Speakers

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Julie Gelfand

Julie Gelfand

Commissioner of the Environment
and Sustainable Development

Jogn McArthur

John McArthur

Senior Fellow at the
Brookings Institute

Julie Gelfand was appointed as Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in March 2014. Before joining the Office of the Auditor General, Ms. Gelfand held the positions of Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Canada and of Vice-President of Environment and Social Responsibility at the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC). Prior to joining IOC, Ms. Gelfand was Vice-President, Sustainable Development at the Mining Association of Canada and co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Centre of Excellence, under the federal CSR Strategy for the Canadian International Extractive Sector. From 1992 to 2008, she served as President of Nature Canada. She also founded and chaired the Green Budget Coalition. Mandate The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development is appointed by the Auditor General of Canada for a seven year term. On behalf of the Auditor General, the Commissioner provides parliamentarians with objective, independent analysis and recommendations on the federal government’s efforts to protect the environment and foster sustainable development. The Commissioner conducts performance audits, and is responsible for: • monitoring sustainable development strategies of federal departments; • overseeing the environmental petitions process; and • auditing the federal government’s management of environmental and sustainable development issues. Past Commissioners • Neil Maxwell (Interim, 2013-2014) • Scott Vaughan (2008-2013) • Ron Thompson, FCA (Interim, 2007-2008) • Johanne Gélinas (2000-2007) • Rick Smith (Interim, 2000) • Brian Emmett (1996-2000)

Julie Gelfand

Leor Rotchild

Executive Director of Canadian Business
for Social Responsibility

Chris Enns

Chris Enns

International Development Officer,
Bow Valley College

Cara

Cara Williams

Chief Advisor of International Relations
at Statistics Canada

Julie Gelfand was appointed as Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in March 2014. Before joining the Office of the Auditor General, Ms. Gelfand held the positions of Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Canada and of Vice-President of Environment and Social Responsibility at the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC). Prior to joining IOC, Ms. Gelfand was Vice-President, Sustainable Development at the Mining Association of Canada and co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Centre of Excellence, under the federal CSR Strategy for the Canadian International Extractive Sector. From 1992 to 2008, she served as President of Nature Canada. She also founded and chaired the Green Budget Coalition. Mandate The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development is appointed by the Auditor General of Canada for a seven year term. On behalf of the Auditor General, the Commissioner provides parliamentarians with objective, independent analysis and recommendations on the federal government’s efforts to protect the environment and foster sustainable development. The Commissioner conducts performance audits, and is responsible for: • monitoring sustainable development strategies of federal departments; • overseeing the environmental petitions process; and • auditing the federal government’s management of environmental and sustainable development issues. Past Commissioners • Neil Maxwell (Interim, 2013-2014) • Scott Vaughan (2008-2013) • Ron Thompson, FCA (Interim, 2007-2008) • Johanne Gélinas (2000-2007) • Rick Smith (Interim, 2000) • Brian Emmett (1996-2000)

Christina

Christina Luo

Youth Advisor,
Plan Canada

Alli Bunting

Alli Bunting

Policy and Governance Officer at the Canadian
Partnership for Women and Children’s Health

Kerry Brinkert

Kerry Brinkert

Manager of International Projects and
Partnerships, College of the Rockies’

Julie Gelfand was appointed as Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in March 2014. Before joining the Office of the Auditor General, Ms. Gelfand held the positions of Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Canada and of Vice-President of Environment and Social Responsibility at the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC). Prior to joining IOC, Ms. Gelfand was Vice-President, Sustainable Development at the Mining Association of Canada and co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Centre of Excellence, under the federal CSR Strategy for the Canadian International Extractive Sector. From 1992 to 2008, she served as President of Nature Canada. She also founded and chaired the Green Budget Coalition. Mandate The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development is appointed by the Auditor General of Canada for a seven year term. On behalf of the Auditor General, the Commissioner provides parliamentarians with objective, independent analysis and recommendations on the federal government’s efforts to protect the environment and foster sustainable development. The Commissioner conducts performance audits, and is responsible for: • monitoring sustainable development strategies of federal departments; • overseeing the environmental petitions process; and • auditing the federal government’s management of environmental and sustainable development issues. Past Commissioners • Neil Maxwell (Interim, 2013-2014) • Scott Vaughan (2008-2013) • Ron Thompson, FCA (Interim, 2007-2008) • Johanne Gélinas (2000-2007) • Rick Smith (Interim, 2000) • Brian Emmett (1996-2000)

