Dr. David Suzuki Confirmed as Guest Speaker for Manitoba NDP Leadership Convention

The Manitoba NDP is proud to confirm Dr. David Suzuki as the guest speaker at the party's Leadership Convention Dinner on Friday, September 15, President David Woodbury announced today.

"Dr. Suzuki is internationally recognized and respected for his work on key environmental issues across the globe," said Woodbury. "His decades-long record of successfully working for environmental and social justice makes him an ideal guest speaker for our Convention."

Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2012 Inamori Ethics Prize, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and UNEP’s Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 29 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the CBC science and natural history television series The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It's a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. In 1990 he co-founded with Dr. Tara Cullis, The David Suzuki Foundation to “collaborate with Canadians from all walks of life including government and business, to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work.” His written work includes more than 55 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife and family in Vancouver, B.C.

A full biography of Dr. Suzuki is available at http://www.davidsuzuki.org/david/.

"Dr. Suzuki is a champion of progressive values as a leader in the fight against climate change and advocate for social and environmental issues in partnership with Indigenous communities," added Woodbury. "On behalf of the party we look forward to welcoming him to Manitoba as we gather in Winnipeg and prepare to elect our next leader."

In 2016, under the previous NDP government, Manitoba became the first province in Canada to sign the Blue Dot Declaration — an initiative led by Dr. Suzuki that commits the government to ensuring a healthy environment for all Manitobans. This led the Manitoba NDP government to introduce a groundbreaking Environmental Bill of Rights, which was abandoned by Brian Pallister's Conservative government after the 2016 election.

Leadership Convention Dinner tickets are available at TodaysNDP.ca, or by calling 204-987-4852 of visiting the Provincial Office at 803-294 Portage Ave.