Michael Adams is the president of the Environics group of research and communications consulting companies which he co-founded in 1970. He is the author of five Canadian best sellers: Sex in the Snow: Canadian Social Values at the End of the Millennium (published in 1997), Better Happy Than Rich? Canadians, Money and the Meaning of Life, (2000) and Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values, (2003), American Backlash: The Untold Story of Social Change in the United States, (2005) and Unlikely Utopia: The Surprising Triumph of Canadian Pluralism (2007).
Michael has always had a keen interest in issues of the relationship between the economy, energy and the environment. In 1987 Environics launched Canada’s first syndicated public opinion survey on the environment (The Environmental Monitor), which in 2007 evolved into the Canadian Environmental Barometer, Canada’s leading syndicated tracking public opinion survey on environmental issues. He also serves on Ontario Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel, on the Steering Committee of Sustainable Prosperity and on the advisory committee of Carbon Talks.
In 2006 he founded the Environics Institute to sponsor survey research that will contribute to the discussion of important public policy issues. To date, the Institute has sponsored a survey of Canadian Muslims, a survey of the people of Afghanistan on issues related to the NATO mission in that country, a survey of Canadian’s engagement with the world plus an academic study of the impact of published polls on voting behaviour. The Institute is currently undertaking a major research project on urban Aboriginal life in Canada, the report of which was released in the spring of 2010.
Mr. Drummond was born and raised in Victoria, BC where he graduated from the University of Victoria. He received his MA in Economics from Queen’s and then joined the federal Department of Finance. During his 23-year career at Finance, Mr. Drummond progressed in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy, and tax policy moving to Assistant Deputy Minister, Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis; Assistant Deputy Minister, Tax Policy and Legislation; and, most recently, Associate Deputy Minister. He was ultimately responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations, and he coordinated the planning of the annual federal Budgets.
Mr. Drummond is retiring as Senior Vice President and Chief Economics at the TD Bank, a position he held since June 2000. He led TD Economics’ work in analyzing and forecasting economic performance in Canada and abroad. In Canada this work was conducted at the city, provincial, industrial and national levels, and included the analysis of key policies that influence economic performance — including monetary and fiscal policies.
Mr. Drummond has traveled widely across Canada and abroad and is a noted and well-respected media commentator on policy issues. As the Matthews Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar, he will present the next public Matthews Lecture, and contribute to research, teaching, publishing and outreach.
The Donald Matthews Faculty Fellowships in Global Public Policy were established by a generous endowment from Mr. Donald Matthews (B.Sc. 1950) to bring internationally prominent scholars and distinguished practitioners to the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, and support their involvement in the School’s teaching and research.
David Hughes is a geoscientist who has studied the energy resources of Canada for nearly four decades, including 32 years with the Geological Survey of Canada as a scientist and research manager. He developed the National Coal Inventory to determine the availability and environmental constraints associated with Canada’s coal resources. As Team Leader for Unconventional Gas on the Canadian Gas Potential Committee, he coordinated the recent publication of a comprehensive assessment of Canada’s unconventional natural gas potential. Over the past decade, he has researched, published and lectured widely on global energy and sustainability issues in North America and internationally. He is a board member of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas – Canada and is a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute. He recently contributed to Carbon Shift, an anthology edited by Thomas Homer-Dixon on the twin issues of peak energy and climate change, and his work has been featured in Canadian Business, Walrus and other magazines, as well as through the popular press, radio, television and the internet. He is currently president of a consultancy dedicated to research on energy and sustainability issues.
Mark Jaccard has been professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, since 1986 – interrupted from 1992-97 while he served as Chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission. His PhD is from the Energy Economics and Policy Institute at the University of Grenoble. Internationally, Mark is known for his work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Nobel Peace Prize in 2007), the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (co-chair of task force on sustainable use of coal), and the Global Energy Assessment (convening lead author for sustainable energy policy). In 2006, his book, Sustainable Fossil Fuels, won the prestigious Donner Prize for policy. In 2008, he was named British Columbia Academic of the Year, in 2009 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2010 he won the Sterling Prize for Controversy.
Bruce Lourie is one of Canada’s leading environmental thinkers and co-author of the best selling book Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health. He is President of Ivey Foundation, a private charitable foundation in Canada, a Director of the Ontario Power Authority and a Director of the San Francisco-based Consultative Group on Biological Diversity.
