- Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.
- The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has completed a report for that examines the impact climate change is likely to have on Alberta's ecosystems. Alberta's boreal forest may transition to aspen forest and grasslands as a result of changing climate conditions.
- The Climate Bonds Initiative has issued proposed eligibility criteria for solar assets under the Climate Bond Standard and Certification Scheme.
- Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050
- The sun is finally rising on the global solar business, with growing demand in developing regions helping to ignite the first increase in industry wide capital spending in three years in 2014
President & CEO, Retail Council of Canada, Canada
Diane J. Brisebois, CAE, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Retail Council of Canada (RCC). She oversees the largest retail association in Canada serving over 45,000 retail establishments including independent merchants, chain stores, mass merchants, big box and online retailers. RCC's membership covers all segments of the retail market including general merchandise, grocery and pharmacy.
Additionally Diane serves on several Boards across North America.
She is currently the Chair of the Forum of International Retail Association Executives (FIRAE) which organization, based in Washington, DC, brings together retail associations from more than 35 countries to collaborate on issues affecting the retail sector globally.
She also serves as the Chair of the Fair Factory Clearinghouse (FFC), an organization based in New York City and established to use technology to facilitate the exchange of non-competitive information concerning factory compliance, enabling collaboration in global efforts to asses and improve workplace conditions.
As well, she serves on the Advisory Board of Ryerson University's School of Retail Management in Toronto, the University of Alberta's School of Retail in Edmonton, the Board of Stewardship Ontario (Ontario Blue Box Program) and Waste Diversion Ontario.
Diane served on the Board of Covenant House Toronto for 6 years and on the Board of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation and chaired its Board for three consecutive years. After serving on the Board of the Canadian Society of Association Executives, Diane was elected chairman of the Society in 1998-1999.
In 2002, Ms. Brisebois received the Pinnacle Award from the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE), which is the most prestigious designation given to an Association Executive. In 2003, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Canadian Office Products Association (COPA). She was the President of COPA from 1980 to 1994.
Ms. Brisebois studied in Quebec and Ontario and now resides in Toronto, Ontario