Biography - Richard Peltier

Richard PeltierDr. W. Richard Peltier

Centre for Global Change Science
University of Toronto

W. Richard Peltier DSc, FRSC, received his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of British Columbia and his doctoral degree in physics from the University of Toronto. His research is focused on problems connected with the understanding of processes that control the evolution of the atmosphere, the oceans and the solid Earth, and of long timescale and more recent climate variability. Peltier is a past recipient of the Sloan, Steacie, Killam and Guggenheim Fellowships, is Past President of the Canadian Geophysical Union, Past President of the IUGG Committee on Mathematical Geophysics, and is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society. He is also a past recipient of the Kirk Bryan Award of the Geological Society of America, the Patterson Medal of the Meteorological Service of Canada, the J. Tuzo Wilson Medal of the Canadian Geophysical Union, and the Bancroft Award and the Miroslav Romanowski Medal of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2009 he was awarded the Canadian Association of Physicists Gold Medal for Achievement in Physics. In 2004 he was the recipient of the Vetlesen Prize of the G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation of New York, often considered to be the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the Earth Sciences. He was a Lead Author on the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report entitled Climate Change 2007. His current position is as University Professor and Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto where he is the Founding Director of the newly established Centre for Global Change Science and the Scientific Director of the SciNet Facility for High Performance Computation, the most powerful computing facility in Canada.

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International Policy Forum
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Hon. John Milloy,
Marc Garneau

Dan Fortin, Key Note Speaker

PANEL: Space-Based Solutions to Earth-Bound Problems
Richard Peltier
Bryan Erb
Wael Almazeedi

PANEL: From Space Research to Commercialization
Ted Hewitt
Kieran Carroll
Robert Zee

PRESENTATION: Entrepreneurs in Space
Bob Richards

PANEL: Space Policy
John Siebert
Ram Jakhu

MEDIA PANEL: Political Will and
Public Perception

Peter Calamai
Stephen Strauss
Iain Carson
Alanna Mitchell