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.

February 8, 2012 – Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Conference

Opening Ceremony, Building a Green Economy for Canada and Sustainable Local Economic Development: Investment Attraction, Business Retention and Economic Expansion

NRT President and CEO David McLaughlin spoke at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show on February 8, 2012 in Ottawa. His speech focused on building a green economy for Canada and drew upon the NRT’s work.

Video of proceedings (FCM website)

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Speech by NRT President and CEO David McLaughlin can be found at video timecode 45:00


2012 Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show

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Plenary: Building a Green Economy for Canada

The world economy is moving towards a greener future. All countries will have to innovate to ensure a prosperous future by making better use of resources including energy, materials, infrastructure and natural assets. Will Canada be a leader or a follower in this process? Will we spearhead tomorrow’s solutions or rely on others to lead the way?

Local governments have a pivotal role to play in this transition since their decisions influence the way we live, move, consume energy and water, and manage waste. Through an enabling national policy environment, municipalities can help drive investment shifts that are environmentally and economically beneficial, not only for their community but for the nation as a whole.

Lucy van Oldenbarneveld, CBC News Ottawa


  • Dave Thompson, Director, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Prosperity
  • David McLaughlin, President and CEO of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
  • Carol Wilding, President and CEO, Toronto Board of Trade
  • Julian Boyle, Manager, Strategic Energy Policy and Environmental Initiatives, Halifax Regional Municipality

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