Kinross Chair in Environmental Governance
About the Kinross Chair
The Kinross Chair in Environmental Governance was established in 2010, through a $1 million philanthropic gift from the Kinross Gold Corporation.
It was established as part of the BetterPlanet Project – a fundraising campaign to help improve the quality of food, environment, health and communities around the world.
Candidates for the Chair are recognized Indigenous leaders, public servants, NGO leaders, business executives, or applied academics. Most importantly, they are thoughtful innovators and skilled communicators who have successfully bridged knowledge, policy, and practice.
The Kinross Chair in Environmental Governance sits within the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences and is linked to the interdisciplinary Major in Environmental Governance (Bachelor of Arts), the Master of Conservation Leadership, and the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute.
Stephanie Cairns, Fourth Kinross Chair in Environmental Governance
In Stephanie Cairns's role as Kinross Chair, she hopes to share what she has learned from working at the forefront of a range of environment and sustainability issues like natural capital & nature protection, climate change, the circular economy and sustainable communities.
"Redesigning economic systems to operate within ecological limits demands new forms of deep collaboration across a spectrum of actors–innovators, producers up and down supply chains, consumers, civil society and activists, governments at all levels–as no individual party in these interlocked, complex systems can effect these changes in isolation."