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.

DPR-2009-2010 : Description of Figure 1

Figure 1 illustrates the internal organization and relationship to the federal government of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE).

Tier 1: The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy reports to the federal government and Parliament through the Minister of the Environment.

Tier 2: The work of the NRTEE is directed by the Round Table members including the NRTEE Plenary, Executive Committee, and NRTEE Chair, drawing on their expertise and insight. The members are part-time Governor-in-Council appointees. They represent different regions of Canada and are distinguished leaders from business, labour, universities, public service, and environmental organizations.

Tier 3: The Round Table normally meets four times each year in plenary sessions where members discuss priorities and review and approve the work of the Secretariat. A Secretariat in Ottawa, headed by a President and CEO, supports the members. Activities of the NRTEE Secretariat are divided into four key areas: policy and research, communications and public affairs, member services, and corporate service.