Influential Environmental Policy Expert | Bestselling Author
Co-author of international bestseller Slow Death by Rubber Duck, Dr. Bruce Lourie is one of Canada’s most influential leaders and thinkers in the environment sector. He has been instrumental in the creation of more than a dozen organizations that play critical roles in sustainability in Canada and abroad, and initiated the largest climate action in North America — phasing out coal in Ontario. Speaking on topics such as climate change, energy, sustainable finance, toxic pollution, non-profit leadership, and more, Lourie brings a unique ability to translate complex issues into timely and actionable information.
Lourie is the president of The Ivey Foundation, a private charitable foundation focusing on environmental policy change; a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Finance; and visiting lecturer at the University of Oxford’s Social Finance Programme.
An in-demand speaker, Lourie has spoken at business, academic, sustainability, and philanthropic gatherings around the world at events as diverse as the Canadian Energy Roundtable, Canadian Fuels Association, Canadian Energy Research Institute, Koli Forum in Finland on Northern Bioeconomies, Women’s Health Forum in Pittsburgh, the Paris Cosmetics Summit on Sustainable Cosmetics, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Mexico City, the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Association, and the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Lourie is a Board director of several organizations including the new Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, the Transition Accelerator, Canadians for Clean Prosperity, and the SeedChange Foundation. He is a former Director of the Independent Electricity System Operator, the Ontario Power Authority, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and was the founder of many for-profit and non-profit organizations including Summerhill Group and Efficiency Canada.