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Ron Dembo

Leading authority in risk managment

Dr. Ron Dembo is one of the world's leading authorities in risk management. He is also the Founder and CEO of Zerofootprint, a cleantech software and services company that makes environmental impact measurable, visible, and manageable for corporations, governments, institutions, and individuals.  Zerofootprint's solutions mitigate environmental risk and drive cost reductions through behavioural change.

Ron is also the founder and former CEO of Algorithmics Incorporated, growing it from a start-up to the world’s largest enterprise risk-management software company, with offices in fifteen countries, over 70% of the world's top 100 banks as clients, and consistent recognition as one of Canada’s 50 best managed companies. Prior to this, he had a distinguished ten-year academic career at Yale University where he was cross appointed in Computer Sciences and Operations Research. Dembo has published over sixty technical papers on finance and mathematical optimization, and holds a number of patents in computational finance.
 
In May 2007, Ron was made a lifetime Fields Institute Fellow. This fellowship is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Fields Institute, its programs, and to the Canadian mathematical community.
 
He currently sits on a number of boards and is a member of the Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee Canada and was appointed to the Steering Committee of the World Urban Campaign, coordinated by UN-Habitat.
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Cycling in Toronto: Why Can't We Get it Right?

We have a pent up, unsatisfied demand for cycling in Toronto. And what a good thing that is -- less pollution, less noise, healthier population, less congestion, less carbon and happier people. So why can't we get it right? While we rip up, at great cost, the one real bike lane that was created and sit and debate whether to build a subway or LRT for the 47th time, bikers are getting killed and congestion becomes unbearable.
10/17/2013 12:29 EDT
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My Whirlwind Day in Paris

As that famous French food critic Anton Ego would say: I don't LIKE Paris, I LOVE it! And, just like my daughter who, after not seeing me for a while, wants to do everything she likes doing with me in the space of an hour, I drink in Paris, go to all the places I love, eat all the things I love and walk everywhere I love in the one day I am here.
10/10/2013 08:27 EDT
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The Wrong Kind of Chill During a Heat Wave

In the past few days I have received a number of requests form Toronto Hydro asking me to conserve. So when I went into the Body Shop on Bloor Street in Toronto at midday on Wednesday the 17, the doors were wide open as if they were trying hard to air condition Toronto. I beat up on them to close the doors and they did.
07/18/2013 05:33 EDT

A Room with a View

I write this from a stunning perch almost as far East as you can go in Canada. Ahead of me is the Atlantic Ocean touched by a hardy, austere landscape. A few saltbox houses hang on to the rock. All is...
07/17/2013 03:58 EDT

Lots Of Progress, But Still Losing The War On Climate Change

While it is only eight years since I started getting actively engaged in trying to make a difference in our collective footprint, I already feel like a grandfather. I have met inspiring people. I have heard inspiring ideas. I have been inspired. But it is hard not to feel we are losing the war on climate change.
04/15/2013 12:24 EDT

The Ocean: A Barometer for Mass Extinction

It is a scientific fact that the oceans are acidifying at an alarming rate and the impact of this will be profound. By looking at ocean vents and seeing what happens to the coral around them, we have a crystal ball for the future. The ocean is the canary in the coalmine for mass extinctions.
12/31/2011 10:59 EST
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How to Make Kids Care About Climate Change

Energy is invisible and intangible. But the fact of the matter is that most of our daily routine involves some sort of environmental impact. And the truth is most of our lifestyle could be made more efficient. For a great glimpse of this kind of efficient future we can look to our children and our schools.
11/05/2011 10:25 EDT
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Towards More Resilient Cities

There is no doubt the word "smart" is overplayed and devalued. A good example is smart meters for measuring home electricity. A smart meter is only as smart as the software and feedback loops generate...
08/16/2011 10:49 EDT
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We Are an Amazing Species

In July I spent four days in Edinburgh at TEDGlobal listening to a broad range of talks by amazing people who are doing amazing things. The creativity of these people is inspiring. What we are capable...
08/05/2011 01:05 EDT

It Is Time We Know What We Breathe All Day

Stop people on the street and ask them if the air quality in their home matters to them. I bet they would say "yes" across the board -- yet, I'm willing to bet that most of us know more about the fuel...
07/06/2011 04:51 EDT

Smart Meters Are Good for Us

Most of us pay an electricity bill, but we don't have a clue about how much electricity we consume. We can't see it. We can't feel it. We don't even know what's 'normal.' Yet we all say it is important. Strange, eh?
05/27/2011 09:25 EDT