Bruce is a founder of a number of for profit and non-profit organizations including Summerhill Group, a prominent consulting company in Toronto; the Sustainability Network, a highly regarded capacity building organization; and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network. He is a member of the Ontario Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel and has acted on numerous federal, provincial and municipal bodies advising on energy policy and climate issues. Bruce has degrees in Geology, Environmental Studies and a near-complete doctorate.
Sandra Ohdendahl. As the Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs at RBC, Sandra leads a team responsible for global strategy and leadership in the areas of environmental credit risk management, environmental products and services, and corporate environmental programs across the bank.
Sandra’s education and professional experience blends science, technology and finance to solve challenging environmental issues and provide opportunities for environmental sustainability for organizations.
Prior to entering the banking sector, Sandra was a research scientist with Noranda Inc. in Montreal, and then an environmental consultant in Toronto and Vancouver, specializing in Environmental Impact Assessments for resource sector development projects in Canada and Indonesia. She joined RBC in 1997 as a resource sector analyst, and led the bank’s Environmental Risk Management department from March 2000 to August 2005. Having left in September 2005 to become the Director of Corporate Environmental Program at another bank, she returned to RBC two years later as the Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs.
Sandra has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto since 2005. From 2005 to 2009, Sandra chaired the North American Task Force of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). In 2010, she was a member of the Adaptation Advisory Committee for the University of Waterloo/Intact Insurance Climate Change Adaptation Project. In May 2010, Sandra was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.
Born in Ottawa, Sandra has a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa, and an M.A.Sc. in the same field from University of Toronto. Sandra has been a licensed professional engineer since 1994, and earned her CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation in 2007. She lives with her husband and two children in Toronto.
Nancy Olewiler is a Professor of Public Policy and the Director of the School of Public Policy Simon Fraser University. Prior to coming to the Economics department at SFU in 1990, she was a professor in the Economics department at Queen’s University. Her PhD is in economics with a specialization in Resource and Environmental Economics from the University of British Columbia. Nancy’s areas of research include natural resource economics such as energy and environmental policy. She has published in academic journals, edited books and has written two widely used textbooks (The Economics of Natural Resource Use and Environmental Economics). Nancy has produced numerous reports for the Canadian federal and provincial governments on a wide range of environmental and natural resource issues including energy, climate policy, and federal business tax policy. From 1990 to 1995 she was Managing Editor of Canadian Public Policy. She is an advisor for the Environment and Economy Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) and LACEEP (Latin America and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program) where she helps supervise research undertaken by Asian and Latin American researchers on environmental economics and natural resource issues. Nancy is the Chair of the Board of Directors for TransLink and on the Board of Directors of Powertech.
Nicole Rycroft is the Founder and Executive Director of Canopy (formerly Markets Initiative). Canopy safeguards forests and the environment by harnessing the power of the marketplace and changing business practices.
Fueled by a deep commitment to social justice and a passion for wild places, Nicole strives for the creation of a compassionate society where our natural world is respected and valued beyond its resource values. A firm believer that we could be doing things in a better way, Nicole is committed to ensuring that the power and influence the North American market leverages tangible eco-solutions and on the ground conservation gains for the world’s forests, species and climate.
Nicole is the recipient of an Ashoka Fellowship, a Canadian Environment Award Gold Medal and numerous print and publishing industry awards. Named one of Canada’s 50 Most Influential People in Graphic Communication for the past four years, Nicole sits on the board of Students for a Free Tibet and the Environmental Paper Network, among others. She has also accepted numerous awards on behalf of Canopy including the Benny Award for Outstanding Corporate Campaigning.
Coro Strandberg is the Principal of Strandberg Consulting, a leading sustainability and corporate responsibility strategist, advisor and coach. (www.corostrandberg.com). She supports organizations to integrate social and environmental factors into business strategy, the business model and the marketplace. Coro specializes in sustainable governance and decision-making, sustainable finance and investment, sustainable purchasing, sustainable human resource management and sustainable trade associations. Clients have included the 2010 Olympics, Conference Board of Canada, Industry Canada and Natural Resources Canada, City of Surrey, trade associations such as the Mining Association of Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, and Credit Union Central of Canada, and companies such as TransLink, BC Lotteries Corporation, The Co-operators Insurance Group, and WorkSafe BC.
