Kingston Climate Change Symposium returns to Grand Theatre

November 2, 2023

The 2024 Kingston Climate Change Symposium is set to make its return to Grand Theatre, bringing together environmental enthusiasts, experts and community leaders to explore topics under the theme ’Balance: Climate, Nature and Technology’.

Scheduled for Jan. 29, symposium speakers will discuss how we can create balance to advance climate action, delving into strategies and solutions that promise a healthier, more resilient climate future that preserves the rich tapestry of our planet's ecosystems.

The 2024 symposium promises to rekindle the spirit of collaboration, bringing Kingstonians back together at Grand Theatre for a collective conversation about climate change and sustainability,” says Geoff Hendry, chief operating officer at Sustainable Kingston. “Join us for an engaging and informative discussion that will leave you inspired and motivated to take action.”

Ali Hassan, the dynamic and engaging host of CBC's Laugh out Loud and moderator of Canada Reads, will once again return as event host, joining a remarkable lineup of speakers.

The keynote address will be delivered virtually by Bob McDonald, one of Canada's most prominent science journalists, who has been bringing science education to the public for more than 40 years. In addition to hosting Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science radio program with a national audience of nearly 500,000 people, McDonald is also a science correspondent for CBC Television’s The National and Gemini-winning host and writer of the children’s series Heads Up.

This keynote will follow a thought-provoking discussion led by Ewa Jackson, Managing Director at ICLEI Canada, where she will share practical insights and strategies to empower individuals and local groups to contribute to the global effort to advance climate action.

“This signature event is all about sparking action, showcasing the latest progress in community-driven climate projects, enhancing our local community connections and nurturing new ones,” adds Hendry.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session following each speaker, as well as during the panelist discussion on biodiversity.

Tickets are available at for $20 each or $15 for students.

Support local climate action

While the event will return to Grand Theatre for the first time in three years, residents can also register to watch the event livestream.

In lieu of payment, virtual attendees are asked to consider a donation to the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund. The Fund helps local non-profits and charities realize projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One hundred per cent of funds donated support local climate action initiatives.

Registration for the live stream will be available in early January.