His career in sustainable development spanned over 40 years and he led development efforts around the world, from China, Thailand and Vietnam in Asia, to France, Sweden and Switzerland in Europe, and many places in-between, including all over North America.
Nick’s time with SEI as Executive Director was just one of many sides of his long career, from working as the Chief of Staff to Maurice F. Strong, the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in the early 1990s, through to CH2MHill, a major engineering firm, and then with Westport Innovations Inc.
A public celebration of Nick’s life will be held on 10 October, from 2 pm to 4 pm, at the Gibsons Public Market, located at 473 Gower Point Road, Gibsons, BC.
To honour Nick’s lifetime of work in sustainable development and his commitment to Gibsons and the Sunshine Coast, the family requests that in lieu of flowers or other gifts you make a contribution to the development of the Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre, which will be a featured part of the next stage of the Gibsons Public Market. If you would like to share stories and memories about Nick’s life, you can do so on a special Facebook page>
- Engineer Nick Sonntag devoted his life to conserving the earth’s resources (Globe and Mail, 10 August 2015)
- Nicholas Charles Sonntag (inmemoriam.ca)