UGRA Spring Forum 2017

Climate Change: Implications, Adaptation and Mitigation
Thursday April 13, 2017,  1:00pm-4:00pm
Arboretum Centre

Human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and industrial agriculture have led to large increases over the past 200 years in the atmospheric content of greenhouse gases, such as Carbon Dioxide and Methane. Climatologist have theorised that the increase in Greenhouse gases will lead to an increase in the average temperature at the surface of the earth, and in turn this will result in melting of glaciers and ice sheets, a rise in sea level, and changes in climate, especially in mid-to high-latitudes. Recently the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that there is now overwhelming evidence that global warming is occurring and that it is largely driven by human actions. Despite this there are still climate change deniers who say there is no global warming and climate change skeptics who say that there may be global warming but it is all part of a natural cycle. Climate change is now a highly politicised word and the wide range of views in turn affects the kinds of actions that small communities, large urban centres and countries take to adapt to the potential impacts of climate change on society, including all forms of economic activity, and to mitigate the causes of climate change.

Join us as our panel of speakers address these issues and provide their thoughts on how climate change is affecting us now, and how steps being taken to mitigate it and to adapt to it will affect our lives and those of our children and grandchildren.


Robin Davidson- Arnott
Climate, Climate Change and Climate Change modelling – implications for Canadian coastal regions

Barry Smit
Implications of climate change for societies, economies and communities.

Kirby Calvert
Climate change mitigation: the effects of renewable energy development on landscapes and land use planning.


Robin Davidson-Arnott is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography, University of Guelph. He has carried out research on coasts and coastal processes, particularly in the Great Lakes and on the east coast of Canada. Some of this includes modelling of the impact of sea level rise on sandy coasts and of the potential impacts of reduced ice cover on coastal erosion. He has been working with agencies such as Parks Canada, the Atlantic Provinces Regional Adaptation Collaborative, Ontario Parks and various Conservation Authorities in Ontario on both the identification of climate change impacts on coastal processes and measures to adapt to these.

Barry Smit is University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography, University of Guelph. His research and practice on climate change impacts and adaptation span more than 30 years and integrates natural science, social science and health science. He has advised agencies in Canada, and in countries as diverse as Norway, USA, Bangladesh, UK and Samoa on adaptation to climate change. He was a member of the IPCC which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Kirby Calvert is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Guelph. He completed a Ph.D at Queens in 2013 and came to Guelph in 2015 after two years at The Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on a number of issues related to the adaptation of renewable energy and on how this affects land use planning and the evolution of landscapes and land use systems. He puts this research to work as a member of the City of Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative Task Force, and he is Co-Director of the Community Energy Knowledge and Action Partnership (CEKAP); a national partnership of universities and non-academic partners which aims to facilitate local climate change mitigation and resilience building through community energy planning (

2016/17 Scholarship winner

Aidan Pucchio is the winner of the  UGRA Scholarship ($1,500) for 2016/17.

Aidan is a 3rd year Biomedical Science student. He was born in Toronto but calls London, Ontario home. His Grandfather, Antonio (Tony) Salvadori was a Professor of Computer Science at U of G and his Grandmother, Mary Salvadori, worked as a Teaching Assistant.

He is very grateful for the support of the UGRA Scholarship. Aidan says “Your support means a lot. I will be able to focus on my studies and go into this year at the University of Guelph without worrying about finances.”

He hopes to attend graduate school in Biology. He loves the theatre and spends a lot of his free time volunteering for various theatre festivals. He has also volunteered with science fairs in Ontario and is currently working to found a Guelph science fair for High School Students. In his leisure time he does a lot of reading and enjoys playing the guitar and the piano.

Successful 2016 Fall Forum

We’ve received many positive comments and thank you’s for the Fall Forum on “Brain Health” attended by over 85 people. The program, arranged by long time UGRA leader Janet Kaufman , included 3 speakers researching and delivering services to seniors.
Kim Wilson   Assistant Professor,  Adult Development & Aging, Family Relations and Applied Nutrition,  University of Guelph.



Beth Kaufman   Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Educator,  Prime Care Pharmacy, Arboretum
Jane McKinnon Wilson   Geriatric Systems Coordinator,  Canadian Mental Health Association – Waterloo Wellington

2016 Fall Forum

Please join us for the 2016 Fall Forum on November 10.  Come early to visit with fellow retirees … refreshments will be available at 1:15 pm followed by our program from 2:00-4:00 pm.

