Canada’s
Net-Zero
Economy

Securing Prosperity in a Net-Zero World

A pan-Canadian conference on the risks and opportunities ahead.

Canada’s
Net-Zero
Economy:

Securing Prosperity in a Net-Zero World

A pan-Canadian conference on the risks and opportunities ahead.

PROGRAM

THIS EVENT TOOK PLACE ON

Monday, October 25TH 2021

Presented by

Canadian Institute for Climate Choices  Net Zero Advisory board logo

Hosted by Althia Raj, Toronto Star

Welcome

Welcome, Land Acknowledgement and Introduction of Hosts

Hon Jonathan Wilkinson, P.C., M.P., Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Rick Smith, President, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices
Marie-Pierre Ippersiel, Co-Chair, Net-Zero Advisory Body
Dan Wicklum, Co-Chair, Net-Zero Advisory Body

Setting the stage and context in this critical period post-federal election and pre-COP 26 in Glasgow, and outlining the focus of the conference: to inform the creation of Canada’s first 2030 emissions reduction plan as mandated by the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act.

Session 1

Laying the Foundation for Canada’s Net-Zero Pathways:
10 Values and Principles from the Net-Zero Advisory Body

Marie-Pierre Ippersiel, Co-Chair, Net-Zero Advisory Body
Dan Wicklum, Co-Chair, Net-Zero Advisory Body

Learn about the mission and priorities of Canada’s Net-Zero Advisory Body. The Co-Chairs will highlight the 10 values and principles the Net-Zero Advisory Body has identified to guide its work to engage Canadians and advise on the net-zero pathways, as well as answer questions from the virtual audience.

Session 2

Canada in a Global Net-Zero Economy:
The Risks and Opportunities Ahead

Dale Beugin, Research and Analysis Vice President, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices
Rachel Samson, Clean Growth Research Director, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices
Jeffrey Jones, Journalist, Globe and Mail

Presentation of new work related to the risks and opportunities of the global low-carbon transition, and interview with Jeffrey Jones, Report on Business, Globe and Mail.

Session 3

Putting Net-Zero Into Action:
Lessons from the UK

Chris Stark, Chief Executive, UK Climate Change Committee
Fatima Syed, Climate Journalist, The Narwal

Achieving net-zero is an economic goal as much as an environmental one. As a result, bringing a “whole of government” approach to transition is key. In a discussion between Chris Stark and the virtual audience moderated by climate journalist Fatima Syed, this session explores lessons from the UK, which has reduced carbon emissions nearly 50 per cent since 1990.

Session 4

The Business of Net Zero:
The Intersection of Net Zero and Industrial Competitiveness

Sandra Odendahl, Board Member, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices; VP Social Impact and Sustainability, Scotiabank
Jessica Verhagen, CEO, Hydra Energy
Dawn Farrell, Corporate Director, Canadian Natural Resources Limited and The Chemours Company
Tamara Lawson, Chief Financial Officer, QuadReal

A panel of sectoral leaders explore how their industries are moving concretely towards net zero.

Session 5

Updates on the Road to Glasgow

Patricia Fuller, Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change
Kluane Adamek, Net-Zero Advisory Body Member, Regional Chief for Yukon, Assembly of First Nations
Helen Mountford, Advisory Council, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices and Vice-President for Climate and Economics, World Resources Institute
Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance