As a meteorologist, climatologist, forester, farmer and Professor, Don has worked at all four levels of Government and three Universities (York, Toronto and China), as well as the elected Vice-Chair of Credit Valley Conservation, the elected Vice-Chair and Chair of Conservation Ontario and a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. In 2007 he was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (IPCC), in 2012 he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013 the Mentorship Award from the Association of Canadian Education Resources. Don has published more than 200 papers and given hundreds of keynote addresses to a diversity of audiences, workshops and Conferences, locally and internationally. Don organized the first UN Adaptation Conference in Costa Rica and later was elected twice by UN agencies to chair the organizing committee for the UN World Climate Conference-3. As the former Director of the Adaptation and Impacts Research Group in Environment Canada, Don helped develop many adaptation solutions on climate change, biodiversity, competitiveness, and extreme weather. As a Deputy Mayor/Mayor and County Councillor for 18 years, Don has also served on many Management Boards and Committees and presented at many community-based Workshops/Meetings. Today, Don enjoys his many grandkids on his family beef farm in Amaranth, Ontario.