Dr. Hank Venema
Director of Planning ,
2017 CWS Chair, Prairie Climate Centre
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 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.