Building a Strong BC Climate Leadership Plan: Your Chance to Contribute

March 8, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Asia Pacific Hall, Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver , BC


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Have you had your say yet on BC’s future climate action?

There are a few weeks left for British Columbians to make submissions on the BC government’s next Climate Leadership Plan. This plan will affect your future transportation options, BC’s carbon tax, where we get our energy from, how energy efficient our buildings are, and the level of support for BC’s emerging clean tech industry. The consultation period closes March 25th.

To help you get started, join our expert panel for a discussion on what our options are, and how to best support the transition to a prosperous low-carbon economy. Expect to hear thought-provoking presentations followed by the opportunity for audience questions.

B.C. Climate Leadership Team Process and Recommendations document

This is a free public event; registration is appreciated.

Live webcast viewing in Victoria: Room 002 University House 1,  University of Victoria. Pizza and refreshments will be served. 

Joining us by webcast? Tweet your questions to @PICSCanada or email them to to get involved.



Nancy Olewiler, School of Public Policy, SFU

Nancy Olewiler is a Professor in the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Prior to coming to the Economics department at SFU in 1990, she was a professor in the Economics Department at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. Her PhD is in economics from the University of British Columbia. Nancy’s areas of research include natural resource and environmental economics with a focus on public policy, including studies on energy and climate policy, natural capital and ecosystem services, and federal tax policy. She has published in academic journals, edited books, has written two widely used textbooks (The Economics of Natural Resource Use and Environmental Economics), and produced reports for the Canadian federal and provincial governments. Nancy is a commissioner on Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and was a member of the Climate Leadership Team in BC. She has served on the Board of Directors of BC Hydro, Powertech, and TransLink. She is a member of the National Statistics Council and Chair of its Macroeconomic Accounts Advisory Committee.

Emanuel Machado, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Gibsons

For over a dozen years, Emanuel has worked with communities throughout Canada, promoting a greater use of renewable energy, net-zero buildings, water strategies, social plans and sustainability frameworks, all with a focus on people, recognized with numerous awards including the Arbor Vitae Award from the Province of British Columbia and the Professional Award for Innovation in local government.
Emanuel’s passion and commitment to creating sustainable communities is evident in his work in the Town of Gibsons, by combining the Official Community Plan, Strategic Plan and Sustainability Plan to create a hybrid approach that balances economic development, the natural environment, and social well-being. It is this integration and balance that has been the key element of his work.
More recently, Emanuel has been developing a program for the Town of Gibsons, called Eco-Assets, which recognizes the role of nature as a fundamental component of the municipal infrastructure system, leading to a greater understanding of the value of ecosystems services and improved financial and operational management plans of the community’s natural assets.

Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada, SFU

Merran Smith is the Executive Director of Clean Energy Canada and a Fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. Merran leads a team that is working to transform our nation's energy systems to reduce fossil fuel dependence and the risks of climate disruption.
During her career, Merran has brought together business, government, and civil society organizations to create innovative solutions to some of the most challenging issues of our age. She was the lead environmental architect of the Great Bear Rainforest conservation agreement. 
Merran serves on B.C.’s Climate Leadership Team and Vancouver’s Renewable City Action Team. She received the Clean16 award for Sustainability and Clean Capitalism, and the Wilburforce Foundation Award for Outstanding Conservation Leadership.
Merran’s team conducts original research and modeling to understand the opportunities for Canada in the global low-carbon economy, and shares those findings with policy makers and the public via high-impact communications products.

Matt Horne, Associate Regional Director for British Columbia, Pembina Institute

Matt Horne is the Pembina Institute's associate director for British Columbia. Drawing on fifteen years of experience with energy and climate change issues, he is a leading voice on climate policy in Western Canada. He was recently a member of B.C.'s Climate Leadership Team, which was tasked with providing the government recommendations on how to meet its climate targets while maintaining a strong economy. Mr. Horne holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Master of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University.

Jonathan Rhone, President & CEO, Axine Water Technologies

Jonathan is a serial cleantech entrepreneur committed to building British Columbia into a world-class ecosystem of technology and innovation. In his current role as CEO of Axine Water Technologies, he is leading a world-class team to revolutionize the way we treat industrial wastewater to achieve cleaner, safer and lower cost results.Jonathan is co-founder and director of Evok Innovations a new $100 million cleantech fund and accelerator with a mission to transform the oil and gas value chain by finding, funding and accelerating the commercialization of disruptive, high impact technologies. 
He is also the founder and former CEO of Nexterra Systems an award-winning, global supplier of waste-to-energy systems where he built the company from inception to a market leader. Prior to Nexterra he held leadership positions with a NASDAQ listed cleantech company and the Delphi Group, a leading international consulting firm. He began his career in the oil and gas industry Dome Petroleum and Amoco Canada (now BP).
He is currently a member of the BC Premier’s Technology Council, the Advisory Board of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and chairs the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance. He is formerly a board member of VanCity Capital, a venture capital fund subsidiary of VanCity. In 2009, he was recognized as Technology Industry Person of the Year by the BCTIA.


Shauna Sylvester, Executive Director, SFU Public Square

Shauna Sylvester is a Professor, Professional Practice, the Director of the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue and the Executive Director of the SFU Public Square - a signature initiative of SFU’s commitment to community engagement.
Shauna is an award-winning social entrepreneur, a skilled facilitator and a commentator on urban and international issues. Shauna has founded a number of organizations including Carbon Talks and Renewable Cities, two initiatives focused on accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy. In 2007, she worked with 15 post-secondary institutions as the founding Executive Director of Canada’s World – a national citizen engagement initiative on foreign policy. She also worked for 10 years as the co-founder and Executive Director of IMPACS – the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society, a media and democracy organization that operated in Canada and in conflict and post-conflict zones around the world.