JOIN US FOR AN EVENING BEYOND THE ORDINARY
xChanges are Redwing Institute experiential gatherings beyond the ordinary.
We invite you to join us at our upcoming Redwing Institute EARTH Day xChange Event. We will explore our natural world through film, food, insight from thought-provoking invited speakers and engaging activities. At our EARTH Day xChange, you will have an opportunity to learn, share and meet like-minded & like-hearted individuals. In true Redwing Institute fashion, we will be building in some fun, interactive, experiential activities to get you mingling. Since we believe in doing well and doing good, 1% of the profits from this event will be donated to Forests Ontario.
FILM SCREENING & MEET THE FILMMAKER
We will be screening the latest documentary from Patagonia Films.
TREELINE: A STORY WRITTEN IN RINGS
Quietly, patiently, trees endure. They are the oldest living beings we come to know during our time on earth, living bridges into our planet’s expansive past. Treeline is a film celebrating the forests on which our species has always depended – and around which some skiers and snowboarders etch their entire lives. Patagonia’s latest film, this beautiful 40 minute documentary, directed by Vancouver outdoor culture photographer and filmmaker, Jordan Manley, follows a group of skiers, snowboarders, scientists and healers to the birch forests of Japan, the red cedars of British Columbia and the bristle cones of Nevada, as they explore an ancient story written in rings.
“Most things that Jordan Manley touches turn to gold. When you add in Patagonia’s best skiers and riders and some wisdom from some of the smartest people in the world, all the ingredients are there for an inspiring, thoughtful, and perspective-shifting film, and Treeline is certainly that.” Mountain Life Media
Jordan Manley is a Vancouver based photographer & filmmaker. His films are an effort to explore the human relationship with nature. Jordan produced and directed four seasons of the award winning “A Skier’s Journey”, a film series that examined the ties between landscape, culture and skiing. Learn more about Jordan and his work.
Each of our three invited speakers will honour us with 15-20 minute TED Talk-style presentations on various topics related to the intersection between nature and humans. Each presenter is a subject matter expert in his or her respective field.
PRESENTATION: “Honouring Water: Our life sustaining gift on Mother Earth and the interconnection among all living beings.”
SPEAKERS: SUZANNE SMOKE
Golden Eagle Woman, from Alderville First Nations, sits with the Bear Clan and is a Traditional Knowledge Keeper. Suzanne is a life giver to her daughter, Cedar Smoke, Ogima Geeziko Kwe. Suzanne is Executive Director of Biindigen Healing and Arts, a York Region agency servicing the Indigenous community with culturally appropriate and sensitive healing methods. Suzanne also works for the Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services and she and her daughter Cedar are advocates for the over 4520 Missing Murdered and Taken Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Suzanne is a traditional dancer, speaker, educator and facilitator. She is a proud member of the American Indian Movement. Suzanne was the Indigenous Cultural Coordinator for the City of Markham PAN AM/PARA PAN AM Games in 215 and the Cultural Village Coordinator for the host village of the Mississauga’s of New Credit and the host First Nation of the PAN AM Games 2015.
PRESENTATION: “Inspired by nature: An evolution of our thinking.”
SPEAKERS: JAMIE MILLER, PHD
Jamie is a biomimicry consultant and educator who finds design secrets from the natural world. Since 2004, he’s been exploring design thinking and our separation with nature, completing a Ph.D. in engineering, which focused on system-level biomimicry and urban resilience. He’s also been applying biomimicry to the built environment through his consultancy, Biomimicry Frontiers, and supporting biomimicry job creation and tech-development through the Biomimicry Commons. Jamie was trained by Janine Benys, the woman who coined the term “biomimicry” back in 2007 and ever since has been pushing the way we think, behave and create through the lens of nature. For a sneak preview, watch Jamie’s latest TEDx Talk.
PRESENTATION: “When ‘healthy’ and ‘city’ team up…”
SPEAKERS: MARIANNE LEFEVER
Marianne Lefever is an architect and a strategic thinker with over 10 years of experience in climate mitigation and sustainable city design. After an exciting career as a structural engineer, renewable energy consultant, innovation consultant, and futurist, she returned to her first love of sustainable city design. She is currently working with the Dutch urban planning studio PosadMaxwan to transform cities around the globe into healthy environments and communities.
FOOD & DRINK
We will be feasting on wholesome, close-to-the-Earth Mexican delicacies and satiating our thirst with fresh pressed juice, organic Ontario craft beer and organic Ontario red & white wine.
Award-Winning Local Mexican Food from Santo Pecado.
FROGPOND FARM ORGANIC WINERY
Organic premium red and white wine, using only environmentally sustainable practices, from Niagara-on-the-Lake winery Frogpond Farm.
BEAU’S BREWING Co.
Certified Ontario organic lagered ale by Beau’s Brewery Company.
Local, organic cold-pressed juice from Village Juicery.