Press release

IISD VP named one of Canada's Clean50

September 16, 2012
 WINNIPEG—September 17, 2012—The International Institute for Sustainable Development vice-president Henry David Venema has been named a member of Canada's 2013 Clean50 for the work of IISD's Lake Winnipeg Bioeconomy Project.

Selected from a field of 500 candidates, the award recognizes the significant contribution of IISD's Water Innovation Centre in advancing sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past two years.

The award follows international recognition of IISD's Netley-Libau Nutrient-Bioenergy Project, named one of the world's 100 best sustainable development projects at the Sustainia100 Awards in Rio de Janeiro in June.

"The institute thanks Hank Venema and the Water Innovation team for their outstanding contribution," said IISD chair Dan Gagnier. "We are proud of their efforts to improve the condition of Lake Winnipeg through innovation."

Gavin Pitchford, chief talent officer, Delta Management Group, and founder of the Canada's Clean50 Awards, said the award is presented in the category of Advocate in recognizing Venema's leadership in developing an innovative strategy to create economic opportunities for Manitoba while reducing nutrient loading within the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

"Clean50 Honourees have produced actual results we can quantify—and that we used for peer comparison. Being named to the Clean50 means you've done measurable good," Pitchford said.

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

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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.