Advocacy Statement

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An open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau, Elizabeth May, our Premiers, Canadian business leaders, and all Canadians.

IT’S TIME TO ACT

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.

IT’S OUR TURN TO LEAD

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.

This message is signed and supported by the following individual members of the Clean50 – and where shown – also their respective organizations.  This letter appeared on as half page advertisement in the Globe and Mail on November 21, 2014.  All those shown below shared in the cost of doing so.

Kerry Adler, CEO, Skypower Global

Kerry Adler, CEO, Skypower Global

Jane Ambachtsheer, Partner, Mercer

Jane Ambachtsheer, Partner, Mercer

Celine Bak, President, Analytica Advisors

Celine Bak, President, Analytica Advisors

Paul Blanchard, CEO, ARTEX Environmental

Paul Blanchard, CEO, ARTEX Environmental

Kevin Brady, President, Sustainable Enterprise Consulting

Kevin Brady, President, Sustainable Enterprise Consulting

Kent Brown, CEO, BluEarth Renewables

Kent Brown, CEO, BluEarth Renewables

Lloyd Bryant, Managing Director, HP Canada

Lloyd Bryant, Managing Director, HP Canada

Chris Campbell, Executive Director, Marine Renewables Canada

Chris Campbell, Exec. Director, Marine Renewables Canada

Howard Chang, CEO, Top Drawer Creative

Howard Chang, CEO, Top Drawer Creative

John Coyne, VP, Legal & External Affairs, Unilever

John Coyne, VP, Legal & External Affairs, Unilever

Lisa Demarco, globally ranked, leading energy and climate change lawyer

Lisa Demarco, globally ranked, leading climate change lawyer

Ron Dembo, CEO, ZeroFootPrint Software

Ron Dembo, CEO, ZeroFootPrint Software

Audrey Depault, National Manager, Climate Reality Project Canada

Audrey Depault, National Manager, Climate Reality Project Canada

Frank Dottori, President, White River Forest Products

Frank Dottori, President, White River Forest Products

Frances Edmonds, Director Environmental Programs, HP Canada

Frances Edmonds, Director Environmental Programs, HP Canada

Tyler Elm, Managing Partner, TJ Elm & Associates

Tyler Elm, Managing Partner, TJ Elm & Associates

Alexis Esseltine-Scoon, SCS Global

Alexis Esseltine-Scoon, SCS Global

Blair Feltmate, University of Waterloo

Blair Feltmate, University of Waterloo

Michael Gerbis, CEO, The Delphi Group

Michael Gerbis, CEO, The Delphi Group

Peter Gibel, Senior Vice President, Staples Canada

Peter Gibel, Senior Vice President, Staples Canada

John Grace, Emeritus Professor, University of British Columbia

John Grace, Emeritus Professor, University of British Columbia

Tom Heintzman, Managing Director, JCM Capital

Tom Heintzman, Managing Director, JCM Capital

Chris Henderson, President, Lumos Energy

Chris Henderson, President, Lumos Energy

Gord Hicks, CEO, Brookfield JCI

Gord Hicks, CEO, Brookfield JCI

Celesa Horvath, Principal, Ventus Development Services

Celesa Horvath, Principal, Ventus Development Services

Mark Jaccard, Professor, Simon Fraser University

Mark Jaccard, Professor, Simon Fraser University

Brent Kopperson, Executive Director, Windfall Ecology Centre

Brent Kopperson, Executive Director, Windfall Ecology Centre

David Labistour, CEO, MEC

David Labistour, CEO, MEC

Julia Langer, CEO, Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Julia Langer, CEO, Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Judith Lipp, TREC Renewable Energy Co-op

Judith Lipp, TREC Renewable Energy Co-op

Bruce Lourie, President, Ivey Foundation

Bruce Lourie, President, Ivey Foundation

Peter Love, President, Love Energy Consultants

Peter Love, President, Love Energy Consultants

Sandy Marshall, Chairman, BioIndustrial Innovation Canada

Sandy Marshall, Chairman, BioIndustrial Innovation Canada

Joe Miranda, CEO, Canada Fibers

Joe Miranda, CEO, Canada Fibers

Mike Morrice, Executive Director, Sustainability CoLab

Mike Morrice, Executive Director, Sustainability CoLab

Reza Nasseri, Landmark Group of Companies

Reza Nasseri, Landmark Group of Companies

Chad Park, Executive Director, The Natural Step

Chad Park, Executive Director, The Natural Step

Leigh Pearson, Director, Staples Canada

Leigh Pearson, Director, Staples Canada

Gavin Pitchford, CEO, Delta Management Group

Gavin Pitchford, CEO, Delta Management Group

Francisca Quinn, Managing Partner, Quinn & Partners

Francisca Quinn, Managing Partner, Quinn & Partners

Marlo Raynolds, Vice President, BluEarth Renewables

Marlo Raynolds, Vice President, BluEarth Renewables

Paul Richardson, Renewal Funds

Paul Richardson, Renewal Funds

Don Roberts, CEO, Nawitka Capital Advisors (formerly Vice-Chair Wholesale Banking, CIBC World Markets Inc.)

Don Roberts, CEO, Nawitka Capital Advisors

André Rochette, President, Ecosystem

André Rochette, President, Ecosystem

Merran Smith, Director, Clean Energy Canada

Merran Smith, Director, Clean Energy Canada

Esther Speck, Principal, Speck Consulting

Esther Speck, Principal, Speck Consulting

Coro Strandberg, Principal, Strandberg Consulting

Coro Strandberg, Principal, Strandberg Consulting

Bruce Taylor, President, Enviro-Stewards Inc.

Bruce Taylor, President, Enviro-Stewards Inc.

Michael van Aanhout, Chairman, Stratos Inc.

Michael van Aanhout, Chairman, Stratos Inc.

John Van Leeuwen, CEO, EcoSynthetix Inc.

John Van Leeuwen, CEO, EcoSynthetix Inc.

Wal van Lierop, CEO, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital

Wal van Lierop, CEO, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital

Anthony Watanabe, CEO, Innovolve Group

Anthony Watanabe, CEO, Innovolve Group

Doug Webber, Executive Vice President, Halsall & Loop Initiatives

Doug Webber, Executive Vice President, Halsall & Loop Initiatives

Jonathan Webster, CEO, EnvAerospace Inc.

Jonathan Webster, CEO, EnvAerospace Inc.

Keleigh Annau

Keleigh Annau

Jim Burpee

Jim Burpee

Ray Cote

Ray Cote

Tom Ewart

Tom Ewart

Marcus Goodick

Marcus Goodick

Martin Janowitz

Martin Janowitz

Diane Kilcoyne

Diane Kilcoyne

Brian Montgomery

Brian Montgomery

Muhammad Qureshi

Muhammad Qureshi

 Carolyn Sedgwick

Carolyn Sedgwick

Andrew Telfer

Andrew Telfer

Kate Whalen

Kate Whalen