Green Economy Perspectives:
A Forum with Chris Ragan, Chair
Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission

January 11, 2017
5:00-6:00 PM

Join us for a candid and critical conversation between the Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission Dr Chris Ragan and Mike Morrice, Executive Director of Sustainability CoLab as we continue to solicit perspectives on the green economy.

Dr Ragan is one of a handful of academics advising our federal government as they try to put Canada on a trajectory to meet and exceed an ambitious 2030 goal. As Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, he has led conversations over the past several years building support across the political spectrum for practical fiscal solutions that will grow economic and environmental prosperity across Canada. The Commission has especially focused on using carbon pricing as the most cost-effective way of tackling climate change. Yet the task before us is great and the stakes are high – with a significant shift in business as usual needed globally.

How can we reconcile the pace needed to confront the enormity of this challenge with the incremental rate of change often seen at in our pricing systems and at the political level? To what extent can fiscal policy play a role in this transition? How can this be bolstered, and what is missing in the current conversation?

Come and participate in a provocative conversation exploring the tension between the progress we have made and the scale of the problem we face, as we continue to solicit perspectives from leaders across the country on the green economy.

About the Speakers

Christopher Ragan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at McGill University. He is the Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, which launched in November 2014 with a 5-year horizon to identify policy options to improve environmental and economic performance in Canada. He is a member of the federal finance minister’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, which began in early 2016 and formerly a Special Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Canada and the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at Finance Canada.

Mike Morrice has spent his career galvanizing community-led transitions to a greener economy. He founded Sustainable Waterloo Region in 2008 and then Sustainability CoLab, which he now leads, in 2012. Mike will facilitate the conversation with Chris Ragan.

Paul Bubelis is Executive Director of the Sustainability Network which hosts the series and he will MC.

Green Economy Perspectives is part of the Sustainability Network’s Economic Literacy Project which offers training and outreach to ENGOs to help Canadians transition toward a green economy. The Economic Literacy Project is supported by a grant from the Ivey Foundation.