Environmental Commissioner of Ontario to meet with Faculty researchers

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Gord MillerGord Miller, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), and his Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee will be on the University of Waterloo campus on June 4th to engage with Faculty of Environment research groups, including graduate students.

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario is the province's independent environmental watchdog. Appointed by the Legislative Assembly, the Commissioner is tasked with monitoring and reporting on compliance with the Environmental Bill of Rights, and the government's success in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and in achieving greater energy conservation in Ontario.

Commissioner Miller and his staff will arrive on campus at 1:15pm for research presentations on topics including energy, water, climate change, ecology from Environment’s top graduate students representing the Faculty’s most high profile research.

“Waterloo is a great source of innovation in Ontario and they have been on the leading edge of many environmental issues facing our province,” says Miller. “I am especially eager to hear from the students about their research and their ideas for our future.”

Commissioner Miller tours different parts of the province each year to learn about the environmental issues, challenges and successes happening across Ontario.  These site visits give him the opportunity to meet with the public, government staff, industry, and academics.  The results of local research, conservation, and environmental initiatives help to inform his reports to the Ontario legislature.

“Gord Miller and his staff have been very effective at ensuring that the scope and process of Ontario’s environmental laws and regulations have been followed,” said Stephen Murphy, professor and chair of Environment & Resource Studies and a member of the advisory committee. “The ECO is nearly unique in Canada at ensuring that laws and regulations are enforced – or else they would be moot – and the ECO provides vision on what Ontario can do to be stronger in protection of the environment.”

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