Catherine Potvin

Professor, Department of Biology; Canada Research Chair, Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests; Director, Panama Field Study Semester, Professor, Department of Biology; Canada Research Chair, Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests; Director, Panama Field Study Semester

It has been said that herding academics can be harder than herding cats – but Catherine has done just that, creating the Sustainable Canada Dialogues initiative, mobilizing over 60 scholars from 32 different institutions, numerous disciplines, and all 10 provinces to produce a “made in Canada” climate action plan. The resulting position paper, Acting on Climate Change, proposes 10 key policy orientations and emphasizes how transitioning to a low-carbon economy could help open important opportunities for innovation and employment in Canada. The Sustainable Canada Dialogues initiative has been highly successful in bringing media attention to climate policy in Canada and thereby educating Canadians and our politicians across the country on possible actions to prevent and reverse the negative effects of climate change.

Stewart Elgie

Chair, Sustainable Prosperity, Professor, University of Ottawa

Formerly an environmental lawyer, Stewart left a pioneering career to focus on greening Canada’s economy, and so founded Canada’s first major green economy think tank and research network. Sustainable Prosperity brings top experts together with business, environment and policy leaders to generate innovative policy solutions for a stronger, cleaner economy. Elgie's research, convening and communications leadership has helped make market-based approaches for cleaner growth a key issue in Canada's policy debate, and significantly influenced policy development on carbon pricing and other issues. He also co-founded Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission.

Toby Heaps, Publisher, Founder, Corporate Knights
Tyler Hamilton, Editor-In-Chief, Corporate Knights

Corporate Knights Team: Toby Heaps & Tyler Hamilton

No one organization has so focused its journalistic lens on environmental performance, CSR, clean tech and all things sustainable than Corporate Knights Magazine, which is delivered to a broad audience across Canada and the United States. Corporate Knight's Best50 list is the Canadian standard by which companies measure their ESG / sustainability performance, and the Global100 list does the same internationally.   These initiatives have led to companies competing - and working harder - to move up the list and continuously better their performance.   CK has been not just a reporter, but a leader in driving awareness and opening Canadians’ minds on the critical importance of Companies taking action on climate change and governance issues. Corporate Knights was named Canadian Magazine of the Year in 2014.

Chris Ragan

Chair, Canada's Ecofiscal Commission

As the Chair and thought-leader behind Canada's Ecofiscal Commission, Chris recruited twelve prominent policy-minded economists from across the country and a heavy hitting advisory board representing industry, the environment and a full spectrum of political thought in Canada, and then tirelessly took that show on the road. Under his leadership, the Commission has helped depolarize the national narrative about our economy and environment, its reports and events have catalyzed new public conversations and behind-the-scenes policy discussions, all supporting thoughtful carbon pricing policy advancement. By advancing policy positions in this fashion, The EcoFiscal commission has done much to decouple Canadian’s fear from the conversation, and allow meaningful strides towards a lower carbon economy.

Bob Willard

Author and Speaker, Sustainability Advantage

A leading cheerleader and expert on quantifying and selling the business value of corporate sustainability strategies, Bob has given over a thousand presentations to corporate, government, university, and NGO audiences. His four books, two DVDs, business case simulator provide capacity-building resources for sustainability champions. 34 years with IBM Canada, and served on the board of The Natural Step Canada for12 years, is currently on the board of Forum for the Future U.S., and is on the B Lab Standards Advisory Council. He was inducted into the International Society of Sustainability Professionals’ Hall of Fame in 2011, and has been named a “Best for the World Overall” B Corp the last three consecutive years. Learn more about Bob...