IC3 Keynote: Dalton McGuinty "Climate Change: Can We Win This? Be Honest."

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Our news is daily filled with reports of severe, weather-related events and disasters. Earth keeps getting warmer but the world remains cool to taking the necessary action to curb carbon emissions. Most of us now believe climate change is real. But shrinking denial has given way to growing despair. Can we win this fight? Honestly?

Dalton McGuinty
Former premier of Ontario
Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto & Carleton Univeristy

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Dalton McGuinty, a lawyer, served as Premier of Ontario, Canada from 2003 to 2013. During that time he led the Ontario Liberal Party to three successive election victories. Premier McGuinty established education, health care, the environment and the economy as his priorities, achieving real gains in each area. 

Student test scores rose by 17%. Health care wait times fell from Canada's longest to the shortest. Ontario closed its coal plants in the single largest greenhouse gas reduction initiative in North America. And, to make Ontario more competitive, the McGuinty government cut the marginal effective tax rate on new business investment in half and adopted a value-added tax, the HST. 

Since leaving politics, Mr. McGuinty has actively pursued the study and teaching of leadership and is a champion of the strong foundational principles that today's leaders need to anchor them in the face of relentless change. 

Mr. McGuinty served as a Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and he is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance, as well as Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. He is on the Board of Directors of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and Pomerleau Inc. He serves as Special Advisor to the CEO of D2L Corporation. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Canadian University Dubai.

Dalton married his high-school sweetheart, Terri Taylor. Together, they have four children and four grandchildren.