Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights

A conversation with Ontario's Environmental Commissioner, Dr. Dianne Saxe
Thursday, 17 November 2016 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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One year into her appointment, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe is reaching out to students to raise awareness of the right of all Ontarians to know about - and have a say in - government decisions that affect the environment. Join us to hear from Dianne Saxe on the watchdog role of the Commissioner’s office, her experiences as Commissioner and thoughts for the future, and what the Environmental Bill of Rights means for students who want to be a voice for positive change.

Questions and general discussion will follow brief remarks by Dianne Saxe.
All are welcome.

Prior to her appointment, Dianne was one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers. She has 40 years’ unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario’s energy and environmental laws. Dianne’s career began with the Ontario Public Service and two major Bay Street law firms. She then established one of Canada’s top environmental law firms.
A Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Dianne was recognized in every Canadian and international legal rating service, including acknowledgement as one of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers by Best of the Best, 2008 and as Best Lawyers’ first Environmental Lawyer of the Year for Toronto. Some of her numerous tributes and honours include the Award for Distinguished Service, the highest honour granted by the Ontario Bar Association; and the Gold Key Award for exceptional lifetime professional achievement, granted by Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni.
Dianne has travelled extensively in Ontario and Canada, both in her professional practice and as a keen canoeist, kayaker and cross-country skier.
Her five-year appointment will be focused on serving the Ontario Legislature, improving the effectiveness of the Environmental Bill of Rights and catalyzing better environmental, energy and climate outcomes, for and with the people of Ontario.