The discussion will cover Gelfand’s first report as commissioner, which dealt with Canada’s commitment to:
- Mitigating Climate Change
- Environmental Monitoring of Oil Sands
- Marine Navigation in the Canadian Arctic
- Implementation of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012
- Departmental Progress in Implementing Sustainable Development Strategies
- Environmental Petitions Annual Report
Julie Gelfand was appointed as Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development in March 2014. Before joining the Office of the Auditor General, Ms. Gelfand held the positions of Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Canada and of Vice-President of Environment and Social Responsibility at the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC).
Prior to joining IOC, Ms. Gelfand was Vice-President, Sustainable Development at the Mining Association of Canada and co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Centre of Excellence, under the federal CSR Strategy for the Canadian International Extractive Sector. From 1992 to 2008, she served as President of Nature Canada. She also founded and chaired the Green Budget Coalition.