Our process helps Canada achieve sustainable development solutions that integrate environmental and economic considerations to ensure the lasting prosperity and well-being of our nation.


We rigorously research and conduct high quality analysis on issues of sustainable development. Our thinking is original and thought provoking.


We convene opinion leaders and experts from across Canada around our table to share their knowledge and diverse perspectives. We stimulate debate and integrate polarities. We create a context for possibilities to emerge.


We generate ideas and provide realistic solutions to advise governments, Parliament and Canadians. We proceed with resolve and optimism to bring Canada’s economy and environment closer together.


biodiversity issue - imageInterdependence between the human species and ecosystems is the basis of our survival. Yet, around the world, the number of species and the range of habitats are being affected by human activity. Overpopulation, deforestation, pollution, along with global warming, are exerting a cumulative effect on biodiversity. As species disappear, the world’s ecosystems become less stable and more fragile. Preserving the biodiversity around us is central to human existence.

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Canada’s Boreal Forest

Canada’s Boreal Forest

In 2003, the NRTEE established a program to examine how to advance conservation in balance with economic activity on public lands in the boreal region currently experiencing industrial-level activity – the “working landscape”. Specifically, the National Round Table examined the role of fiscal and regulatory policy in achieving a balance between conservation and development in Canada’s boreal region.The result of extensive research and multistakeholder input, this report identifies opportunities for achieving the balance in the region through initiatives in four interrelated areas: leadership, education and information; ecological fiscal reform; innovations in planning and regulatory frameworks; and institution and capacity building.

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