Addressing climate change and fostering a low-carbon energy economy requires tackling problems simultaneously from legal, economic and security perspectives. CIGI’s research brings new ideas and concrete proposals for financing sustainable development, promoting conservation and growth in the blue economy, implementing carbon pricing mechanisms, Arctic governance, and incorporating human rights and engaging Indigenous peoples in climate strategy and action.
With the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, CIGI’s experts will continue research on the many international and domestic implementation governance challenges, including reporting and accounting, liability, loss and damage, clean technology transfer, mobilization of public and private climate financing and intersection of treaty regimes.
- Jason Thistlethwaite
- Andrea Minano
- Jean-Frédéric Morin
- Mathilde Gauquelin
- Jason Thistlethwaite
- Melissa Menzies
Tapping the Potential of the Silent Majority: The Role of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs in Building Resilient, Low-carbon Communities
Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. While at CIGI, her research will examine the governance structures addressing global commons environmental issues, with a special emphasis on geoengineering.
Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, he provides strategic guidance of the thematic area. A specialist in intellectual property law, he has served as a judge at the Appeal Court in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and as adjunct professor at Western University.
Céline Bak is a CIGI senior fellow with CIGI’s Global Economy Program. At CIGI, she serves as the co-chair of the Think Tank 20 (T20) taskforce on climate policy and finance. This taskforce will feed into the G20 secretariat under the German presidency on carbon pricing, sustainable infrastructure and sustainable finance. To the T20 taskforce, she brings her expertise on barriers to scaling-up both solutions to climate change and firms that will enable the scale-up of the low carbon economy and sustainable growth.
In her capacity as an innovation practitioner, Céline sits as a director of Emissions Reduction Alberta, Green Centre Canada, and chairs the Core Evaluation Team for Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program all of which are focused on translating innovation into the private sector for environmental benefit and economic impact. Through her role as president of Analytica Advisors, Céline provides strategic vision for clean technology industry leaders.
As an expert on innovation and the low carbon economy, Céline has appeared on five occasions as a witness before parliament, and is frequently sought out by major Canadian media outlets to discuss sustainable finance, climate change and the low carbon economy in Canada. Within Global Affairs Canada, she was the chair of the Private Sector Advisory Group and served Senior Industry Advisory – Sustainable Technologies.
Prior to her role at Analytica Advisors, Céline advised investors in innovation-based firms and held executive roles at Bridgewater Systems, served as director of professional services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at AMDOCS, and was principal at the Toronto and Madrid offices of A.T. Kearney, a consulting firm. Céline holds a master’s of business administration from the University of Bath and a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Guelph. She has worked in 25 countries and travels extensively, speaking about sustainability and innovation at prestigious events around the world.
Joël Blit is a CIGI senior fellow researching the topic of innovation, including exploring intellectual property rights, closing Canada’s innovation gap, and the link between Canadian immigration and innovation. Joël is assistant professor of economics at the University of Waterloo, with expertise in the economics of innovation, technology clusters, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, international trade and multinational corporations.
John Borrows is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP). In this role, John will provide guidance and help shape the program’s international indigenous law research. He is also the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School and the Nexen Chair in Indigenous Leadership at the Banff Centre.
John is a recipient an Aboriginal Achievement Award in Law and Justice, a fellow of the Trudeau Foundation, and a fellow of the Academy of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (RSC), Canada’s highest academic honour, and a 2012 recipient of the Indigenous Peoples Counsel (IPC) from the Indigenous Bar Association, for honour and integrity in service to indigenous communities. John is Anishinabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewas of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.
Sarah Burch is a senior fellow with CIGI’s Global Economy Program, where she is contributing to research on financing sustainable development, focused on the exploration of innovative solutions to address challenges associated with climate change and sustainability. Sarah is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Sustainability Governance and Innovation, and assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada.
Peter Burn is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. He is focused on the design of effective climate change measures that are not a disguised restriction on international trade. Formerly a counsel in a leading Canadian law firm, he has recently been appointed a member of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT).
Wil Burns is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program, effective July 2015. Until recently, he served as director of the Energy Policy & Climate Program at Johns Hopkins University, and now serves as co-director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, a scholarly initiative of the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.
Barry Carin is a CIGI Senior Fellow. He has served in a number of senior official positions in the Government of Canada and played an instrumental role in developing the initial arguments for the G20 and a leader’s level G20. Barry brings institutional knowledge and experience to his research at CIGI on the G20, international development, energy and climate change.
Ana Cristina Carvalho is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. At CIGI, she will undertake advanced interdisciplinary research on both environmental law and intellectual property law. Prior to joining CIGI, Ana Cristina worked as an attorney and was a professor at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Brazil.
- Jessica Nasrallah
- Olaf Weber
- Emmanuel Acheta
- Paul Lanoie
- Marc-André Bernier
- Adrian Schimnowski
- Rohinton P. Medhora