Bruce Lourie is one of Canada’s most influential leaders and thinkers in the environment sector. As the President of The Ivey Foundation, a private charitable foundation focusing on environmental policy change, Lourie’s 20-year career is built on creating collaborative solutions to challenges facing non-profits, government and the private sector. He is a Director of the Ontario Power Authority, a Director of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and a Chair of the Board of Environmental Defence Canada. Lourie has expertise in toxic substances, green energy, forest conservation and environmental philanthropy. His work is characterized by introducing new angles to environmental work including one of the country’s early leaders in making environment a public health issue.
Lourie is known best for his ability to identify gaps in the environmental sector and creating vibrant and effective organizations to fill those gaps. He is a founder of a number of for profit and non-profit organizations including Summerhill Group, a prominent market transformation consultancy in Toronto specializing in energy conservation and renewable energy; the Sustainability Network, Enerquality Corporation, and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network. Lourie was the founding Executive Director of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and the founding President of the Clean Air Foundation. Many of the organizations he helped create are now regarded as models in their field.
Along with co-author Rick Smith, Lourie’s groundbreaking book, Slow Death By Rubber Duck, was published in May 2009. Based upon personal and professional research on environmental and household toxins, the book landed at 1 on the Amazon.ca best-selling list, and has also been recognized as a Globe and Mail best seller.