| Keynote Speaker: Steven Guilbeault

Steven Guilbeault

Steven Guilbeault, Co-founder and Spokesperson for Greenpeace's Climate and Energy campaign

Founding member of Équiterre, Steven Guilbeault has focused on climate change since 1994 and was responsible for many campaigns on this hot topic. He coordinated the Climate and Energy campaign for Greenpeace for 10 years and was director of the Greenpeace office in Quebec for 7 years. He is presently a columnist for many publications, among them Métro, Transcontinental, and Le Voir. He is member of the council committee of Cycle Capital Management and of the board of directors of the Agence de l'efficacité énergétique du Québec. Mr. Guilbeault participated in most international United Nations conventions on climate change. He is the proud father of three children.

Sustainable development, from theory to action!

Sustainable development in Quebec -- what has been achieved so far? Although a popular topic for some time, there is no common consensus about its definition or its application. This keynote will offer the occasion to explore this issue and to propose possible individual as well as collective actions.

 

| Keynote Speaker: ROBERT D. WEESE

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ROBERT D. WEESE

VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS
GE CANADA

As GE Canada’s Vice President of Government and External Relations, Bob Weese deals with Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Governments in support of GE’s Canadian businesses.

Bob joined GE in 1989, initially on executive exchange from the Federal Government, where he had been an Assistant Deputy Minister in Supply and Services Canada.  Prior to joining the Federal Government in 1982, he had held Senior Management positions with the Government of Saskatchewan, and had been a Caucus Research Officer in the Canadian House of Commons.

Bob has an Honours B.A. in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and an M.Sc. Econ. from the University of Wales.  He undertook additional postgraduate studies at the University of London and was a Parliamentary Intern in 1972-73.

Mr. Weese has had extensive involvement in business and community organizations.  He is currently a Board Member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Chair of the Board’s Government Relations Committee; a Member of the Principal’s Advisory Council at the University of Toronto Mississauga; and Chair of the Council on Intellectual Property Protection, affiliated with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  Bob has served on the Board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and as Chair of the Chamber’s Ottawa Liaison Committee, and has been very active in the United Way of Peel Region for many years, serving as General Campaign Chair in 1997.  He has also been involved with the Career Bridge Internship Program, the Canadian Foundation for the Preservation of Chinese Treasures, and the Eye Research Institute of Canada.

Bob has been the recipient of several awards and honours, including the Canada 125 Medal for Community Service in 1992, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Community Service in 2002, and the Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2003.