Former Kinross Chairs in Environmental Governance

Dr. George Greene; the first Kinross Chair in Environmental GovernanceDr. George Greene, the first Kinross Chair of Environmental Governance at the University of Guelph.

George Greene brought his passion for the environment and sustainable development through his 40 years of experience in policy, governance and management of environment and natural resources in Canada and internationally. Dr. Greene is known for his work at the interfaces between governments, industry, Aboriginal groups and NGOs, with his expertise encompassing:

  • International environmental negotiations
  • Multi-stakeholder commissions, panels on sustainable development
  • Governance and management of environment and conservation NGOs
  • Design, implementation of industry sustainability initiatives and standards
  • Environmental capacity building in international development
  •  Sustainable development policy
  •  Environmental regulatory reform
  •  Environmental impact assessment and environmental monitoring

Dr. Linda Hannah; the second Kinross Chair in Environmental Governance

Dr. Linda Hannah, the second Kinross Chair of Environmental Governance at the University of Guelph.

Dr. Linda Hannah brought expertise on the governance arrangements respecting non-government organizations in both a scholarly and practical nature. Dr. Hannah's research, "Governance of Private Protected Areas: Advancing the Public Interest?' (PhD, University of Victoria) determined that the governance arrangements of NGOs in Canada concerned with land conservation and protection arevery uneven, raising questions about the ability of new forms of governance to contribute to and secure long term goals.  Linda served as Regional Vice-President, Nature C​onservancy of Canada - a leading, national not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, that works in partnership with First Nations, governments and corporate sector, to conserve ecologically significant land across Canada. Linda leads land conservation initiatives in British Columbia. While innovative and creative approaches, including voluntary market measures, multi-party and co-management agreements, and landscape scale assessments, are employed to achieve success, accountability, and preserving trust to its many constituencies, is foundational to good governance of the not-for-profit organization.

Linda's professional background is supported by two decades of experience in government leadership with an emphasis on environmental policy and legislation, and resource management planning. Linda has served on the Board of the Sierra Club of British Columbia, and currently serves as member of the Senate, University of Victoria, and as a member of the Province of British Columbia Round Table on Environment and Economy.