April 16, 2019 | 8:30–9:15 am
HaliFACT 2050 -Acting on Climate Change Together -Halifax Regional Municipality Climate Strategy
About Alex MacDonald
Alex is originally from Hall’s Harbour, NS, but has lived and studied in Montreal (McGill University; BSc (Environment)), Ottawa (University of Ottawa; MSc (Biology)) and the Republic of Panamá (McGill-Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute). Since fall 2016, Alex has worked as the Halifax Regional Municipality’s Climate Change Specialist, serving as a point person on matters related to climate change mitigation and adaptation for the municipality. Presently Alex is leading HalifACT 2050 – Halifax Regional Municipality’s long-term action plan to address climate change.
Before joining the municipal government, Alex worked for more than 13 years in various professional and volunteer roles in Canada’s environmental sector, with organizations including Nature Canada (BirdLife International co-partner in Canada), the Canadian Environmental Network, Canada’s Green Budget Coalition, Nature Nova Scotia, Canada’s Department of National Defence, the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. During his time with Nature Canada in Ottawa, Alexwrote and broadcasted a weekly column called the Bird Tweet of the Week for 3 years on the CBC Radio One show, In Town and Out, in the National Capital Region. Alex has presented at major international conferences, including the 2014 World Parks Congress (Sydney, Australia) and the BirdLife World Congress (Ottawa, Canada), and has appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. Alex currently lives and works in Dartmouth, NS, where he tries to spend as much time as possible exploring nature and his community with his wife and two children.