6 October 2016 - 9:15am

Palais des Congrès de Montréal

The Quebec Maritime Strategy, set in 2015, puts the St. Lawrence River squarely at the centre of the province’s economic development. Achieving a balance between economic development and protection of the St. Lawrence River ecosystems is fundamental. Bio-ecologist, ecological economist and 2007 Trudeau fellow William Rees will give a speech on 6 October in Montréal named “The Dangerous Disconnect Between Economics and Ecology” duringtheAqua Hacking 2016 Summit, which this year focuses on the St. Lawrence River.Professor Rees suggests a scientific approach to reconciling ecological and economic principles in moving toward that coveted and elusive balance.

Bio-ecologist, ecological economist, former Director and Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning, professor Rees is the originator of “ecological footprint analysis”. He has authored over 160 peer-reviewed and numerous popular articles on sustainability policy (or lack thereof). 

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William E. Rees

William Rees coined the term “ecological footprint” in 1990, and was a Distinguished Professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning at The University of British Columbia.

2007 Fellows