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Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Gordon McBean Elected as the New President of the International Council for Science (ICSU)

Sep 08, 2014



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(Toronto, September 8) The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) congratulates Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Gordon McBean in assuming his Presidency of the International Council for Science (ICSU) on September 3 in Auckland, New Zealand, at the conclusion of ICSU's 31st General Assembly. Dr. Gordon McBean assumed the ICSU presidency having been elected by the international membership of scientific unions and associated organizations from around the world.

The OCC wishes to congratulate Dr. Gordon McBean in his new role and thank him for his tireless efforts in support of science and research, in particular as it relates to climate change and natural hazards.  As a globally recognized authority on climate change, the OCC and its members have benefited from Dr. McBean's leadership and advocacy in support of efforts to address climate change in Ontario and Canada.

"On behalf of the Consortium and its members we'd like to state our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. McBean on assuming the Presidency of ICSU," said Chandra Sharma, Senior Manager, Climate Program, Toronto and Region Conservation "This announcement speaks to Gordon's dedication, expertise, and leadership in Canada and internationally with respect to the role science and research can play in informing policy focused on building more sustainable, climate ready communities."

As a member of Ontario's Expert Panel on Climate Change, a lead author and review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Director of Policy Studies at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and Co-Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at Western University, Dr. McBean is pre-eminent example of a scientific leader with a fundamental understanding of the critical importance science can play in guiding climate policy locally and internationally.

The OCC looks forward to working with Dr. McBean in his new leadership role and exploring opportunities for continued collaboration.


The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC or Consortium) represents a distributed collective of scientists, researchers and practitioners from across Ontario with a focus on addressing climate change issues pertinent to Ontario and beyond. The OCC's Mission is to equip public and private sector decision makers with regionally-specific climate information, research, and resilience strategies that enable effective policy and investment responses to climate risk in Ontario. The Consortium endeavours to play an instrumental role in enabling a climate-ready Ontario by empowering Ontario's public services and strategic sectors to better evaluate and respond to climate risks and opportunities.

Over the next five years the Consortium aims to support ongoing investments in key facets of Ontario's social and economic foundation by facilitating access to better climate services in six priority sectors: critical infrastructure, municipal planning and governance, water resources, agriculture and food, forestry and mining, human health, tourism and recreation.

By working closely with our university, private, public and NGO partners the OCC plans to coordinate localized and sector specific projects focused on addressed climate risk. In doing so we hope to strengthen the capacity of the province to respond to urgent climate threats while positioning Ontario at the forefront of climate change thought and action globally.

The Consortium builds upon the well-established climate science expertise located within partner universities and the practical experience of end-users such as large urban municipalities in the GTA and conservation authorities across the province. The Secretariat operates from offices housed at Toronto and Region Conservation in partnership with York University, McMaster University, Western University and the Canadian Climate Forum.

For additional information, please contact Stewart Dutfield, email:, telephone: 416-451-1420.

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