Dr. Hank Venema Honoured As Member of Canada’s 2013 Clean50

Sep 17, 2012 | Corporate Member News

Manitoba Chambers President Graham Starmer (left) confers with Dr. Hank Venem, Director of IISD's Water Innovation Centre regarding the action plan for the Lake Winnipeg Basin. Over 50 key stakeholders gathered on the anniversary of the historic summit: Our Lake Our Solutions in 2011.

WINNIPEG—September 17, 2012—The International Institute for Sustainable Development vice-president Henry David Venema has been named a member of Canada’s 2013 Clean50 for the work of IISD’s Lake Winnipeg Bioeconomy Project.

Selected from a field of 500 candidates, the award recognizes the significant contribution of IISD’s Water Innovation Centre in advancing sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past two years.

The award follows international recognition of IISD’s Netley-Libau Nutrient-Bioenergy Project, named one of the world’s 100 best sustainable development projects at the Sustainia100 Awards in Rio de Janeiro in June.

“The institute thanks Hank Venema and the Water Innovation team for their outstanding contribution,” said IISD chair Dan Gagnier. “We are proud of their efforts to improve the condition of Lake Winnipeg through innovation.”

Gavin Pitchford, chief talent officer, Delta Management Group, and founder of the Canada’s Clean50 Awards, said the award is presented in the category of Advocate in recognizing Venema’s leadership in developing an innovative strategy to create economic opportunities for Manitoba while reducing nutrient loading within the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

“Clean50 Honourees have produced actual results we can quantify—and that we used for peer comparison. Being named to the Clean50 means you’ve done measurable good,” Pitchford said.

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