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Patrick Moore

Co-founder, chair, and chief scientist, Greenspirit Strategies

Dr. Patrick Moore is the co-founder, chair, and chief scientist of Greenspirit Strategies, a Vancouver-based consulting firm that provides paid public relations efforts, lectures, lobbying, opinions, and committee participation to government and industry on a wide range of environmental and sustainability issues. He is a frequent public speaker at meetings of industry associations, universities, and policy groups.

He is a founding member of Greenpeace and served for nine years as president of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns Dr. Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world’s largest environmental activist organization.

In recent years, Dr. Moore has been focused on the promotion of sustainability and consensus-building among competing concerns. He acts as a campaign spokesman for Allow Golden Rice Now, an initiative aiming to convince Greenpeace and its allies to stop opposing Golden Rice as a cure for vitamin A deficiency.

Dr. Moore has been a leader of the international environmental movement for more than 40 years. He was a member of British Columbia government-appointed Round Table on the Environment and Economy from 1990 to 1994. In 1990, Dr. Moore founded and chaired the BC Carbon Project, a group that worked to develop a common understanding of climate change.

Dr. Moore served for four years as vice president of environment for Waterfurnace International, the largest manufacturer of geothermal heat pumps for residential heating and cooling with renewable Earth energy.

As a member of the board of directors and chair of the Sustainable Forestry Committee of the Forest Alliance of BC, he leads the process of developing the “Principles of Sustainable Forestry,” which have been adopted by a majority of the industry.

In 2000, Greenspirit Enterprises published Dr. Moore’s book, Green Spirit - Trees Are the Answer, a photo-book that provides a new insight into how forests work and how they can play a powerful role in solving many of our current environmental problems. A tenth anniversary edition of the book was released in 2010.

In 2011, Dr. Moore’s latest book,  Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist, was published by Beatty Street Publishing Inc. It presents Moore’s firsthand account of his many years as the ultimate Greenpeace insider.

Dr. Moore received an honours B.Sc. in forest biology from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. in ecology from the Institute of Animal Resource Ecology, University of British Columbia, in 1972.