We are excited to announce that Ruth Simons, Lead of the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative Society responsible for the Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, will be our keynote speaker for this year’s Teaching and Learning Symposium May 3-6, 2022.

The Society works with Capilano University and other academic partners in support of Field School activities by providing local perspectives and knowledge and by connecting academic groups to the many local citizen scientists and professionals conducting restoration and monitoring work in the region. Current student projects include a Forest sector research project examining key systemic challenges in the region in light of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and best practices for long term sustainability. Ruth will share with us the successes, challenges and reflections upon working with a post secondary institution on community-engaged teaching and learning experiences in the Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Ruth has been a dedicated volunteer in Howe Sound for ten years following a term as a Village of Lions Bay Council member (2008-2011). Prior to 2008, she was in the travel insurance industry as a business owner and CEO. She has been advocating for a holistic comprehensive land and marine use plan for the region since 2012. Ruth has been the Coordinator of the Howe Sound Community Forums for the past 8 years and leading the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative since its start in 2016 through to its successful designation by UNESCO in 2021. A lifelong resident of the region, she is happiest in nature often seen either on the trails or the water.

For more information on the Symposium, visit https://cte.capilanou.ca/symposium-2022/.