Decision-Making under Conditions of Risk and Uncertainty


Part 3: Decision-Making under Conditions of Risk and Uncertainty
Moderator Part 3 e-Dialogue (pdf)

Dr. Ann Dale, Professor,
Science, Technology & Environment, Royal Roads University
Trudeau Fellow

Ann Dale with her dogs Dr. Dale is a rare hybrid, both an academic and an activist. Currently she is engaged in two major research initiatives at Royal Roads University. First, she is leading the e-Dialogues for Sustainable Development, a series of online dialogues exploring critical issues using the power of the internet to influence public policy. Second, she is working on exploring the relationship between social capital and sustainable community development. In 2001, she received the Policy Research Initiative's Outstanding Research Contribution Award for her most recent book, At the Edge: Sustainable Development in the 21st Century.

From 1993 to 2001, she was a Senior Associate with the Sustainable Research Institute at UBC, where she led a major women and sustainable development conference in 1994. In addition, Dr. Dale created and continues to edit a Sustainable Development biannual book series, and chairs the Canadian Consortium for Sustainable Development Research (CCSDR).

Prior to 1993, Dr. Dale was an Executive with the Federal Government of Canada where she had the privilege of working on many innovative and exciting assignments on behalf of the government such as: the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in 1987, the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy in 1988, two of the Neilson Program Task Forces (Regulatory Reform and Natural Resources), the D'Avignon Commission and the Anti-Inflation Board.


ChrisChristopher Henderson is Chief Executive Officer of The Delphi Group, Canada's leading strategic
consulting firm in the environment and clean energy sectors.

Prior to this, Chris worked as an administrator and executive in the health care field, most recently as chief operating officer with the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Chris lives life to the fullest with his wife Andrea and sons Isaac and Noah: enjoying Ottawa’s vibrant cultural community; skiing and canoeing around the Nation’s Capital; playing soccer and hockey at every opportunity. Chris is Chair of The Ottawa Partnership (TOP), Immediate Past-Chair of the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI), Immediate Past-Chair of the Canadian Environment Industry Association, Senior Advisor to the GLOBE Foundation of Canada, Advisor to Canada's Commissioner for the Environment and Sustainable Development, and sits on the Boards of several private companies.



Jim Jim MacNeill, O.C., D.Sc., LL.D. Until recently Chairman of the World Bank’s Independent Inspection Panel in Washington D.C, Dr. MacNeill is a member of the Caspian Development Advisory Panel and Chairman Emeritus of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Winnipeg. He is a member of several boards including the Woods Hole Research Center, Woods Hole, Mass., and the Wuppertal Institute on Climate and Energy Policy in Germany, and founding member of the Jury for the Volvo Environment Prize. Earlier, he was the Secretary General of the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission), the Director of Environment for OECD, and the Canadian Ambassador and Commissioner General responsible for the UN Conference on Human Settlements. He enjoys nearly four decades of experience as a policy advisor to leaders of governments, industry and international organizations in the fields of energy, natural resources, management, environment and sustainable development. He is an author, speaker, international negotiator and recipient of many honors and distinctions, national and international.



Norman Rubin is Director of Nuclear Research and Senior policy Analyist at Energy Probe, Toronto, Ontario.

NormanHe first started working at Energy Probe in 1978 and has been Director since 1985. He has lectured at several universities throughout North America and participated on numerous committees including: Nuclear Fuel Waste Management (1990-1997); Economics of Nuclear Power (1988) and High Level Nuclear Wastes (1987). During the past 25 years he has produced countless articles on related topics such as: Risks of a Nuclear Waste Disposal Facility (1995); The Mismanagement of Canada's Nuclear Waste Program (1987) and many others. In addition, he has appeared on virtually all national current-affair and news programs including CBC, CTV, The Fifth Estate and The Nature of Things. He also hosted a ten episode program based in Ontario called Fragile Nature.

He was educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving a BSc in 1966. He then went on to obtain a Masters of Arts from Boston University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Princeton.During this time he was awarded several prominent fellowships. Listed frequently on Canada's "Who's Who" he has been described as Canada's leading energy environmental activist.



AndyDr. Andy Stirling is a Senior Lecturer at SPRU – science and technology policy research, at the University of Sussex. A social scientist with a background in the natural sciences, his research focuses on issues around scientific uncertainty, public participation and the application of the precautionary principle in the governance of technology. He has explored these issues in a variety of areas, including energy, biotechnology, chemicals, public health and radioactive waste policy. Formerly a boardmember of Greenpeace International, he has worked with a wide range of academic, industry and government bodies and served on a number of government advisory committees. These include the European Commission’s Energy Policy Consultative Committee and the UK Advisory Committee on Toxic Substances, GM Science Review Panel and Science Advisory Council.



Royal Roads University
Science, Technology & Environment Division