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.

Facing the Elements


Climate change means business. And businesses are already on the frontline of climate change. The effects of more volatile weather and gradual changes in climate conditions will touch all facets of Canadian business in the decades to come. Despite growing awareness of the risks and opportunities that changing climate presents, few firms are adjusting business strategies and practices to adapt to this inevitable reality. Canada’s future economic prosperity relies on the continued resilience of Canadian business in a changing climate. The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRT) has spent more than a year considering how we can act and adapt – business and government together – to prosper through climate change.

The result is Facing the Elements: Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate, a three report series advising business and governments on coping with climate change from a business perspective.


/// Advisory Report
Released on April 27, 2012

An advisory report to government with research and recommendations on how government can support greater business adaptation to climate change and why this matters. Read what the state of play is on business adaptation in Canada, what steps need to be taken to build resilience, and the roles for government and business in tackling this issue together. [Read the advisory report]

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// Business Primer
Released on April 27, 2012

A business-friendly primer emphasizing why adapting to climate change is important to stay competitive. See what the business case for action is, and what practical steps and approaches business executives and managers can use to get in front and succeed in the face of this growing challenge. [Read the business primer]

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/ Case Studies Report
Released on March 22, 2012

A collection of company case studies presenting successes, challenges, and lessons from thirteen Canadian and international pacesetters who are already adapting to climate change. Read about the business implications of climate change across industry sectors; see how they assess and manage risks and opportunities; learn what they are doing to build climate resilience across their enterprises. [Read the case studies report]

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