David Miller

Event Date and Time: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 6:59pm
Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event Type: 
Centennial Lecture

David Miller is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies. In addition to being a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability, David advises companies – and governments – on practical measures to make this happen.

As chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2008-2010, Mr. Miller was instrumental in demonstrating the practical and real change cities are already making and can continue to make as they fight climate change and create green jobs. In this capacity, Mr. Miller worked with the World Bank, OECD, the Club de Madrid and other national and international organizations to strengthen the capacity of city governments worldwide to act.

As mayor of Toronto from 2003-2010, addressing climate change was a top priority for Mr. Miller. In July 2007, the City of Toronto released a wide-ranging Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan, that included over 100 actions to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. In October 2009, the Power to Live Green outlined step-by-step how Toronto will reach 80% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions based on 1990 levels.

Under Mayor Miller’s leadership, the City of Toronto allocated $4 billion to climate change related projects and programmes. Major projects to meet the city’s 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions included over 120 km of new light rail to add to Toronto’s transit system which is the third largest in North America; Tower Renewal, a project designed to a create jobs, promote local food production and revitalize communities through energy efficiency improvements on over 1,000 high-rise residential buildings; and Live Green Toronto, that places community workers in neighbourhoods across the city to identify, raise funds for and work with residents to implement innovative new programmes in all parts of the city.

David Miller is a Harvard trained economist and professional lawyer. He and his wife, lawyer Jill Arthur, are the parents of two children.