We are excited to showcase the amazing speakers who will be presenting at our conference


Dr David Suzuki

Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki
Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO’s
Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2012
Inamori Ethics Prize, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and UNEP’s Global 500. Dr.
Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 29 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the CBC science and natural history television series The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It’s a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. In 1990 he co-founded with Dr. Tara Cullis, The David Suzuki Foundation to “collaborate with Canadians from all walks of life including government and business,
to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work.” His written work includes more than 55 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife and family in Vancouver, B.C.

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Dr. Jonathan Patz, Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

He is a professor and the John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment with appointments in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences.

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Read Dr Patz’s The Rotarian Interview


Jess Housty, Member of the Heiltsuk Nation

She serves her community as an elected tribal councillor and chairperson of the Lands Portfolio. She also helps to operate an Indigenous-led non-profit called Qqs (Eyes) Projects Society, which has an open mandate to build community capacity for cultural and natural stewardship in the Great Bear Rainforest.

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Ian Riseley, Rotary International President 2017-18

He is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations. His firm specializes in income tax and management advice for individuals and small businesses. He has a master’s degree in taxation law and graduate diplomas in accounting and income tax.

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Paul Netzel, Trustee Chair 2017-18

Paul A. Netzel is founder and chair of Netzel Grigsby Associates Inc., a leading management consulting firm specializing in work with nonprofit organizations and institutions throughout the western United States. He served as mayor of Culver City, California, and president of Culver City’s Board of Education.

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Douglas Justice,Associate Director of Horticulture and the Collections at UBC Botanical Garden

The Garden, which recently celebrated its one hundredth anniversary, is noted for its beautiful location on Point Grey, at the western edge of Vancouver, and especially for its world-renowned collections of documented wild-origin Asian and North American plants, including (but certainly not limited to) rhododendrons, maples and magnolias.

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Linda Low, Rotary Peace Fellow

Committed to building stronger communities and a more sustainable world, Linda is a Rotary Peace Fellow at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Centre in Durham, North Carolina, where she is pursuing her Masters in International Development Policy.

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