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SFU Convenes Business Leaders and Ethicists on Canadian Climate Policy

November 26, 2015

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue has released two summary reports from invitational roundtables exploring climate policy advice for the Canadian government in the lead up to the COP21 Paris climate negotiations.

The Climate Action & Economic Competitiveness business roundtable convened 20 representatives from leading Canadian manufacturers, banks, and clean tech companies. Participants identified policies to support Canada’s economic com­petitiveness during the transition to a low-carbon economy, including specific options to invest directly in low-carbon financing and infrastructure, drive market innovation, and engage sub-national actors such as provinces and cities.

The Ethical Dilemmas in Climate Change roundtable dialogue sought advice from 17 leading Canadian scholars, thought leaders and faith leaders. Participants used an ethical lens to identify five potential government actions, including convening a national visioning process, compensating provinces for unequal impacts, engaging with Aboriginal communities, creating new pathways for de-carbonization, and building community resilience against extreme weather events.

Both events took place on October 23 at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre in Toronto and featured Prof. Tim Flannery, recipient of Simon Fraser University’s 2015/16 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. In addition to authoring the global best-seller, The Weather Makers, Prof. Flannery was recognized by SFU for his international outreach on climate change, including convening international business leaders as Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council and creating meaningful public dialogue as Chair of the Australian Climate Commission. As part of his award program, the SFU Centre for Dialogue staged the Canadian launch for Tim Flannery’s latest book, Atmosphere of Hope.