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.

January 24, 2012 – Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate: A Path Forward for Business and Government

The actions of Canadian business to build resilience to the consequences of climate change will shape our country’s ability to adapt and prosper in a warming world. That is why the NRT brought together leaders from the private and public sectors to help chart a path that supports private-sector climate adaptation and includes both short-term tactics and long-term strategies for governments, businesses and other stakeholders. A particular focus was on defining priority actions that should be undertaken by various levels of government.


  • Heard key conclusions on business resilience and adaptation to climate change by the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRT) in advance of their release to the public.
  • Advised the NRT on the direction, focus, and urgency of actions by government, industry, and other stakeholders to position Canada’s private sector to adapt and prosper in a changing climate. The NRT’s preliminary list of recommended actions resulting from research and convening activities over the course of the year was be an input to this discussion.
  • Learned from Canadian leaders and strengthened networks of peers in the private and public sectors through an exclusive dialogue.

The Network for Business Sustainability assisted us in delivering this event.



Jean-Christophe Amado
Risk Manager
Acclimatise North America

Elizabeth Atkinson
Manager, Policy and Strategic Planning
Natural Resources Canada

Bruce R. Burrows
The Railway Association of Canada

Paul Cobb
Technical and Policy Advisor
Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

Julie Desjardins
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants

Arthur DeJong
Mountain Planning and Environmental Resource Manager
Whistler Blackcomb

Claude Desjarlais
Director of Economic Analysis

Susan Evans
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – Canada

Jimena Eyzaguirre
Senior Policy Advisor
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRT)

David Greenall
Senior Manager and Ottawa Practice Leader
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Fiona Jones
Director of Energy & Climate Change Policy
Suncor Energy Inc.

Sonia Lacombe
Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.

Pamela Laughland
Network for Business Sustainability

Suzanne Loney
Policy Advisor
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRT)

David McLaughlin
President and CEO
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRT)

Sandra Odendahl
Royal Bank of Canada

Kathleen O’Neill
Manager, Strategic Policy Branch
Government of Ontario

Robert Page
Former NRT Chair, TransAlta Professor
University of Calgary

Gordon R. Peeling
Independent Consultant

Ryan Schwartz
Policy Analyst, Policy Development
Environment Canada

Marjorie Shepherd
Director, CCRD
Environment Canada

Robert Slater
Interim Chair of NRT

Jason Thistlethwaite
Project Manager
University of Waterloo

Michelle Turner
Canadian Electricity Association

Georgina Wainwright Kemdirim
Manager, Policy Development Sustainability and CSR Strategic Policy Branch
Industry Canada

Euan Wallace
First Secretary, Head of Global Issues Group
British High Commission

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