program schedule

The 2021 Festival is now over and was a big success!  

You can see recordings of most of the workshops on our YouTube channel.

MONDAY, 21st

Preparing for a winter power outage

7:00 pm EDT

Cost: Free

 

Description: This is a zoom video presentation taking the participant through the steps to be coming more resilient in the event of a winter power outage. Approximately a 45 minute presentation followed by a Q&A session.

View a recording of the event here: https://youtu.be/XV_YZH6MRu4

Presenter’s Bio: John  Craig is a retired social worker, who, for the past 25 years, has been interested in building resilience in the face of our overshoot of planetary boundaries. His exploration of possible responses has been to build his personal resilience through supporting pollinators via perennial flower gardens, vegetable gardening and fruit and nut tree planting. He has built his own rain water harvesting and storage system and composts most of the wastes his household produces.

He has taken personal responsibility to prepare for grid down emergencies. He is a member of Diyode Community Workshop, and is a volunteer with Transition Guelph.

John loves everything solar and wood burning. Ie. Solar photo voltaics, solar air/water heating and cooking. Wood/pellet rocket and TLUD stoves,  gasifiers, wood ovens, rocket mass heaters and batch box heaters.

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TUESDAY22nd

Root Cellars: Sustainable food storage solutions in uncertain times

7:00 pm EDT

Cost: Free

 

Description: Ian Findlay will be hosting his Root Cellar workshop live from the 10C Shared Space Demonstration Root Cellar. Many homes in Guelph and Wellington County already have a ready to use root cellar space under the front porch. However, this space often requires some minor upgrades to get it functioning properly. Ian will highlight the 3 key components to a successfully managed root cellar as well as tips on how to store different foods.  His presentation will be followed by a Q&A with participants. 

View a recording of the event here: https://youtu.be/Mra6g-v_rTc

Presenter’s Bio: Ian Findlay is a long-time Guelph resident, business owner and community leader. His community experiences include terms on the Board of Directors for the Guelph Public Library, Elliott Community, eMERGE 100% Renewable and Shared Value Solutions. Ian was a Ward 2 Guelph City Councillor from 2006-2014. Ian has over two decades of experience working in the construction industry. He has worked for the University of Guelph, Ryerson University, Region of Peel and George Brown College on various construction projects. More recently, Ian has been developing and building highly energy efficient net zero and passive homes in Guelph and area. Before starting Woodside Root Cellar in 2020, Ian owned and operated Thomas Video in Downtown Guelph for 34 years.

Ian and his family currently live in a heritage home in Ward 2.

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WEDNESDAY, 23RD

Beginner Vegetable Gardening

7:00 pm EDT

Cost: Free

 

Description: Have you been wanting to start a garden but are not sure how?  This webinar is for you!  We will talk about different spaces for gardens, what to consider when you start, and what you need to get you started on the magical journey of growing your own food!

View a recording of the event here: https://youtu.be/0BjQ7CBsRYs

Presenter’s Bio: Lisa Conroy is the Farm Educator at Ignatius farm in Guelph.  She runs the Ignatius Farm New Farmer Training Program and has run her own small farm.  Lisa loves growing things and loves to share tips and tricks to get people started on their farming journey.

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THURSDAY, 24th

Keynote: Looming Risks and Big Change - Redux

7:00 pm EDT

Cost: Free

 

Description: We’ll briefly revisit the predictions and risks discussed in last year’s keynote to establish the credibility of the forecasts and risks presented.  The majority of the time will be spent highlighting some ideas on how to manage through these turbulent times and where the opportunities lie.   We’ll make sure we have time to have an open dialogue at the end.   

View a recording of the event here: https://youtu.be/jctgFLKR2ZI

Presenter’s Bio: Steve is a retired actuary, a full time regenerative farmer (Coyote Hollow Farms) and Transition Guelph Board Chair.   He and his wife Marie gave up corporate urban life and have been practicing ecological farming near Guelph Lake for 10 years.   Steve’s career as an actuary evaluating risk plus his insatiable curiosity about how the world works has led to over 30 years of study on the interplay of the environment, the economy and energy.  All three are inextricably linked and in accelerating decline.   Fortunately there are many imaginative minds working on how we manage our collective predicament and offer hope for a better, but different future.

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SATURDAY, 26th

Community Land Trusts

10:00 am EDT

Cost: Free

 

Description: Join us for presentations and discussion around the concepts of property, community and equity.  First, Adam Cohen will delve into the concept of property and where we as communities and cultures can go when we emphasize regenerative thinking, feeling and doing with deep equity in our communal spaces. Then Mary-Kate Craig and Mike Craig of the Junction Village Guelph, an intentional community in the heart of the city, will explain the concept of a Community Land Trust, a non-profit entity that separates land and housing ownership; creating equitable pathways to housing while disincentivizing the unsustainable speculative nature of real estate.   

