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Canada's approach to sustainability

Presented by Consul General of Canada David Fransen

Monday, May 14, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Large conference room

About the Talk

As a land rich with natural resources and a vast pristine wilderness, Canada has a great opportunity for economic development, but also a great responsibility to develop its resources in a sustainable manner. Come learn about Canada's approach to environmental mitigation strategies, investment in renewable energy and clean technologies, and Canada's energy and environmental interests in California and the United States more broadly. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

About the Speaker

David Fransen was appointed consul general of Canada in Los Angeles by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in September 2008. He is Canada's senior representative in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.

Prior to his appointment, he served as the associate vice president (strategic relations) at the University of Waterloo (UW) and as executive director of the Institute for Quantum Computing, also at UW. He was assistant deputy minister (ADM) (policy) at Industry Canada from 2004 until January 2006, responsible for the Government of Canada’s policies related to foreign investment, research and development, science and technology, commercialization, intellectual property and small business. During this period, he was the director of Investment Canada, secretary of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology, secretary of the Minister’s Expert Panel on Commercialization, a founding member of the Board of the Council of Canadian Academies, co-chair of the Interdepartmental ADM's Committee on Science and Technology and member of the Board of the Standards Council of Canada.

From 2002 until 2004,  Fransen was ADM (industry sector), responsible for the Government of Canada’s policies and programs relating to the auto, aerospace and defence, life sciences, cleantech, tourism and manufacturing sectors. Also at Industry Canada, from 2001 until 2002, he was the associate ADM (spectrum, information technologies and telecommunications), with particular responsibility for the policies and programs related to Canadians’ participation in the online world.

As director general of the Center for Healthy Human Development at Health Canada from 1998 until 2001, Fransen led in the development of a federal-provincial agreement on early childhood development, a national diabetes strategy and a national cancer control strategy. He was the director general of the Office of Consumer Affairs from 1997 until 1998, and the director of economic framework policies at Industry Canada from 1995 until 1997.

Fransen served at the Privy Council Office from 1988 until 1995, first as an intelligence analyst (1998 until 2000), and then as the senior officer for environment for five years. During this latter period, he led the interdepartmental efforts which developed Canada’s $3B Green Plan, established the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, and the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development. Fransen began his public service career as an historian at the Department of National Defence.

Fransen holds a PhD in history from the University of Toronto, BA and MA degrees from the University of Waterloo, and a BTh from Canadian Mennonite Bible College.


Sponsor(s): , Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

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