The 35th Canadian Regional Seminar of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association was held in St. John's, Newfoundland from October 31 to November 3, 2013. The Seminar included five business sessions over two days. A total of 43 delegates participated including representatives from the House of Commons, each of the ten provinces and one of the territories (Nunavut). The host for the Seminar was Ross Wiseman MHA, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Newfoundland & Labrador.
The first business session dealt with Urbanization and Demographics. The presenter was Dr. Robert Greenwood from the University of Warwick. He has served as a Director and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy in Economic Development departments in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Saskatchewan and has taught, consulted, published and presented extensively on the issues. The Chair of the session was Douglas Home, Deputy Speaker of the British Columbia Legislature.
The second topic was Climate Change presented by Jackie Janes. She has spent over 12 years working on climate change, including as an international climate change negotiator for the British Government, heading up a team responsible for improving the energy efficiency and reducing emissions in the UK, and as the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador's Special Advisor and Head of the Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading, a central agency in Executive Council. The Chair for the session was Deborah Deller, Clerk of the Ontario Legislative Assembly.
The third session was on Population Aging: A Paradigm Shift: Crisis or Opportunity? The presenter was Suzanne Brake who has developed and taught a number of courses at Memorial University in and is actively involved in the ongoing implementation of the Provincial Healthy Aging Policy Framework. She is currently the Director of the Aging and Seniors Division of the Newfoundland Department...