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Welcome to our Building Back Better Planning for a Green Recovery Hub

As Canada debates ways to rebuild the post-COVID economy, Corporate Knights commissioned research and gathered leaders from finance, business, labour, policy, Indigenous and other communities to develop new solutions for Building Back Better. We asked dozens of Canada’s thought leaders to join us in sharing solutions for a green recovery around six themes: Buildings, Power, Transport, Heavy industry, Forests and Energy.

That conversation began with a table-setting white paper each week, with a package of bold policy proposals presented at the weekly roundtables. The roundtable discussions brought together people with the ideas and the power to explore how Canada can use a renewed climate-based approach to build a stronger, more sustainable economy.

Our goal: to inspire Canadian decision-makers to seize this opportunity to Build Back Better.

The weekly roundtable series kicked off on April 22 (the 50th anniversary of Earth Day) and continued through June 3.

Read our series overview by Corporate Knights CEO Toby Heaps:

The Canada we want: How a green recovery can help us bounce back stronger

Read our synthesis report collating all seven white papers:

Building Back Better with a Bold Green Recovery – Synthesis Report

Watch all seven roundtables and read the solutions-packed white papers, transcripts and highlights from each green economy roundtable below.

 

 

 

Buildings — Power —Transport —Industry—Forests & FarmsEnergy

 

Buildings

Building Back Better with a Green Renovation Wave

 

The white paper (by Ralph Torrie and Celine Bak) with infographics

The highlights from our April 22 roundtable (By Rick Spence)

Transcript of the Green Renovation Wave Roundtable

Watch the CK TV video of our 1st roundtable: 

 

 

 

Power

Building Back Better with a Green Power Wave

 

The white paper (By Ralph Torrie and Celine Bak) with infographics

The highlights from our April 29 roundtable with Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities (By Shawn McCarthy)

Transcript of the Green Power Wave Roundtable

Q&A with Ralph Torrie from Zoom

Watch the CK TV video of our 2nd roundtable. 

 

 

Transport

May 6: Building Back Better by Electrifying our Cars, Trucks and Buses 

 

The white paper (By Ralph Torrie and Celine Bak) with infographics

The highlights from our May 6 roundtable Article by Shawn McCarthy

Transcript of Roundtable

Watch the CK TV video of our 3rd roundtable

 

 

Industry

May 13: Building Back Better by Greening Industry

 

 

Forests

May 20: Building Back Better with Forests and Farming

 

The white paper (By Ralph Torrie and Celine Bak) with infographics

The highlights from our May 20 roundtable  (By Shawn McCarthy)

Transcript of Roundtable #5 on Forests and Farming

Watch the CK TV video of our fifth roundtable:

 

 

Energy 

May 27: Building Back Better by Fueling Innovation in the Energy Sector

 

Read the table-setting white paper (By Ralph Torrie and Celine Bak) with infographic

The highlights from our May 27 roundtable  (By Shawn McCarthy)

Transcript of May 27 roundtable

Watch the CK TV video of our sixth roundtable:

 

 

Next Steps

June 3: Building Back Better: Moving Forward Together

 

Read the white paper, “Building Back Better: A roadmap to the Canada We Want, by Ralph Torrie,  Celine Bak and Toby Heaps with infographics.

Transcript from June 3 roundtable

Roundtable recap: Highlights from our June 3 roundtable, by Shawn McCarthy.

Q&A from roundtable via ZOOM

Watch our one-hour finale on CKTV:

Welcome from The Right Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Discussion hosted by Diana Fox Carney, economist and public policy expert

Panelists

• Catherine Abreu, executive director, Climate Action Network
• Bruce Lourie, president, Ivey Foundation (and Member of the Taskforce for a Resilient Recovery)
• Tom Rand, managing partner, ARCTERN VENTURES
• Gregor Robertson, global ambassador, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
• Michael Sabia, chair, Canadian Infrastructure Bank
• Dianne Saxe, former Environment Commissioner, Ontario

Expert Commentators

• Céline Bak, president, Analytica Advisors
• Karim Bardeesy, executive director, Ryerson Leadership Lab
• Terri Lynn Morrison, director of strategic partnership, Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE)
• Dave Sawyer, chief economist, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices
• Ralph Torrie, senior associate, Sustainability Solutions Group and Partner, Torrie Smith Associates

 

 

Deeper Dive:  Want to drill down even deeper? You can find more articles by heading to our Planning for a Green Recovery report page. 

 

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