Geneticist and environmentalist David Suzuki will kick-off Living Future 2013 in Seattle, Washington with an inspirational and thought-provoking keynote address. Registration for this lecture is open to the public and attendance is applicable for 1 CE towards Living Future Accreditation.
David Suzuki is Co-Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, and an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way.
Dr. Suzuki is a geneticist. He graduated from Amherst College (Massachusetts) in 1958 with an Honours BA in Biology, followed by a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961. He held a research associateship in the Biology Division of Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Lab, was an Assistant Professor in Genetics at the University of Alberta, and since then has been a faculty member of the University of British Columbia. He is now Professor Emeritus at UBC.
Dr. Suzuki has received consistently high acclaim for his 30 years of award-winning work in broadcasting. In 1974 he developed and hosted the long running popular science program Quirks and Quarks on CBC Radio. His national television career began with CBC in 1971 when he wrote and hosted Suzuki on Science. He was host of Science Magazine then created and hosted a number of television specials, and in 1979 became the host of the award-winning series, The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. He has won four Gemini Awards as best host of different Canadian television series. His eight part television series A Planet for the Taking, won an award from the United Nations. His eight part BBC/PBS series, The Secret of Life, was praised internationally, as was his five part series The Brain for the Discovery Channel. On June 10, 2002 he received the John Drainie Award for broadcasting excellence.
Dr. Suzuki is also recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology. He is the recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for Science, the United Nations Environment Program Medal, UNEPs Global 500 and in 2009 won the Right Livelihood Award.