Influential Environmental Policy Expert | Bestselling Author
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 guest lecturer at the Said Business School at the University of Oxford, and a senior fellow of the Smith School of Business and adjunct professor of the school of Public Policy at Queen’s University. He has also been an member on several advisory boards and boards of directors, including the Independent Electricity System Operator, Ontario Power Authority, the Canadian Institute for Clean Growth and Climate Change, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, Canadians for Clean Prosperity, and the Canadian Energy Research Institute.
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.
Along with co-author Rick Smith, Lourie has published two books: Slow Death By Rubber Duck, an Amazon.ca and The Globe and Mail bestseller, as well as Toxin Toxout.