Water Institute announces 2020 Distinguished Lecturer

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Diane SaxeThe Water Institute is pleased to confirm that Dr. Dianne Saxe will deliver its annual RBC Distinguished Lecture. The lecture will take place as part of the Institute’s annual World Water Day celebration on March 20, 2020.

Dr. Saxe will present a lecture entitled “How to inform policy with science”. The lecture will argue that science is useful, but neither necessary nor sufficient for those who make public policy. Based on 45 years of lived experience at Canada’s battlefront between the economy, the environment, law and government, Dr. Saxe will share:

  • Three stories about science trying to influence environmental policy
  • The theory of how environmental policy is made, and
  • Practical tips on how to communicate with policy makers in order to have evidence influence decisions.

Dr. Dianne Saxe is one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers, and was the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario 2015 to 2019. She was appointed unanimously by all MPPs to report to the Legislature on Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and to be the guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights. She is now heading Saxe Facts, a business providing strategic advice and information on climate, energy and environment.

Registration is now open for the Water Institute’s World Water Day celebration. This public event will take place in the Science & Teaching Complex on Friday, March 20, and will share the United Nations world water day theme of "Water and Climate Change". Stay tuned for further program details.

Register for the Water Institute’s World Water Day here.

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