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Working for Transformative Change...with Leaders, Laggards and the Rest of Us

The Doctor of Social Sciences program is pleased to present a special keynote speaker event with Dr. Arthur J. Hanson to be held at Pearson College on March 14 at 7 p.m.

In his own words....

There have been many environment and development flashpoints  since Rachael Carson wrote Silent Spring in 1962.  Yet today there is a worsening global environmental crisis fuelled by overconsumption, poverty, poor planning and management, and a fundamental lack of respect for ecological services on which we depend. Fifty years of hard effort and progress seeking transformative change for a sustainable future has not proven to be enough.  I want to share my experience, knowledge, strategy and perspective about what works...and why we must continue to mainstream our efforts to shift diverse societies and sectors from entrenched views and ways. My interest in the environment predates my entry to University in 1961. My own journey of sustainable development has opened many interesting and rewarding opportunities that continue to give me insight into what needs to be done in the future.

Art Hanson works globally and with various countries on environment and sustainable development. He is the International Chief Advisor and Member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), former President and currently Distinguished Fellow with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). He was Professor and Director of the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University. Prior to that he worked with the Ford Foundation. He has held various senior advisory positions with international organizations, boards and government bodies in Canada and abroad. Much of his work has taken place in North America,  Southeast and East Asia, especially Indonesia and China. Dr. Hanson has a PhD in Fisheries Ecology from the University of Michigan and holds two degrees from the University of British Columbia. He has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Law from Mount Allison University. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Art lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Date:  March 14Time:  7 p.m.Location:  Pearson College

For more information please contact Carole Sandhu