September 20, 2013
Western Geography professor Gordon McBean was named among Canada’s Clean 50. The award, announced annually by Delta Management Group, recognizes 50 individuals or teams, from 16 different categories, who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past two years.
McBean is a scientific leader on climate change, disaster risk reduction and environmental issues. He serves on a number of climate committees, including his role as chairman of the boards of the Canadian Climate Forum and the Ontario Climate Consortium to foster climate, extreme weather and air quality science and policy dialogue.
For his national and international leadership, he has been awarded the Orders of Canada and Ontario, elected as president of the International Council for Science and shared in the Nobel Peace Prize as a lead author and review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC), among other recognitions.
“The process to narrow down to just 50 this year was extremely difficult,” said Gavin Pitchford, chief talent officer, Delta Management Group. “The great news is there are many wonderful and committed leaders in organizations across Canada, working in many different fields, who are all concerned about the course of Canada’s future if we don’t take action – and are doing so themselves.”
“The bad news,” Pitchford continued, “is this year we have seen some backsliding amongst organizations who were former leaders and past Clean50 honourees. Canadians need to be concerned about that possible shift in priorities, and at the same time, celebrate even more the accomplishments of this group of exceptional leaders.”
McBean will be among 100 past and present Clean 50 honourees meeting next week at the Clean50 Summit 3.0 on Toronto Island, to spend a day amongst peers and colleagues tackling common sustainability challenges.