James Mack

Head of BC's Climate Action Secretariat, BC Climate Action Secretariat

As head of BC's Climate Action Secretariat, James Mack has played a leadership role in implementing a government-wide approach to BC's policies around climate change. That includes implementing North American's most comprehensive price on carbon through the Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax and North America's first Carbon Neutral Government. The results are evident. From 2007 to 2011, while BC's population and GDP have increased beyond the Canadian average, BC's emissions have decreased by more than 5%. BC's use of all main types of fossil fuels has also decreased. There are also growing signs of a green economy emerging, including the most active district energy market in Canada and twice the national adoption rate of hybrid vehicles.

Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Environment, Nova Scotia, Hon. Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Environment, Nova Scotia
Sara Jane Snook, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Environment Team

Nova Scotia’s department of Environment created North America's first hard cap on GHG emissions in the electricity sector, an initiative led by Minister Sterling Belliveau, Deputy Minister Sara Jane Snook and the climate change team. The regulation will reduce carbon emissions from this sector by 25%. This is significant because the electricity sector is responsible for more than 46% of all GHG emissions in the province. The regulation was recently amended to also require a further 55% reduction by 2030.  These initiatives will enable the transformation of the energy system in Nova Scotia from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources. In late 2012, the government passed the Green Economy Act, which recognizes the integration between the economy and the environment, and contains 25 specific environmental objectives.

Geoffrey Waters

Senior Advisor - Environmental Technologies, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

Geoffrey Waters, Saskatchewan’s Senior Advisor, Environmental Technologies, leads the province’s "Go Green Fund" and "Green Initiatives" Unit. That includes oversight of the province’s $70 million commitment to promote environmental technologies. So far, 60 projects across a wide range of corporations have achieved measurable outcomes in GHG reduction, water and biodiversity conservation, waste management, and public education. An example is the more than 3 MW of renewable power installed to reduce GHGs by 1,700 tonnes annually.