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.

The Sustainability Project – Roundtable 1

Tuesday, October 6th 2009
Ottawa, Ontario

Is there a governance problem?

Do the challenges of sustainable development and climate change require a more collaborative approach to governance? Does the existing policy process falls short of what is needed, and is some form of collaborative governance a viable alternative? Is there a common understanding of what we mean by ‘sustainable development’?


The Sustainability Project

The NRTEE is joining forces with the Public Policy Forum (PPF) to explore how new, collaborative engagement processes can lead to better sustainable development policy in Canada. The NRTEE and the PPF believe that there may be a need for new forms of public and stakeholder engagement in the development and implementation of sustainable development policies and solutions. With this project, the NRTEE and PPF will explore the view that sustainability requires specially crafted and focused governance mechanisms and processes to navigate through difficult issues and to create a more integrated perspective within our governments and society on how to promote sustainability. (more…)


09:00 – 10:30
Welcome, Introductions and Overview of the Process

10:45 – 12:00
What does sustainable development mean for participants?

13:00 – 14:30
Are current policy processes appropriate for sustainable development?

14:45 – 15:30
The appetite and capacity for change?

15:30 – 16:00
Next Steps


Roxanna Benoit
Former Managing Director, Public Affairs Bureau, Alberta Executive Council Office

Gerald Butts
President and CEO,
WWF Canada

Karen Clarke-Whistler
Chief Environment Officer,
TD Bank Financial Group

Mike Cleland
President and CEO,
Canadian Gas Association

Dianne Cunningham
NRTEE Member

Francine Dorion
NRTEE Member

Karen Farbridge
Mayor of Guelph, Ontario

Michael Keenan
Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Environment Canada

Gord Lambert
Vice President Sustainable Development, Suncor

Don Lenihan
Facilitator, Public Policy Forum

Dr. Stephen Lucas
Assistant Deputy Minister, Minerals and Metals Sector, Natural Resources Canada

Greg Lyle
Managing Director,
Innovative Research Group

Alfred MacLeod
Assistant Deputy Minister Intergovernmental Policy,
Privy Council Office

Hugh MacLeod
Associate Deputy Minister, Climate Change, Ontario Climate Change Secretariat

Peter MacLeod
Principal, MASS

David McLaughlin
President and CEO, NRTEE

James Meadowcroft
Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development,
Carleton University

David J. Mitchell
President and CEO
Public Policy Forum

Peter Robinson
CEO, David Suzuki Foundation

Christopher Waddell
Carty Chair in Business and Financial Journalism
Carleton University


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