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Atlantic Meeting
 
Mixing Strategic Thinking and Knowledge Sharing
 
Tuesday November 25th, 2003
Casino Nova Scotia Hotel in Halifax

Purpose
To assist and enable practitioners to share lessons learned, discuss relevant issues of theoretical, strategic, technical, and practical importance, and start developing mechanisms for collaboration among the multitude of indicator and reporting initiatives.
 
Agenda

8:15 Coffee, tea, juice and muffins
Review of information provided by individual participants, available throughout the day
8:50 Welcome and introduction to the day
9:00 Overview presentation of what initiatives are out there and what are the views of practitioners and managers
Environment Canada's National Indicators and Reporting Office
9:20 Brief presentations by discussion group leaders for the 4 overarching topics.
 
Collaboration and coordination between scales
Great Lakes - Harvey Shear, Environment Canada, Ontario Region
 
Incorporating indicators into decision making
Minerals and Metals Indicators (MMI) Initiative - Wendy Ripmeester, Natural Resources Canada
 
Linking environment, social and economic indicators
Genuine Progress Index, Ron Colman, GPI Atlantic
 
Stories about how data accessibility reduces barriers and enables better decision making
Risa Smith, Environment Canada's Environmental Reporting Branch
10:00 Break out into 4 discussion corners
10:45 Health break
11:00 Rotate to second discussion corner of your choice
11:45 Reflections from pre-selected participants (reflectors), plus comments from the floor
12:00 Lunch - provided in meeting room
1:00 Community of Practice presentation: what and where is CSIN André Champoux, Senior Advisor, Knowledge Coordination Office, EC
1:20 Interactive review of CSIN's benefits
  • participants will be asked to define three benefits they hope to gain from their involvement in CSIN.
  • participants will then be asked to rank these benefits and post them on numbered sheets 1, 2, and 3.
  • participants will then review what has come out under 1, 2, and 3 and determine if there is any consensus.
2:00 Interactive priority setting for CSIN
  • participants will be asked to choose the 3 most important CSIN activities ( using the list of activities in the CSIN Accord as a guide), then post them on numbered sheets for 1, 2 and 3.
  • participants will then review what has come out under 1, 2 and 3 and determine whether there is consensus.
2:45 Health break
3:00 Plan A: If there is consensus on priority activities - Workgroup formation
  • participants will break out into groups to brainstorm implementation of top priorities, forming working groups if desired.
Plan B: If there is no consensus on priority activities - Open discussion
  • participants will engage in an open discussion concerning CSIN priority activities.
3:45 Reporting back from group brainstorm discussions
4:00 Next steps and closing comments
7 - 9 EMAN National Science Meeting: evening mixer, registration and poster session

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