Robert Slater C.M.
Adjunct Professor and Executive Director of RGI
School of Public Policy and Administration
Dr. Robert Slater is Adjunct Professor and Senior Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Policy at Carleton University and is the Executive Director of the Regulatory Governance Initiative. He is also President of Coleman, Bright and Associates, a consulting firm that operates internationally specializing in Sustainable Development issues and a Senior Fellow with the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
He was the last person to act as Chair of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy before it was disbanded in March 2013.
Dr. Slater occupied several senior positions during a 32 year career at Environment Canada and was the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for eight years. He was instrumental in establishing the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health. He played a lead role in the renegotiation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1978, Acid Rain Agreements with Provincial Governments, the Canada-US Accord on Air Quality, and the Green Plan. He led preparations for Canada’s role in the UN Conference on the Environment (“Earth Summit”) in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. He was responsible for legislative initiatives leading to the Canadian Environmental Protect Act (CEPA) and the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and led development of regulations limiting lead in gasoline and bringing auto emissions standards in line with those in US.
He chaired the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board from 1976 to 1982. Before joining the public service, he was co-founder of Pollutech, an environmental consulting company.
He was awarded degrees from Imperial College of Science and Technology and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2009.
Randal Goodfellow has been President of Goodfellow Agricola Consultants Inc. (GACI) since 1991. Randal has advised senior executives from the private, public and academic sectors on policy and communications issues related to advanced biomass technologies and related commercial opportunities. He is an acknowledged regional, national and international expert on BioEnergy, BioChemicals and BioMaterials and a frequent conference speaker. Randal was the Founding President of BioProducts Canada, where he played a central role in the development of the Innovation Roadmap on Bio-based Feedstocks, Fuels and Industrial Products. Randal has worked with the National Science Advisor, the National Research Council, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Natural Resources Canada, Sustainable Development Technologies Canada as well as a number of provincial governments and Universities on projects to align resources in support of the bio-based economy. He has worked with many private and publically traded biotechnology and bioproducts companies as well as sectoral and regional development groups across Canada. From January 2008 to 2011, Randal focused his attention on one of his long standing client becoming the Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations for Ensyn Technologies Inc., a leading Canadian BioEnergy and BioChemical technology company.
Mr. Goodfellow has a BSc (Agr) from McGill University. Prior to his founding Goodfellow Agricola Consultants Inc. Randal was involved directly in agricultural finance sector as Senior Manager for Agriculture for the Bank of Montreal.