The annual Watts Lecture series invites distinguished speakers with broad appeal to speak at UTSC on issues of global concern. This year's installment will be a co-presentation by UTSC and We Canada, a non-partisan, youth-led citizen initiative aimed at mobilizing support and leadership on sustainability issues ahead of the upcoming earth summit this June in Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Suzuki's lecture is part of We Canada's cross-country tour, Dialogue and Action for Earth Summit 2012.
Most are familiar with Dr. Suzuki as the host of the long-running CBC-TV series, The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, and for his tireless work in the field of sustainable ecology, in which he has authored over 40 books. Dr. Suzuki has received numerous awards for his work, including a UNESCO prize for science and a United Nations Environment Program medal, and he is a Companion of the Order of Canada.
Established in 1970, the Watts Lecture series is named in honour of Fred Watts, a geography professor and a founding member of UTSC. Notable past speakers include former Prime Ministers Lester B Pearson and John Diefenbaker; scientist and astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar; and Lieutenant-General the Honourable Roméo Dallaire.