Canada & the Green Transition

Perspectives on the Way Forward

May 4-5 2023


Workshop Agenda


Thursday, May 4


(Breakfast available from 9:00)

10:00 – 10:45 | IntroductionsTerritorial Acknowledgement

10:00 – 10:45 | Roundtable Discussion: Where have we seen progress, where are the biggest gaps?

12:30 – 1:45 | Picnic lunch in Waterloo Park

1:45 – 3:00 | Perspectives on the Green Transition (Guests via ZOOM)

James Meadowcroft, Carleton University and The Transition Accelerator

John McNally, Program Director, Clean and Resilient Growth, Smart Prosperity Institute

3:00 – 5:00 | Brain-Storming Session: Next Steps in the Green Transition

Facilitator: Sally Heath, Quality Assurance, WLU

6:00 | Dinner

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Friday, May 5


(Breakfast available from 9:00)

9:30 – 10:30 | Author’s Discussions: Results from Day One

(A summary document will be prepared from previous day’s discussions)

10:30 – 12:00 | Roundtable Discussion: Perspectives from Outside Academia

Sandra Schwartz, Executive Director, CPAWS

Theresa A. McClenaghan, Executive Director and Counsel, CELA

Peter Massie, Manager, Techno-Economic Analysis, Office of Energy Research and Development, NRCan

Marisa Beck, Clean Growth Director, Canadian Climate Institute

12:00 – 1:30 | Networking Lunch with BSIA students in CIGI Courtyard

1:30 | Plans for crafting the Policy Brief and CEPP5 Conculsion


Project Overview

Canada has reached an inflection point in its political, economic and social evolution as a nation – will its future be ‘green’ or ‘brown’? Since 2016, the Trudeau Liberal government has committed to ambitious climate and environmental targets, including a 40–42% reduction in greenhouse gases from 2005 levels by 2030; an economy that is “Net Zero” by 2050; and protection of 17% of its terrestrial and marine areas. Moreover, it has… 

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Comparative Timeline

Summary Briefs

Multi-Authored Policy Briefs

[Policy briefs will be posted immediately after the workshop]


The Padlet webpage that will be utilized during the workshop: Next Steps in the Green Transition


The Balsillie School is located at 67 Erb St. W, WaterlooThe front door is facing Erb St. and is open during regular business hours. You will need to sign in. Follow signs to room 142.

The Delta Hotel is located at 110 Erb St. W, Waterloo, a short 2-minute walk from the Balsillie School.


Public parking is available at the Erb Lot (formerly ‘Museum Lot’). Follow the directions HERE to pay using the HonkMobile app. You may send us your receipts for reimbursement.

Additional public parking is available at the Caroline North Lot and Caroline South Lot

For those staying at the Delta, there is above and underground parking. Leave your license plate number with the front desk and tell them you are here for the Balsillie School’s Green Transition Workshop.

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