Expert panel helps fight climate change
McGuinty Government Takes Aim At Go Green Action Plan Targets
Experts from the worlds of science, business and education are coming together to help Ontario combat climate change and move to a greener economy.
The Premier's Climate Change Advisory Panel will provide advice on climate change strategies and policies, as well as scientific and economic research. It will help the province meet its Go Green Action Plan targets for greenhouse gas reductions.
The panel will also seek out green economic opportunities and technologies to help Ontario move toward the low-carbon economy of the future.
Current members of the Premier's Climate Change Advisory Panel are:
- Panel Chair Andrew Heintzman, president of Investeco Capital Corp., the first Canadian investment company to be exclusively focused on investing in environmental sectors.
- Barbara Taylor, president of Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology. Taylor is a member of the Northern Development Council with an interest in issues of rural and remote community sustainability.
- Nicholas Parker, chairman, managing partner and co-founder of the Cleantech Group LLC. The organization includes venture capitalists, investment banks and companies with an interest in "cleantech" products or services that improve efficiency and reduce environmental impact.
- Dr. Vicky J. Sharpe, president and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada.
- Michael Adams, founding president of the Environics group of research and communications consulting companies. Environics has been tracking Canadian public opinion since 1976, with a special focus on Canadian environmental and energy policy.
- Lisa (Elisabeth) DeMarco, a partner with the Canadian-based international law firm of Macleod Dixon LLP and an expert in the law relating to emissions trading, the Kyoto Protocol and the evolving area of environmental finance.
- Roger Martin, dean of the Rotman School of Management. Martin is the current the Premier's Chair in Competitiveness and Productivity and is director of the AIC Institute for Corporate Citizenship.
- Dr. Gordon McBean, Director of Policy Studies for the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at the University of Western Ontario.
- Peter Robinson, CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation and chair and Chancellor of B.C.-based Royal Roads University. Robinson is former CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op, the country's largest outdoor equipment retailer.
- Dr. Cathy Vakil, a family doctor at the Queen's University Family Medicine Centre and a recognized expert on the health effects of environmental pollutants.
- Glen Murray, CEO and president of the Canadian Urban Institute and former mayor of Winnipeg. Murray is well known for his contributions to the green municipal environmental movement.
Additional members of the panel will be named at a later date.
- Ontario's Go Green Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to six percent below 1990 levels by 2014, 15 per cent below by 2020 and 80 per cent below by 2050.
- Ontario is the first jurisdiction in North America to commit to fully phasing out coal-fired electricity generation.
“Climate change threatens every aspect of our lives. This panel will identify the current challenges presented by climate change and advise on new technologies and ways of doing business that will help reduce greenhouse gases and create green jobs.”
“We must take advantage of every opportunity to work together to reduce greenhouse gases to protect our health and the environment. This panel will help us fight climate change and build a stronger, greener economy.”