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Event Details

Join us for a panel discussion on addressing climate change with Indigenous communities.

At this event, we will present the National Indigenous Climate Compass, a tool being developed at the University of Ottawa collaboratively with the Faculty of Engineering’s Centre for Indigenous Community Infrastructure (CICI), Indigenous, and Indigenous communities. 


Joseph Wabegijig, Coordinator, Centre for Indigenous Community Infrastructure, University of Ottawa

Colin Rennie, Professor at the Civil Engineering Department, Acting Director of the Centre for Indigenous Community Infrastructure, University of Ottawa


Darren Sutherland, Indigenous Community Engagement Officer, University of Ottawa

Learn more about our guests

Joseph Wabegijig

Joseph Wabegijig

Coordinator of the Centre for Indigenous Community Infrastructure

Joseph is Odawa, Makwa (Bear) Clan from the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in partnering and delivering innovations in Indigenous community infrastructure.  

As the Coordinator of the Centre for Indigenous Community Infrastructure, Joseph plays a key role in strengthening and building partnerships in indigenous infrastructure research and innovation and strives towards building the capacity of both academia and community partners for infrastructure sustainability.

Colin Rennie

Colin Rennie

Professor and Acting Director of the Centre Indigenous Community Infrastructure

Professor Rennie carries out research in the areas of river engineering, environmental hydraulics, sediment transport, turbulence, and aquatic habitat. He is expert in field measurements of river hydro-morphodynamics. For CICI Professor Rennie has been investigating feasibility of hydrokinetic energy for remote and off-grid communities in Ontario and Nunavut. 

Darren Sutherland

Darren Sutherland

Indigenous Community Engagement Officer

Darren Sutherland is Cree, a member of Fort Albany First Nation, who has spent the better part of his life living in the Ottawa area. He developed a passion for language and history at a young age that led him to study linguistics at the University of Ottawa. Darren now works at his alma mater as the Indigenous community engagement officer. His position allows him to regularly liaise with the community to help inform the direction of services and supports available to Indigenous learners on campus.

If you require accommodation, please contact the event host as soon as possible.
Date and time
Mar 21, 2024
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Format and location
In person, Virtual
STEM Complex (STM), room 117
Faculty and staff, General public, Graduate students, Undergraduate students
Organized by
Faculty of Engineering

This event is offered as part of National Engineering Month

It's a month to celebrate engineering excellence in Canada at every level: youth, students, and professionals.
All National Engineering Month events.