Dianne Saxe is president of Saxe Facts, a business providing strategic advice and presentations on climate, energy and environment.
2015 to 2019, Dr. Dianne Saxe was the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO). She was appointed unanimously by all MPPs to report to the Legislature on Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and to be the guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). During her term, she improved the effectiveness of the Environmental Bill of Rights, increased public understanding of the urgency of climate change, and issued highly praised reports on a wide range of environmental, energy and climate topics.
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Saxe was one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers, with 40 years’ unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario’s energy and environmental laws. Dr. Saxe's career began with the Ontario Public Service and two major Bay Street law firms. She then established one of Canada’s top environmental law firms.
A Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Commissioner Saxe was recognized by all major legal rating services, including acknowledgement as one of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers by Best of the Best, 2008 and as Best Lawyers’ first Environmental Lawyer of the Year for Toronto. Her numerous honours include the Award for Distinguished Service, the highest honour granted by the Ontario Bar Association; and the Gold Key Award for exceptional lifetime professional achievement, granted by Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni.
Dr. Saxe has travelled extensively in Ontario and Canada, both in her professional practice and as a keen canoeist, kayaker and cross-country skier.
As the former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Saxe can now be retained to give strategic advice and presentations on climate, energy and environment. The breadth of her expertise and experience are illustrated by her reports as Environmental Commissioner, available here, and her presentations, available here. More details will be provided as we build out this website.
Dr. Saxe will give some presentations pro bono for registered charities who are unable to pay for her time.
Dianne Saxe is NOT, at present, practicing law or providing legal advice