York University March 2, 2018
The Trudeau government's long-awaited Bill C-69, reforming the federal environmental assessment processes, roles of energy regulatory agencies and the Navigation Protection Act, was tabled on February 8th. Along with the amendments to the Fisheries Act introduced on February 6th (Bill C-68), the initiative represents the most significant federal legislative proposals on the environment seen for many years.
Anna Johnson, Staff Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Law - CEAA Review
Emma Lui, Water Campaigner, Council of Canadians- NWPA Review
Nicole Dusyk, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Pembina Institute - NEB Review
Prof. Martin Olszynski, University of Calgary Law School - Fisheries Act
Prof. Robert Gibson, University of Waterloo - CEAA review.
York University January 15, 2018
York University, the Sustainable Energy Initiative, and the Ontario Climate Consortium present — Energy Storage Policy Developments in the US, EU and UK
Dr. Jan Ole Voss, Lawyer, Becker Büttner Held, Germany
Sara Baldwin Auck, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, USA
Henry Witt, Lead, Smart Energy Innovation, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, United Kingdom
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 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
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
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