Rachel Notley

Premier of Alberta

Rachel Notley is determined to make Alberta a leader in the fight against climate change. After extensive technical and public consultations, she launched her government’s Climate Leadership Plan in November 2015. The plan received widespread acclaim and support from an unprecedented coalition of leaders in the energy industry and environmental organizations. The plan eliminates pollution from coal-fired power plants by 2030, establishes an economy-wide carbon levy that will be reinvested in Alberta, sets a hard limit on annual oil sands emissions and mandates a 45 per cent decrease in methane emissions by 2025. It will replace 30 per cent of retired coal-fired electricity with renewables and establish a provincial agency to help Albertans reduce their carbon footprint through investments in energy efficiency. Work is well underway with industry, environmental leaders, municipalities, Indigenous communities, stakeholders and Albertans to manage this transition to a lower- carbon economy. With its Climate Leadership Plan, Alberta is now firmly on a path towards setting an example for energy producers.

Glen Murray

Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Province of Ontario

Drawing upon a lifetime of activism in urban planning, sustainable development and community health, in his role as Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen is a passionate and powerful advocate for the transition to a global low-carbon economy. Most recently he has focused on partnering with Québec and California in what will be North America’s largest carbon trading market. Glen has also championed Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, which outlines the actions to be taken to help households and businesses switch to using low-carbon technologies.‎  He also walks the talk: We have often seen Glen walking or biking to one environmental gathering or another, despite bitter cold. And the AC in his office block is set to "off".

Dianne Saxe

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario,

In her 40 year career as one of Canada's top environmental lawyers, Dianne has long raised awareness of climate related financial risks in the financial community and to regulators, persuaded ministries to comply with the Environmental Bill of Rights, written indispensable guides to the law, and won substantial funding for the Blue Box program. Now working from the inside, government sources advise that her report was influential in Ontario’s action plan, which is expected to direct between $4 and $7 billion into climate mitigation in the next four years, and has also changed the conversation within government on fossil fuel subsidies.