Date(s) - Wednesday, November 23, 2016
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
41 Willcocks St.
Please join us at 5:30 p.m. on November 23, 2016 for the University of Toronto’s School of the Environment 2016 Thought Leadership Event, presented by the School’s Environmental Finance Advisory Committee. The topic of this year’s event is an Update from the 2016 Marrakech UN Climate Negotiations: Conference Highlights & Considerations for Canada and the Provinces Under the Paris Agreement.
- The Honourable Glen Murray (Ontario Minister of Environment & Climate Change),
- Lisa DeMarco (Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP),
- Erik Haites (President, Margaree Consultants and Advisor to UNFCCC on Biennial Assessment and Overview of Climate Finance),
- Robert Page (IETA Fellow; Board Chair of the ISO 14000 international environmental standards board (Geneva); member of the Climate Action Group to the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change),
- Katie Sullivan (Director of The Americas & International Climate Finance, International Emissions Trading Association),
- Gray Taylor as moderator (Counsel, Climate Solutions Group; Distinguished Visiting Fellow, School of the Environment; Principal, Gray Taylor Law). This event was co-sponsored by the Ivey Foundation and Navigant/ECOFYS, and held at the Faculty Club.
The Paris Agreement to combat climate change enters into force on November 4, 2016, days before the international community meets in Marrakech for the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (COP22) and the First Meeting of Parties under the Paris Agreement (CMA1). In close collaboration with provinces, particularly Quebec and Ontario, Canada’s Federal Government played an important role in shepherding through key elements of the Paris Agreement, including aspects related to markets and “cooperative approaches”. Ontario’s new cap-and-trade program, to be linked with Quebec and California’s market in 2018, will not only assist Canada in reaching its climate target but also illuminate the power of cross-border carbon markets and “cooperative approaches”. In the wake of the US election, the panel will also share considerations and thoughts on a President Trump world, including outlooks for the Clean Power Plan, the Paris Agreement, and potential for cooperation and markets at home and abroad.
Join us to hear these international and Canadian climate policy and finance experts, some of whom will be on the ground in Marrakech for the two-week climate conference, report on the developments from the meeting and its implications for Canada and Ontario. Following the discussion and a robust Q&A session will be the presentation of the Rodney White Environmental Studies Scholarship and the Skip Willis Undergraduate Scholarship. A networking reception will follow.
Registration fee: $99.00 plus HST. Register HERE on Eventbrite. Proceeds of the event will be distributed to both the Rodney White and Skip Willis Undergraduate Scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships or to make a donation, please see this LINK.
Join us on Wednesday, November 23rd. Event registration opens at 4:30 p.m., session 5:30-7:30, reception 7:30-8:30. Location is the Main Dining Room, Faculty Club, University of Toronto, 41 Willcocks Street.
Katie Sullivan serves as IETA’s Director of The Americas and International Climate Finance. On behalf of IETA’s 160+ business members – and alongside dozens of global partners, including the World Bank, UNFCCC, EDF and OECD – Katie leads efforts to inform climate policy and carbon pricing initiatives across North and South America. She also manages IETA’s growing work on global aviation and financial instruments to leverage and scale low-carbon private capital. Katie’s a member of the University of Toronto’s Environmental Finance Committee, Ivey Foundation’s Climate Advisory Committee, and the Climate Advisory Group to Ontario’s Minister of Environment & Climate Change. Prior to IETA, Katie worked with ICF International, where she managed Canada’s Industry-Provincial Offsets Group and authored UNEP’s compendium on “Green Financial Products & Services”. Katie holds a MA (Distinction) in Environmental Policy & Development from Sussex University (UK).
Erik Haites is the President of Margaree Consultants Inc. He has worked on emissions trading systems since the PERT demonstration project in Ontario in 1996. He has contributed to designs of greenhouse gas emissions trading programs for Alberta, Australia, Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States. Erik has been an advisor/consultant to the UNFCCC on numerous matters, including the Biennial Assessment and Overview of Climate Finance, a summary of which is going to the Marrakech COP as an annex to the report of the Standing Committee on Finance.
