Robert Falls, Ph.D., R.P.Bio
Mr. Falls is currently serving as an Adjunct Professor with U.B.C.’s Forest Sciences Center, and is Chair of the B.C. Forest Summit’s Carbon Task Force. He holds a Ph.D. in Resource Management Science from U.B.C. (1990), where he researched carbon sequestration. His multidisciplinary work history includes roles in the natural gas, climate mitigation, renewable energy, forest and carbon trading industries. Working in Canada, China, and the U.S. (Hawaii), he has developed sustainability and climate policy and projects with major energy corporations and industry associations, as well as local and senior governments and First Nations.
Mr. Harcourt served as Premier of British Columbia 1991-96 and City Councillor 1972-1980, prior to that mayor of Vancouver, 1981-86. Mr. Harcourt helped the province earn its reputation as one of the most liveable places in the world. After stepping down from politics, he was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy, 1996-2004. There, Mr. Harcourt served on the Executive Committee and Chaired the Urban Sustainability Program. He was also a federally appointed BC Treaty Commissioner 2003-2007 and was appointed Chair of the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee for Cities and Communities mandated to examine the future of Canada’s cities and communities in 2003.
Mr. Harcourt was the lead faculty of United Way's Public Policy Institute, 2009 – 2021 and was on the Advisory Board of Canada’s ECOFISCAL Commission. As well, he Chaired Age-Well to improve the quality of life for aging Canadians. He currently dedicates his time to numerous initiatives such as sustainability education, Aboriginal economic development, and promoting healthy living. He co-chairs Dogwood 25, a collaborative which supports the academic success of Aboriginal students.
Ms. Kleiman is a carbon consultant working with organizations looking to better understand the carbon markets. Previously, she was the Chief Investment Officer at The Climate Trust, where she co-led its day to day operations. She also managed Climate Trust Capital and its Fund I portfolio. While at The Climate Trust, Ms. Kleiman tracked carbon offset markets and pricing and was responsible for The Climate Trust’s price forecasts and market intel that informed sales strategy and negotiations. She is an institutional investment expert with over 25 years of experience with particular expertise in sustainable timberland investments. She was a member of the Board of Directors for two international forestry companies and a central participant in investment decision-making for two timberland investment management firms.
Mr. Roosen is the Executive Chair of the Board of Directors of Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. Mr. Roosen was a founding member of Osisko Mining Corporation (2003) and of EurAsia Holding AG, a European venture capital fund. Mr. Roosen has over 30 years of progressive experience in the mining industry. As founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Osisko Mining Corporation, he was responsible for developing the strategic plan for the discovery, financing and development of the Canadian Malartic Mine. He also led the efforts for the maximization of shareholders’ value in the sale of Osisko Mining Corporation, which resulted in the creation of Osisko. Mr. Roosen is an active participant in the resource sector and in the formation of new companies to explore for mineral deposits both in Canada and internationally. In 2017, Mr. Roosen received an award from Mines and Money Americas for best Chief Executive Officer in North America and was, in addition, named in the “Top 20 Most Influential Individuals in Global Mining”. In prior years, he has been recognized by several organizations for his entrepreneurial successes and his leadership in innovative sustainability practices. Mr. Roosen is a graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines.
Mr. Simmons is the President of Quillicum Environmental Services Ltd., which is focused on the restoration of degraded riparian zones. He has over 40 years of silviculture and watershed management experience and is one of the very few ecologists that understands the importance of riparian ecosystems to water quality and fish and wildlife habitat in both urban and remote watersheds. He helped develop the assessment methodology for the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks and Ministry of Forests Watershed Restoration Technical Circular No. 6 – Riparian Assessment and Prescription Procedures guideline. Prior to Quillicum, Mr. Simmons was the Chief Operating Officer at REDD Systems LLC and ERA Ecosystem Restoration Associates Inc.