David Hughes

David Hughes

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Natural Step Canada

David Hughes is the President & CEO of The Natural Step Canada and also the Executive Co-Chair of the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition. He is highly regarded as a strategic leader with a strong track record of scaling the impact of some of Canada’s leading charities. David served as President & CEO of both Habitat for Humanity Canada and Pathways to Education Canada during periods of unprecedented growth and transformation.

Prior to that he spent 10 years working with the international headquarters of the SOS Children’s Villages (SOS Kinderdorf International) which included postings to Africa, Asia, Europe the USA and the United Nations.   He holds an economics degree from the University of Western Ontario and a postgraduate degree in social policy and non-profit management from the London School of Economics (LSE).   He also serves on the board of directors of The Climate Reality Project Canada.



Sessions with this Speaker

GLOBE Advance: Advancing a Circular Economy in Canada: Tackling the Barriers Sector by Sector to Move the Dial

  • Circular Economy
The circular economy offers businesses the opportunity to realize a competitive advantage in a rapidly changing global and domestic market. The World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) in Toronto (September-October 2020) is an unprecedented opportunity for Canadian businesses, policy-makers, investors, and other stakeholders to engage with circular economy experts and leaders across all industries and sectors from more than 60 countries.

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The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Canada
Hilary Geller Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment and Climate Change, Government of Canada
Sarah Brooks Senior Associate, The Natural Step
Paul Shorthouse Senior Director, The Delphi Group
David Hughes President and Chief Executive Officer, The Natural Step Canada
David McGinty Global Director, Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE)
Ernesto Hartikainen Project Director, Climate Solutions, Sitra
Luis Rochartre Director, Forest Solutions Group, WBCSD

On the Road to Circularity: Comparing Business Models and Transition Strategies of First-Mover Companies

  • Sustainability as Strategy
  • Circular Economy
Canadian companies large and small are rethinking their business strategies to enable circularity in their supply chains. But the road to success is often long, winding and littered with challenges.

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David Hughes President and Chief Executive Officer, The Natural Step Canada
Frances Edmonds Head of Sustainable Impact, HP Canada
Melissa Mirowski National Sustainability Manager, Ikea Canada
Henry Stoch National Sustainability Partner, Deloitte