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Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac) in collaboration with Équiterre and other CAN-Rac member organizations, is holding a national conference to highlight and promote leading climate change and clean energy practices and policies, by provincial and territorial governments, in Canada.

A handful of provincial and territorial governments are at the forefront of the fight against climate change in Canada. Policies such as Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff, British Columbia’s carbon tax, and Quebec’s emission reduction targets, are models for other provinces while being sources of inspiration for individuals and organizations across the country.

Climate Action Network Canada will bring together leading climate change advocates from across Canada to highlight these cutting edge practices and policies and identify how they can best be applied in other provinces. The conference will include a series of workshops on key elements of provincial climate change practices and policy.

Attendance and space is limited therefore  RSVP is NECESSARY. Please contact Lauryn Drainie at .  Space for participants is available on a first come, first served basis.


Tuesday, November 1:






Registration and Refreshments


Opening address by Pierre Arcand, Qc Environment Minister, with an introduction by a representative of the CAN-Rac Board of Directors



Welcome and Agenda Overview



Workshop I: Beyond coal and gas: getting fossil fuels out of our electricity supply

  • The Ontario coal phase-out
  • Nova Scotia’s zero net emissions policy


  • Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance
  • Catherine Abreu, Ecology Action Centre
  • Zoe Caron, World Wildlife Fund (moderator)



Workshop II: Public Power: Public sector leadership in delivering climate change and new energy solutions.

  • Quebec's 4000 MW of clean energy
  • Manitoba's geothermal program
  • Quebec's infrastructure program for biomethane and composting of organic matter


  • Dan McInnis, Assistant Deputy Minister, Climate Change, Manitoba Conservation Department
  • Lois Morrison, Manitoba Hydro
  • Kim Cornelissen, AQLPA
  • Jean Francois Nolet, Canadian Wind Energy Association (Invited)
  • Gaile Whelan Enns, Manitoba Wildlands (Moderator)


Workshop III: Local actions, global change: how municipalities are leading the way.

  • Montreal & Vancouver


  • Alex Boston, HB Lanarc
  • Dan Stone, Town of East Gwillimbury
  • Marie-Helene Labrie, Enerken
  • Yvan Rheault, City of Montreal, Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Ian Bruce, David Suzuki Foundation  (Moderator)





Workshop IV: Spurring innovation and energy-efficiency by pricing carbon pollution.

  • B.C. Carbon Tax 
  • The Western Climate Initiative


  • The Hon Stéphane Dion, Member of Parliament, Saint Lauren-Cartierville
  • Ian Bruce, David Suzuki Foundation
  • Angus McAllister, President, McAllister Opinion Research
  • Matt Horne, Pembina Institute (Moderator)



Workshop V: Feed-in tariffs are driving a clean energy revolution

  • Ontario’s feed-in tariff
  • Nova Scotia’s feed-in tariff


  • Brendan Haley, Ph.D, Sustainable Energy Policy in Canada
  • Brent Kopperson, Windfall Ecology Centre
  • Adam Scott, Environmental Defence (Moderator)



Workshop VI: Building better buildings

  • Provincial best practices in building better buildings.
  • This workshop will feature a tour of the Maison du Developpement Durable


  • Roger Peter, Senior Advisor, Pembina Institute
  • Green Building Council (Invited)
  • Phil Jago, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada
  • Representative of the Maison du Developpement Durable








Workshop VII: Ending oil: Electric vehicles & public transit.

  • Ontario, B.C., and Quebec’s public transit and electrification of vehicles plans


  • Cherise Burda, Pembina Institute (Moderator)
  • Mike Elwood, Electric Mobility Canada
  • The Honourable Jamie Nicholls, MP, NDP Deputy Critic for Transportation
  • Andrea Peart, Canadian Labour Congress - Congrès du travail du Canada
  • Hydro Québec (Invited)


Workshop VIII: Energy efficiency first!