Christina

Helle Bank Jørgensen

UN Special Advisor
to the Global Compact

Alli Bunting

Andréanne Martel

Collaborative Research Program Officer at the
Canadian Council for International Development 

matt

Matt Moreau

Founder,
Earth Group

Julie Gelfand was appointed as Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in March 2014. Before joining the Office of the Auditor General, Ms. Gelfand held the positions of Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Canada and of Vice-President of Environment and Social Responsibility at the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC). Prior to joining IOC, Ms. Gelfand was Vice-President, Sustainable Development at the Mining Association of Canada and co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Centre of Excellence, under the federal CSR Strategy for the Canadian International Extractive Sector. From 1992 to 2008, she served as President of Nature Canada. She also founded and chaired the Green Budget Coalition. Mandate The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development is appointed by the Auditor General of Canada for a seven year term. On behalf of the Auditor General, the Commissioner provides parliamentarians with objective, independent analysis and recommendations on the federal government’s efforts to protect the environment and foster sustainable development. The Commissioner conducts performance audits, and is responsible for: • monitoring sustainable development strategies of federal departments; • overseeing the environmental petitions process; and • auditing the federal government’s management of environmental and sustainable development issues. Past Commissioners • Neil Maxwell (Interim, 2013-2014) • Scott Vaughan (2008-2013) • Ron Thompson, FCA (Interim, 2007-2008) • Johanne Gélinas (2000-2007) • Rick Smith (Interim, 2000) • Brian Emmett (1996-2000)

al nasir

Al-Nasir Hamir

Aga Khan Foundation
Canada (AKFC)

terry

Terry A. Sloan

Director,
Southwest Native Cultures

Christina

Richard Muller

Managing Director
of Toniic in North America

Julie Gelfand was appointed as Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in March 2014. Before joining the Office of the Auditor General, Ms. Gelfand held the positions of Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Canada and of Vice-President of Environment and Social Responsibility at the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC). Prior to joining IOC, Ms. Gelfand was Vice-President, Sustainable Development at the Mining Association of Canada and co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Centre of Excellence, under the federal CSR Strategy for the Canadian International Extractive Sector. From 1992 to 2008, she served as President of Nature Canada. She also founded and chaired the Green Budget Coalition. Mandate The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development is appointed by the Auditor General of Canada for a seven year term. On behalf of the Auditor General, the Commissioner provides parliamentarians with objective, independent analysis and recommendations on the federal government’s efforts to protect the environment and foster sustainable development. The Commissioner conducts performance audits, and is responsible for: • monitoring sustainable development strategies of federal departments; • overseeing the environmental petitions process; and • auditing the federal government’s management of environmental and sustainable development issues. Past Commissioners • Neil Maxwell (Interim, 2013-2014) • Scott Vaughan (2008-2013) • Ron Thompson, FCA (Interim, 2007-2008) • Johanne Gélinas (2000-2007) • Rick Smith (Interim, 2000) • Brian Emmett (1996-2000)

Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Professor of Economics, Leader in Sustainable
Development, Senior UN Advisor

