APRIL 22 (9:30 AM – NOON), Toldo 100, University of Windsor.

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In 2012, the seminar series was renamed in honour of the late Fr. Joseph Quinn, CSB. who served as Interim President of Assumption University and dedicated his priestly ministry to social justice causes.

Keynote: Simon Jackson

Movement Builder; Founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition

Mr. Simon Jackson, was kind enough to record a brief one-minute teaser trailer

Power of One – this planet needs you

Simon Jackson founded the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition at the age of 13 and, across twenty years, helped build a movement of more than six million young people to help save the rare white Kermode or spirit bear on Canada’s west coast.  By sharing his story, Simon hopes to pay forward the lessons learned from the successes and the failures of the campaign, as well as provoke a deeper understanding of why thoughtful stewardship of our environment matters.  Mostly though, he aims to inspire and remind us all that each day we help author the history of our generation; that one person, armed only with a passion, can take hold of a cause and change the world.

Local Panelists

Brandi Bechard

Brandi Bechard is the woman behind Ground Culture, a regenerative and edible landscape consulting firm based in Windsor and Essex County. Ground Culture specializes in designing rural and urban landscapes that produce food, sequester carbon, increase biodiversity, and restore ecological function. Most importantly of all, through her work, Brandi aims to foster a connection between people and the planet. She has an academic background in Ecosystem Management and Natural Resource Sciences, and has worked across Canada honing her skills and understanding of the natural world. In 2018, she moved back to her hometown of Windsor to start her dream business from the ground up.  The social media accounts (instagram and facebook) are @ground.culture.gardens for those interested in following along in our journey.

Dane Fader

CEO | GreenerBins Composting Co.

Dane Fader is the founder of GreenerBins Composting Company, a closed-loop regenerative farm in Essex Country, Ontario. He is the Chair of the Windsor-Essex Food Policy Council, Coordinator of the Windsor-Essex Climate Action Network, and has been the recipient of the “Pat on the Back” Award from the Windsor-Essex County Environment Committee (WECEC). The aim of Dane’s work is to mitigate climate change while strengthening the local food system. For more information please see

Leo Silvestri

Leo has lived in Windsor since 1970 and a retired commercial/residential painter, married to Teresa Silvestri and part of the charitable organization, In Honour of The Ones We Love which raises money for patients with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses in our community.
He is presently working to restore monarch butterfly habitats and encouraging our neighbours to plant milkweed in Windsor and Essex county.
Since creating our web page: and local Facebook, our group has grown to over 900 members, all working together towards helping the monarch butterfly population. Our purpose is to bring the monarch back to our neighbourhood for future generations to enjoy its beauty!

Shayenna Nolan

Shayenna Nolan is a Biology student at the University of Windsor. She is also a member of the Indigenous Allyship Program in the Healthy Headwaters Lab, whose mission is to restore freshwater ecosystems to full health and vitality for future generations. Shayenna grew up living in different parts of the Great Lakes Basin while studying Science and Art, and along with her Anishinaabe heritage she hopes to bring a unique perspective to the program in her role as Lab Storyteller. She believes in leveraging the power of media to increase community awareness and engagement in freshwater restoration activities.