Our advisors are our mentors and honest guides who have accompanied us from the beginning of this journey with sound advise and most of all with inspiration due to their meaningful lives and what they stand for. Our advisors is a select group of individuals who share a deep understanding of the necessity to promote a dialogue that takes into account ancient wisdom, as it relates to the environmental sustainability for the years to come.
Dr. Cristián Samper, a tropical biologist and an international authority on conservation biology and environmental policy, began his tenure as President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society on August 1, 2012. He joined WCS after serving for a decade as Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, the world’s largest natural history collection.
Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. Named by the NGS as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” In recent years his work has taken him to East Africa, Borneo, Nepal, Peru, Polynesia, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Australia, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mongolia and the high Arctic of Nunuvut and Greenland. Read more on Wade.
The Right Honourable PAUL MARTIN
The Right Honourable Paul Martin was the twenty-first Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006, Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2002 and he served as the Member of Parliament for LaSalle-Émard in Montréal, Québec from 1988 to 2008.
Sonja Bata was born in Switzerland, where she studied architecture. In 1946 she married Thomas J. Bata, the son of a well-known Czechoslavakian shoe manufacturer who had emigrated to Canada at the beginning of World War II. His family enterprise in Czechoslovakia had been nationalized under the Communist occupation. From the beginning, Sonja Bata shared her husband's determination to rebuild the organization and took an active interest in what was to become a global footwear business. Honours awarded to Sonja Bata include: Officer of the Order of Canada, Honourary Doctor of Laws, Honourary Doctor of Humane Letters and Honourary Captain (N). An edited list of her awards includes: Shoe Person of the Year, 1985; Woman of the Year, North York Chamber of Commerce, 1992; McClure International Service Award, 1991; Canadian Business Hall of Fame, 1991; CESO Award for International Development, 1990; B'Nal Brith Humanitarian Award, 1984; and Silver Medal of the United Nations Environmental Programme, 1982.