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The Canada-UK Colloquium

An annual event, The Canada-UK colloquium aims to increase knowledge and educate the public about the advantages to be drawn from a close and dynamic relationship between the two countries. The event takes place alternately in each country, bringing together by invitation British and Canadian parliamentarians, public officials, academics, representatives from the private sector, graduate students and others.  Learn about the Canada-UK Council.

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2016 Colloquium

The Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy

24-26 November 2016

Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, Edmonton, Canada

In December 2015 the Paris Agreement was adopted by 196 governments at the 21st Conference of the Parties. It limits average global warming to 2°C above pre-industrial global temperatures—and seeks, as an aspirational target, to limiting warming to 1.5°C. The focus now shifts to the efforts of individual countries to make “nationally determined contributions” to the global effort. The 2016 Canada-UK Colloquium will focus on ways in which Canada and the United Kingdom could cooperate and learn from each other on achieving their “nationally determined contributions.” How does each national economy propose to manage the transition to a low-carbon economy in accordance with the ambitious timetables to which they are committed?

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2015 Colloquium

SPACE: Obstacles and Opportunities

19 – 21 November 2015
The University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre, Glasgow, Scotland

Both Canada and the UK have been early participants in the transformative development stemming from scientific exploration and commercial use of near earth space over the past 60 years. Canada has a unique status as the only non-European ‘Cooperating State’ with the European Space Agency – while there are numerous bilateral space-related activities between the two countries.

Satellite technology and space observation touch the lives of all, in fields such as safety, security, businesses, national infrastructure and leisure. Networks of navigation satellites are increasingly integrated into daily affairs; smart phone photos are not only time stamped (a service also provided by these satellites) but also record users’ geo-locations, detected by satellites. CubeSats, which are very low cost standardised satellites, are opening up many new commercial opportunities (at much lower cost) in areas such as earth observation and bringing in a new generation of companies and entrepreneurs. Farm vehicles can distribute fertiliser based on satellite infra-red measurement of crop health and GPS measurement of their location. Observation from space is also having transformational implications for industries such as forestry.