York University November 1, 2017
The Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) and MES/JD program at York University present — The Federal Environmental and Regulatory Review Process: A Panel Discussion on Legislative Reform
Emma Lui: Council of Canadians
Rick Lindgren: Canadian Environmental Law Association
Anna Johnston: West Coast Environmental Law
Erin Flanagan: Pembina Institute
Martin Olszynksi: University of Calgary, Faculty of Law
York University May 12, 2017
The panel on community energy planning explored important questions related to the implementation of sustainable energy at the municipal and local level. Speakers included individuals from the public, non-profit, and energy sectors.
Michael Lee - QUEST
Lisa King - Toronto City Planning Divison
Shannon Carto - Town of Caledon
Neetika Sathe - Director Emerging Technologies, Alectra
York University May 12, 2017
Chaired by Environmental Studies Professor Mark Winfield of York University, the second panel in this workstream explored future energy systems. Specifically, this panel looked at frameworks for energy storage technologies, the movement towards 100% cities, and the future of energy efficiency in Ontario.
Chair: Mark Winfield
Panelist: Jose Etcheverry
Panelist: Shahab Shokrzadeh
Panelist: Peter Love
Panelist: James Gaede
York University May 12, 2017
The final panel in the Sustainable Energy Workstream explored long-term energy policy in Ontario. Chaired by the OCC’s Peter Love, the panel examined the best evidence-based options for clean energy production. This included examining energy demand forecasts, the taxpayer costs related to cap and trade, variable energy flows, and the costs associated refurbishing existing nuclear reactors.
Chair: Peter Love
Panelist: Ralph Torrie
Panelist: Jack Gibbons
Panelist: Marc Brouillette
Panelist: Madeleine MacPherson
Webinar March 13, 2017
In June of 2016 the Trudeau government announced a review of the federal environmental and regulatory review processes, as revised through the Harper government's Bills C-38 and C-45. Since then four separate review processes have been set in motion. Expert panels have been established to review the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and the Role of the National Energy Board (NEB), while parliamentary committees are conducting reviews of the Fisheries Act and the Navigation Protection Act (formerly the Navigable Waters Protection Act). This seminar, presented by the Sustainable Energy Initiative and MES/JD program at York University, looked at what was happening under each of the review processes, and how they are, (or should be) connected.
Erin Flanagan, Federal Policy Director, Pembina Institute - NEB Review
Anna Johnston, Counsel, West Coast Environmental Law - Canadian Environmental Assessment Act Reform
Emma Lui, Water Campaigner, Council of Canadians - Navigation Protection Act Review
Martin Olszynski, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary - Fisheries Act
Rod Whitlow, Ehtshateré:'a , Thayendanegea, Senior Advisor, Chiefs of Ontario
Kyle Vermette, Metis National Council Presentative, Muilti-Interest Advisory Panel, CEAA Review
York University June 3, 2016
In the Spring, students from the ENVS 3505 class had to present their business plans to the Dragons Den Panel. Their projects consisted of exploring sustainable businesses with a plan for the future as well as focusing on environmental and societal impacts.
Dragons Den Panel:
Yasmin Glanville - Founder, RSI; Chief Strategist, CTR Inc.
Tim Angus - CEO, MMB Networks
Christ Tait - Partner, Resonator Agency; Director, RSI
Rick Spence - Columnist, Financial Post
Toronto March 23, 2016
Andrew Leach - Professor at the University of Alberta and Chair Alberta Climate Change Panel
Anna Johnston - Counsel, West Coast Environmental Law
Stephen Hazell - Director of Conservation and General Counsel, Nature Canada
David Coon - Leader of Green Party MLA, Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, Environmental Educator, Organizer, and Activist
Toronto November 27, 2015
The Sustainable Energy Initiative hosted an informative discussion session with five leading experts. With the Paris COP21 right around the corner, and Prime Minister Trudeau's recently named cabinet, the experts were invited to shed light on the likely directions new government in regards to environmental, energy and climate change policy.
Rick Smith – Executive director of the Broadbent Institute
Gord Miller – Past environmental commissioner of Ontario and federal Green Party candidate
David McLaughlin – Former chair of the Nation Round Table on the Environment & Economy and chief of staff to former prime minister Brian Mulroney and former New Brunswick premier Bernard Lord
Tzeporah Berman – Environmental activist, author of This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge, and FES adjunct professor
John Godfrey – Special advisor to the government of Ontario on climate change, former minister of state for Infrastructure & Communities and federal Liberal environment critic
Montreal April 10, 2015
Gaétan Caron, Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy of the University of Calgary and former Chair and CEO of the National Energy Board of Canada
Jack Gibbons, Economist and Chair of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Mark Winfield, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Sustainable Energy Initiative at York University
Bryne Purchase, Adjunct Professor at Queen’s University and former Ontario Deputy Minister of Energy, Science and Technology, and Finance
TORONTO January 9, 2015
The possibilities for closer cooperation between Ontario and Quebec around electricity and climate change issue have drawn increasing attention over the past few months. Following up on SEI’s initial May 2014 workshop on these issues, this event aims to deepen our understanding the political, economic, environmental and technical barriers and opportunities associated with strengthening the relationship between the Ontario and Quebec electricity systems, particularly in the context of the potential for wider collaboration between the provinces around climate change and transitions to a low-carbon economy. The workshop is specifically designed to bring Quebec perspectives on these issues to Ontario.
Jeffery Simpson, National Columnist, the Globe and Mail, author of Hot Air: Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Challenge
Steven Guilbeault, Senior Director, Equiterre
Normand Mousseau, Professor, Université de Montréal; Co-President, Quebec Commission on Energy Issues
Pierre-Oliver Pineau, Chair in Energy Sector Management, HEC Montreal