Press release

IISD board welcomes new members from Canada, US and Switzerland

June 27, 2012


WINNIPEG—June 28, 2012—The International Institute for Sustainable Development board of directors welcomed three new members at its annual general meeting in Winnipeg and has also approved the restructuring of its executive leadership team with the appointment of seven vice presidents.

"The new senior management structure has created a more dynamic executive leadership team that offers strong motivation for accountability and collaboration at the project and program levels," said board chair Dan Gagnier.

Gagnier thanked retiring board members Roger Gibbins, Måns Lönnroth and Bruce Sampson for their service to the institute and congratulated past president and former CEO Franz Tattenbach for his appointment to distinguished fellow of IISD. He also congratulated former board member John Forgách, and Bob Brennan, former CEO and past president of Manitoba Hydro, on their respective appointments to senior fellows of the institute.

New board members

  • Andrea Moffat is the vice president, corporate program for United States-based Ceres,  which mobilizes a powerful network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate sustainability leadership. She leads the engagements with more than 70 companies to help them meet sustainability commitments and achieve greater performance results.
  • Felix von Sury is a freelance consultant with over 30 years of experience in international and development cooperation. Until 2011, he was executive director of Intercooperation, a large Swiss NGO. Before that he worked 13 years for the Swiss Government and held a number of positions, including country director Nepal of SDC. He is a member of the advisory committee of EAWAG, the Swiss Aquatic Research Institute.
  • Alan Young is the executive director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative and was its corporate program director from 2003 to 2011. He has been involved in conservation and sustainability projects in North America, Latin America and Europe for 20 years and has worked as a facilitator, planner, analyst and activist with conservation groups, Aboriginal organizations, industry and governments.

There are now 21 members of the board, representing seven countries. The board usually meets twice a year.

New vice presidents

  • Janice Gair VP - Human Resources and Corporate Services
  • Bill Glanville VP - Institutional Strategy and Planning
  • Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI VP - Reporting Services and UN Liaison
  • Mark Halle VP - International
  • David Sawyer VP - Climate, Energy and Partnerships
  • Ian Seymour VP - Finance
  • Henry (Hank) Venema VP - Science and Innovation


For more information, please contact Nona Pelletier, IISD manager, public affairs at: +1 (204) 958-7740 or cell: +1 (204) 962-1303.


About IISD

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. Our work inspires better decisions and sparks meaningful action to help people and the planet thrive. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together. IISD’s staff of more than 250 experts come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.