PR – International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) international board of directors
is meeting in Winnipeg this week to shape a new strategic plan for the
organization as it tackles urgent and pressing environmental issues
across the globe
The two-day meeting kicked off today with the appointment of five new members to the board, replacing James Carr, Angela Cropper and Charles Hantho,
who retire after many years of dedication, hard work and outstanding
commitment to sustainability and the vision and mission of IISD.
The new board members offer a wealth of sustainable development
experience in the fields of education, governance, business, technology
"Patricia Moles-Rivero, Maureen O’Neil, Bruce Schlein, Vicky Sharpe and Emőke Szathmáry
are exceptional and talented leaders with a great deal to offer the
Institute as we work together to develop a strategic plan to tackle the
multi-faceted challenges for sustainable development," said IISD board
chair Dan Gagnier.
IISD president and CEO David Runnalls
said public interest in environmental issues has never been more acute,
as world looks for policy advice to deal with such issues as climate
change, the food crisis and other emerging and ongoing issues of major
importance. "There are so many important and urgent issues to address.
This board will have a critical role to play in setting priorities and
shaping the future direction of the institute."
With the addition of these new appointees, there are now 20 members
of the board, representing nine countries. IISD’s board of directors
meets twice a year.
New members of the board:
Patricia Moles-Rivero is Brazil country manager of
Singapore-based chocolate manufacturing concern Petra Foods Pte. She is
an expert on environmental planning, and international finance and
management, and has extensive experience in developing financial
instruments to support conservation, biodiversity and other sustainable
Maureen O’Neil is president of the International
Development Research Centre. She is a member of the International Board
of Governors of the Centre for International Governance Innovation
(CIGI) and chair of the Advisory Council on Corporate Social
Responsibility of Canada’s Export Development Corporation. She is also
a Fellow of the School of Policy Studies of Queen’s University.
Bruce Schlein is vice president of Environmental
Affairs for Citigroup where he advises on corporate environmental and
social policies, business opportunities and footprint, and leads the
environmental portfolio for the Citigroup Foundation. He has also
served as sustainable development manager at Bechtel International.
Vicky J. Sharpe is president and CEO of Sustainable
Development Technology Canada, a Government of Canada initiative to
build a sustainable development technology infrastructure in Canada.
Sharpe has served on numerous technology and industry association
committees, in particular as an international advisor on sustainability
Emőke J.E. Szathmáry served 12 years as the
president of the University of Manitoba (1996-2008). As president
emeritus and professor, she is continuing her academic appointments in
the Department of Anthropology as well as in the Department of
Biochemistry and Medical Genetics. Szathmáry has published over 80
articles and reviews, and she has co-edited three books. She is an
elected Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America (1989), the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (1995) and the
Royal Society of Canada (2005). She was appointed a member of the Order
of Canada in 2003.
Retiring members of the board:
Jim Carr is founding president and CEO of the
Business Council of Manitoba. He is a board member of the Canada West
Foundation, a board member of the Winnipeg Airports Authority,
vice-president of the Performing Arts Consortium of Winnipeg, and a
director of the Manitoba Arts Stabilization Fund. An accomplished media
correspondent, Carr served as deputy leader of the Manitoba Liberal
Party until 1992 and was a member of the Meech Lake and Charlottetown
Constitutional Task Forces.
Angela Cropper is assistant secretary-general and
deputy executive director for the United Nations Environment Programme
(UNEP). She is co-founder and president of The Cropper Foundation, a
non-profit organization which contributes to public policy for
sustainable development. Cropper’s many accomplishments include
co-chairing the Assessment Panel of the Millennium Ecosystem
Assessment; the board of trustees of the Centre for International
Forestry Research, and was past member of the board of the Trinidad and
Tobago Environmental Management Authority and trustee of its
Chuck Hantho is chair of the board Hamilton
Utilities Corporation. As chairman of the Canadian Chemical Producers
Association (CCPA), he championed and introduced the "responsible care"
program for the safe handling and use of chemicals from cradle to
grave—which has since been copied around the world. In 1997, Hantho was
awarded the Order of Canada and has been a member of the IISD board