Following the 3rd World Congress in Turin (2005), the World Environmental Education Congress Secretariat appointed Bob Jickling of Lakehead University and Lucie Sauvé of the Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada Research Chair in Environmental Education) to co-chair the 5th World Congress in 2009 on the basis of their deep-seated commitment to environmental education over the past two decades and to the international reputation they have both earned in the field.
The City of Montréal was chosen as the host city for this event. Renowned for its expertise in the organization of international environmental events and the unique and cosmopolitan nature of its cultural life, Montréal is indeed an ideal venue for this 5th World Congress.
The co-chairs and their colleagues from the Socioscientific Committee have built extensive relations with international networks of environmental educators over the past 25 years and their work in the field is widely recognized among French-speaking, English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities, among others. The close partnership forged with such major organizations as EECOM (Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication) and AQPERE (Association québécoise pour la promotion de l’éducation relative à l’environnement) constitute another key strength.
All of these elements together suggest this 5th World Environmental Education Congress will draw a large attendance, potentially becoming one of the field’s most significant gatherings on environmental education. The mobilization of support behind the organization of this Congress is further evidence of the tremendous enthusiasm at play.