Keynote Speakers








Dr. William Rees is a human ecologist, ecological economist, former Director and Professor Emeritus of UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning.  His research focuses on the ecological requirements for sustainable development and on the behavioural and socio-cultural barriers to change. Best known as the originator of ‘ecological footprint analysis’, Prof Rees has authored over 160 peer-reviewed and numerous popular articles on sustainability (or lack thereof).  He is a founding member and former President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics; a founding Director of the One Earth Initiative; and a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute. In 2006 Prof Rees was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and named as one of BC’s top public intellectuals by the Vancouver Sun.  Rees was awarded both the Boulding Prize in Ecological Economics and a Blue Planet Prize (jointly with Dr Mathis Wackernagel) in 2012 and also received an Honorary Doctorate from Laval University that year.  In 2014, Dr Rees was elected a full member of the Club of Rome; in 2015 he received the Herman Daly Award from the US Society for Ecological Economics and, in 2016, was awarded a Dean’s Medal of Distinction (UBC Faculty of Applied Science).

Dr. Lisa P. Nathan is Assistant Professor at the School of Library Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia ((the iSchool@UBC),. She is also coordinator of the iSchool’s First Nations Curriculum Concentration. Lisa collaborates with inspiring people to (re)imagine and (re)design information practices—ways we manage information—to address long-term problems (e.g., decolonization, social justice, environmental resilience).

Dr. John B. Robinson is a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the School of the Environment, at the University of Toronto; an Honorary Professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability at The University of British Columbia; and an Adjunct Professor with the Copenhagen Business School. At the University of Toronto, he is also Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability. Prof. Robinson’s research focuses on the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; the use of visualization, modeling, and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures; sustainable buildings and urban design; the role of the university in contributing to sustainability; creating partnerships for sustainability with non-academic partners; and, generally, the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes.