About the series

This 3-part roundtable series, a partnership of the German and French Embassies in Canada and Corporate Knights, is designed to shed light on the issue of energy justice (access and affordability) and offer concrete examples of policies and actions to push and propel us towards not just a clean transition, but a clean and JUST transition.

Making the transition to clean energy requires an emergency response, today. The time for incremental approaches is over if we are to halt warming the planet in time to avoid the climate catastrophe that is only years away, not decades.

A critical link in the chain to accelerating our progress to our zero-carbon future is energy production and consumption. Oil and gas producers in Canada need to step up far more than they currently are, supply-side disruption is critical to both enabling and forcing change, and public policy requires foresight and tremendous courage and strength for the long-term. 

At the same time, as the transition progresses, certain groups are at risk of being left behind or bearing the brunt of the cost of the transition if not placed front and centre in transition planning: low-income groups (e.g. seniors, newcomers, and racialized communities), poverty-stricken urban neighbourhoods, people living in rural and remote locations, Indigenous communities, workers who face displacement as their industries and roles disappear, businesses (SMEs and large alike) who lack the know-how or capacity to ride the wave.

Wednesday, October 20 | 12-1:30PM ET

Across Canada and in other OECD countries, many consumers and communities experience energy poverty wherein they don’t have access to reliable and affordable energy sources for the basic necessities of life, like heating, cooling, and transportation. This session will explore the concept of energy poverty in the context of driving a just transition – what it is, where it happens, who experiences it, how the transition to clean energy can solve energy poverty – and offer examples of policies and actions that help to alleviate, reduce, and ultimately end energy poverty for individuals and communities, while pushing us toward a zero-carbon future.

Gerhard Schlaudraff

Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy

Diana Fox Carney

Fellow, Balsillie School of International Affairs

Opening Address:
Dana Tizya-Tramm

Chief of Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation


Allison Ashcroft
Managing Director, CUSP


Veit Bürger
Deputy Head of Energy & Climate Division, Öko-Institut


Hélène Denise
Advocacy Officer, Fondation Abbé Pierre

Wednesday, November 3 | 12-1PM ET

The transition to clean energy as the primary source of energy in Canada will impact both consumers and suppliers. On the supply side, there are different impacts for different players that must be understood and planned for if a just transition is to be achieved. This session will explore:

  • The policies/ policy ideas and actions to support displaced workers from the traditional energy sector, as well as engage people currently excluded from the labour market in emerging clean energy workforce opportunities
  • Energy producers and suppliers, considering the policies and actions needed to support the growth of new and emerging producers/suppliers of clean energy
  • Disruptors with the potential to develop and drive the adoption of new technologies to enable and force change among the small, medium and large energy producers and suppliers (including oil and gas)

Kareen Rispal
Ambassador of France in Canada

Diana Fox Carney
Fellow, Balsillie School of International Affairs

Thoren Albrecht
Director of Policy, IG Metall Vorstand

Catherine Bertram
General Manager, Mission Basin Minier

Matt Jamieson
President & Chief Executive Officer, Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation

Save the Date: Wednesday, November 24 | 12-1PM ET

Unsticking the stuck: How can we make rapid progress on the road to a clean and just energy transition?

This session will reflect on the degree to which climate justice was advanced at COP26. There are two sides to just transition. Globally there is the question of who will foot the bill for required changes (both mitigation and climate adaptation) in developing countries as well as whether there will be any money available to compensate for climate damage. Domestically, to what extent do Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) seek to address issues of climate justice, without which there is likely to be significant backlash from affected communities. 

Panelists TBA

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