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Andrew Weaver

Andrew Weaver received his B.Sc (Mathematics and Physics) from the University of Victoria in 1983, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mathematics from Cambridge University in 1984, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of British Columbia in 1987. He is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in climate modelling and analysis in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria.

Dr. Weaver was a Lead Author in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2nd, 3rd and 4th scientific assessments and is also a Lead Author in the ongoing 5th scientific assessment. He was the Chief Editor of the Journal of Climate from 2005-2009. Dr. Weaver is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the American Meteorological Society. Over the years he has received several awards including the E.W.R. NSERC Steacie Fellowship in 1997, the Killam Research Fellowship and a CIAR Young Explorers award in 2003, the CMOS President's Prize in 2007, a Guggenheim fellowship in 2008, and the A.G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science and the Miroslaw Medal of the Royal Society of Canada in 2011. In 2008 he was also appointed to the Order of British Columbia.

His book Keeping our Cool: Canada in a Warming World was published by Viking Canada in September 2008. His second book Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming was published by Raven Books in April 2011.

Helen Raptis

Helen Raptis received her B.A. (French) from the University of Victoria in 1984. In 1985 she received a BC Teaching Certificate through the Post Degree Professional Program at the University of Victoria. She obtained an M.Ed. from McGill University in 1991, and a PhD in Education from the University of Victoria in 2001. Dr. Raptis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Victoria and a member of the BC College of Teachers.

Dr. Raptis is an award-winning educator with over 25 years of teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels. She has taught in Australia, France, the United States, and in Canada, she has taught in BC and Québec. Her research expertise includes historical and contemporary perspectives on minority and Indigenous education, education policy, effective schools and school improvement. In 2003 she provided a Commentary for the CD Howe Institute entitled: Reframing Education: How to Create Effective Schools.

Charles Curry

Charles Curry earned a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics at Saint Mary's University in 1988, an M.Sc. in Physics from Queen's University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Physics from McMaster University in 1995. He has authored or co-authored over two dozen peer-reviewed research papers, several articles for the public, and co-edited a conference proceedings. Since 2003, he has been engaged in global climate and Earth system modeling, and from 2008-2011 was a Research Scientist (regional climate model developer) at the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, a division of Environment Canada. He is currently Research Associate in the Climate Modelling Group at the University of Victoria.

In 2008, Dr. Curry worked closely with a Crown Corporation (BC Transmission Corp.) on anticipated changes of surface winds due to global warming, and later that year participated in a technical summit sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute and other U.S utilities to discuss emerging issues and R&D needs related to the impacts of extreme weather and climate change. Recently he collaborated with several Canadian forestry experts on the expected effects of climate change on forest disturbance regimes in British Columbia.

Ed Wiebe

Ed Wiebe received a B.Sc in Physics and Ocean Science at the University of Victoria in 1996 and an M.Sc from the School of Earth and Ocean Science at the same institution in 1998. He has worked on a wide variety of climate research related projects with emphasis on computer modelling, data analysis and visualisation. He speaks several (programming) languages and loves databases.

Among other responsibilities Ed manages the Vancouver Island School-Based Weather Station network and the Education Heritage Museum. For both sites he is responsible for software development and database management. For the weather station network project he also maintains the hardware and software at the weather station sites, the web site and the databases that store the data.

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