Climate Change: Policy Considerations

Thursday, November 28, 2019 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
The Rideau Club, 99 Bank St, Ottawa, Canada
Private Event: Panel Discussion
Nov 28

Participation in this event is by invitation only

The policy debate is heating up! What can government and public service executives do?

Under its new Public Policy Issues Series, the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) is pleased to be partnering with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) to bring you a seminar on this critical topic. It will focus on policy options,  considerations and a range of possible solutions for decision-makers.

  • The first panel of speakers will engage in discussions on public policies issues surrounding climate change to give participants an overview of the challenges facing governments, its political leaders and its senior management.
  • The second panel of speakers will explore how innovation can be part of the suite of solutions to climate change, what they see being done around the globe, and lessons learned from around the world.

Speakers will include internationally-renowned experts, who will debate, discuss and field your questions about this crucial environmental issue

This event is only open to federal government executives or by invitation. The program co-chairs are Aaron Shull ([email protected]) and Maria Pagliarello ([email protected]).


Le débat sur les politiques s’enflamme! Que peuvent faire le gouvernement et les cadres supérieurs?

Sous la rubrique Enjeux de politiques publiques, l’Association professionnelle des cadres supérieurs de la fonction (APEX) est fière de travailler en partenariat avec le Centre pour l’innovation dans la gouvernance internationale (CIGI). Les discussions se concentreront sur les différentes considérations et options en matière de politiques publiques de même que sur une gamme de solutions pour les décideurs.

  • Lors du premier panel, les invités-experts discuteront des enjeux de politiques publiques liés aux changements climatiques. Cela permettra aux participants d’avoir un aperçu des défis auxquels font face les gouvernements, leurs leaders politiques et leur haute gestion.
  • Au cours du deuxième panel, la discussion des invités-experts explorera comment l’innovation peut faire partie des pistes de solutions aux changements climatiques. Ils aborderont aussi ce qui se fait ailleurs sur la planète et quelles leçons nous pouvons en tirer.

Les panelistes incluent des experts de renommée internationale qui débâteront, discuteront et répondront à vos questions sur cet enjeux environnemental très important.

Cet événement est ouvert exclusivement aux dirigeants du gouvernement fédéral ou sur invitation. Les coprésidents du programme sont Aaron Shull ([email protected]) et Maria Pagliarello ([email protected]).

Event Speakers

Mike Andrade is CEO of Morgan Solar, an investor and advisor to multiple other companies , a member of the Canadian Council of Innovators,  board member of the Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster and a member of the Clean Tech Economic Strategy Table. He believes that the world's energy system is going through a technology disruption. With over 30 years in the technology experience with IBM and a founding member of Celestica, he has seen many of these events, and is passionate about ensuring that Canada effectively deals with this transition. As such, he is active both as an investor and advisor in the Canadian clean technology ecosystem and was recognized for these efforts in October as a member of Canada's 2020 Clean16. 

Kathy Bardswick is President and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices. Previously, her professional career spanned nearly four decades with The Co-operators Group Ltd. During her tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer, she led The Co-operators sustainability journey, receiving various domestic and global recognitions for the insurance group’s efforts. Kathy also sits on the boards of Foresters Financial, Wawanesa, University of Waterloo and Metrolinx.  

Patricia Fuller was named Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change on June 5, 2018 for a term of three years. She served abroad as Ambassador of Canada to Uruguay from 2004 to 2007 and as Ambassador to Chile from 2012 to 2015. Previous international assignments also included Mexico and Guatemala. In Ottawa, Ms. Fuller has specialized in trade and economic policy, as well as climate change and energy. At Canada’s foreign ministry, she served as Deputy Director for Trade Remedies (1997-1999), Director of the Softwood Lumber Division (2003-2004), Chief Economist (2007-2010), Director General of Planning and Reporting (2010-2012) and Director General of Economic Development (2017-2018).  She was seconded to Natural Resources Canada from 2015 to 2017, to head up the Office of Energy Efficiency.

Glen Hodgson has 37 years of experience in global and Canadian macro-economics, international trade analysis and finance, fiscal and tax policy, and other “big picture” topics.  He is currently a Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute as wells as Chief Economist with International Financial Consulting Ltd (IFCL), in addition to a number of other affiliations.Glen’s career has spanned the Conference Board of Canada, where he was Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist for twelve years; the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C.; Export Development Canada (EDC); and the Canadian Department of Finance. Glen has co-authored two books and written over 400 reports, briefings and articles, with regular commentary in the Globe and Mail. He has delivered many presentations to audiences of all types and sizes, and done numerous media interviews via print, TV, radio and social media.   

Leah Lawrence is president and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada. With more than two decades of business experience, Leah is known for her leadership and passion for business and sustainable innovation.

Silvia Maciunas is a senior fellow at CIGI whose research assesses how climate change protection measures are affected by the international legal framework within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Professor Emeritus Gordon McBean is Director for Policy, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at Western University's Department of Geography. Previously, he was Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment Canada (1994-2000), responsible for weather, climate and air quality sciences and service. Since his appointments to ICLR and Western, he has focused on science and policy issues of climate change, disaster risk reduction and broader environmental issues. He is a Member of the Orders of Canada and Ontario and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2007 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, shared for his contributions to the IPCC.

David Runnalls is a distinguished fellow and was formerly acting director of the Environment and Energy Program at CIGI.