Can Geo Talks

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Can Geo Talks is a dynamic speaker series featuring some of the most fascinating individuals working in the fields of geography, exploration, environmental science, journalism, history and more.

Past presenters include world-renowned cave diver and Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth, actor and comedian Sir Michael Palin, award-winning photographer Michelle Valberg, and bestselling author and RCGS Westaway Explorer-in-Residence Adam Shoalts. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Can Geo Talks went virtual, with livestreamed presentations from expert ornithologist Dr. David Bird, author and journalist J.B. MacKinnon, biologist Suzanne Simard, historian Margaret MacMillan and more. 

We are excited to welcome audiences back to Canada’s Centre for Geography and Exploration for in-person talks. Upcoming events will be posted here. Unless otherwise specified, all events will take place at 50 Sussex Drive in Ottawa.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022 – Glaciologist Anna Crawford

The ice shelves of northern Nunavut are sentinels of climate change. The vast Ellesmere Ice Shelf that once fringed the northwest coast of Ellesmere Island has dwindled in extent, its remnants existing as individual, thick ice masses affixed to portions of coastline. Glaciologist Anna Crawford describes how one such remnant, the Milne Ice Shelf, experienced a severe break-up event after the ice shelf lost its protective barrier of sea ice in July 2020. This past summer, a team of eight bore witness to the evolution of the Milne Fiord that resulted from the alarming incident that played out two years earlier. As a member of that team, Crawford details the objectives and challenges of the visit to the northernmost island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and documents the loss of a rare Arctic ecosystem. Join us for an evening of storytelling and imagery of the unique and evolving cryoscapes of the Canadian Arctic.

Check out our virtual Can Geo Talks series