Prior to her 6-year consulting practice, Coro was the Director of Social Policy for the BC Government, and prior to this Coro was the Social Planner for the City of Surrey and a non-profit manager. From 1987 – 2000 Coro was on the board of Vancity Credit Union, including three years as chair, where she helped the organization build a national profile as a sustainability and corporate social responsibility leader.
Coro has helped organizations develop climate change strategies and advocacy programs and written a number of tools and publications on climate change leadership and GHG management.
In 2010, two of Coro’s clients received national recognition for their sustainability leadership: The Co-operators placed second on the Corporate Knights list of the 50 Top Corporate Citizens in Canada and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games received the Corporate Award for Environmental Excellence (Facilities and Events) from the GLOBE Foundation.
Coro is an active public speaker, facilitator and writer. She has been a finalist for the Business in Vancouver Influential Women in Business Award, the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and the Burnaby Entrepreneur of the Year. She is an Associate with Canadian Business for Social Responsibility.
Coro’s new green home was awarded LEED Gold status and received a Burnaby Environmental Award.
Jeff Westeinde is the CEO of Quantum Murray LP, Canada’s largest environmental decommissioning contractor. He co-founded the Quantum Environmental Group, a national full-service environmental remediation and hazardous waste materials management company, in 1992 and championed a merger with Murray Demolition, Canada’s largest demolition contractor in 2007 to form Quantum Murray LP. Quantum Murray has been recognized as one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies and one of the top 50 employers in Canada. Jeff has been distinguished as entrepreneur of the year by Ernst and Young, named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 by the Globe and Mail, won the Young Alumni Award from the University of Western Ontario, and is active on numerous charitable, civic and industry initiatives.
Mr. Westeinde is also the Executive Chairman of the Windmill Development Group – a company focused on bringing into commercial application green building practices that deliver a competitive advantage over traditional real estate models often on urban brownfield sites. Windmill is one of Canada’s leading sustainable real estate developers.
John Wiebe is currently President and CEO of the GLOBE Group including the Globe Foundation, GLOBE Events Ltd., GLOBE Communications Ltd., GLOBE Advisors Inc., GLOBE Ventures Ltd., Sustainable Events Ltd and is President & CEO of the Sustainable Media Group (SMG) LLC a Dubai based joint venture. Until May of 2005 he was the President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and until April of 2007 he was Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Education Centres Network and Global Schools Inc. with operations throughout the Asia Pacific region and Latin America.
He is the Chairman of West Mountain Capital Corporation and a member of the Board of Directors of Tonbridge Power Corporation; ECO Canada; the International Finance Centre ; Chairman of the Advisory Board of ERA ltd. and a member of the Advisory Board of SS Lootah Canada Ltd, a member of the SS Lootah Group in Dubai. He is a member of the United Nations Finance Initiative’s Expert Group on Responsible Investment and serves on the Advisory Council of the Independent Power Producers Forum in Asia.
He is a past Chair of the Vancouver Economic Development Commission and the Canadian Board of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, and a past member of the National Roundtable on the Environment & the Economy. He continues to serve as a member of the Pacific Council and the Pacific Basin Economic Council.
Mr. Wiebe received degrees from the University of Manitoba (BSc) and McGill University (PhD). He has been an Associate at the Banff School of Management, and the East West Center in Hawaii.
In 2003 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada.
Mark L. Winston is the Academic Director and Fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue. Mark has had a distinguished career researching, teaching, writing and commenting on bees and agriculture, environmental issues, and science policy. More recently, he has utilized dialogue in classrooms, corporations, non-profit organizations, government, and community settings to develop leadership and communication skills, conduct strategic planning, inspire organizational change, and thoughtfully engage public audiences with controversial issues. Winston’s work has appeared in numerous books, commentary columns for the Vancouver Sun, The New York Times, The Sciences, Orion magazine, and frequently on CBC radio and television and National Public Radio. His research, communication, and dialogue achievements have been recognized by many awards, including the Manning Award for Innovation, Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy, British Columbia Gold Medal in Science and Engineering, Academic of the Year, Eve Savory Award for Science Communication, Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion, a prestigious Killam Fellowship from the Canada Council, and election as a Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada. He currently is Academic Director of Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, and a Professor of Biological Sciences.