Paris COP21: Next Steps for Canadian Leadership on Climate Change

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 5:00 PM
Westin Ottawa, Governor General III - Level 4, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Canada
Private Event: Panel Discussion
Jan 20

Participation in this event is by invitation only

The International Law Research Program (ILRP) of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), is pleased to present "Paris COP21: Next Steps for Canadian Leadership on Climate Change."

Bringing legal, political, economic and governance perspectives, this public panel will consider the outcomes of the Paris COP21 meeting and the next steps for Canadian leadership on climate change.


Oonagh Fitzgerald is the Director of the International Law Research Program (ILRP), where she leads the teams addressing emerging issues in international economic law, intellectual property law and innovation, and environmental law including climate change.  Before joining CIGI she had a distinguished career in the federal public service leading large multidisciplinary departmental legal teams while teaching part-time in the business and law faculties of the University of Ottawa.


Thomas Cottier is Emeritus Professor of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern. He is a former co-director of the national research program on trade law and policy (NCCR Trade Regulation: From Fragmentation to Coherence) located at the WTI. Professor Cottier also has a long-standing involvement in GATT/WTO activities, such as when he served on the Swiss negotiating team of the Uruguay Round from 1986 to 1993. He has written and publishes on a wide variety of trade and international law issues.

David Runnalls is a distinguished fellow with CIGI's Global Security & Politics Program who has been active since the beginning of the international environmental debate.  Not only has David served as a consultant for renowned British economist and author, Barbara Ward, they co-founded the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).  

Celine Bak is a senior fellow with CIGI's Global Economy Programa and a nationally recognized expert on Canadian clean technology companies and the industry's ecosystem.  Celine is the President of Analytica Advisors, as well as leads the Canadian Clean Technology Innovation Network. Celine is an innovation practitioner and sits as a director of Green Centre Canada and serves on the Core Evaluation Team for Genome Canada's Genomic Applications Partnership Program.

David Estrin is a Senior Research Fellow with the CIGI ILRP.  He is recognized as Canada’s senior environmental law specialist with over four decades of experience in practising, writing and teaching in this area.  He has long been active in promoting the importance of the public’s role in environmental governance, articulating in the 1970’s the concepts now in Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights and more recently co-chairing the International Bar Association’s Task force on climate justice and human rights. 

Join in conversation following the CIGI panel on next steps for Canadian leadership in climate change.

A cocktail reception will following the Public Panel (at 6:00pm).   

Please RSVP by Friday, January 15, 2016, at noon Eastern time.