Bruce Lourie, President

Bruce is a best-selling author, policy expert, social entrepreneur and award-winning global sustainability leader.  In addition to President of the Ivey Foundation, he is a Senior Fellow of the Smith School of Business and Adjunct Professor of the School of Policy Studies, at Queen’s University, and guest lecturer at the Said Business School Social Finance Program, University of Oxford. Bruce initiated the largest climate action in North America (phasing-out coal in Ontario), and co-authored two books on plastics, toxins and human health including the international best-seller Slow Death by Rubber Duck.

Best-known for his ability to rethink environmental problems and develop successful solutions, Bruce has been instrumental in the creation of over a dozen organizations that play critical roles in sustainability in Canada and abroad. He has been active on many Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards including the new Canadian Centre for Climate Choices, Canadian’s for Clean Prosperity, and the Canadian Energy Research Institute, and formerly the Independent Electricity System Operator, Ontario Power Authority, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Bruce convenes collaborative initiatives among businesses, NGOs and government and helped shepherd the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, one of the world’s largest conservation efforts, as well as the establishment of the Ontario Greenbelt, a globally significant urban land-use framework.

In 2015 Bruce received the Bryden Award for Outstanding Achievement, York University’s top alumni recognition, and in 2014 he received Earth Day Canada’s Outstanding Commitment to the Environment Award. Bruce is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of Canada and an honorary director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. He is a founder of a number of for profit and non-profit organizations including Summerhill Group, the Clean Economy Fund, the Sustainability Network, and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network.  Bruce holds a B.Sc. in Geology, a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. examining the intersection of risk, science and policy.

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