Lisa DeMarco is the senior partner of DeMarco Allan LLP, a Toronto based boutique law firm. She has over two decades of experience in law, regulation, policy and advocacy relating to energy and climate change. She represents several governments and leading energy clients in a wide variety of natural gas, electricity, pipeline, and energy storage matters before various regulatory tribunals, including the Ontario Energy Board and the National Energy Board. She is ranked by Chamber’s Global as one of the world’s leading climate change lawyers and regularly attends and advises on United Nations Climate negotiations. She is ranked and repeatedly recommended by Lexpert, Expert Guide, International Who’s Who and Chambers Canada as a leading energy (oil and gas) and environment lawyer. She was appointed to the Premier of Ontario’s now completed Climate Change Advisory Panel and continues to serve as an appointed member of Ontario’s Clean Energy Task Force and Climate Action Group. Ms. DeMarco is a member of the Board of Directors of Ontario Power Generation and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund Investment Committee. She is currently on the editorial board of the Carbon and Climate Law Review.
The Honourable Glen Murray is the Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and was previously the Minister of Infrastructure and the Minister of Transportation. He was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2010 as the MPP for Toronto Centre, and was re-elected in 2011 and 2014. He has had a lifetime of activism in urban planning, sustainable development and community health. Murray is a founding member of the Canadian AIDS Society. He was Director of Health Education and HIV Prevention Services at the Village Clinic/9 Circles Community Health Centre in Winnipeg. Murray was also part of the World Health AIDS Service Organization’s working group for the Global Program on AIDS. He served as mayor of Winnipeg from 1998 to 2004. As Chair of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus, Murray led the successful campaign to transfer the equivalent of five cents per litre of the federal gas tax to municipalities for infrastructure renewal and construction. In 2004, he moved to Toronto and served as Senior Resident at Massey College and a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design at the University of Toronto. Murray was a Managing Partner of AuthentiCITY, a Toronto-based urban sustainability consulting and planning firm. He was appointed Chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy by former prime minister Paul Martin in 2005. Murray became president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute in 2007. He has served on several university, hospital and community boards, including the Expo 2015 Bid Committee and the Toronto District School Board’s Reference Group for Improving Services for Marginalized Students. He has logged more than 5,000 kilometres cycling for Habitat for Humanity to raise money for affordable housing. Murray has won several public service awards, including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Fight for LGBT Justice and Equality award from Egale Canada in 2003. Murray was born in Montreal, where he earned a diploma from John Abbott College. He then attended Concordia University’s School of Community and Public Affairs for four years, majoring in Urban Studies.
Robert (Bob) Page was educated at Queen’s and Oxford. His academic career included Trent University (Environmental & Resource Studies) and University of Calgary (Dean of Environmental Design). His business career included 10 years as VP Sust. Dev. for the TransAlta Corporation as well as regulatory work. He has direct experience in emissions trading. He was the founding Vice Chair then Chair of IETA and now Fellow. He was an environmental advisor to the NAFTA negotiations and other environment and trade work. His public service includes former Chair of the National Round Table on Environment and Economy and former board member of the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency. He is currently board chair of the ISO 14000 international environmental standards board (Geneva) and a member of the Climate Action Group to the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. As board member for two Canadian corporations and two scientific bodies he has served on finance and audit committees. As a resident of Calgary, Alberta he is an enthusiastic mountain hiker and sports spectator as well cottage owner and canoeist in Buckhorn, Ontario with his wife Jocelyne.
Gray Taylor is the General Counsel and a Principal of the Climate Solutions Group and is the principal of Gray Taylor Law. Gray was identified in Chambers Global, the leading lawyer rating journal, as “being universally recognized as the godfather of Canadian climate change law”. He is the past Chair of the National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, a former director of IETA and a member of the Environmental Finance Advisory Committee of the University of Toronto’s School of the Environment. He is the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Environment at the School of the Environment.
Please note: This program may be eligible toward the Law Society’s CPD Requirement as Substantive Hours. It is not accredited for Professionalism Hours. For more information, contact the Law Society off Upper Canada.