The International Law Research Program (ILRP) of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) responds to select questions from Ontario's Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015, as part of a province-wide public consultation process by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.  The CIGI ILRP is optimistic that through this provincial consultation process and implementation of the best ideas it generates, as well as through Ontario’s initiatives undertaken in collaboration with other provinces and foreign subnationals, Canadians will be able to prove to the world our commitment to make a meaningful contribution to achieving an ambitious, verifiable and enforceable international agreement on climate change in December 2015 in Paris. By proactively addressing climate change now, the Government of Ontario positions this province, its citizens, universities and businesses to be innovators for sustainable prosperity rather than victims of global environmental and economic crisis.

  • Oonagh E. Fitzgerald was director of international law at CIGI from April 2014 to February 2020.
    In this role, she established and oversaw CIGI’s international law research agenda, which included policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, IP law and innovation, and Indigenous law.

  • Bassem Awad is a senior fellow and was previously the deputy director of International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at CIGI.

  • Karima Bawa is a CIGI senior fellow with expertise on the commercialization of university research and development and capacity building in intellectual property strategy for Canadian innovators. Prior to joining CIGI, she was the chief legal officer and general counsel for Research In Motion (BlackBerry).

  • Myra J. Tawfik is a senior fellow at CIGI and an expert on strategies for capacity building in intellectual property (IP) literacy, IP strategy and cost-effective IP legal services for start-ups and entrepreneurs.

  • Basil Ugochukwu is a CIGI fellow and an expert on corporate governance, international law and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.