2017

Biography

Dr. Henry David (Hank) Venema is a professional engineer with a diverse technical and management background spanning climate change, renewable energy, water resources, urban planning, agriculture, operations research, public health and environmental economics. Dr. Venema’s contributions to climate change, water resources and world food security have been recognized by the NATO Advanced Studies Institute, the International Water Resources Association, and a consortium of development agencies led by the World Bank. Hank’s current research concerns the design and aggregation of precision green infrastructure on agricultural landscapes for regional-scale climate risk management and climate bond investment. Hank’s work is at the interface of agricultural and water resources climate risk management, leading this discussion at the 2017 Canadian Water Summit where he served as Chair.                                                          

Hank’s contributions to climate change and sustainable development have also been recognized internationally through the Sustainia 100 Award for developing one of the world’s 100 best sustainability projects, and in Canada through the Clean50 award for outstanding contributions to Clean Capitalism through the Lake Winnipeg Bioeconomy Project. He has led creation and management of many of IISD’s signature programs, such as the Water Innovation Centre focused on the Lake Winnipeg Basin, saving and reviving the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research program, and most recently, the creation of the Prairie Climate Centre with the University of Winnipeg. Hank’s international engagements include work with the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, The World Bank, The World Health Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, United Nations Environment Program, the Global Water Systems Project, and The Energy and Resources Institute. Hank holds a PhD in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

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Hank Venema

Dr. Henry David (Hank) Venema is a professional engineer with a diverse technical and management background spanning climate change, renewable energy, water resources, urban planning, agriculture, operations research, public health and environmental economics.