Canada’s School of Public Service and the University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute hosted their inaugural Prime Ministers Series event at the Shaw Centre, focusing on the accomplishments of the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney.
Senior officials from the Mulroney government talked about how they achieved the successes of the Mulroney government, from the GST to NAFTA. Panellists included David Dodge, Michael Sabia and Bill Pristanski, principal at Prospectus Associates.
Bill Pristanski was a member of the panel on Canada’s Green Plan (1990), joining Dr. Robert Slater, former senior assistant deputy minister at Environment Canada, Hon. Pauline Browse, former Minister of State for the Environment, and moderator Anne McIlroy, former parliamentary bureau chief for the Globe and Mail.
Mr. Pristanski was chief of staff to the Environment Minister at the time of the Green Plan. He spoke about how the Green Plan was a challenging program, involving many departments and stakeholders. But the government consulted and negotiated with these diverse groups, setting up roundtables from coast-to-coast. These consultations were successful, and Canadians embraced the program. Indeed, in 1992, when Environment Minister Jean Charest travelled to the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Canada was hailed as an environmental leader. Canadians drafted the Biodiversity Accord and Prime Minister Mulroney was the first world leader to sign it.
William Pristanski is currently principal at Prospectus Associates, chair of the Terry Fox Foundation, and a member of the board of governors at the University of Waterloo. He maintains a strong passion for the environment. He’s a trusted public affairs advisor to many forward-thinking, sustainable Canadian companies, simultaneously helping them achieve their goals and promoting a healthy planet.