Work in a Warming World


W3 is excited to announce two keynote speakers—Philip Jennings, General Secretary of UNI Global Union and David Miller, President & CEO of WWF Canada—who will be presenting their respective topics at our International Conference 2013. Between them, Jennings and Miller share decades of experience in the fields of law, politics, business, and union relations; through their work they have influential actors in promoting social and environmental change and continue to be strong advocates for developing a sustainable future in the spheres of work and the environment.

David Miller

David Miller is President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund – Canada, Canada’s foremost conservation organization. The WWF creates solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature thrive.

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David Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010 and Chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2008 – 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration.  He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies, and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability.

Mr. Miller continues to be associated with a variety of public and private boards, and is the Future of Cities Global Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly). In his former capacity as Counsel, International Business & Sustainability at Aird & Berlis LLP, he advised companies and international organizations on issues surrounding the creation of sustainable urban economies.

David Miller is a Harvard trained economist and professionally a lawyer. He and his wife, lawyer Jill Arthur, are the parents of two children.


Philip J. Jennings

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Philip J. Jennings has been General Secretary of UNI Global Union since its creation on 1 January 2000. At the time, Philip observed, “The creation of UNI is a thought-through strategy to take international trade union work to a new level of intensity to ‘change the rules of the game’.” As General Secretary, he is orchestrating the fight for dignity in the workplace, driving a plan for organizing the global workforce of skills and service workers in the new global labour market.

Philip, the son of a car factory worker and a shop worker, was born in Wales and is proud of his Welsh working class roots. He has made the journey from a council estate in Cardiff to the top position in the world’s largest global union, keeping the values he grew up with and his understanding of the positive impact union membership has on the lives of working families.

Educated in Cardiff, Philip graduated from Bristol Polytechnic with a business studies degree, followed by an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. Read Philip Jennings’ full bio.

Please see the summary of Philip Jennings’ keynote presentation given at W3’s International Conference 2013.