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NRTEE 20th Anniversary Forum


On October 30th, 2008, the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) commemorated its twentieth anniversary by holding a forum to discuss our country’s next climate-policy agenda.

The forum, Securing Canada’s Future in a Climate Changing World, gave one hundred leading Canadians a rare chance to discuss how climate change would affect Canada’s environmental and economic future. Anticipating a renewed interest and commitment to climate change action in Canada and abroad, the Forum sought to consider what priorities and steps are needed to secure our future in three key areas—ecosystems, the energy-economy, and the Arctic—in the face of growing, expected climate change.

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The NRTEE forum spanned the three round table sessions involving more than forty participants led by three moderators and the Forum Chair, Pierre Marc Johnson. Over one hundred people joined in the Forum during the day. Participants represented the full array of interests, perspectives, and leadership involved in climate change or environmental/economic issues, and public policy. They came from industry, the environmental community, government, academia, the media, and public policy think tanks. They came from every Canadian province and territory, as well as the US, the UK, Germany and Mexico. They were activists and advocates; experts and columnists; public servants and politicians; ambassadors and academics; CEOs and environmentalists. They shared an abiding interest in the issue of climate change and what it means for Canada’s economic and environmental security.




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NRTEE 20th Anniversary Forum - Opening Session Video




Round Table 1 – Securing Canada’s Ecosystems

NRTEE 20th Anniversary Forum - Round Table 1 VideoOur ecosystems are vital to Canadian economy and society. They provide essential services to human society, including provisionary services such as food, timber, and water; regulating services that affect climate change, the spread of disease, and water quality; cultural services that provide recreational and social benefits; and, supporting services such as photosynthesis that help to regenerate organisms in the system.

Projected changes in climate are expected to bring a range of challenges and benefits to Canada as our economic and social well-being is greatly influenced by the health and sustainability of these resources. Threats to ecosystem stability include changes in precipitation, growing seasons, temperature, and the influx of invasive alien species; all of which can be linked to climate change.

Roundtable 1 – Participants


Gisèle Quenneville
Host-Producer, Panorama, TFO


Bill Borland
Chairman, Board of Directors, Canadian Water Network


Mel Cappe
President & CEO, Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)


David Chernushenko
Vice-Chair, National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy


Linda Coady
Vice President, Sustainability, Vancouver Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC)


Dr. Roger Gibbins
President & CEO, Canada West Foundation


Michael Harcourt
Honorary Chair, International Centre for Sustainable Cities; Co-Chair, International Panel of Advisors;
Honorary Co-Chair, Advisory Council on Sustainability, University of British Columbia


Toby A. Heaps
President, Corporate Knights Inc.


Hélène Lauzon
President, Quebec Business Council on the Environment


Avrim Lazar
President & CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada


Preston Manning, C.C.
Senior Fellow , Fraser Institute and President
CEO, Manning Centre for Building Democracy


Ken Ogilvie
Consultant and Senior Advisor, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP


Merrell-Ann Phare
Executive Director/Legal Counsel, Centre for Indigenous
Environmental Resources (CIER)


Dr. Rick Smith
Executive Director, Environmental Defence

Round Table 2 – Securing Canada’s Energy Economy

NRTEE 20th Anniversary Forum - Round Table 2 VideoEnergy-related emissions account for over 80% of Canadian GHG emissions; at the same time, energy-related industry accounts for 7 % of Canada’s GDP and national wealth. This sums up the challenge of securing Canada’s energy economy in the face of climate change. As the NRTEE has stated in its recent reports on climate change, transitioning to a low-emission future in a carbon constrained world will require important transformations and development within Canada’s energy economy.

Over the past decade, reference to the concept of energy security has increased. In Canada, the energy industry is a major contributor to GHGs and to economic growth and wealth. Transitioning to a low-emission future in a carbon constrained world will require important transformations and development within Canada’s energy economy. High energy prices, growing demand for energy, and restricted production are contributing to changes in how we consume and produce energy in Canada, along with our energy mix. Securing an affordable and sustainable energy supply for Canada in the face of climate change will require more sustainable production and consumption choices.

Roundtable 2 – Participants

Bernard Lord
Bernard Lord
President & CEO
Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association
Elyse Allan

Elyse Allan
President & CEO, GE Canada

Angus Bruneau
Angus Bruneau
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
Michael Cleland

F. Michael Cleland
President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association

Andrew Coyne
Andrew Coyne
National Editor, Maclean’s
Duncan Hawthorne

Duncan Hawthorne
President and CEO, Bruce Power

David Keith

Dr. David Keith
Director, ISEEE Energy and Environmental Systems Group, Canada Research Chair in Energy and the Environment

Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee
Chief Executive, United Kingdom Sustainable Development Commission

Sheila Leggett
Sheila Leggett
Vice-Chair, National Energy Board
John Manzoni
John A. Manzoni
President & CEO, Talisman Energy Inc.
Jeff Passmore
Jeff Passmore
Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Iogen Corporation
Marlo Raynolds
Dr. Marlo Raynolds
Executive Director, Pembina Institute
Peter Robinson
Peter Robinson
CEO, the David Suzuki Foundation
Vicky Sharpe

Vicky J. Sharpe
President & CEO
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Steve Williams
Steven W. Williams
Chief Operating Officer, Suncor

Round Table 3 – Securing Canada’s Arctic Environment

NRTEE 20th Anniversary Forum - Round Table 3 VideoCanada’s North and Arctic environment are already experiencing the effects of climate change. Melting sea ice, storm surges, and changes in species’ living patterns are all apparent. As climate change occurs in Canada’s North, new issues and questions are emerging about what this means to access to natural resources, protecting threatened ecosystems, sovereignty and security, and Indigenous peoples, northern communities and their way of life.

Biodiversity, ecosystems, and cultural traditions are threatened by melting ice and warmer temperatures derived from climate change. Dramatic warming over the past century has led to significant summer sea-ice loss and permafrost thaw in the Arctic. Sea ice is now more unstable where Inuit hunters previously knew it to be safe; rising sea levels and reduction in sea ice makes coastal communities more vulnerable to storm surges and erosion; and, plant, insect and animal species are changing and adapting.

Roundtable 3 – Participants

Jodi White
Jodi White
President, Public Policy Forum
Patrick Borbey

Patrick Borbey
Assistant Deputy Minister
Indian and Northern Affairs

Terry Breese
Terry Breese
Deputy Chief of Mission, American Embassy in Ottawa
Anthony Cary
Anthony Cary
British High Commissioner, Canada
Ian Church
Ian Church
Senior Science Advisor, Executive Council Office,
Yukon Government; Chairman, Canadian International Polar Year National Committee
Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Elizabeth Dowdeswell
University of Toronto
Violet Ford

Violet Ford
Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC)

Fen Hampson
Fen Osler Hampson
Chancellor’s Professor and Director, The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University
Paul Heinbecker
Paul Heinbecker
Distinguished Fellow, International Relations
Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
Thomas Homer Dixon
Thomas Homer-Dixon
Chair, Centre for International Governance Innovation of Global Systems, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo; Professor, Centre for Environment and Business in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo
Robert Huebert

Robert Huebert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Calgary

Bob Page
Robert Page
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
David Runnalls

David Runnalls
President & CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Mercedes Stephenson

Mercedes Stephenson
National Media Commentator on Defence and Security Affairs

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