The funds raised by the Gala will help Environmental Defence continue to invest in change that transforms the way we consume our precious resources and moves us towards a clean economy.
OUR GUEST SPEAKERS
Environmental Policy Expert | Bestselling Author
Bruce is one of Canada’s most influential leaders and thinkers in the environment sector. He is the president of the Ivey Foundation, a Director of Philanthropic Foundations Canada and Canadians for Clean Prosperity, and an honorary director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. He sits on the Advisory Boards of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and the Canadian Energy Research Institute. Bruce founded a number of for profit and non-profit organizations in Canada including Summerhill Group, the Sustainability Network, Clean Economy Fund and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' Network. He co-authored the international best-selling books Slow Death by Rubber Duck and Toxin Toxout.
Researcher | PhD Student
Lisa is a researcher with the Rochman Lab at the University of Toronto. Her work focuses on the effects of microplastics on animals that are part of a Great Lakes food web. Lisa collaborates with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks as well as Environment and Climate Change Canada to better understand how microfibers – one of the most common types of microplastics – impact fish and invertebrates through physical and chemical processes. Her most recent project has been testing multiple mitigation strategies for washing machines to see just how well they capture fibres in the wash, diverting them away from the environment.
Marine Ecologist | Researcher | Entrepreneur
Rachel has gathered international experience in Central and South America, and more recently working at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her passion for ocean advocacy led her to work with Sylvia Earle Alliance – Mission Blue, and to participate in a 21-day all-female research voyage about ocean plastics and health impacts with eXXpedition. Rachel is currently working in development and science program management for The 5 Gyres Institute. She spends her free time with The Green Stop - her entrepreneurial start-up in Canada focused on plastic pollution reduction. Rachel has a BSc. in Biology from McGill University and a MSc. in Ecology from UFSC in Brazil.
Alex & Tyler Mifflin
Host, Writer, Co-Director and Lead Researcher | Director, Host, Co-Producer and Videographer
Alex and Tyler Mifflin are the award-winning hosts and creators of the acclaimed eco-adventure documentary series The Water Brothers. Over the past five years, they have travelled the globe exploring some of the most critical water challenges of our time.
Alex holds a degree in International Development and Environmental Studies from Dalhousie. He passionately combines his interest in science, the environment and film to explain how humans can harmonize our relationship with water and the natural world.
Tyler is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a major in film production. He never travels without his camera and has filmed projects in over 35 countries - there is no place Tyler won’t venture in search of great water stories.