The Sustainability Project
The NRTEE is joining forces with the Public Policy Forum (PPF) to explore how new, collaborative engagement processes can lead to better sustainable development policy in Canada.
The NRTEE and the PPF believe that there may be a need for new forms of public and stakeholder engagement in the development and implementation of sustainable development policies and solutions. With this project, the NRTEE and PPF will explore the view that sustainability requires specially crafted and focused governance mechanisms and processes to navigate through difficult issues and to create a more integrated perspective within our governments and society on how to promote sustainability.
The central idea of sustainable development is that economic prosperity and environmental protection can be compatible, and must be pursued in an integrated way. This creates a profound governance challenge: sustainable development demands that the environment be included alongside society?s pursuit of economic and social goals, and that the needs of future generations are considered along with those of the present. At bottom, this governance challenge involves a need to reconcile competing interests and goals in the short-term, to secure long-term, sustainable development policies and plans.
|Sustainable development: ?meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs? ? Brundtland Commission
Twenty years ago, this insight ? that sustainable development requires that differing interests be brought together to develop common ways forward ? was the principle on which the NRTEE was founded. It is also the insight that has recently driven the Public Policy Forum (PPF) to explore the role of public engagement in governance for sustainable development and other issues.
The NRTEE and PPF share two goals in this project:
We will do so by convening a select group of sustainability experts and stakeholders, business and environment leaders, together with senior federal and provincial government representatives and public engagement professionals and the media, as well as NRTEE members, over a series of three focused roundtables to discuss, debate, and determine how sustainability governance can be improved.
October 6, 2009
November 10, 2009
December 8, 2009
Manager, Public Affairs Bureau, Alberta Executive Council Office
President and CEO,
Chief Environment Officer,
TD Bank Financial Group
President and CEO,
Canadian Gas Association
Mayor of Guelph, Ontario
Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Environment Canada
Vice President Sustainable Development, Suncor
Facilitator, Public Policy Forum
Dr. Stephen Lucas
Assistant Deputy Minister, Minerals and Metals Sector, Natural Resources Canada
Innovative Research Group
Assistant Deputy Minister Intergovernmental Policy,
Privy Council Office
Associate Deputy Minister, Climate Change, Ontario Climate Change Secretariat
President and CEO, NRTEE
Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development,
David J. Mitchell
President and CEO
Public Policy Forum
CEO, David Suzuki Foundation
Carty Chair in Business and Financial Journalism