Bruce is well known for his work in convening collaborative efforts among businesses, NGOs and government. Bruce played a pioneering role in connecting environmental issues to human health, most notably with his leadership in the effort to phase-out coal-fired power plants in Ontario, the single largest climate action in North America. He also helped shepherd the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, one of the world’s largest conservation efforts, and the establishment of the Ontario Greenbelt, a globally significant urban land use framework.
Bruce is the co-author of two best-selling books, including the internationally acclaimed Slow Death by Rubber Duck (completely updated and re-issued in 2019), a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of Canada, and an honorary director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. In 2015 Bruce received the Bryden Award for Outstanding Achievement, York University’s top alumni recognition, and in 2014 he received Earth Day Canada’s Outstanding Commitment to the Environment Award.
Bruce is president of the Ivey Foundation, a private charitable foundation in Canada, and is a Director of Philanthropic Foundations Canada and Canadians for Clean Prosperity. Bruce is a former Director of the Independent Electricity System Operator and of the Ontario Power Authority. He sits on the Advisory Boards of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and the Canadian Energy Research Institute and is faculty at the University of Oxford Social Finance Programme.
Bruce is a founder of a number of for profit and non-profit organizations including Summerhill Group, one of Canada’s leading energy efficiency consultancies, the Clean Economy Fund, the Sustainability Network, and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network. He has acted on numerous international, federal, provincial and municipal bodies advising on environmental, energy and health policy issues. Bruce holds a B.Sc. in Geology, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. examining risk and environmental policy.
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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.
- 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.
- Climate and Energy: Pathways Forward
- Philanthropic and Non-profit Leadership, Funding with Impact