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Dr. Nola-Kate Seymoar
President and Chief Executive Officer
International Centre for Sustainable Cities

Dr. Nola-Kate Seymoar (Kate) currently heads the International Centre for Sustainable Cities.

Dr. Seymoar has three interdisciplinary degrees: a Ph.D. in Social Psychology,  a Masters of Arts in Community Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Administration. Her academic interests have focused on communities and empowerment. She is the author of numerous articles and a book and film on these topics.

Her career has spanned the public, private, not-for-profit and academic sectors.

  • In the public sector she has held senior executive positions with the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan ; and junior positions with the Province of Alberta and the City of Edmonton .
  • In the private sector, she was an advisor to the mining industry, and a founding partner of a retail company and several companies in the arts and design fields.
  • In addition to ICSC, she has headed several NGOs including: We the Peoples: 50 Community Awards, an international community awards program in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations; and ECO-ED - a World Congress and Trade Show in follow up to the Earth Summit.
  • She has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Saskatchewan and served as field faculty for the Fielding Institute of Santa Barbara, California .

Dr. Seymoar serves on a number of Boards and Advisory Groups including: the National Advisory Committee for the World Urban Forum 2006, the Joint Steering Committee for the World Peace Forum 2006, the Advisory Board to UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, the Canadian Landmine Foundation; the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation and the Best Practices Task Force of the Huairou Commission on Women, Homes and Communities.

She was a recipient of a "Global Citizen Award" in 1995 and of the Queen's Global Jubilee Medal in 2002.

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