Leading climate scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing – and that most of the change is the result of human activity.
We have all witnessed the impact of climate change on Canada’s ecosystems, communities and businesses. This will only accelerate and amplify.
Addressing climate change head-on will not only restore our planet and improve our health, it will create new jobs for Canadians, new markets and opportunities for businesses to innovate and excel, in a global economy hungry for our expertise in clean technology and sustainability.
In advance of a federal election and the upcoming Premier’s conference on Climate Change, we, the undersigned members of Canada’s Clean50, call on all our political parties to speak with Canadians about the impacts of climate change, and engage business leaders and the public in collaborating to find solutions that provide investment certainty, innovation and jobs.
We believe that one solution is to develop a well thought out framework that includes setting a price on carbon at some specific date in the future, that would reduce other taxes, and provide an incentive for businesses and individuals to take steps to reduce their use of carbon.
Canadians: Ask your political representatives what they will do to address climate change. Let’s get moving on a real plan to keep our economy strong AND build a sustainable, prosperous future. Our politicians need to know: Climate action is a priority.
Kerry Adler, CEO, Skypower Global
Jane Ambachtsheer, Partner, Mercer
Celine Bak, President, Analytica Advisors
Paul Blanchard, CEO, ARTEX Environmental
Kevin Brady, President, Sustainable Enterprise Consulting
Kent Brown, CEO, BluEarth Renewables
Lloyd Bryant, Managing Director, HP Canada
Chris Campbell, Exec. Director, Marine Renewables Canada
Howard Chang, CEO, Top Drawer Creative
John Coyne, VP, Legal & External Affairs, Unilever
Lisa Demarco, globally ranked, leading climate change lawyer
Ron Dembo, CEO, ZeroFootPrint Software
Audrey Depault, National Manager, Climate Reality Project Canada
Frank Dottori, President, White River Forest Products
Frances Edmonds, Director Environmental Programs, HP Canada
Tyler Elm, Managing Partner, TJ Elm & Associates
Alexis Esseltine-Scoon, SCS Global
Blair Feltmate, University of Waterloo
Michael Gerbis, CEO, The Delphi Group
Peter Gibel, Senior Vice President, Staples Canada
John Grace, Emeritus Professor, University of British Columbia
Tom Heintzman, Managing Director, JCM Capital
Chris Henderson, President, Lumos Energy
Gord Hicks, CEO, Brookfield JCI
Celesa Horvath, Principal, Ventus Development Services
Mark Jaccard, Professor, Simon Fraser University
Brent Kopperson, Executive Director, Windfall Ecology Centre
David Labistour, CEO, MEC
Julia Langer, CEO, Toronto Atmospheric Fund
Judith Lipp, TREC Renewable Energy Co-op
Bruce Lourie, President, Ivey Foundation
Peter Love, President, Love Energy Consultants
Sandy Marshall, Chairman, BioIndustrial Innovation Canada
Joe Miranda, CEO, Canada Fibers
Mike Morrice, Executive Director, Sustainability CoLab
Reza Nasseri, Landmark Group of Companies
Chad Park, Executive Director, The Natural Step
Leigh Pearson, Director, Staples Canada
Gavin Pitchford, CEO, Delta Management Group
Francisca Quinn, Managing Partner, Quinn & Partners
Marlo Raynolds, Vice President, BluEarth Renewables
Paul Richardson, Renewal Funds
Don Roberts, CEO, Nawitka Capital Advisors
André Rochette, President, Ecosystem
Merran Smith, Director, Clean Energy Canada
Esther Speck, Principal, Speck Consulting
Coro Strandberg, Principal, Strandberg Consulting
Bruce Taylor, President, Enviro-Stewards Inc.
Michael van Aanhout, Chairman, Stratos Inc.
John Van Leeuwen, CEO, EcoSynthetix Inc.
Wal van Lierop, CEO, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital
Anthony Watanabe, CEO, Innovolve Group
Doug Webber, Executive Vice President, Halsall & Loop Initiatives
Jonathan Webster, CEO, EnvAerospace Inc.