Opening Remarks

In these opening remarks, York University Professor Emeritus Peter Victor will offer a special tribute to the late Herman Daly, whose outsized legacy in ecological economics deserves recognition and celebration. Before his passing, Dr. Victor completed an extensive biography for Dr. Daly, which offers an in-depth account of one of the leading thinkers and most widely read writers on economics, environment, and sustainability.

Dr. Peter Victor, author of Managing without Growth. Slower by Design, not Disaster, is a Professor in Environmental Studies at York University. He has worked for over 40 years in Canada and abroad on economy and environment as an academic, consultant and public servant. Dr. Victor was the founding president of the Canadian Society of Ecological Economics and a past-president of the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science. Currently he is Chair of Ontario’s Greenbelt Council, a member of the Board of the David Suzuki Foundation, the New Economics Institute, and the Centre for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy as well as belonging to several advisory boards in the public and private sectors. In 2011 Dr. Victor’s work on ecological economics and managing without growth was recognised through the award of the Molson Prize in the Social Sciences by the Canada Council for the Arts.