Thursday,  Nov. 10, 2016,  2 to 4 p.m.
Arboretum Centre, University of Guelph

Brain Health

What research tells us about how to maintain brain health; the impact of physiological changes in the aging brain; safe and appropriate use of prescription and non-prescription medications; and community services and supports available for seniors experiencing a range of issues that may include mood changes, dementia, depression and/or anxiety.

Beth Kaufman
Certified Geriatric Pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Educator
Prime Care Pharmacy, Arboretum

Jane McKinnon Wilson
Geriatric System Coordinator
Canadian Mental Health Association –  Waterloo Wellington

Kim Wilson
Assistant Professor, Adult Development & Aging,
Family Relations and Applied Nutrition,  University of Guelph

The Forum is free for UGRA members (retirees and partners).  Other guests are welcome but we ask for an $8.00 contribution towards hospitality costs.

Contributions to your 2016 membership can be made at the registration table.

Retirees supporting GWD United Way

Most UoG Retirees should have received a letter from the Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin (GWD) United Way highlighting the needs of over 92 social service programs in the community and asking for your donation.

Last year, the UoG Retiree community contributed over $64,000 – over 10% of the University’s Goal. I’m sure we can exceed that generosity this year.  We have already 50% of last year’s contributions.  If you have donated – Thank You; otherwise, visit Guelph United Way and consider a donation with your pledge form.

As you know, the University campaign included quite a number of campus events.  You can monitor the progress of the campaign and find events to participate in on the University UW campaign website.

Annual Retirees’ Social

NOTE:    change of start time  – 2:00pm  Program begins at 2:30pm

Retirees’ Social
The Marketplace, Macdonald Hall
Wednesday, August 31, 2016   2:00pm-4:00pm

Click here to view Retiree’s Invitation.

Again this year, the UoG President’s Office is hosting a Retirees Social. This event provides an opportunity for UoG Retirees to stay connected with the university and learn about what is new and changing on campus. The event typically includes a welcome from the President or a member of the senior administration team followed by a tour of a new facility or research presentation by a faculty member. This year the College of Business and Economics and the newly renovated Macdonald Hall will be the featured tour.

  • Come early – any time after 2:00pm – to chat with former colleagues and friends.
  • Human Resources representatives will be on hand to answer any pension or benefit questions
  • The formal program starts at 2:30pm with greetings from the UoG and a short presentation on the campus master plan and the new home of the College of Business and Economics (CBE) followed by a tour of the newly-renovated Macdonald Hall and a reception with the light refreshments.

Unfortunately, President Vaccarino has other commitments and will not be at the Social. Don O’Leary, VP Admin., and Julia Christensen Hughes, CBE Dean, will welcome us.

To assist planning of refreshments and tour, please register online at 2016UGRetirees. Free parking will be provided.

For more information contact Claire Alexander at 519-824-4120 x53098 or

2016 Annual General Meeting

Thursday June 16  at 10:00 am
Arboretum Centre

As usual, in addition to the business meeting we will begin with a speaker from the University Administration. This year Martha Harley, Associate Vice-President Human Resources will be our guest. Human Resources looks after most of our ongoing contact with the university, including Benefits, Privileges and Pension matters so this will be an opportunity to find out about any possible changes to these that may affect us or future retirees and to pose any  general questions about these areas that you may have.

Luncheon following the AGM

We are also going to try something new this year. UGRA retirees (and their  partners if they wish) remain for a light lunch following the AGM. It is a nice venue and we hope that people will take advantage of this to socialize in a relaxed setting. The cost is $20 per person and pre-payment  is required.
Because the Food must be ordered in advance, Registration for the Luncheon is now closed.

“Your Money Matters” – UGRA Spring Forum

Please mark the afternoon of Apr. 14th on your calendars and plan to attend the UGRA spring forum at the U of G Arboretum Centre.  There will be refreshments and an opportunity to socialize beginning at 1:15, followed by a panel presentation on a range of financial literacy topics beginning at 2:00. Continue reading ““Your Money Matters” – UGRA Spring Forum”