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2011-2012 – NRTEE Report on Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures

As required by the Treasury Board Directive for the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE or Round Table) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. It also provides the variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.

This information is updated annually and does not contain information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are for the most part directly related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government’s priorities.

The Round Table’s research and advice focuses on sustaining Canada’s prosperity without borrowing resources from future generations or compromising their ability to live securely. It raises awareness among Canadians and their governments about the challenges of sustainable development. The Round Table promotes credible and impartial policy solutions that are in the best interest of all Canadians. The NRTEE brings together distinguished sustainability leaders active in business, universities, environmentalism, labour, public policy, and community life from across Canada. Our members are appointed by the federal government for a mandate of up to three years. They meet in a round table format that offers a safe haven for discussion and encourages the unfettered exchange of ideas leading to consensus.

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Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Round Table are summarized below:
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 2012
(in thousands of dollars) – (a)
Expenditures for previous year ending
March 31, 2011
(in thousands of dollars) – (b)
(in thousands of dollars) – (a-b)
Travel – Public Servants $123.7 $114.2 $9.6
Travel – Non-Public Servants $112.2 $95.1 $17.0
Total Travel $235.9 $209.3 $26.6
Hospitality $47.0 $36.0 $11.0
Conference Fees $9.1 $16.9 $(7.8)
TOTAL $292.0 $262.2 $29.8

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year.


A. Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, travel expenditures by public servants increased in 2011-2012 mainly due to:

  • travel related with two ministerial references, one of which required consultations with various provincial officials across Canada.

B. Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, travel expenditures by non-public servants increased in 2011-2012 mainly due to:

  • travel associated with events such as the Canadian Climate Change Policies Consultation session co-hosted with Institute of Intergovernmental relations, and increased presence of NRTEE members at various outreach events across Canada.

HOSPITALITY: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, hospitality expenditures increased in 2011-2012 mainly due to:

  • hospitality extended in relation to large national events such as the National Water Forum: Charting a Course Action hosted in Ottawa and the Canadian Climate Change Policies Consultation hosted in Kingston.

CONFERENCE FEES: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, conference fees expenditures for 2011-2012 decreased mainly due to:

  • the NRTEE not attending Americana, an international environmental technology trade show and conference.