Bruce Lourie

Innovative Environmental Leader, Entrepreneur, Best Selling Author

Bruce Lourie

Bruce may be best known for his work in connecting environmental issues to human health through his research on mercury pollution and for initiating the campaign to shut down coal-fired power plants in Ontario. Bruce is a founder of a number of for profit and non-profit organizations including Summerhill Group, the Sustainability Network, and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network. He has acted on numerous international, federal, provincial and municipal bodies advising on environmental, health and energy policy matters. Bruce has degrees in Geology and Environmental Studies.

Funny, thought-provoking, and somewhat disturbing, Bruce Lourie’s Bestselling Slow Death by Rubber Duck reveals that just the living of daily life creates a chemical soup inside each of us. Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes – now, it’s personal.

The most dangerous pollution has always come from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces. Lourie ingested and inhaled a host of things that surround all of us all the time and shares the results of the effects of everyday chemicals on our bodies and lives. He offers a clear picture of our daily lives and the things we can do to make life better individually and as a society by changing some of our daily habits.

Bruce is an honorary director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and a member of World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Advisory Committee. He is also one of Canada’s leading experts on mercury pollution but secretly loves tuna

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  1. ToxinToxout

    Based on his book of the same name, Bruce gives practical and often surprising advice for removing toxic chemicals from our bodies and homes. There are over 80,000 synthetic chemicals in commerce today, including hormone-disrupting phthalates and parabens, cancer-causing pesticides, heavy metals and air pollutants. Bruce uses outrageous experiments to prove how easily our bodies absorb these chemicals from the foods we eat, the air we breathe, and the products we smear on our skin–day after day. Then they give us the good news about what is in our control and the steps we can take for reducing our toxic burden. They investigate the truth behind organic foods, which detox methods actually work, if indoor air quality is improving, and how we dispose of waste (where do those chemicals go?) The result is nothing short of a prescription for a healthier life.

  2. Slow Death by Rubber Duckie

    Funny, thought-provoking, and incredibly disturbing, Slow Death by Rubber Duck reveals that just the living of daily life creates a chemical soup inside each of us. Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes – now, it’s personal. The most dangerous pollution has always come from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces. Bruce exposes the extent to which we are poisoned every day of our lives.

  3. Climate and Energy: Pathways Forward
  4. Philanthropic and Non-profit Leadership, Funding with Impact

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