Glen Murray has announced his resignation as Ontario’s minister of environment and climate change to become the executive director of the Pembina Institute.
Murray, who is also a former mayor of the city of Winnipeg, was first elected as the member of provincial parliament for the riding of Toronto Centre in February of 2010. He has been a member of Liberal cabinet in Ontario since be named as the minister of research and innovation that same year. Prior to becoming the minister of environment and climate change, Murray had also been the minister responsible for training, colleges, and universities, minister of transportation, and minister of infrastructure.
Murray will succeed Ed Whittingham, who successfully led the Pembina Institute through a period of unprecedented policy change, in Alberta and across Canada, over the last six and a half years.
According to a release from the Pembina Institute:
“As a seasoned activist and veteran of provincial and municipal governments, Murray is ideally suited to lead the Pembina Institute into its next chapter. Murray is a former mayor of Winnipeg and most recently served as Ontario’s minister of environment and climate change. Throughout his distinguished career in the public and not-for-profit sectors, Murray has made important contributions on issues of international human rights, climate change, and sustainable development.
Murray’s affinity for big tent, collaborative solutions and his long-standing commitment to community development are in keeping with the Pembina Institute’s DNA. The Institute was formed following the 1982 Lodgepole blowout at a sour gas well in Alberta. In response, a small group of rural Albertans came together to secure stronger regulations for Alberta’s oil and gas sector — some of which are still in place today.”
Since its founding, the Pembina Institute has grown into a national organization, but its goals remain the same: responsible development of Canada’s energy resources, healthy and prosperous communities, and bold climate leadership from governments and industry.
Murray will step into his new role at the Pembina Institute on September 5th.