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Tim Flannery to receive SFU's Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue

August 21, 2015

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue is pleased to announce Professor Tim Flannery as the recipient of the 2015/16 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. This award provides an opportunity to celebrate the significant role Professor Flannery’s work has had in advancing the global conversation around the critical issue of climate change. From convening global business leaders at the Copenhagen Climate Council to performing community-based outreach with the Australian Climate Commission, Professor Flannery has reached out to new audiences and created opportunities for authentic engagement.

Join SFU Centre for Dialogue for an evening lecture with Professor Tim Flannery on October 14th

About Professor Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery has published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has named 25 living and 50 fossil mammal species. His 32 books include the award-winning The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into over 20 languages. He has made numerous documentaries and regularly reviews for the New York Review of Books.

He has received a Centenary of Federation Medal, and in 2002 delivered the Australia Day address. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007, Australian of the Year. In 2011 he was made a Chevalier of the Order of St Charles.

In 1998–1999 he was a visiting professor at Harvard, and is a founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a director of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, and has served on the International Board of WWF.

In 2007 he co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council. In 2011 he became Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner, and in 2013 he founded and currently heads the Australian Climate Council. He serves of the Sustainability Advisory Board of Tata Power (India). His most recent book is Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis, published in October 2016 by Harper Collins.

About the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue

The Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue is presented to an individual who has demonstrated, internationally, excellence in the use of dialogue to further the understanding of complex and profound public issues.

Nominations are encouraged for global leaders applying dialogue to the core practice areas of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue: International Diplomacy & Conflict Resolution, Climate Solutions, Intercultural Interpretation, and Civic Engagement. The next call for nominations is anticipated in Fall 2016.

Criteria used to select the recipient include:

  • The candidate’s demonstrated international excellence in the use of dialogue;
  • The importance of his or her work in addressing complex and profound public issues; and
  • The existence of compelling opportunities to achieve meaningful impact and tangible outcomes through the award’s associated programming.

Past recipients of the Blaney Award include Reconciliation Canada Ambassador Chief Robert Joseph, Charter for Compassion founder Karen Armstrong, dance choreographer Liz Lerman, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and leading international environmentalist Maurice Strong.