Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and
chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She is also
an executive member of the San Francisco–based International
Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World
is the recipient of eight honorary doctorates as well as many awards,
including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the
“Alternative Nobel”), the Citation of Lifetime Achievement
at the 2008 Canadian Environment Award, and the 2009 Earth Day Canada
Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award. In 2008/2009, she served
as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations
She is also the best selling author or co-author of 16 books, including the international best seller Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.
F Henry Lickers
Lickers is a member of Seneca Nation, Turtle Clan, and is the Director
of the Department of the Environment for the Mohawk Council of
Akwesasne. For more than 25 years, Mr. Lickers has been
instrumental in incorporating First Nation’s people and knowledge
into environmental planning and decision making.
his career, Mr. Lickers has worked to address local, national, and
international environmental issues with organizations including The
International Joint Commission, The Committee on the Status of
Endangered Wildlife in Canada, and the Science and Technology Advisory
Council to Environment Canada.
2006, Henry Lickers was honoured with a lifetime achievement award by
the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne environment program for his 30 years of
work with the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force. That same
year he also received the Jean Woodsworth Award - given to an
environmental professional who dedicates time to the community and the
environment while working for a caring compassionate society and the
Ross Silverside Forestry Award - presented by the Eastern Ontario Model
Forest in recognition of outstanding contribution to the Vision of
Sustainable Forestry in Eastern Ontario.
2008, Henry was awarded the Annual Sandford Fleming Medal by the Royal
Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science, for his
“outstanding contributions to the public understanding of
2000, Gord Miller has served as the Environmental Commissioner of
Ontario. As ECO, Mr. Miller is considered to be Ontario’s
“independent environmental watchdog”, responsible for
monitoring and reporting on the provincial government’s
compliance with the Environmental Bill of Rights.
to his current appointment, Mr. Miller worked for 14 years with the
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources as a scientist, manager of
training and development, and district manager. Throughout his career,
Mr. Miller has contributed greatly to the development of provincial,
national, and international environmental policy.
April of 2005, Mr. Miller was re-appointed to another five-year term as
ECO, and will continue contributing to the enforcement and development
of environmental regulations through 2010.
David W Schindler
Dr. David Schindler is Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.
1968 to 1989, he founded and directed the Experimental Lakes Project of
the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans near Kenora, Ontario,
conducting interdisciplinary research on the effects of eutrophication,
acid rain, radioactive elements and climate change on boreal
ecosystems. His work has been widely used in formulating ecologically
sound management policy in Canada, the USA and in Europe.
current research interests include the study of fisheries management in
mountain lakes, the biomagnification of organochlorines in food chains,
effects of climate change and UV radiation on lakes, and global carbon
and nitrogen budgets.
Schindler has received numerous national and international awards. He
is the only Canadian to have won the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize,
an international award presented by the Stockholm Water Foundation in
honour of outstanding achievements in science, engineering, technology,
education or public policy related to protection of the world’s
water resources, as well as the Volvo International Environment Prize
for his outstanding contributions to understanding and protecting the
environment through scientific, socio-economic or technological
has received the Rigler Award from the Society of Canadian Limnologists
and is also the recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from the
American Institute of Fisheries Biologists. He was awarded the
first Miroslaw Romanowski Medal of the Royal Society of Canada for his
position as one of the world’s preeminent freshwater scientists.
2001, Dr. Schindler was awarded Canada’s highest scientific
honour, the NSERC Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal for Science and
Engineering. In 2002 he was presented with the Queen’s Jubilee
Medal, and in 2003 he received the Killam Prize, awarded for
outstanding career achievements. In 2006, he received the Tyler Prize
for Environmental Achievement, and the American Society of Limnology
and Oceanography Ruth Patrick Award.
recently in 2009, Schindler received the Sandford Fleming award from
the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science as "a
scientist who is able to bridge the gap between the lab and people."
John P Smol
John Smol FRSC, and holder of the Canada Research Chair in
Environmental Change, is the the founding editor of the Journal of
received his B.Sc. in Marine Biology from McGill University in Montreal
in 1977, and an M.Sc. in limnology from Brock University in 1979. His
Ph.D. in 1982 is from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
Following post-doctoral work in the High Arctic with the Geological
Survey of Canada, he became a faculty member at Queen's University in
1984. John was promoted to Full Professor in 1991. He holds and has
held adjunct appointments in Canada and the United States.
co-directs the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research
Laboratory (PEARL) at Queen's University, a group of about 30
paleolimnologists working throughout the world on a variety of
limnological and paleoecological problems. John has about 400 journal
publications and book chapters to his credit. He has edited and
authored 16 books, including one textbook.
Smol has been the recipient of numerous national and international
awards. In 1993 he was awarded the National Research Council's Steacie
Prize, as Canada's most outstanding young scientist or engineer. John
was honoured with the 1995 Rigler Award from the Society of Canadian
Limnologists and the Canada Council Killam Fellowship.
1997 he received the University of Helsinki Award Medal and in 2001 he
was presented with the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal from the Royal Society
of Canada for contributions to the resolution of scientific aspects of
environmental problems. In 2003, he was presented with the NSERC Award
for Excellence and was again honoured by NSERC in 2004 with the Gerhard
Herzberg Gold Medal, as Canada's top scientist or engineer.
2007, John was presented with the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography "For outstanding
contributions and leadership in bridging paleolimnology with limnology,
ecology, and the environmental sciences, as well as his seminal work on
polar limnology and environmental change."
was presented with his second medal from the Royal Society of Canada in
2008 -- the Flavelle Medal for outstanding contributions to biology. In
2009, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
presented John with a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, considered by
many to be Canada's highest teaching award. Shortly afterwards, John
won the 2009 Killam Prize in the field of natural sciences, which is
the highest career achievement award presented by the Canada Council,
and later that week the Premier of Ontario presented him with the
Premier's Discovery Award for the Life Sciences and Medicine, the
province's highest award for academic achievement.
Norm Yan completed his Master’s degree at the University of
Toronto, his PhD at the University of Guelph and worked as a research
scientist at the Ontario Ministry if the Environment for 25 years.In
2000, he joined the Biology Department of York University as a tenured
faculty member, and currently splits his time between the MOE’s
Dorset Environmental Science Centre and York University. Norm teaches
an upper level applied ecology course, a field course in aquatic
restoration ecology, and part of an MSc course in ecology, population
genetics, and evolution.
principle areas of research are determining the individual and joint
impacts of non-indigenous species and changes in climate, acidity, base
cations, and nutrients on zooplankton, and quantifying the pace, extent
and regulators of recovery of plankton from environmental damage. Norm
has won many awards including the SCL Rigler award and the Patalas
Award for research on the causes of damage, and possibilities for
recovery of Sudbury lakes.
has won many national and international awards. He is one of only three
Canadians to receive both the K. Patalas award for research excellence
in applied limnology, and the F.H. Rigler Memorial Award for
limnological research from the Society of Canadian Limnology. Dr. Yan
received a Premier’s Research Excellence Award from the Ontario
government and was recently awarded a Gledden Visiting Senior
Fellowship by the University of Western Australia.