Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:18

George H. Tomlinson

George H. Tomlinson

A former senior executive with a major Canadian pulp and paper firm, he was one of the first (1976) to sound the alarm concerning the impact of acid rain on forests and aquatic ecosystems.

Dr. Tomlinson has been active and influential in industrial circles and the research community in efforts to reduce acid rain.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:13

Maurice Strong

Maurice Strong

Former Executive Director of UNEP (1973-76) and Secretary-General of the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment and of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development.

He was previously President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and Chairman of the International Development Board. During this period, Mr. Strong served as Alternate Governor for Canada of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD); the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

He has received honours from more than twenty universities in Canada, USA and United Kingdom, and was awarded the Tyler Ecology Award in 1974.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 16:58

Charles L. Caccia

Charles L. Caccia

Charles Caccia was born and educated in MilanoItaly. He graduated in Forestry Economics at the University ofVienna in 1954, and, a year later, immigrated to Canada.

Mr. Caccia was first elected to public office as member of the City of Toronto and Metro councils in 1964. In 1968 he was elected to the House of Commons and subsequently re-elected nine times. He served as Liberal M.P. forDavenport for 36 years, until June 2004.

In September 1981, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed him Minister of Labour, and in August 1983, Minister of the Environment. From September 1984 to November 1988 he acted as Liberal Opposition Critic on environment issues.

Charles Caccia chaired the Standing Committee of the House of Commons on Environment and Sustainable Development from 1994 to 2004 as well as the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association from 1994 to 2004.

He is presently Senior Fellow at the Institute of the Environment, University of Ottawa. He is president of the non-governmental organization Green Cross-Canada and, since December 2004, has been member of the Advisory Committee on Environment of the City of Ottawa.

His current activities involve issues of nuclear waste, climate change, use of pesticides, air and water pollution, urban sprawl, protection of pollinators and boreal forest.

Monday, 18 July 2011 18:47

Richard A. Vollenweider

Richard A. Vollenweider

An eminent aquatic biologist whose research on eutrophication has been important in conserving the great lakes of north America, and lakes worldwide.

Collaborating with OECD, WHO, PAHO, UNEP, ILEC, he has made outstanding contributions to sustained management of aquatic ecosystems.

He is actively involved in the research of eutrophication of the Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean, and the protection of these seas from further degradation.

INUIT Regional Conservation Strategy for the Arctic

A project by indigenous grassroots organisations in Canada, US and Greenland for environmental management of part of the arctic circumpolar region, an area of two and a half million square miles. It is an example of the world conservation strategy in action.

Monday, 18 July 2011 16:31

Victoria Husband

Victoria Husband

Currently the chair of the Sierra Club of western Canada. She is also one of Canada's leading environmentalists, trying to save British Colombia's ancient forests and wildlife from destructive clearcut logging practices.

Ms. Husband is also looking toward bringing new legislation to protect the province's environment and more specifically its biological diversity. This year Ms. Husband was instrumental in getting the Khutzeymateen grizzly bear sanctuary protected.

She often speaks publicly to educate different groups and to promote international recognition of the problem.

Monday, 18 July 2011 16:24

Ivan L. Head

Ivan L. Head

President of The International Development Research Centre, a leading Canadian organisation in environment and development research, which aids developing countries in land reclamation and management of river basins and arid areas.

AED Board Member Ivan Head died November 2, 2004, at age 74.

Dr. Head was founding director and a senior fellow of the Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues at the Universityof British Columbia, where he was a professor of law and political science from 1991 to 1999. Before that he was president of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and spent a decade as foreign policy advisor for former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

Dr.Head joined the AED Board in 1997. In an address titled “On the Hinge of History,” delivered in commemoration of AED’s 40th anniversary celebration in 2001, he noted “the greatest threats to the well-being of humans worldwide are the widespread and deepening political, social, and economic disparities between persons living in countries in the South as compared to those living in the North.” He dedicated much of his life to narrowing that gap.

Under his leadership, the IDRC funded research that helped African countries find ways to restructure their economies to lessen the impact of huge debt loads.

“Dr.Head’s interest in and enthusiasm for the work of AED was always evident,” said AED president Stephen F.Moseley. “We will miss this special advocate for the poorest people in developing countries.”

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 23:40

Kenneth A. Brynaert

Kenneth A. Brynaert


Mr. Brynaert has since 1973 been Executive Director of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, an NGO active in environmental education and management. During his term federation membership has grown from 200 to over 500,000. Mr. Brynaert has promoted community participation in protection of forests and wildlife habitat for 30 years. He serves on ministerial committees on whaling and endangered species.
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 20:53

Ontario Public Interest Research Group

Ontario Public Interest Research Group

A university-based grassroots movement formed in 1973, OPIRG is active in public awareness campaigns and research in environmental and social issues.

The group works with communities on sustainable development activities and waste management, energy, acid rain and hazardous waste issues. It has established seven resource centres, which hold environmental documents not usually available to the public.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 15:01

David T. Suzuki

David T. Suzuki

An eloquent communicator on environmental issues and the host of several radio and TV programmes, including the popular Canadian broadcasting corporation TV series "The Nature of Things", and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio series "It's a Matter of Survival".

He writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column on the environment and is the author of six children's books. He was awarded the UN Gold Medal, UNESCO's Kalinga Prize and holds 11 honorary degrees from Canada and US. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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