View a recording of the event here: https://youtu.be/5yJzCTVuoG4

Presenter’s Bio: Mary-Kate Craig– The Junction Village

 

Mary-Kate Craig is a starter, a consultant, entrepreneur and passionate community builder whose work is related to climate change action and the transition to low carbon living.  Along with her husband Mike, she is part of the social change landscape in Guelph, Ontario.  Together they believe in creating their lives in the way that makes sense for their family and listening to the ways that they are called to action in this world. 

 

Mike and Mary-Kate are cofounders of an urban intentional community; the Junction Village Guelph.  It is the intention of this emerging community to nurture its members to connect with and support each other to transform how we live in the urban environment to create neighbourhoods that function at a high level and are grounded in love, even when we don’t all agree.  The Junction Village Guelph seeks to catalyze a successful transition to low carbon living where its members can live lightly on the earth, eat great nourishing food, try out new ways of co-living, have each other’s backs and be life-long learners. This is an inclusive, multigenerational space where each person has a voice and each life makes a difference surrounded by amazing conversations, laughter and love.

 

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Presenter’s Bio:  Adam Cohen -Regenerative Explorer
 

Adam Cohen is a leading Pioneer of the North American Passivhaus movement whose innovative work on market rate delivery of commercial high-performance building has made his expertise sought-after for projects across North America.

 

Certified Passivhaus Consultant - North America and Europe, Registered Architect ON, NZ, NCARB, VA, NC, MD, VT, NH & CO, LEED AP, NAHB Green Professional, 2018 Edmund Hillary Fellow, Global Impact Entrepreneur, 2013 Green Builder Green Home of the Year, 2012 VSBN Green Designer of the Year, B.S. Architecture, University of Maryland

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BUILDING A TLUD (Top Lit Up Draft) GASIFIER COOK STOVE

1:00 pm EDT

Cost: Free

 

Description: This is a zoom video presentation taking the participant through the steps of constructing a TLUD stove that will burn wood kindling, wood pellets, twigs and pine cones, and other dry combustible biomass fuels. A great portable cook stove for camping and emergency use. Approximately a 30 minute presentation followed by a  Q&A session

View a recording of the event here: https://youtu.be/2IzVRz-jAfM

Presenter’s Bio: John  Craig is a retired social worker, who, for the past 25 years, has been interested in building resilience in the face of our overshoot of planetary boundaries. His exploration of possible responses has been to build his personal resilience through supporting pollinators via perennial flower gardens, vegetable gardening and fruit and nut tree planting. He has built his own rain water harvesting and storage system and composts most of the wastes his household produces.

He has taken personal responsibility to prepare for grid down emergencies. He is a member of Diyode Community Workshop, and is a volunteer with Transition Guelph.

John loves everything solar and wood burning. Ie. Solar photo voltaics, solar air/water heating and cooking. Wood/pellet rocket and TLUD stoves,  gasifiers, wood ovens, rocket mass heaters and batch box heaters.

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Supply Chains and Permaculture

3:00 pm EDT

Cost: Free

 

Description: Looking at the Supply Chain Mess through a Permaculture Lens - causes, results and what individuals can do.  

View a recording of the event here: https://youtu.be/JmSNuNqN-Jw

Presenter’s Bio: Claudia McConnell, gardener and avid student of permaculture.

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Earth Hour Potluck

7:00 pm EDT

Cost: Free

 

Description: Ecovillage Guelph is ecstatic to once again host the final event of the Resilience Festival: a (digital) Earth Hour Potluck. Join us as we share and explore solutions at various scales to our climate emergency. We're thrilled to have Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner host a room to facilitate discussions on how our provincial government can play a crucial role in helping build resilient communities. Mary-Kate and Mike from the Junction Village in Guelph will be sharing their experience exploring opportunities the Community Land Trust model may provide in addressing housing insecurity while also building community. Finally long-time Guelphite Amelia Meister will share about her experience (and successes) in the non-profit sector leading citizen-led movements to pressure banks to defund from the fossil fuel industry and how we can all help. 

We look forward to lively communal discussions on things that matter! Please RSVP to info@transitionguelph.org if possible.

Presenter’s Bio: Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario and the MPP for Guelph, is the first Green MPP elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2018. Leader of the Ontario Greens for more than a decade, Mike is known at Queen’s Park as a champion for climate action, affordable housing, local food and water initiatives, protecting Ontario’s frontline healthcare workers, and small business. Mike, his wife Sandy, and their two daughters now like to spend their free time hiking, cycling and staying active in their community.

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