2016 was in some respects a stellar year for global progress on climate change with the rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement in November, ICAO’s commitment to take action to reduce emissions from civil aviation and international agreement being reached on the phase down of HFCs.

While progress was made, there were also setbacks. US election results put into question the commitment of the world’s second largest emitter. Many countries continue to invest in long term fossil fuel projects despite the Paris Agreement.

CIGI experts on global politics, global economy and international law will discuss how to advance global climate action in 2017 and beyond.

*This public event will be preceded by a private, half day roundtable with experts from governmental, academic, and private sectors.

Event Speakers

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Oonagh Fitzgerald

Director of the International Law Research Program

Oonagh Fitzgerald is director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. She has extensive experience as a senior executive of various departments of the federal government, including with the Department of Justice and Department of National Defence.

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David Runnalls

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

David Runnalls is a distinguished fellow and was formerly acting director of the Environment and Energy Program at CIGI. He also provided strategic advice and support for CIGI Chair Jim Balsillie’s role at the United Nations High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. He remains a distinguished fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development and a senior fellow at Sustainable Prosperity. David is chair of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

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Markus Gehring

CIGI Senior Fellow

Markus Gehring is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP) focusing on international economic law, trade and climate change, as well as trade, investment and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He is also the Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge.

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Céline Bak

CIGI Senior Fellow

Céline Bak is a CIGI senior fellow with CIGI’s Global Economy Program, effective July 1, 2015. At CIGI, she is currently investigating economic reporting of environmental goods. Céline is a nationally recognized expert on Canadian clean technology companies and the industry’s ecosystem. Through her role as president of Analytica Advisors, Céline provides strategic vision for clean technology industry leaders.

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Olaf Weber

CIGI Senior Fellow

Olaf Weber is a CIGI senior fellow. His research with CIGI focuses on sustainability and the banking sector. He is currently associate professor and program director of the Master’s Program in Sustainability Management as well as professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo. Since 2010, Olaf has held the Export Development Canada Chair in Environmental Finance.

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Silvia Maciunas

Deputy Director, Environmental Law, International Law Research Program

Silvia Maciunas is the deputy director of international environmental law, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, Silvia provides strategic guidance, operations coordination and management of the thematic area. Previously, she was a CIGI senior research fellow from July 2016 to February 2017.