Founding chairman tapped for federal environment role

A lifetime in government, industry and environmental protection causes prepared Resource Works leader to join major review process.

post-image.jpgOn August 15, Doug Horswill was announced as a member of a four-member Expert Panel to undertake the review of federal environmental assessment processes. Since 2014, Mr. Horswill served as Chairman of the Resource Works Society.

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, made the announcement in Ottawa as a step toward delivering on its commitment to review and restore confidence in Canada’s environmental and regulatory processes.

"This is essential to ensure that decisions on major projects are based on science, facts, and evidence, including traditional knowledge of Indigenous Peoples," said a news release from the environment ministry.

Mr. Horswill had a founding role in Resource Works and helmed the society's board of directors from inception. 

panelmin.jpgRod Northey, Renée Pelletier, Johanne Gélinas, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, Doug Horswill.

"Doug's vision for environmental and economic harmony, informed by his seasoned strategic mind, provided invaluable guidance from Day One of Resource Works," said Stewart Muir, executive director of Resource Works. "His beliefs around protecting the environment are in step with Canadian values and will undoubtedly help this panel to operate from a solid foundation."

The Resource Works Society is on a unique mission open to all who are concerned about their future economic opportunities. Resource Works communicates with British Columbians about the importance of the province's resource sectors to their personal well-being. It demonstrates how responsible development of British Columbia's resources creates jobs and incomes throughout the province, both directly and indirectly, while maintaining a clean and healthy environment.

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