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Queen's University

Policy Speaker Series

Influencing Government Policy

September 10, 2010 [Presentation]

Gordon Miller Gordon Miller was first sworn in as the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario in January of 2000, and re‐appointed to another five‐year term in April of 2005 to oversee the continued implementation of the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). As an independent officer appointed by the Legislative Assembly, he monitors and reports annually on government compliance with the provisions of the EBR. Since becoming the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Mr. Miller has released eight annual reports and five special reports to the Ontario Legislature.

Commissioner Miller’s research findings have been presented both at major conferences and in academic journals. His research includes the use of constructed wetlands for sewage treatment and the aquatic effects of acid precipitation. Prior to his appointment as Environmental Commissioner, Miller worked for Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment for fourteen years as a scientist, Manager of Training and Development, and as District Manager of both the Timmins and North Bay offices in north‐eastern Ontario.

Commissioner Miller has had extensive experience with environmental issues including approval and inspection activities, municipal sewage, drinking water, solid waste management, hazardous waste, noise, air pollution and land use planning. He also has experience with environmental legislation in Ontario both with enforcing existing legislation and drafting new regulations. Miller received his BSc (Hon.) in Biology from the University of Guelph in 1976, and his M.Sc. in Plant Ecology in 1978.

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