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» October 3, 2013

IISD appoints Hank Venema VP business development, Dimple Roy to direct NASCap program

 
WINNIPEG—October 3, 2013—The International Institute for Sustainable Development is pleased to announce Dimple Roy has been appointed director of its natural and social capital program (NASCap), taking over leadership from Henry David (Hank) Venema, who has been appointed to the new role of vice-president, business development. 

Venema will be responsible for creating the vision and structure of a commercial business model for IISD’s bio-economy work and other initiatives. 

Dr. Venema joined IISD in 2001, was appointed director of the sustainable natural resources management program in 2004, led the creation of the Water Innovation Centre in 2009, and has directed the natural and social capital program since 2011. 

“Dr. Venema’s vision will help IISD create economic opportunities and the commercial investment necessary to meet our goals for sustainable development. The award-winning work of IISD’s Water Innovation Centre exemplifies the potential of this effort,” said IISD president Scott Vaughan.

“Dimple Roy has been managing the natural and social capital program for the past few years, and has demonstrated an outstanding ability to integrate the many dimensions of the research program as well as develop and maintain strong partnerships to implement our work,” Vaughan said, adding that she will also be responsible for leading IISD’s freshwater research. 

Roy joined IISD in 2006 and was previously the deputy director of the NASCap program. She has represented IISD in its partnership work with provincial and federal agencies to develop programs and delivery mechanisms in water and agricultural management, and was the lead researcher on Lake Winnipeg Basin watershed governance, the use of economic instruments for nutrient management in agricultural watersheds, and community-based adaptation in the Canadian Prairies.

For more information please contact Joel Trenaman, IISD director, communications & publishing at jtrenaman@iisd.ca or +1 204 958 7731.

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Dimple Roy
 
» Director, Natural and Social Capital

Ms. Roy joined IISD in 2007 and previously served as deputy director of the Natural and Social Capital Program. She has represented IISD in our partnership work with provincial and federal agencies to develop programs and delivery mechanisms in water and agricultural management, and was the lead researcher on Lake Winnipeg Basin watershed governance, the use of economic instruments for nutrient management in agricultural watersheds, and community-based adaptation in the Canadian Prairies. 
Before joining IISD, she was a policy analyst with Manitoba Conservation, conducted policy and legislative analysis and coordinated the Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development. She has also been an environmental consultant on issues ranging from environmental education, sustainable community development to governance structures for effective resource management.

IISD’s Natural and Social Capital Program includes freshwater management and ecohealth linkages

Henry David Venema, PhD
 
» Vice-President, Business Development

Dr. Henry David (Hank) Venema is a professional engineer with a diverse natural resource background spanning water resources, agriculture, energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, rural development, ecosystem management, environmental economics and environmental finance. 

From 2004-2013, Dr. Venema led IISD’s research on water and agricultural issues in pioneering the application of Natural Capital principles to water management challenges in Western Canada. In 2009, he led the creation of IISD’s Water Innovation Centre with an initial mandate to build a strategic vision for Lake Winnipeg Basin management based on leading-edge policy, management and technological concepts.
He has collaborated with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Water Systems Project, the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In Canada, he has worked with the federal departments of Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and within Manitoba, for the provincial departments of Water Stewardship and Conservation.

IISD contributes to sustainable development by advancing policy recommendations on international trade and investment, economic policy, climate change and energy, natural and social capital, and the enabling role of communication technologies in these areas.