Business leaders urge action on climate change, support a price on carbon

TORONTO, April 1, 2015 /CNW/ - Over twenty business leaders from a diverse range of sectors today offered their support for the Wynne Government's plan to put a price on carbon.

In a letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, the CEOs noted "climate change poses one of the greatest global challenges and threatens to roll back decades of development and prosperity."

In response to this threat to prosperity, the leaders from industries including mining, forestry, energy, cement, manufacturing, finance, healthcare, technology and real estate urged Premier Wynne to take measures to address climate change "by establishing a transparent economy-wide price on carbon."

The letter was initiated by business leaders associated with the Council for Clean Capitalism. "Most businesses today realize that the status quo is not an option when it comes to climate change," said Council spokesperson Toby Heaps. "Putting a price on carbon sends a strong signal Ontario is open for business in the fast-growing low-carbon global economy."

Letter Signatories include:

*Gord Hicks



CEO



Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions

James Lopez



CEO



Tembec Inc.

*Marcia Smith



SVP



Teck Resources

*Kathy Bardswick



CEO



The Co-operators Group

Michael White



CEO



Addenda Capital

*Monique Leroux



CEO



Desjardins Group

Sasha Jacob



CEO



Jacob Securities

Andrew Heintzman



President



Investeco Capital

*Tamara Vrooman



CEO



Vancity

*David Labistour



CEO



Mountain Equipment Co-op

Michael McSweeney



CEO



Cement Association of Canada

John Fisher



CEO



Walker Industries

*Claude Ouimet



General Manager



Interface Inc.

*Joe Nemeth



CEO



Catalyst Paper

Michael Gentile



General Manager



Philips Lighting Canada

Daryl Wilson



CEO



Hydrogenics

John Gorman



CEO



Canadian Solar Industries Association

Robert Hornung



CEO



Canadian Wind Energy Association

*Lloyd Bryant



Managing Director



Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co.

George Butterfield



Chairman



Butterfield & Robinson

Vince Lamanna



President



Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.

Ian Morton



CEO



Summerhill Group

*Members of the Council for Clean Capitalism

Full letter with signatories can be downloaded at www.cleancapitalism.com

SOURCE Corporate Knights Inc.

For further information: Toby Heaps, 416-274-1432, toby@corporateknights.com, www.cleancapitalism.com

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