About Anne Mitchell

I get people from different groups together.  We address one of the most important issues of the day - sustainability - or the integration of environment, economic and social decision-making. The groups I work with include lawyers, politicians, government departments, faith groups, environmental non-government groups, academics, community groups and corporations.  Together we develop the basis - research and networking - for effective, long-term policies to support sustainability and which provide the most benefit for the most people.  We try to get beyond our own self interest.  As a Quaker I help resolve conflicts.  I am currently clerk of the Canadian Quakers.  Until June 2009 I was Executive Director of the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy - www.cielap.org.   I am currently a Senior Advisor - Sustainability with CIELAP.  I have also worked in the fields of international development (community development in Southern Africa) and human rights (legal defence and humanitarian aid to the victims of apartheid in southern Africa).   A brief bio is at www.cielap.org/about/cielap.    

Below are some excerpts from friends and colleagues when I announced that I was leaving CIELAP:

"I would like to congratulate you on your work and achievements during your tenure at CIELAP, and I trust your new challenges will be equally rewarding.  Thank you for all your great work over the years."   John Gerretsen, Ontario's Minister of the Environment.

"Anne's contribution to CIELAP has left a legacy in the area of environmental law and policy.  She has been a true leader in advancing the environmental agenda - and leaving a better world for our children and grandchildren.  As she so often told others, I say this to her:  'Anne, you're great.  Your footprint will forever be with us.'"    Carolyn Webb, Communications and Project Officer, CIELAP.

More tributes on my blog.