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Nola-Kate Seymoar

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President and CEO
International Centre for Sustainable Cities

    Nola-Kate Seymoar is currently the President and CEO of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities (ICSC). Dr. Seymoar is also known for her leadership of the Sustainable Cities: PLUS Network - a learning network of more than 30 cities, communities and regions devoted to integrated long-term planning. Under her leadership, ICSC's demonstration projects have won international recognition in fields as diverse as urban planning and design, solid waste management, urban greening, energy efficiency in buildings and food security. A social psychologist, she lectures internationally on Behaviour Change, the missing link to sustainability issues such as climate change.

    Before coming to ICSC, Nola-Kate Seymoar was Senior Advisor and Deputy to the President at the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Winnipeg, Canada. In the early 1990s, she developed and directed the "We the People: 50 Communities Awards Programme" in honour of the 50th Anniversary of the UN, and was the Executive Director of ECO ED (World Congress for Education & Communication on Environment and Development), a follow-up to the Earth Summit. Between 1986 and 1991, as a senior executive in the federal government she served as Director General of Special Projects for Environment Canada; Special Advisor to the President of the Asbestos Institute; and Executive Director for the Commission of Inquiry on Unemployment Insurance.

    Nola-Kate Seymoar serves on a number of boards and committees. She chairs the Arbutus Lands Advisory Panel in Vancouver, is a member of UBC's Advisory Board to the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and of SFU's Advisory Council for the Urban Studies Program. She sits on the Boards of the Arctic Children & Youth Foundation, Canadian Landmines Foundation, and Global Urban Development (formerly The Prague Institute). In addition to acting as keynote speaker and lecturer, she has authored and edited a number of articles and books on community and sustainable development and taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in North America. She received the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2002. She served on the National Advisory Committee and the Vancouver Working Groups of the World Urban Forum 2006 and the Joint Steering Committee of the World Peace Forum and chaired the monthly Sustainability Community Breakfasts in preparation for the WUF. Other previous board memberships include: the Advisory Board to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1996 to 2000); Canadian Committee for UNIFEM; Peacefund Canada; the Smartrisk Injury Prevention Foundation and various Advisory Boards to the Organization of the American States (OAS) (on public participation); and Royal Roads University (on peace and conflict studies).

    She has a Master in Community Development and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology.