The Founders Seminar is the Geography and Environmental Studies Departmental Seminar speakers series. Speakers are invited to present to an audience of students and faculty with an interest in Geography (human and physical) and Geomatics. The name “Founders Seminar” was chosen around the year 2000 to honour the founding members of the relatively young department: those who were present from the 1950s and those who were part of the major growth cycle in the late 60s and 70s. These individuals started the Department and later formed the base for its application for the Ph.D. degree.

Seminars will be held in person Loeb A220 from 2:30pm – 4pm on Wednesdays.


Fall 2022

September 21: Matthew T Huber, Professor, Geography and the Environment Department, Syracuse University “Climate Change as Class War”: Matt Huber in conversation with Emilie Cameron, Vladimir Díaz-Cuéllar, and Meera Karunananthan
Held in Dunton Tower 2017 (Registration)

October 21: Nick Estes, Assistant Professor in the American Indian Studies Department at the University of Minnesota “The History and Future of Indigenous Resistance on Turtle Island”

November 2: Lenore Fahrig, Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Biology, Carleton University

November 23: Presentations by a panel of DGES Adjunct Research Professors

Winter 2023

February 1: Dan Thompson, Forest Fire Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service

March 1: Charles Levkoe, Canada Research Chair in Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems, Associate Professor at Lakehead University, and Visiting Professor Winter 2023. “Post-Pandemic Food Futures: Towards More Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems for All”

March 29: Founders Fête – featuring Graduate Student Research and an Alumni Panel