaders Advancing Indigenous Climate Action | The Métis National Council

This session will feature five speakers, two video accompaniments, and a cultural activity that will include an opportunity for dialogue with event participants. Speakers will highlight Métis youth leadership in climate action across government as well as the private sector. Topics like Métis Nation climate priorities; emergency management resiliency; clean energy development; Truth and Reconciliation through climate action; and building climate change adaptation capacity at local, provincial, national and international levels will be explored. This is an opportunity for the world to become better acquainted with who the Métis Nation is and the critical path that we are forging for Indigenous Climate Leadership.


14:30 | Indigenous Clean Energy Trailblazing | Indigenous Clean Energy

Today, there are thousands of small- to large-scale clean energy projects with Indigenous equity ownership Canada-wide. These projects have led to community training and job creation, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, advanced gender equity, materially improved economic stability, and cultural revitalization. Moreover, the diversity of challenges and solutions these projects experienced creates a wealth of knowledge around community-owned clean energy projects. Globally, more action is needed to amplify Indigenous voices in dialogues on the development of clean energy resources and climate leadership. Indigenous ownership of renewable energy projects in Canada is a successful example of how Indigenous people and communities can be included in such dialogues. Highlighting these successes on the global stage contributes to Canadian and global efforts on climate action and achieving net-zero by 2050.


16:00 | Indigenous Women and Youth on Climate | The Women of the Metis Nation

This session will bring together Indigenous Women and Youth from across so-called Canada, various subject matter experts, activists, elected officials, and knowledge keepers who will be speaking to the unique perspectives and impacts of climate change. 

The panel will feature members of Indigenous Climate Action, Black Eco Boom, Indigenous Clean Energy, the Metis National Council, Assembly of First Nations, National Inuit Youth Council, Kahnawake Collective Impact and be facilitated by the Women of the Métis Nation. The session will also feature a video from the Women of the Métis Nation’s Youth on Climate Summit which took place in the fall of 2022. 


17:15 | Indigenous Climate Leadership Day Closing Reception and Pavilion Closing Ceremony | Government of Canada

The Indigenous Climate Leadership Day Reception and Pavilion Closing Ceremony will be the final event of the Canada Pavilion. It will be an important opportunity to further highlight Canada’s important partnership with Indigenous peoples, as well as to provide closing remarks for the Pavilion and reflect on COP27 and next steps.


Day 13 – November 18, 2022 – Pavilion Open, No Programming

Pavilion Open, No Programming