The Kenneth Hammond Lecture Series

The annual Hammond Lecture Series is sponsored by U of G and the School of Environmental Sciences (SES). This lecture series began in 2000 and is named for the late Kenneth Hammond, founder of Hammond Manufacturing and former member of U of G's Board of Governors. He was an advocate of environmental and resource issues and environmental education.  The Hammond Lecture themes touches on issues studied by numerous U of G faculty. These topics promote interdisciplinary learning, teaching and research that span all of our colleges on campus. The Hammond Lectures have been a showcase for communicating environmental science and policy. They are an opportunity for providing feedback from the community to the University and an event that brings students, staff, faculty and the community together.


The Kenneth Hammond Lecture 2018 Jane Welsh, Environmental Planning, Toronto City Planning. "Creating a Sustainable World - A New Path to Sustainability"

The Kenneth Hammond Lecture 2017 Ellen Schwartzel, Deputy Environmental Commissioner, Ontario "Water sustainability: a view from the Environmental Commission of Ontario"

The Kenneth Hammond Lecture 2016 Reg Melanson, Executive Director, Canadian Business and Biodiversity Council, Ottawa "Linking business and biodiversity: Challenges and successes"

The Kenneth Hammond Lecture  2015 Mark Stumborg, Consulting Engineer, Saskatchewan  "Sustainable agricultural bio-products:  Challenges and Opportunities"

The Kenneth Hammond Lecture 2014 George Greene, Kinross Chair in Environmental Governance: "Governance for  Sustainable Development."

The Kenneth Hammond Lecture 2013  Dr. Elena Bennett , McGill University  "Reconnecting people to nature: Managing for multifunctional agricultural landscapes in southern Quebec. "

The Kenneth Hammond Lecture 2012  Dr. Sean Carey, McMaster University  "From hills to holes: eco-hydrological recovery of disturbed Canadian environments"

The Kenneth Hammond Lecture 2011,Stephanie Meakin & Tiina Kurvits “The Changing Arctic: Past, Present and Future” “From Tuk to Tonga -Climate Change is Threatening the Menu: Food Security in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States.” 


Past Hammond Lectures

Limited publications below are available for purchase from

  • 2009-2010:  Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • 2008-2009:  Energy and the Environment
  • 2007-2008: Climate, Atmosphere and Health
  • 2006-2007: The Business Case for Sustainability
  • 2005-2006: Water and Health
  • 2003-2004: The State of the Environment: A Retrospective
  • 2002-2003: The Human Ecological Footprint
  • 2001-2002: Sustainable Development: Mandate or Mantra?
  • 2000-2001: Malthus and the Third Millennium