[tugs] Massey College Walter Gordon Symposium

  • From: Angela Brinklow <angela.brinklow@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 13:51:28 -0400

Massey College is pleased to present the 2007 Walter Gordon Massey Symposium:

Harnessing the Green Wave: Taking Action in an Era of Eco-Consciousness at

The Isabel Bader Theatre, 140 Charles St. West, Toronto
Thursday, 4th October, 2007, 8.00 p.m.

featuring panelists:

The Hon. David Anderson, Director of the Guelph Institute for the
Environment and Former Canadian Minister of the Environment

Professor Adam Harmes, Assistant Professor, Political Science,
University of Western Ontario

Dr. J. André Potworowski, Associate Director Research & Development,
Centre for Research in Biopharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

moderated by:

Mr. Jordan Poppenk, Massey College Junior Fellow and Ph.D. student,
Department of Psychology, University of Toronto

Admission is free, but you must reserve a ticket. For tickets, please call 416-978-6896 as soon as possible


In the context of unprecedented public interest in environmental issues provoked in no small part by the global warming crisis Canada and other world governments are now poised to make meaningful and lasting progress towards more sustainable public policy. Taking advantage of this opportunity will require the cooperation of business, government and the international community. The 2007 Walter Gordon Symposium, "Harnessing the Green Wave: Taking Action in an Era of Eco-Consciousness," will focus on what it will take for Canada's environmentally aware public to capitalize on today's collective
motivation to pursue environmental solutions and make change happen.

David Anderson

The longest-serving Canadian Minister of the Environment, the Honourable David Anderson served for five years in Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's government and a further short term with Prime Minister Paul Martin, ending his term in 2004. He was appointed Director of the Guelph Institute for the Environment in February, 2007. Born in Victoria, Mr. Anderson studied law and economics at UBC, where he received his law degree. Soon afterwards he began a career in the diplomatic corps before moving into federal politics. Mr. Anderson's priorities as Environment Minister were improving air and water quality (particularly from US/Canada trans-boundary sources), protecting biodiversity (which included affirming Canada's first endangered species legislation, the Species at Risk Act, after three previous efforts had failed) and perhaps the success for which he is best known, securing Canadian ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change. His environmental work has included coastal and wetland protection, marine pollution from oil exploration and transportation and very much also development of the rules governing implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. In 2001, he became the first Canadian elected as President of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the leading international forum for governments to address current and emerging environmental issues. In 2005, the Sierra Club of Canada presented Mr. Anderson with the John Fraser Award for Environmental Achievement.

Adam Harmes

Dr. Adam Harmes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. He received his Ph.D from York University and completed a two-year Social Science and Humanities Research Council post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto's Munk Centre For International Studies. He teaches in the areas of Business and Government, International Relations and the Political Economy of North-South Relations. His research interests are in the area of international political economy, business-government relations, and global governance. Dr. Harmes is the author of Unseen Power: How Mutual Funds Threaten the Political and Economic Wealth of Nations as well as a number of scholarly and media articles. His most recent book is The Return of the State: Protestors, Power-Brokers and the New Global Compromise, which describes the role of international business and government interactions in the shaping of domestic policy. He is currently writing a book on the political economy of federal, regional and global governance.

J. André Potworowski

Dr. André Potworowski is a management consultant living in Ottawa. His clients include government agencies and international corporations in Canada, the US and Europe, focusing on environment, research and development management and innovation. At the Science Council of Canada (an influential government think tank), he worked on the Conserver Society study, published in 1977, and was the founding editor of the policy quarterly Conserver Society Notes. Dr. Potworowski helped develop the first government program to commercialize renewable energy technologies, worked in technology transfer and was a senior policy advisor for the Prime Minister's National Advisory Board on Science and Technology. He teaches at the University of Ottawa. He has a Ph.D in physical chemistry from the University of Toronto (where he was a Junior Fellow at Massey College) and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. A former science writer for the CBC, he has written widely on technology management and edited a compendium of environmental technologies and companies for the mining industry.

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