Beth Savan

Inaugural Sustainability Director (Academic), St. George Campus, Senior Lecturer, University of Toronto

Dr. Beth Savan not only teaches sustainability, but also practiced it in her role as Sustainability Director at the University of Toronto.  Beth and her team laid the groundwork for a handful of programs to reduce energy and water and measure the impacts, and helped to formally incorporate sustainability into the university’s Strategic Research Plan. Together with her students, she also launched Rewire, a program that empowers students to reduce their energy consumption in residences by promoting small behaviour changes with big environmental impact.  Rewire led to a reduction in electricity use of up to 13% in affected residences.

Jim Harris

Principal, Strategic Advantage

No one vocalizes their commitment to building a better and more sustainable Canada more tirelessly than does former Green Party Leader Jim Harris. In addition to frequently informing his many followers on matters of environmental and political interest through various social media channels, Jim also often addresses meetings in person, raising awareness in groups large and small. In addition, he teaches sustainability and innovation at York University and Seneca College in Toronto, writes extensively on the subject in the media, and consults to organizations through his firm, Strategic Advantage.

Gordon McBean

Professor, University of Western Ontario

University of Western Ontario Professor Gordon McBean is a scientific leader on climate change, disaster risk reduction and environmental issues. He serves on a number of climate committees, including his role as chairman of the boards of the Canadian Climate Forum and the Ontario Climate Consortium to foster climate, extreme weather and air quality science and policy dialogue. For his national and international leadership he has been awarded the Orders of Canada and Ontario, elected the President of the International Council for Science and shared in the Nobel Peace Prize, among other recognitions.

Kate Whalen

Senior Manager, University Sustainability and Director, Sustainable Future Program, McMaster University

By bringing together McMaster University and the broader community of Hamilton, Kate Whalen has facilitated the implementation of more than 80 sustainability initiatives in less than 4 years. In her role as the university’s Senior Manager, University Sustainability and Director, Sustainable Future Program, Kate’s achievements including working with staff and students to develop a sustainable procurement policy for McMaster, providing opportunities for over 180 students to engage in for-credit, experiential sustainability-related learning; and working with faculty, students, staff and members of the community to develop and implement McMaster’s first interdisciplinary course focused specifically on sustainability. Her leadership in adding a co-op practical element to sustainability education has benefited both students and the community.