As part of the Canada’s Clean50 report, published in the October 21 Globe and Mail, we asked recent Clean50 honourees what it takes to become a sustainability leader. Here are some answers:
In 1991, when the first Canadian diamond mine was discovered just 120 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Lac De Gras, it seemed inconceivable that just 15 years later Canada would be one of the world’s most influential diamond producers. By 2006, Canada had three world-class diamond mines in production and was ranked the world’s third largest diamond-producing nation by value.
The United States remains firmly entrenched as Canada’s major trading partner, but China, now in second place, represents a significant opportunity to diversify trade and open new markets in Asia’s leading economy, says HSBC Bank Canada executive vice president and head of commercial banking Linda Seymour.
Dr. Sarah Dickson, P.Eng., has a dream: that every human being on the planet has access to clean water. As the program director for Water Without Borders, the associate professor and associate chair in civil engineering at McMaster University has a deep understanding of the scope and complexity of the problem matched by a passion for developing holistic solutions.
Amber Mitchell was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12, and for many years she was the only person in her school with the disease. Diabetes was still uncommon in the small Manitoba town in which she was raised, and she estimates that there weren’t more than a handful of people with diabetes in the entire region.
Starting a family is the dream of many Canadians, and countless medical advances have improved the chances for healthy pregnancies. Yet risks remain, and among those who are more likely to face challenges are expectant mothers with type 1 diabetes (T1D), an autoimmune disease that makes individuals insulin-dependent for life.