  • Manitoba Power Smart
  • Efficiency Nova Scotia
  • Efficiency New Brunswick


  • Brennan Vogel, Ecology Action Centre (Moderator)
  • Allan Crandlemire, Efficiency Nova Scotia
  • David Coon, Conservation Council of New Brunswick
  • Philippe Dunsky, Dunsky Energy Consulting
  • Brendan Haley, PhD Candidate, Sustainable Energy Policy in Canada
  • Lois Morrison, Manitoba Hydro


Workshop IX: Protecting ecosystems and boreal regions, and preserving carbon sinks

  • Ontario Far North Act
  • Manitoba protection of boreal forest regions


  • Chris Henschel, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
  • Gaile Whelan-Enns, Manitoba Wildlands
  • Dan McInnis, Assistant Deputy Minister, Climate Change, Manitoba Conservation Department


Wrap up and/or break before reception



Reception: A reception will be help in the main hall of the Maison du Developpement Durable, which features a five story green wall.



Wednesday, November 2






Plenary session: Based on the key lessons learned from the previous day’s workshops, we will hold an open discussion to identify policies that are most likely to be transferable to other jurisdictions and identify where there is interest among participants in working together to promote policy uptake.



Breakout groups to discuss follow-up strategies: According to their interests, participants will divide into small groups to discuss concrete ways of encourage the broader adoption of a specific provincial climate change policy or practice. 





Discussion of the CAN-Rac Strategic Directions Paper – This session is for representatives of members of Climate Action Network Canada only.





Climate Action Network Canada Annual General Meeting – This session is for representatives of members of Climate Action Network Canada only (conference closes at 4pm).


More than 95 clean energy and climate change advocates from 9 provinces and territories have already confirmed.

Attendance and space is limited therefore  RSVP is NECESSARY. Please contact Lauryn Drainie at .  Space for participants is available on a first come, first served basis.

A note regarding translation:

Since many of Climate Action Network member organizations will be coming-in from outside of Quebec, the conference will take place in both French and English. Simultaneous translation will be available at all times in the main conference room (therefore, all plenary sessions and at least one workshop at all times will have simultaneous translation). However, more informal approaches to translation will be relied on in some workshops when multiple rooms are being used.


For further information, please contact

Lauryn Drainie, 
Lead Organizer, Climate Action Network Canada




How Canada Compares with Other Countries on Climate Action


The 2010 Environmental Performance Index (EPI)
The index ranks 163 countries on 25 performance indicators tracked across ten policy categories covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality. These indicators provide a gauge at a national government scale of how close countries are to established environmental policy goals.

The EPI’s proximity-to-target methodology facilitates cross-country comparisons as well as analysis of how the global community is doing collectively on each particular policy issue.

Report: Read the full report.
Article: Iceland leads world on environmental issues, but China, US, and Canada plummet



Canada's Submission to the Copenhagen Accord
Canada's emissions reduction target for 2020 will be aligned with the emissions target and base year of the United States.

Letter: Read the full submission.



The Climate Competitiveness Index 2010
The Climate Competitiveness Index 2010, a product of the independent institute AccountAbility and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), presents the an analysis of progress towards the Green economy.

Details of the approach used in this index, findings, videos and analysis are available at



The Climate Change Performance Index - 2010
This year’s bottom-of-the-barrel finishers were Canada and Saudi Arabia. Because Canada's government delayed the announcement of any major new climate policies, it remained in second-to-last place for the second year in a row.



Falling Behind: Canada's Lost Clean Energy Jobs
This report, produced by Environmental Defence Canada and the United Steelworkers, examines clean energy investments made by Canada's federal government and by U.S. President Obama.

The report looks at support for renewable energy, greener transportation and energy efficiency.

For more information, visit Environmental Defence's website.



Who's On Board With The Copenhagen Accord?
January 31, 2010 marked the deadline for parties of the Copenhagen Accord to submit their respective plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

USCAN is tracking media reports and UNFCCC submissions on how countries are engaging with the accord and associated emissions reduction commitments.


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