On December 4, over a thousand mayors from around the world will meet in Paris to accelerate the work of local governments on climate change. Many Ontario mayors attending this event will arrive with a starting advantage.
Dr. Clarke has been working on environment and sustainability issues since 1989, including as President of Sierra Club Canada (2003-2006). She is now a faculty member in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo, where she is also Director of the Master of Environment and Business (MEB) executive-education online program. Her main research focuses are related to strategies for sustainable development, and include a half-million dollar team project on structuring cross-sector social partnerships to more effectively achieve local sustainability goals and other desired partner outcomes. Dr. Clarke’s work has been published in journal articles, book chapters and practitioner reports. Dr. Clarke holds a PhD in Management (Strategy) from McGill University. She sits on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE) journal, and is involved in the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN). She is a past Chair of the Social Responsibility Division of the Administrative Science Association of Canada (ASAC) and has also served on numerous advisory committees, including the Canadian Advisory Committee to the U.N. Habitat’s World Urban Forum III (2006); and the Canadian delegation during the U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development negotiations (2002). In 1996, she founded the Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC), and is proud of having launched SYC’s sustainable campus program, and of her efforts to help influence the creation of 10 new protected areas.
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