Vancouver summit hosted like-minded innovators for collaboration on clean energy, carbon pricing, and green technology
VANCOUVER, March 4, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, concluded a productive week at the GLOBE 2016 conference having met with environmental groups, industry, Indigenous leaders, clean technology companies, women leaders and students at the University of British Columbia.
Minister McKenna's discussions focused on building leadership on climate change across all sectors throughout Canada. The Government of Canada is committed to stimulating innovation, driving clean growth and resource efficiency, and collaboration with the provinces and territories.
Minister McKenna participated at roundtable events and armchair discussions on issues such as clean technology and emerging environmental leaders. The Minister also delivered important addresses at the Women's Leadership Luncheon and the Climate Leadership and Innovation Reception.
On March 3, in Vancouver, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the provincial and territorial premiers met for a First Ministers' Meeting to discuss clean growth, climate change, and the best ways to create good jobs and economic prosperity for all Canadians. The First Ministers remain committed to developing a pan-Canadian framework for clean growth and climate change—one where Canada seeks to exceed its international emissions targets and transition Canada to a stronger, more resilient, low-carbon economy. Collaborative work on the framework will continue in the coming months.
"For the first time, the federal government and all provinces are united to develop a plan together to achieve Canada's international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Through this plan, we can tap into the economic opportunities of the environment and create jobs in the clean economy of tomorrow. By collaborating with the private sector to foster growth in green technology and sustainable development, Canada will reduce greenhouse gas emissions while building a greener and more sustainable economy."
– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- The biennial GLOBE Summit in Vancouver is North America's largest and longest-running conference dedicated to business innovation for the planet. 1600 business and government leaders from more than 50 countries attended.
- Jonathan Wilkinson, Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Climate Change and the MP for North Vancouver, joined Minister McKenna for key meetings and events this week.
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Image with caption: "On March 1, 2016, Minister McKenna interviewed an employee from Leading Change during the Emerging Environmental Leaders at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver, BC. (CNW Group/Environment and Climate Change Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160304_C2375_PHOTO_EN_635545.jpg
Image with caption: "On March 1, 2016, Minister McKenna participated in the EXCEL Partnership Roundtable with senior executives and sustainability officers from a variety of organizations, in Vancouver, BC. (CNW Group/Environment and Climate Change Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160304_C2375_PHOTO_EN_635558.jpg
Image with caption: "On March 3, 2016, Minister McKenna gave a speech to Climate Change: Science and Society students at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. (CNW Group/Environment and Climate Change Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160304_C2375_PHOTO_EN_635544.jpg
Image with caption: "On March 3, 2016, Minister McKenna visited UBC’s Clean Energy Research Centre and the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability. (CNW Group/Environment and Climate Change Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160304_C2375_PHOTO_EN_635543.jpg
For further information: Caitlin Workman, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-938-9436; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338