Strategic Advice and Presentations

Climate, Energy, Environment


Dianne Saxe, Ph.D in Law

Dr. Dianne Saxe is president of Saxe Facts, a business providing strategic advice and presentations on climate, energy and environment. Follow her on Twitter (@envirolaw1) and LinkedIn.

Summary: Dr. Saxe is one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers, with 40+ years’ unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario’s energy and environmental laws. An experienced team leader with substantial board experience; a skilled communicator with broad strategic vision. Hard-won expertise in government relations, corporate governance and public consultation. A can-do person always striving to make a difference. Now heading Saxe Facts, a business providing strategic advice and presentations on climate, energy and environment.

Leadership training and experience: 2015 to 2019, Dr. Dianne Saxe was the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. 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. During her term, she improved the effectiveness of the Environmental Bill of Rights, increased public understanding of the urgency of climate change, and delivered 17 reports on environment, energy and climate.

Board Experience: More than 20 years’ experience on public and private boards, including Draxis board and audit committee (public issuer). Non-profit organizations included Secretary of Evergreen, a $10 million/year environmental charity; president and chair of the Windshare renewable energy cooperative; Ontario Bar Association Investment Committee. Extensive professional assistance to boards and board members, especially on issues of personal and environmental liability. Certified “Board-Ready” by Women in Capital Markets.

Author: Environmental Protection - Guidance & Recommendations for Boardroom Practice. Canadian Board Diversity Council Get on Board, Intermediate program.

Business Experience: 25 years running her own small business, a highly regarded environmental law boutique. 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.

Professional Qualifications: Ph.D. in Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1991. Ontario Bar, 1976. LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1974. Mediator.

Awards: Toronto’s first Environmental Lawyer of the Year, selected by Best Lawyers. One of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers, according to Best of the Best, 2008. Recognized by Lexpert, Who’s Who Legal, Chambers, Martindale Hubble and other rating agencies. Osgoode Hall Alumni Gold Key for Achievement; Ontario Bar Association Distinguished Service Award. Honourary member of For Our Grandchildren and Women for Nature.

McMurtry Clinical Fellowship holder, Osgoode Hall Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, 2019-2020

For bookings, contact Dianne Saxe

Dianne Saxe


Dianne Saxe

Climate, Energy, Environment

Dr. Saxe can 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 ECO presentations, some of them available here and here. Testimonials about these presentations are available here.

Those who wish to have a presentation pro bono are encouraged to show one of many presentations available on YouTube, such as the May 2019 version of Climate Changes Everything featured on the Presentations page.

Contact Dr. Saxe

Dr. Saxe is NOT, at present, practicing law or providing legal advice

Latest Posts

Urban Sprawl: Ontario’s Oil Sands

Urban sprawl creates congestion, drives our air and climate pollution and destroys wetlands, woodlands and farmland. It worsens our climate crisis, and so one of the best things municipalities can do is to stop urban sprawl. Here are the slides...

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What I told the Toronto climate rally Sept. 27

Many people have asked for notes of my rousing talk at Friday's climate rally in Toronto, in front of Queen's Park. So here they are. Does anyone have a better photo? "I am so proud to see you all here...

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Introduction to Carbon Pricing

Want an introduction to #CarbonPricing? Here are the slides from my introductory talk. 

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10 principles for the transition to a green economy

Given the climate emergency, can Canadians overcome the political obstacles to dramatically reducing our dependence on fossil fuels? by Dianne Saxe As an environmental lawyer and the former environmental commissioner of Ontario, I have spent 45 years at Canada’s battlefront...

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Improving climate governance for corporations

Free advice on improving climate governance is now available to corporate directors and Canadian pension plan boards as part of the Canada Climate Law Initiative. #corporategovernance #climatecrisis Details from Joanne Forbes or at

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November 12, 2019

Climate Changes Everything, for the National Council of Jewish Women, Toronto.

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November 6, 2019

Climate Changes Everything

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November 4, 2019

Options for municipalities to respond to the climate emergency, Hamilton, Nov. 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm.

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November 2, 2019

Climate Changes Everything, Dinner Keynote

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October 22, 2019

6:30 pm

Options for municipalities to respond to the climate emergency, special meeting of Kingston City Council

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October 10, 2019

7:00 pm

Marine & Environmental Law Institute’s 11th Annual Douglas M. Johnston Lecture. Also part of the College of Sustainability’s Fall 2019 ESS Lecture Series. Ondaatje Hall, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue, Dalhousie University, Halifax. Thursday October 10, 2019, 7:00 pm. Douglas Johnston lecture, Halifax

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October 3, 2019

The promise of the circular economy, for the Recycling Council of Alberta (remotely). October 3, 2019, the Riptide keynote session at Sea Change Waste Reduction conference, the Jasper Park Lodge.

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October 3, 2019

Ontario Professional Planners Institute annual conference, closing keynote, Beanfield Centre, Toronto, 3:30 pm on October 3, 2019

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September 25, 2019

September 25, 2019, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Ryerson Corporate Social Responsibility Institute: Climate Crisis - Corporate Boards on the Hotseat.  Their growing obligations to understand and disclose their climate-related financial risks, and their potential exposure to climate liability. This talk was filmed, and can be watched here.

Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas St. West, Toronto [9th floor, room TRS 3-129]

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September 24, 2019


University of Toronto Mississauga Campus, North Building, Maanjiwe Nendamowinan – MN1210, at 6:30 pm on September 24. Presented by the Riverwood Conservancy.

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