Dr. Hank Venema
Vice-President, Science and Innovation, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Under Hank’s leadership, the IISD Water Innovation Centre has developed a visionary innovation strategy-the Lake Winnipeg Bioeconomy Project-to transform a difficult large-lake management problem into a multi-billion dollar regional clean tech opportunity based on nutrient cycling and biomaterial production. Hank’s advocacy led to strong government support and business investment in the project, support for which continues to grow with the selection of IISD’s proof-of-concept-the Netley-Libau Nutrient Bioenergy Project-as one of the world’s 100 best sustainable development projects during the recent Sustainia 100 Awards in Rio de Janeiro.
Commitments for 2013: In September 2012 at the Clean50 Summit, most attendees made public commitments for things they would do to "further sustainability" over the next 12 months. Venema's commitments were:- I/we will advocate for cost-benefit analysis for municipal capital investment