Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences: The Benefits of Carbon Taxation

June 4, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Bob Wright Centre, Room A104
University of Victoria
Victoria , BC

This panel, sponsored by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, located at the University of Victoria, will discuss the role carbon taxes have had reducing carbon emissions and also the other benefits of such taxes in stimulating social and economic change and innovation. 

The panel is available to watch in two parts: 

Part One

Part Two


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Stewart Elgie is a professor of law and economics at the University of Ottawa, and director of the University’s interdisciplinary Environment Institute.  He received his Masters of Law from Harvard, and his doctorate (J.S.D.) from Yale (thesis on forest carbon markets).  He is also the founder and chair of Sustainable Prosperity, Canada’s major green economy think tank and policy-research network.  His research involves many aspects of environmental and economic sustainability, with a particular focus in recent years on market-based approaches. Elgie started his career as an environmental lawyer in Alaska, litigating over the Valdez oil spill.  He returned to Canada and founded Ecojustice, now Canada’s largest non-profit environmental law organization.  He was later hired by Pew Trusts as founding executive director of the multi-stakeholder Canadian Boreal Initiative. Prior to his faculty position at University of Ottawa (2004), Elgie held faculty appointments (part-time) at several Canadian universities (U.B.C., Alberta, York).  He has served on or chaired many advisory bodies in the environment/sustainability area. In 2001, Elgie was awarded the Law Society of Upper Canada medal for exceptional lifetime contributions to law – the youngest man ever to receive the profession’s highest honour.


Ekaterina Rhodes is a Ph.D. candidate in sustainable energy management at SFU. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Management from St. Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics (Russia) and a Master’s degree with Distinction in International Business from Aston University (UK).  Ekaterina holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards available to graduate students in Canada.


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James Mack is Head of the British Columbia Climate Action Secretariat, within the Ministry of Environment, Government of British Columbia. The Secretariat provides cross-government leadership to achieve British Columbia’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. It comprises a strong, committed and knowledgeable team, with expertise in key areas of climate action including: carbon pricing, carbon neutral government, transportation, energy policy, and strategic partnerships.