Program

7:00 a.m. – Registration
Breakfast sponsored by Cycle Capital Management

 

8:00 a.m. – Opening of the plenary roundtable, by co-chairs Sophie Brochu, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gaz Métro, and Ed Whittingham, Executive Director, Pembina Institute.


8:20 a.m. – Opening presentation: The global green economy and what it means for Canada, by Stewart Elgie, Founder and Chair, Sustainable Prosperity. 

In today’s world, environmental considerations need to be much better integrated into economic decisions. Green economies are low-carbon economies with small environmental footprints that are more competitive, more innovative, and more energy and resource efficient. How can we construct a global green economy and what would that mean for the Canadian economy?


8:35 a.m. – Opening discussion: The green economy, a unifying vision of Canadian economic development
Participants : Benoit Forcier, Partner, Cycle Capital Management, Marlo Raynolds, Vice President, Market Development, BluEarth Renewables Inc., Joanna Kerr, Executive Director, Greenpeace Canada; André Levasseur, Chief Financial Officer, Agrisoma; Ian Bruce, Manager, Science and Policy, David Suzuki Foundation; Yves-Thomas Dorval, President and CEO, Quebec Employers Council; Léopold Beaulieu, Chief Executive Officer, Fondaction; Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association; Brian De Pratto, Economist, TD Bank Group, Guy Drouin, President and CEO, Biothermica.

 

10:00 a.m. – Break sponsored by Écotech Québec

 

10:15 a.m. – Panel and Workshop 1: Carbon pricing, led by Steven Guilbeault, Co-founder and Senior Director, Équiterre; Steering Committee member, SWITCH, the Alliance for a Green Economy in Quebec.
There is increasing demand worldwide for more green taxation and in particular for a carbon tax. How, from a public policy perspective, can governments implement a carbon tax plan or policy? What are the biggest hurdles, and how can we overcome them?

Panelists : Chris Ragan, Chair, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission; Scott Vaughan, President and CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development; Guy Drouin, President and CEO, Biothermica, Dan Woynillowicz, Director, Policy and Partnerships, Clean Energy Canada.

 

11:00 a.m. – Workshop, to be conducted at the individual tables

 

12:30 p.m. – Conference Luncheon

Opening remarks by Carlos J. Leitão, Minister of Finance

Conference Luncheonled by  Katie Sullivan, Director, North America and Climate Finance, IETA.

Peter Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, David Suzuki Foundation and Simon Olivier, Vice president and growth leader, General Electric Canada.

 

2:00 p.m. – Panel and Workshop 2: Innovation as the driver of urban development, led by Jean Simard, President and CEO, Aluminum Association of Canada, and Steering Committee member, SWITCH, the Alliance for a Green Economy in Quebec.
Innovation is driving the transition towards a green economy—an economy with greater efficiency and a smaller environmental footprint. On the front lines is urban development, with innovations in intelligent transportation and urban planning. Is Canadian urban development headed in the right direction in terms of a green economy and innovation? What practices and technologies are transforming urban development? What is helping and what is hurting the dissemination of those practices and technologies? How can they be promoted?

Panelists : Denis Leclerc, President and CEO, Écotech Québec; Chairman, International Cleantech Network; Steering Committee member, SWITCH, the Alliance for a Green Economy in Quebec; Marc-Antoine Ducas, President and CEO, Netlift, Marie-Hélène Labrie, Senior Vice President  Government Affairs and Communications, Énerkem, Brent Gilmour, Executive Director, Quest, Brian De Pratto, Economist, TD Bank Group; Martin Damphousse, mayor of Varennes.

 

2:45 p.m. – Workshop, to be conducted at the individual tables

 

4:00 p.m. – Plenary meeting and recap

 

4:45 p.m. – Closing remarks by Glen R. Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Ontario and David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Quebec.

 

5:00 p.m. – Networking Cocktail Event sponsored by Gaz Métro