David Runnalls

David Runnalls is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and of the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Smart Prosperity Institute and of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Ottawa, and a member of the Advisory Council to the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices.

David served as President of IISD for eleven years before stepping down in 2010. During this period, the Institute experienced an unprecedented growth in programs and budget and became one of the half dozen premier institutions of its kind in the world. He was Chair of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development. He has been a member of the Advisory Council for Export Development Canada; a member of the Council for Sustainable Development Technology Canada; and a member of the Committee for the Business Network for Sustainability. David has extensive experience on several other international panels addressing new global challenges in energy transition, sustainability and trade and investment.  An occasional writer and broadcaster, he was an environment columnist for the CBC radio program As It Happens and for CTV's Canada AM. He was a member of the Discovery Channel's regular environment panel and political columnist for the Earth Times.


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