New Appointments to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

    OTTAWA, April 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honorable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment, is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr. Angus Bruneau,
Mr. Christopher Hilkene, Mr. Ken McKinnon and Dr. Robert Page to the National
Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. Their appointments have been
confirmed by the Governor in Council and are effective immediately.
    "The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy is a
valuable resource for environmental and economic advice," said Minister Baird.
"Dr. Bruneau, Mr. Hilkene, Mr. McKinnon and Dr. Page will bring new insight
and experience to the Round Table, and will help continue the important work
in exploring new opportunities to integrate environmental progress and
economic stewardship."
    The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy is dedicated
to sustaining Canada's prosperity and securing its future by generating and
promoting innovative ways to advance Canada's environmental and economic
    The Round Table was created in October 1988 and its independent role and
mandate were enshrined in the National Round Table on the Environment and
Economy Act. Its members are drawn from distinguished leaders in business and
labour, universities, environmental organizations, Aboriginal communities and
    Biographical notes on Dr. Bruneau, Mr. Hilkene, Mr. McKinnon and Dr. Page
are attached.

    (Egalement offert en français)

                             BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

    Dr. Angus Bruneau

    In 1987, Dr. Angus Bruneau established Fortis Inc., the parent company of
Newfoundland Power, and he recently retired as Board Chair.
    He is a founding Member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council of Canada (1978-83, 1995-2002) and a former professor and founding
Dean of Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
    Further to his position as Director of Petro-Canada, Dr. Bruneau is also
Director of Aurora Energy Resources Inc, the Canadian Institute of Child
Health, and Sustainable Development Technology Canada. He has recently retired
as a Director of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and Inco Limited and as a Member of
the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.
    Dr. Bruneau's memberships are varied; he is a Fellow of the Engineering
Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Arctic
Institute of North America, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. In addition
to his other accomplishments, Dr. Bruneau has been honoured as a Gold Medal
Recipient by the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.
    Dr. Bruneau holds a Ph.D from the University of London and honourary
Doctor of Engineering degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland and
Dalhousie University.

    Mr. Christopher Hilkene

    Christopher Hilkene is the President of the Clean Water Foundation, a
Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to engaging individuals in actions
that preserve, protect and improve our water. He specializes in surface water
management issues and has made significant contributions to water policy in
    Some of Mr. Hilkene's policy contributions include: authoring the Annexes
for the 2002 Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting Management of the Great Lakes
Ecosystem Basin; serving as the principal consultant to the federal government
on the development of bulk water transfer policy; and acting as the lead
consultant in the creation of the Ontario Great Lakes Renewal Foundation.
    In addition to his work at the Clean Water Foundation, Mr. Hilkene
teaches at York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies on the
Great Lakes and environmental policy.
    During his public service career, Mr. Hilkene served as a policy advisor
to the federal Minister of the Environment, and as well as a Communications
Advisor in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE).
    He has served on the Boards of Directors of number of organizations
including the George and Helen Vari Foundation, the Riversides Foundation, the
Niagara River Restoration Council and the City of Toronto's Task Force to
Bring Back the Don.
    Mr. Hilkene holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University
of Western Ontario, and a Master of Environmental Studies degree from
York University.

    Mr. Ken McKinnon

    Ken McKinnon has been President of McKinnon and Associates General
Consulting since 1995.
    From 1986 until 1995, he served as Commissioner of the Yukon. He was
Chancellor of Yukon College from 2000 to 2004. In 2004, he was appointed
Senior Advisor to the Yukon Government on Electoral Reform.
    Mr. McKinnon was a Member of the 1983- 984 federal Task Force on Northern
Conservation, a panel of distinguished environmental, business and First
Nations leaders whose report won strong support from both environmentalists
and developers.
    While a member of the Yukon Legislature during the 1970s, Mr. McKinnon
was deeply involved in the creation of Kluane National Park.
    As Yukon Minister of Municipal Affairs, he initiated the first program of
environmentally-approved sewage disposal systems for all Yukon communities.
    As Minister of Highways and Public Works, Mr. McKinnon was Minister
responsible for the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline Project.
    After leaving the Legislature, Mr. McKinnon co-chaired the Commission on
the Environmental and Socio-Economic Terms and Conditions for the
Alaska Highway Pipeline Project. As Yukon Administrator of Northern Pipeline
Agency from 1979 to 1984, he oversaw the implementation of those environmental
and socio-economic conditions.
    Mr. McKinnon also acted as Director of the Arctic Institute of North
America, whose mandate is to acquire, preserve and disseminate information on
environmental and social conditions in the North, from 1987 to 1994. He was
the first Honourary Chief of the Yukon Native Brotherhood. He was also the
Yukon Territoral President of the Canadian Unity Council from 1987 until 2005.
    Mr. McKinnon received the Governor General's Canada 125 Medal in 1992,
Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, and Governor General's Centennial Medal
in 1967. He is a Knight of the Order of St. John (1994). He was also the first
President of the Arctic Winter Games.

    Dr. Robert Page

    Robert Page, Vice-President, Sustainable Development for TransAlta, is
responsible for TransAlta's approach to addressing greenhouse gas emissions
and is heavily involved in wider environmental and renewable energy issues.
    Prior to joining TransAlta in 1997, Dr. Page spent 25 years in
consulting, academic teaching and research. Most recently, he was Dean of the
Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, and is now an
Adjunct Professor in the Environmental Science Program, Faculty of
Environmental Design and a Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Energy,
Environment, and Economy at the University of Calgary.
    Dr. Page is known nationally and internationally for his work on energy
and the environment in areas such as climate change, emissions trading,
biodiversity and protected spaces, environmental impact assessment, and policy
and regulation.
    He is Chair of the Board of Directors of BIOCAP Canada, a national
research partnership on biological carbon capture and bio-energy, and a past
Chair of the Board of the International Emissions Trading Association
(Geneva). Dr. Page also chaired the Banff Bow Valley Study (federal inquiry
into the ecological intensity of Banff National Park) and served on the
Alberta Special Places 2000 Committee.
    Dr. Page's membership is varied, and includes the Board of Directors of
Clean Air Strategic Alliance of Alberta (CASA), the International Institute
for Sustainable Development, the Business Environmental Leadership Council,
(Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Washington, DC) and the Canadian Water
Network. He is also a member of the Environment Committee of the National
Chamber of Commerce.
    Dr. Page has served for the Government of Canada in international
negotiations on the Conference of the Parties for Kyoto, the NAFTA
negotiations, and trade and the environment. He is the author of many articles
and several books on energy and the environment, and has been recognized
nationally and internationally for his work.
    Dr. Page holds an honours Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Arts
degree from Queen's University and a doctorate (international relations) from
Oxford University.

For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008

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