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October 07, 2009 11:07 ET

Government Appoints Members to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2009) - Minister of the Environment Jim Prentice today announced two appointments to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE).

The new appointment of Robert Mills and re-appointment of Pauline Browes are effective immediately.

"The knowledge and talent that these individuals have will greatly advance the progress the Round Table has made on issues of concern to Canadians," said Minister Prentice. "Their experience will assist in helping the Round Table reconcile the challenge of balancing economic prosperity with environmental conservation."

NRTEE's members are drawn from distinguished leaders in business and labour, universities, environmental organizations, Aboriginal communities and municipalities who offer different perspectives on issues of environmental concern. They are appointed for up to three years.

The Round Table undertakes research based on sound knowledge, advises governments and stakeholders on key issues and promotes practices on sustainable development. Results of their research and discussions are disseminated both nationally and internationally.

Related Documents:

- Biographical notes Mr. Mills (backgrounder, 2009-10-06)

- Biographical notes Ms. Browes (backgrounder, 2009-10-06)


NRTEE Biographies of new members

The Honourable Pauline Browes, P.C.
Former Federal Cabinet Minister

Waterfront Regeneration Trust
Toronto, Ontario

Vice-Chair (Past Chair)
Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal

The Honourable Pauline Browes, P.C., from Ontario, has a long history of involvement in issues related to the environment and the economy at the federal, provincial and community levels. Ms. Browes was first elected to the House of Commons in 1984 in the federal riding of Scarborough Centre. She served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment from 1986 to 1989, as Minister of State for the Environment from 1991 to 1993, and as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in 1993. Ms. Browes also served on Ontario's Environmental Review Tribunal for 10 years beginning in 1995.

Among her many community and environmental advocacy activities, Ms. Browes has been a director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust in Ontario since 1999.

Robert W. Mills
Business, Manager/Owner, travel agency, travel agent
Red Deer, Alberta

Few people have contributed as much global environmental and special improvements as M. Mills. Throughout his career, he has earned the respect and admiration of prestigious environmental organizations and his colleagues across partisan lines. As stated in an article in the Edmonton Journal, "Compromise, decency and scholarship have marked his years in public."

In Tokyo, Japan in June 2008, M. Mills was presented with GLOBE International's highest award the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award - for his outstanding contribution to the environment. The presentation was made by Japanese Prime Minister, Yusao Fukuda.

GLOBE (Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment) fosters collaboration among legislators on key environmental issues.

In 2001, M. Mills was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship - Rotary International's highest award for "Service Above Self". He has travelled extensively to all continents in the last 25 years, providing him with a unique perspective on global environmental and social challenges.

Readers of the Red Deer Advocate voted M. Mills as "Central Alberta's top politician of the century" in a poll conducted in 2007. M. Mills was also named Red Deer's "Best Local Politician" in numerous polls of readers of the Red Deer Express.

M. Mills was elected to the House of Commons in October 1993, June 1997, November 2000, July 2004 and January 2006 as the Member of Parliament for Red Deer, Alberta. He has been an active member of the Reform Party of Canada since 1990, the Canadian Alliance Party, and now the Conservative Party of Canada.

Robert Mills was born at Young, Saskatchewan and at the age of twelve, he moved to Saskatoon. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BA in Science and an Education diploma. He majored in History and Biology. He moved to Red Deer in 1965 and taught biology at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School until 1979.

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