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.

Mark Parent

Mark Parent - PhotoNRTEE Vice-Chair

Former Nova Scotia Minister of Environment and Labour
Canning, Nova Scotia

Mark Parent has a long history of involvement in issues related to the environment and the economy. Mr. Parent served the House of Assembly in Nova Scotia between 1999 and 2009. As provincial Minister of Environment and Labour between 2006 and 2009, he was instrumental in bringing forward an innovative bill on economic and environmental sustainability. While he served as Minister of Agriculture, he also championed local agriculture and encouraged the industry to move towards long term sustainability. 

Mr. Parent also sat on numerous provincial government committees. For example he served as Chair of the Social Policy Subcommittee of Cabinet and the Human Resources Committee of the Nova Scotia Legislature, and Vice Chair of the Economic Affairs Committee and the Community Services Committee. He was also a member of the Public Accounts Committee, the Law Amendments Committee, the Economic Affairs Committee and the Veteran’s Affairs Committee. Currently, Mr. Parent is a member of the Executive of the Nova Scotia Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and the Private and Local Bills Committee.

Mr. Parent taught at Queens, Mount Allison and Mount Saint Vincent universities. He wrote two books and has provided leadership at the national and international levels for numerous Baptist organizations. He is currently active in his community as a columnist and a member of the Rotary Club of Kentville and the Canning and Area Lions Club. Last year, the Nature Trust Society of Nova Scotia recognized Mr. Parent’s leadership in the conservation of land by awarding him the Conservation Award for 2009.