May 21-28, 2007

Eco/People (May 21, 2007)

Ontario Environment Minister Laurel Broten has appointed Gail Beggs as Deputy Minister of Environment, effective June 1, 2007. Ms Beggs has extensive experience in policy development, negotiations and stakeholder relations. She comes to the post from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), where she was Deputy Minister with responsibility for Aboriginal affairs; she was also a commissioner with the provincial Civil Service Commission.

Kerry Morash, former Nova Scotia Environment and Labour Minister, and Dr Robert Slater, a former assistant deputy minister with Environment Canada, have been appointed to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE). Their appointments have been confirmed by the federal government and are effective immediately.

Kerry Morash was Nova Scotia's Minister of Environment and Labour from 2003 until 2006. As Minister, Morash implemented Nova Scotia's Green Plan and Green Plan II, and designated two new wilderness areas and four new nature reserves. His conservation efforts were recognized in 2006, when he received the Gold Leaf Award from the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas. During his tenure as Environment Minister, Morash also served as chair of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME). In 2006, he was named the province's Minister of Economic Development.

Dr. Robert Slater is currently president of Coleman, Bright and Associates, a multi-national consulting firm specializing in sustainable development issues. He is also a Senior Fellow with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and an adjunct professor in environmental policy at Carleton University. Dr Slater was instrumental in establishing both the NRTEE and the IISD He played a lead role in the Acid Rain Agreements, Canada-US Accord on Air Quality, and 1990 Green Plan. He led preparations for Canada's role in the UN's 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and was responsible for legislative initiatives leading to the Canadian Environmental Protect Act (CEPA) and the Species at Risk Act (SARA). Dr Slater led the development of regulations limiting lead in gasoline and bringing auto emissions standards in line with those in U.S. From 1976 to 1982, he headed the International Joint Commission's Great Lakes Water Quality Board. Before joining the public service, he was co-founder of Pollutech, an environmental consulting company.

Established in 1988, the NRTEE is dedicated to exploring new opportunities to integrate environmental conservation and economic development in order to sustain Canada's prosperity and secure its future. Its mandate has recently been enhanced to include advising the government on the clean air regulatory agenda. NRTEE members include leaders drawn from business and labour, universities, environmental organizations, Aboriginal communities and municipalities.

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