Date: 6 December 2017
Speakers: Sheila Murray, Robert Hoffman, and Ted Manning
Place: Summerset Officers Mess
About the presentation:
Every year the International Club of Rome holds an Annual General Assembly to which several CACOR members attend. The importance of participating in this event lies in the information, sharing and networking that results. This year the conference theme of the meeting is, A Full World – Limits crisis and political crisis. Workshops dealing with issues from population, political situations, governance, the economy and possible solutions are being planned. Ted and Sheila will report on these as well as on the governance of the Club of Rome itself.
CACOR “Humanity faces a myriad of ecological, economic, and social problems, many of which have no easy or obvious solution. Every event has many antecedents, and we usually attribute our problems or the occurrence of catastrophic events to the most immediate and obvious antecedents, while overlooking the role of population growth as a major driving factor in creating the conditions for the antecedent events to occur.”
About the speakers:
Sheila A. Murray MPA, BNSc., Queen’s University; National Defence College. Sheila Murray past CACOR chair and past vice-chair of the International Club of Rome is well positioned to speak about the governance of the International Club of Rome as well as the directions and policies CoR is pursuing. Sheila has been Chief Federal Negotiator for Aboriginal Self-Government on education,1998-2007. Public service executive 1982-1993. Faculty member and Dean of Continuing Education, Algonquin College, 1974-81. Active volunteer, Trustee and University Council member, Queen’s University, Editorial Board of Queen’s Quarterly, Honorary Director of Perley-Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre & Foundation, Ottawa YM-YWCA, The Children’s Village. Interests include: well-being of the biosphere, water as a public good, public administration, peace and security, democracy in action, gardening, travel, music, art, literature.
Edward W. (Ted) Manning, BA, MA, PhD, is President Tourisk Inc., an international consulting firm planning World Heritage Sites and tourist destinations worldwide. He is lead consultant to the UN World Tourism Organization with respect to their programs on sustainable tourism and on the establishment of indicators of sustainability for the sector. He spent 30 years in the Canadian Government as Director Environmental Management and Sustainable Development for Consulting and Audit Canada, Executive Manager Sustainable Tourism for Tourism Canada, Associate Director Sustainable Development and Chief Land Use Policy and Planning with Environment Canada and Senior Planner, with the Caribbean Branch of CIDA. He also serves as Adjunct Professor Geography at Carleton University and is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Geographers. He has worked in more than 40 countries on six continents and is currently involved in the establishment of Observatories of Sustainable Tourism in several countries for the UN. Ted has published twenty three books and more than 100 articles on sustainable development, environmental planning, evaluation methods and consultative procedures. He has been a CACOR member since the 1980s and is currently a member of the International Club of Rome.
Robert Hoffman is an economist by training and a systems modeler by vocation. He has been involved in integrated socio-economic and biophysical systems modelling for four decades, first as an analyst and research program director at Statistics Canada, then as Research Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, and currently as co-founder and president of WhatIf? Technologies Inc. He has been interested in global systems modelling since the publication of the Limits to Growth in 1972. In 1990 he joined the Canadian Association for the Club of Rome and participated in Club of Rome events as a CACOR director. In collaboration with the CACOR, he led the development of a global systems model intended as proof-of-concept for an evolutionary systems approach to global systems modelling. He is a member of the Club of Rome and a fellow of the World academy of Art and Science