The Climate Change Agenda: Canada, the Canadian West, Business, Markets and the Future

The University of Toronto’s School of the Environment’s Environmental Finance Advisory Committee and IETA, with support from CMC Research Institutes Inc., have assembled a cross-sector group of Canadian experts to discuss economic and business aspects of climate change in Canada and beyond. The evening is sure to offer rich insights into the politics and policies of climate change strategies while generating lively and
thought-provoking discussion.

We welcome you to register soon. Space is limited.

Date:  November 24, 2014
Time:  5 p.m. – 8 p.m. followed by a reception
Location:  Ranchmen’s Club, 710 13 Ave. SW, Calgary
Co-Hosts:  University of Toronto’s School of the Environment’s Environmental Finance Advisory Committee, and the International Emissions Trading Association
Supporting Organization: CMC Research Institutes, Inc. (CMC)

Cost:  $99.00 per person. Net Proceeds to go to the Skip Willis Undergraduate Scholarship.

Register at Eventbrite HERE.

The Skip Willis Undergraduate Scholarship was created in honor of Errick “Skip” Willis by his family and friends.   Skip was an internationally recognized expert in climate change, a valued member of the Environmental Finance Committee, an IETA Fellow and an instructor with the School of Environment’s Carbon Finance program. Skip was a frequent guest lecturer for numerous undergraduate and graduate courses, and a generous mentor to students.  The award honors his commitment to civil discourse and progress on climate change issues.

Donations to the Scholarship will be matched 1:1 (up to $1,000 total) by Kelly Willis and Paul Vickers.

If you cannot attend, please consider a donation. You can also download the pledge form HERE.


5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Registration and Networking

5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Skip Willis Remembrance and the Skip Willis Scholarship
Moderator: Katie Sullivan, IETA;
Paul Vickers, GPB Asset Management

5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Canadian and International Issues
Moderator: Evelyn Walker, Delphi
Julie Gelfand, Federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development on Fall 2014 audit findings and recommendations related to Canada and climate change mitigation.
David Henry, Natural Resources Canada and Canada’s representative on the Advisory Board of UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). (invited)

6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Looking Back So We Can Look Forward: Canadian Corporate, Government and Private Industry Perspectives
Climate change policy, use of markets (carbon and environmental) and other instruments in Alberta and the Canadian West; what have we learned, and how should it inform how we move forward?
Keith Driver, Prasino Group
Kate Rich and Andy Ridge, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Alberta Government
Tim Lesiuk, BC Climate Action Secretariat (invited)
Yvan Champagne, Bluesource
Canadian Corporate Perspective (invited)

7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Viewing Canada Through the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project Lens
Moderator: Jeff Reading, Carbon Management Canada
Richard Adamson, Carbon Management Canada (Presentation)
Rob MacIntosh, Green Learning Canada
Peter Kujawinski, US Consul General to Canada (Role of Economic Development & Trade)

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.