brian calliou

Brian Calliou

Program Director, Indigenous Leadership,
Banff Center for Arts and Creativity

keke

Lieketseng (Keke) Phooko

Mennonite Central Committee’s
Southern Africa Seed program

Julie Gelfand was appointed as Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in March 2014. Before joining the Office of the Auditor General, Ms. Gelfand held the positions of Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Canada and of Vice-President of Environment and Social Responsibility at the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC). Prior to joining IOC, Ms. Gelfand was Vice-President, Sustainable Development at the Mining Association of Canada and co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Centre of Excellence, under the federal CSR Strategy for the Canadian International Extractive Sector. From 1992 to 2008, she served as President of Nature Canada. She also founded and chaired the Green Budget Coalition. Mandate The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development is appointed by the Auditor General of Canada for a seven year term. On behalf of the Auditor General, the Commissioner provides parliamentarians with objective, independent analysis and recommendations on the federal government’s efforts to protect the environment and foster sustainable development. The Commissioner conducts performance audits, and is responsible for: • monitoring sustainable development strategies of federal departments; • overseeing the environmental petitions process; and • auditing the federal government’s management of environmental and sustainable development issues. Past Commissioners • Neil Maxwell (Interim, 2013-2014) • Scott Vaughan (2008-2013) • Ron Thompson, FCA (Interim, 2007-2008) • Johanne Gélinas (2000-2007) • Rick Smith (Interim, 2000) • Brian Emmett (1996-2000)

Jeffrey Sachs

Councillor Andrea Reimer

Chair, Standing Committee on
Policy and Strategic Priorities

kim

Kimberly Manalili

PhD Student, UCalgary: Departments of Community
Health Sciences and Pediatrics

savera

Savera Hayat-Dade

Director Programs and
International Development Unit

Julie Gelfand was appointed as Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in March 2014. Before joining the Office of the Auditor General, Ms. Gelfand held the positions of Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Canada and of Vice-President of Environment and Social Responsibility at the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC). Prior to joining IOC, Ms. Gelfand was Vice-President, Sustainable Development at the Mining Association of Canada and co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Centre of Excellence, under the federal CSR Strategy for the Canadian International Extractive Sector. From 1992 to 2008, she served as President of Nature Canada. She also founded and chaired the Green Budget Coalition. Mandate The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development is appointed by the Auditor General of Canada for a seven year term. On behalf of the Auditor General, the Commissioner provides parliamentarians with objective, independent analysis and recommendations on the federal government’s efforts to protect the environment and foster sustainable development. The Commissioner conducts performance audits, and is responsible for: • monitoring sustainable development strategies of federal departments; • overseeing the environmental petitions process; and • auditing the federal government’s management of environmental and sustainable development issues. Past Commissioners • Neil Maxwell (Interim, 2013-2014) • Scott Vaughan (2008-2013) • Ron Thompson, FCA (Interim, 2007-2008) • Johanne Gélinas (2000-2007) • Rick Smith (Interim, 2000) • Brian Emmett (1996-2000)

SF blade

Dr. Stanford F. Blade

Dean: Faculty of Agricultural,
Life & Environmental Sciences UAlberta

kim

Dr. Zafar Adeel

Executive Director of the Pacific Water Research
Centre, Simon Fraser University

savera

Shauna Curry

CEO – CAWST, Centre for Affordable
Water and Sanitation Technology

Julie Gelfand was appointed as Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in March 2014. Before joining the Office of the Auditor General, Ms. Gelfand held the positions of Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Canada and of Vice-President of Environment and Social Responsibility at the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC). Prior to joining IOC, Ms. Gelfand was Vice-President, Sustainable Development at the Mining Association of Canada and co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Centre of Excellence, under the federal CSR Strategy for the Canadian International Extractive Sector. From 1992 to 2008, she served as President of Nature Canada. She also founded and chaired the Green Budget Coalition. Mandate The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development is appointed by the Auditor General of Canada for a seven year term. On behalf of the Auditor General, the Commissioner provides parliamentarians with objective, independent analysis and recommendations on the federal government’s efforts to protect the environment and foster sustainable development. The Commissioner conducts performance audits, and is responsible for: • monitoring sustainable development strategies of federal departments; • overseeing the environmental petitions process; and • auditing the federal government’s management of environmental and sustainable development issues. Past Commissioners • Neil Maxwell (Interim, 2013-2014) • Scott Vaughan (2008-2013) • Ron Thompson, FCA (Interim, 2007-2008) • Johanne Gélinas (2000-2007) • Rick Smith (Interim, 2000) • Brian Emmett (1996-2000)

snow

William Snow

Consultation Manager for
Stoney Nakoda First Nation.

edwin

Edwin Makkinga

Manager of Carbon and Energy Efficiency
with Enbridge Inc.

