Sustainable Development Advisory Council

The Sustainable Development Advisory Council (the Council) is established under the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is responsible for reviewing and commenting on drafts of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, as well as providing advice on any matter of sustainable development referred to it by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

The Council is made up of members of the Canadian public that represent the views of different provinces and territories, Indigenous peoples, as well as environmental non-governmental organizations and business and labour organizations.

Council members list

Individuals representing provinces and territories

  • Maggie Burton, Councillor at Large for the City of St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Paul Gruner, CEO, Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (Northwest Territories)
  • Katya Rhodes, Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration, Faculty of Human & Social Development, University of Victoria (British Columbia)
  • Hélène Lauzon, President and CEO, Quebec Business Council on the Environment (Québec)
  • Christopher Chukwunta, Vice President, International Renewable Energy Systems (IRES) Inc. (Alberta)
  • Patrick Newton Bondo, President/Chief Executive Officer, The Outreach Social Care Foundation (Ontario)
  • Tanis Ostermann, Principal & Founder, CanSustain (Manitoba)
  • Guillaume Nielsen, Industrial Research Chair, Northern Mine Remediation, YukonU Research Centre (Yukon)
  • Heather Shilton, Director, Nunavut Nukkiksautiit Corporation (Nunavut)
  • Marion Tétégan Simon, Research Director, Valorēs (The Coastal Zones Research Institute) (New Brunswick)
  • Rachel Mitchell, Senior Manager of Programs, Clean Foundation (Nova Scotia)
  • Jennifer Wagner, Fellow, Breakthrough Energy (Prince Edward Island)
  • Taylor-Anne Yee, Lawyer, Founder and President of the Saskatchewan Association for Environmental Law (Saskatchewan)

Indigenous Peoples

  • Geneva Kejick, Climate Specialist, Territorial Planning Unit, Grand Council Treaty #3 in Kenora, Ontario
  • James Kuptana, Manager, Environment and Wildlife, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK)
  • Erin Myers, Director of Environment and Climate Change, Métis National Council
  • Dakota Norris, Associate, Youth Climate Lab
  • Michael Ross, Director of Development and Territory for the Essipit Innu First Nation
  • Representative, Assembly of First Nations, to be confirmed

Environmental non-governmental organizations

  • Joanna Osawe, President and CEO, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)
  • Gia Paola, National Policy Analyst, Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Megan Meaney, Executive Director, Canada Office, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Business organizations

  • Michael Brooks, CEO, REALPAC
  • Frances Edmonds, Head of Sustainable Impact, HP Canada
  • Alyson Slater, Senior Director, Sustainable Finance, Global Risk Institute in Financial Services

Labour organizations

  • John Cartwright, Past President, Toronto & York Region Labour Council
  • Patrick Rondeau, Environment and Just Transition Advisor, Fédération des travailleurs et des travailleuses du Québec (FTQ)
  • Alex Callahan, National Director of Health, Safety and Environment, Canadian Labour Congress

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