Environment Canada

Environment Canada

May 19, 2009 16:06 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 19, 2009) - Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, today announced appointments to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE).

The appointments of Ms. Dianne Cunningham, Mr. John V. Hachey, Mr. Franklin Holtforster and Ms. Leah C. Lawrence are for three years.

"These individuals bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise that will greatly complement the work that the Round Table does," said Minister Prentice. "Their understanding of the issues that NRTEE addresses make them ideal choices to continue to explore the relationship between the environment and the economy as they become increasingly interlinked."

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.

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


Biographies of new members

Dianne Cunningham

Former Province of Ontario Cabinet Minister


Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management, and

Honorary Professor, Richard Ivey School of Business, the University of Western Ontario, London.

Ms. Dianne Cunningham has over 30 years of experience in education and government affairs. She is the former Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister with Responsibility for Women's Issues. She chaired the Council of Ministers of Education, and was the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of London North Centre from 1988 to 2003. Between 1973 and 1988, she served as a School Board Trustee and Chairperson for the London Board of Education.

As the Director of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management, Ms. Cunningham's extensive knowledge of both government and education strengthens Richard Ivey School of Business' continuing leadership position as one of the world's top business schools, and builds upon its continuing efforts to further public policy research.

She is also a member of the Strategy Advisory Board of TD Insurance, a member of the Board of Governors of the Canada School of Public Service, Chair of the Ontario Neuro-Trauma Foundation, and Tri-Chair of the 2010 Special Olympics Canada, National Summer Games, London. Ms Cunningham serves as Director of the London Community Foundation, and the London Theatre Foundation, and is a member of the Southwest Ontario Economic Assembly, and Junior Achievement, London and District. She is the recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, and holds Honourary Degrees and many other tributes, locally and nationally.

In December 2008, Ms. Cunningham presented at the Social Affairs Committee of the National Assembly Workshop, as part of Canadian International Development Agency's Policy Implementation Assistance Project in Phan Thiet, Vietnam.

As an educator and business management consultant, Dianne Cunningham continues to consult and speak in areas of public policy, organizational change, and governance, both within Canada and internationally.

Mr. John V. Hachey

Mr. John V. Hachey had an extensive career in education between 1973 and 2002. His positions included Principal of the St. Monica, John XXIII and St. John Bosco Elementary Schools, and Vice-Principal of the James Lyng High School and Adult Education Centre.

His environmental work includes experience as a member of the Environment Canada teams at the Conferences of the Parties 5 and 6. Between 1998 and 2001, Mr. Hachey served as the Honorary Co-Chair and President of the Federation of Canadian Municipality's 20% Club and Partners for Climate Protection. He was the Montreal City Councillor for District 7 (Lachine) between 1989 and 2001.

Mr. Hachey has been a member of the Board of Directors of both the Lakeshore General Hospital and the Lachine General Hospital in Montreal, and was the founder and Director of the Quebec Student Debating Association.

Mr. Hachey holds a Masters in Education from McGill University, as well as a B.A in Education from St. Joseph's Teacher College and a B.A. in Arts from Loyola University.

Franklin Holtforster

President and Chief Executive Officer,

MHPM Project Managers Inc.

Since founding MHPM Project Managers Inc. in 1989, Mr. Franklin Holtforster has grown this facility project management company into 14 offices in Canada and the U.S., employing 200 professionals, and established the firm's reputation as a trusted and objective leader of facility projects.

Mr. Holtforster has broad experience in the construction industry as a project manager, consulting engineer and contractor, delivering projects for both private and public sector clients in Canada and abroad. Together these have fostered a keen awareness of the opportunity to deliver sustainable, cost-effective and technically sound built solutions. He most recently supported the on-time, on budget delivery of the $178 million Richmond Olympic Oval that will host the long track speed skating events at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Other key projects include procurement oversight for the design build Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Centre project, and project management of the Downsview Site Remediation of the former Downsview Air Base in northern Toronto.

Mr. Holtforster believes that a major contribution to environmental sustainability can be achieved through improvements in building performance. He has actively championed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certification for buildings in more than 50 projects across Canada, and encourages all professional staff to obtain LEED Accredited Professional certification.

Leah C. Lawrence

Contributing Editor,

June Warren Publishing

Ms. Leah C. Lawrence has experience working with and for multi-stakeholder Boards of Directors comprised of senior leaders from government, business, research and non-profit communities in the publishing and oil and gas industries.

From 1996 to 2000, she held positions of increasing responsibility at TransCanada Pipelines, where she participated in the development, negotiation and management of energy technology investment and greenhouse gas emissions options contracts. Between 2001 and 2003, she was Senior Vice President/Vice President with Climate Change Central, which was established as the first non-profit public-private partnership on climate change in Canada.

Between 2003 and 2005, Ms. Lawrence was the Founder and publisher of Prairie Peaks News, a magazine covering energy, natural resources and environmental issues in western Canada. From 2003 to 2006, she was the Managing Director of Real Data Analysis Inc., a company that fosters business strategy and development for new projects in the areas of energy and sustainable business development, new technologies, and emissions trading.

Subsequently, Ms. Lawrence became a Business Development Advisor with Encana Oil & Gas Partnership from 2006 to 2008, before taking a research sabbatical as a Contributing Editor with June Warren Publishing.

Ms. Lawrence is a member of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, an elected Council Member with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, and the former Chair of the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association's Community Environment/Planning Committee.

(Egalement offert en francais)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
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    Environment Canada
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