Dr. Amelia Clarke has been working on environment and sustainability issues since 1989, including as President of Sierra Club Canada (2003-2006). She is now a tenured faculty member in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo. As of May 2018, she is also the Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. Her main research focuses are related to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. She leads a team project on Implementing Sustainable Community Plans (including community climate action plans), and co-leads a second project on Youth & Innovation. Dr. Clarke’s work has been published in journal articles, book chapters and practitioner reports.
Dr. Clarke holds a PhD in Management (Strategy) from McGill University. She has also served on numerous advisory committees, including the Canadian Advisory Committee to the U.N. Habitat’s World Urban Forum III; and the Canadian delegation during the U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development negotiations. In 1996, she founded the Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC), and is proud of having launched SYC’s sustainable campus program which helped create significant change on more than 80 Canadian campuses. She is also proud of her efforts to help influence the creation of 10 new protected areas in New Brunswick.