Blair Feltmate

Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo

Long advocating that governments need to focus more effort on climate adaptation, Blair is Canada’s floodwall: the driving force behind the creation of the leading edge applied research center that seeks to prepare Canadians for the coming and inevitable impacts of extreme weather. Through hundreds of speaking and media engagements, and meetings with leaders across all spectrums, Blair has raised awareness of the urgency of the situation, and played a significant role to establish new national standards that will mitigate extreme weather impacts that might otherwise cause incalculable damage to such key assets as residential housing and Canada’s electricity sector.

John Robinson

Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs, and School of the Environment, University of Toronto

As the Associate Provost Sustainability at UBC, John was responsible for building programs that connected operational staff with academic leaders, course work, and students to allow the students to actually “do sustainability” in the real world. This integration focused approach led UBC into the top 10 of all 650 universities on the international Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), and the second highest rated of all universities with over 30,000 students. Beyond that, different programs connected students with external partners, and offered sustainability curriculum pathways to every undergraduate student at UBC. Now at U of T, John is pursuing a similar path.

Elizabeth Sheehan

Co-founder & President, Climate Smart Businesses

Small / medium enterprises (SMEs) are often too busy counting trees to look at the forest – yet engaging them is critical to Canada reaching our Paris commitments. Elizabeth and her team have created rigorous but practical processes and methodology for SMEs to measure their GhG emissions and profitably reduce them - the first and only database to do so. And to great results: Over 875 businesses with approximately 80,000 employees, Climate Smart-certified businesses have cut 106,000 tonnes of GHG emissions whilst saving $42 million dollars annually – from a pool of a million tonnes measured. The average participant cuts emissions by 11% after 2 years.

David Wheeler

York University

A career academic and practitioner, David helped Nova Scotia create the COMFIT program, and then leveraged it, as he led Cape Breton University to become first carbon neutral university in North America (and possibly the world) by commissioning a 5.4MW wind farm, saving 15,000 tonnes CO2 / year. He chaired the Alberta expert panel that led to the establishment of the Alberta Energy Efficiency Agency with a budget of $645m over 4 years – and anticipated savings of 680,000 tonnes of CO2 from the three initial programs launched in early 2017 alone. And he chaired the panel process that led to the continuation of a moratorium on fracking in Nova Scotia.