perry

Perry Stein

Community Planner
at the City of Lethbridge

Julie Gelfand was appointed as Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in March 2014. Before joining the Office of the Auditor General, Ms. Gelfand held the positions of Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Canada and of Vice-President of Environment and Social Responsibility at the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC). Prior to joining IOC, Ms. Gelfand was Vice-President, Sustainable Development at the Mining Association of Canada and co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Centre of Excellence, under the federal CSR Strategy for the Canadian International Extractive Sector. From 1992 to 2008, she served as President of Nature Canada. She also founded and chaired the Green Budget Coalition. Mandate The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development is appointed by the Auditor General of Canada for a seven year term. On behalf of the Auditor General, the Commissioner provides parliamentarians with objective, independent analysis and recommendations on the federal government’s efforts to protect the environment and foster sustainable development. The Commissioner conducts performance audits, and is responsible for: • monitoring sustainable development strategies of federal departments; • overseeing the environmental petitions process; and • auditing the federal government’s management of environmental and sustainable development issues. Past Commissioners • Neil Maxwell (Interim, 2013-2014) • Scott Vaughan (2008-2013) • Ron Thompson, FCA (Interim, 2007-2008) • Johanne Gélinas (2000-2007) • Rick Smith (Interim, 2000) • Brian Emmett (1996-2000)

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Aatif Baskanderi

Commercialization Manager for
Kinetica Ventures at Innovate Calgary

SDGs

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Ricardo Acuna

Ricardo Acuña

Executive Director, Parkland Institute
and Chair, Oxfam Canada

Julie Gelfand was appointed as Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in March 2014. Before joining the Office of the Auditor General, Ms. Gelfand held the positions of Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Canada and of Vice-President of Environment and Social Responsibility at the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC). Prior to joining IOC, Ms. Gelfand was Vice-President, Sustainable Development at the Mining Association of Canada and co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Centre of Excellence, under the federal CSR Strategy for the Canadian International Extractive Sector. From 1992 to 2008, she served as President of Nature Canada. She also founded and chaired the Green Budget Coalition. Mandate The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development is appointed by the Auditor General of Canada for a seven year term. On behalf of the Auditor General, the Commissioner provides parliamentarians with objective, independent analysis and recommendations on the federal government’s efforts to protect the environment and foster sustainable development. The Commissioner conducts performance audits, and is responsible for: • monitoring sustainable development strategies of federal departments; • overseeing the environmental petitions process; and • auditing the federal government’s management of environmental and sustainable development issues. Past Commissioners • Neil Maxwell (Interim, 2013-2014) • Scott Vaughan (2008-2013) • Ron Thompson, FCA (Interim, 2007-2008) • Johanne Gélinas (2000-2007) • Rick Smith (Interim, 2000) • Brian Emmett (1996-2000)

snow

Daryl Kooteny

Indigenous youth leader from the
Stoney Nakoda Nation of Morley, Ab.

gagnon

Stephanie Gagnon

Manager, Community Planning
& Engagement at McElhanney

Ricardo Acuna

Jorge Aviles

Aboriginal Relations Advisor
at TransAlta Corp

Julie Gelfand was appointed as Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in March 2014. Before joining the Office of the Auditor General, Ms. Gelfand held the positions of Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Canada and of Vice-President of Environment and Social Responsibility at the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC). Prior to joining IOC, Ms. Gelfand was Vice-President, Sustainable Development at the Mining Association of Canada and co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Centre of Excellence, under the federal CSR Strategy for the Canadian International Extractive Sector. From 1992 to 2008, she served as President of Nature Canada. She also founded and chaired the Green Budget Coalition. Mandate The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development is appointed by the Auditor General of Canada for a seven year term. On behalf of the Auditor General, the Commissioner provides parliamentarians with objective, independent analysis and recommendations on the federal government’s efforts to protect the environment and foster sustainable development. The Commissioner conducts performance audits, and is responsible for: • monitoring sustainable development strategies of federal departments; • overseeing the environmental petitions process; and • auditing the federal government’s management of environmental and sustainable development issues. Past Commissioners • Neil Maxwell (Interim, 2013-2014) • Scott Vaughan (2008-2013) • Ron Thompson, FCA (Interim, 2007-2008) • Johanne Gélinas (2000-2007) • Rick Smith (Interim, 2000) • Brian Emmett (1996-2000)

SDGs