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Mountain Symposium - VIDEO AVAILABLE

  • Horowitz Theatre 8900 114 Street Edmonton, AB, T6G 2S4 Canada (map)

Mountain leaders share their most pressing challenges at symposium

As part of International Mountain Day 2016 celebrations, on December 15th the Canadian Mountain Network brought together a group of ‘mountain leaders’ for a public discussion of the challenges facing mountain communities. These include, among many others, preserving and using traditional knowledge, economic diversification, climate change, aging populations, transportation, and broadband access. First nations elders, community and municipal leaders, business representatives, and conservationists were among those who shared their diverse perspectives at the University of Alberta’s Horowitz Theatre. (Full speaker list and bios below).

Symposium attendees, including students, researchers and members of the public, were also provided an opportunity to discuss these challenges and potential solutions in breakout sessions with the panelists. Their findings were summarized by student volunteers and will be incorporated into the Canadian Mountain Network’s research agenda. Suggestions included funding for researchers to conduct consultations with communities, the incorporation of traditional knowledge into research, open data, and the need for a matching system to bring together communities and researchers with shared interests.

Thank you to all of the speakers and attendees for their participation, as well as to all of our Mountain Festival faculty and corporate sponsors!

We look forward to continued engagement with researchers, students and the public on an innovative research agenda for the Canadian Mountain Network. To share your ideas with us, please visit the Engagement section of our website:



Symposium Moderator

Canadian Mountain Network Speakers

NSERC Speaker

Symposium Speakers


This event is hosted by the Canadian Mountain Network. 


Earlier Event: December 15
Alpine Art Show
Later Event: December 15
Mountain Mixer