Join us for this special event with Jonathan Wilkinson, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. This event is part of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs’ new Policy in Practice series.
Thursday March 8, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
AERL 120, Aquatic Ecosystems Research Lab, 2202 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Light refreshments provided.
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About the talk: When Canada’s Liberal government was elected in 2015, it promised to repair the extensive damage inflicted on environmental laws and policies by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government. Progress is being made on environmental assessment, species at risk, water, fisheries, and climate policy.
Jonathan Wilkinson is the Member of Parliament for North Vancouver and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. He will lead a discussion about the progress being made, and whether the changes are strong enough to rebuild public trust, respect Indigenous rights, and fulfill Canada’s international commitments to protect the environment.
Bio: Jonathan Wilkinson was elected Member of Parliament for North Vancouver on October 19th, 2015. Shortly thereafter he was named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
Prior to entering politics, Jonathan spent the previous 20 years in the Clean Technology sector holding leadership positions with a number of companies dedicated to the development of green technologies. He was CEO of QuestAir Technologies and BioteQ Environmental Technologies and was Senior Vice President of Business Development with Nexterra. Previously, Jonathan was employed at Bain & Company, a leading global management consultancy.
Prior to joining Bain, Jonathan worked in public service as a constitutional negotiator, an advisor to a provincial Premier and as a federal-provincial relations specialist.
Jonathan holds an MA in International Relations from McGill University, an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University – where he attended as a Rhodes scholar – and a BA from the University of Saskatchewan.
Jonathan has been an active volunteer in his community, participating as a board member for several charitable and industry organisations including the United Way of the Lower Mainland, the B.C. Technology Industries Association, Fuel Cells Canada, the BC Power Technology Alliance, the BC Chapter of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation. Many weekends Jonathan can be found on the field as a coach for the North Shore Girls Soccer Association. He lives in North Vancouver with his wife Tara and their two teenaged daughters.
Hosts: This event is co-hosted by the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at UBC.