To mark its 20th anniversary year, the NRTEE hosted a unique round table forum entitled Securing Canada?s Future in a Climate Changing World on October 30, 2008.
|"The National Round Table is a crucial institution in support of the development of public policy efforts. Today, it has gathered around the same table, subject-matter experts with remarkable knowledge and experience...Today?s forum will allow us to target three (3) of the many facets of climate change: ecosystems, energy and arctic." Pierre Marc Johnson, Forum Chair|
Climate change has emerged as this century?s most far-reaching global sustainable development challenge and, as such, Canada?s economic and environmental future will be determined in large part by how we, and the rest of the world, respond to the current and emerging threats and opportunities posed by a changing climate. During this invitation-only forum, the NRTEE will examine how climate change is expected to affect Canada?s environmental and economic security through the lenses of our ecosystems, our energy economy, and our Arctic environment.
"We face a daunting task with the credit meltdown and entrenched institutional inertia. We need above all to put our thinking in a "system" approach not ad hoc or piece meal. Sustainability is not so much a program, it is more a "way of life". We must not forget it is a fundamental paradigm shift. We also must focus on what is doable ? provincially, federally, and internationally ? including Canada's global responsibilities."
Robert Page, NRTEE Chair
The NRTEE 20th Anniversary Forum objectives included engaging an influential group of stakeholders and subject experts to identify:
|'Integrating these two perspectives ? environment and economy, not one or the other, both together ? is essential if we are to succeed in developing and implementing sustainable policies that secure our ecosystems, secure our energy economy, and secure our Arctic environment in a climate-changing world." David McLaughlin, NRTEE President and CEO|
Round Table 1 - Securing Canada?s Ecosystems
Oct. 30: 8:15am - 10:00am E.S.T.
Round Table 2 - Securing Canada's Energy Economy
Oct. 30: 10:30am - 12:15am E.S.T.
Round Table 3 - Securing Canada's Arctic Environment
Oct. 30: 1:15pm - 3:00pm E.S.T.
Round tables participants
In order to gain a wider representation of views from event participants an audience research survey was completed after each round table discussion. Here are the results.
Key decision and opinion-makers
Participants included Pierre Marc Johnson, David Suzuki, Elyse Allen, Mel Cappe, Andrew Coyne, Roger Gibbins, Michael Harcourt, Thomas Homer-Dixon, Bernard Lord, Preston Manning, Steve Williams and many more. Here is a list of participants.