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ECIDS 2020: The Climate Crisis- Translating Activism into Action

About ECIDS 2020

The first annual ECIDS was held by the SMU IDS Undergraduate Society's founding members. The conference was held at the Saint Mary's University campus on February 28-29th, 2020. We are grateful to the number of volunteers and local sponsors who helped bring the first ECIDS to fruition.

Opening Speaker: Mayor Mike Savage


- Dr. Kate Ervine (SMU)

- Dorene Bernard (Mi'kmaq Grassroots Grandmother)

- Jo-Ann Roberts (Green Party of Nova Scotia)

Panel 1: Healthy Climate, Healthy Lives

- Dr. Ingrid Waldron (Dalhousie)

- Shawna O'Hearn (CSIH)

- Dr. Emily J. Kirk (Dalhousie)

Panel 2: A Sustainable Future- Financing the Green Economy Today

- Kate Pepler (Tare Shop)

- Dr. Kate Ervine (SMU)

- M. Ali Ülkü (CRSSCA)

- Dr. Ahmed Saif (Dalhousie)

Panel 3: Climate Refugees: A New Migration Reality?

- Dr. Mehmet Nuri Gultekin (Gaziantep University)

- Dr. Cathy Conrad (Atlantic Water Network)

Robert (Eddie) Richardson: Operations Chair

Robert graduated from Saint Mary's University in 2020, with Honours in International Development Studies, a major in Economics, and a minor in Political Science. Joining in 2017, Robert served as Vice President (2017-2018), before becoming President (2018-2019)  and Director of Operations (2019-2020).

Katheryn Lewis: Communications Chair

After ECIDS 2020, Katheryn received her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in International Development Studies and Political Science as well as a minor in Spanish.  Joining the society as Treasurer (2017-2018), Katheryn has also served as Vice President (2018-2019) and the Director of Communications (2019-2020).

Cerridwen Heron: Fundraising Chair

While on the ECIDS 2020 team, Cerridwen was in the third year of her double major degree in International Development Studies and Political Science. She became a society member in 2018, and has served as the Director of Fundraising (2019-2020) and Vice President (2020-2021) for the society.

Camille Bazot: Marketing Chair

Camille was in her third year at Saint Mary's while working on ECIDS 2020. She received her degree in International Development Studies and Psychology in 2021. Joining the society in 2018, Camille later became Director of Marketing and Social Media (2019-2020), before advancing to the role of Co-President (2020-2021).

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