Assessing Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission

At the Max Bell School's conference, Better Policy for a Better World, four independent experts will assess the role played by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission in influencing Canadian climate policy.

Ecofiscal was a unique, purpose-built, think tank dedicated to the research and advocacy of pollution pricing. Pollution pricing is a good idea, but is a good idea enough to get things done?

Our upcoming conference, Better Policy for a Better World, will explore the many reasons that policy making is difficult in the real world.

In the conference's third panel, four independent experts will assess the role played by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission in influencing Canadian policy.

Formed in 2014, the Commission consisted of a group of experienced, policy-minded economists from across the country, with the mandate to broaden the discussion of ecofiscal policy reform beyond the academic sphere and into the realm of practical policy application. The Commission issued reports on waste, water and environmental risk, but mostly focused its research on climate and energy, releasing over 8 reports on carbon pricing.

Panelists for this event include:

  • Andrew Leach, Associate Professor, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta 
  • Bill Watson, Research fellow, Institute for Research on Public Policy; Associate professor, Department of Economics, McGill University
  • David McLaughlin, climate and sustainability public policy expert

The discussion will be moderated by Andrea Moffat, Vice President, Ivey Foundation.

Find out more about the conference here.


More about the panelists

Andrew Leach 

Associate Professor, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta; Energy and environmental economist

Andrew teaches courses in energy markets and environmental management as part of the Alberta School of Business Natural Resources, Energy and Environment (NREE) programs. His academic research interests span climate and energy economics and policy.

Bill Watson 

Economist and columnist at Financial Post; Research fellow, Institute for Research on Public Policy
Formerly: Associate professor, Department of Economics, McGill University

Bill advises the IRPP on its research activities pertaining to the Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Growth research program. He writes on economics and other issues for the National Post weekly, and for the Ottawa Citizen fortnightly.

David McLaughlin 

Climate and sustainability public policy expert
Formerly: Director of Climate Change, Canada, International Institute for Sustainable Development

David McLaughlin is one of Canada's leading climate and sustainability public policy experts. He is the former president and CEO of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and Senior Advisor, Climate Change in the Manitoba Government.

Andrea MoffatAndrea Moffat 

Vice President, Ivey Foundation

Andrea is the Vice President of the Ivey Foundation whose mission is to help create a shared vision for Canada’s future that integrates the economy and the environment, achieves resource efficiency, and fosters innovation and investment for a smarter, sustainable economy. Previously, she was the Vice President of the Corporate Program at Ceres, where she led work on sustainability issues such as climate, energy, water, and supply chains.

 

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