Scott Vaughan

President & CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development

The Experimental Lakes Area in Northern Ontario is prized for its unique lack of connection to other bodies of water – meaning that what happens there stays there, long providing scientists with an irreplaceable and globally treasured environmental research opportunity. So when the Federal Government decided it could no longer afford the two million dollars per year needed to maintain the program, fortunately IISD, under Scott’s leadership partnered with the Province of Ontario, overcame no end of obstacles, and saved the program.   Beyond that, Canada’s past Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development is possibly the busiest person in the environmental world, serving as the IISD Chair of the Board of IISD Experimental Lakes Area; co-chair of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment (CCICED) Special Study on Environmental Accounting and Auditing in China; co-convener of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) E15 Task Force on Trade and Natural Resources; Board of Directors, Future Earth and member of Future Earth Engagement Committee; member of UNEP International Advisory Council for the Advancement of Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability; member of the Environmental Leadership Council, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel for GLOBE 2016.

Tim Gray

Executive Director, Environmental Defence Canada

Using his twenty plus years of engagement in the environmental protection arena, Tim leads ED Canada’s programs related to water protection, land use planning and clean energy. The team’s most recent success is their work in the creation of the “Clean Economy Alliance”, a growing group of over 75 business and civil society organizations that are, together,  with ED Canada’s leadership, advocating for a strong Ontario Climate Strategy.  Others include contributions to the finalization of new marketplace certification standards for aggregate through the Cornerstone Standards Council and Tim also led campaign development and government relations for the creation of a Great Lakes Protection Act, which will protect the source of drinking water for 80 per cent of Ontarians.

Kekinusuqs-Judith Sayers

Strategic Adviser, Sayers Strategic Advice

Judith is a force for increasing First Nations role in generating clean energy.  She successfully persuaded BC Hydro to include a chapter on clean energy in their Integrated Resource Plan, providing greater opportunities for First Nations to use clean energy generation as a sustainable financial option. She is also the former Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation in Port Alberni, BC where she coordinated the first 6.5 MW run of the river project, making them the first First Nation to lead and develop such a project as well as be the majority owner. She is a Co-Chair and Founding Board Member for the Island Corridor Foundation, and a Board Member for Clean Energy BC. Judith is currently lobbying the province and BC Hydro to cease the development of the 1100MW Site C dam, which will supply more power than BC needs.

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