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

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 begins with a table-setting white paper each week, following by weekly roundtable discussions bringing 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). The series continues at 11 a.m. each Wednesday through to 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

Make sure you come back every week for our solutions-packed white papers, live events, event recordings, transcripts and highlights of the week’s green economy roundtable.



Buildings — Power —Transport —Industry—Forests & FarmsEnergy



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: 





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. 




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




May 13: Building Back Better by Greening Industry




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:




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

Join us Wednesday, May 27, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. of EDT to see fresh analysis showing how a post-COVID recovery package could help to fuel innovation in the energy sector and bring our economy roaring back, along with reactions from panelists and expert commentators.

Welcome from The Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (TBC)

Discussion hosted by Diana Fox Carney, Economist and Public Policy Expert


  • Jeremy Baines, President, Neste US
  • Linda Coady, Executive Director, Pembina Institute
  • JP Gladu, Principal, Mokwateh
  • Laura Kilcrease, CEO, Alberta Innovates
  • Mark Little, CEO, Suncor
  • Steve MacDonald, CEO, Emissions Reduction Alberta
  • Dan Wicklum, CEO, The Transition Accelerator

Expert Commentators


  • Céline Bak, President, Analytica Advisors
  • Terri Lynn Morrison, Director of Strategic Partnership, Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE)
  • Chad Park, Lead Animator, Energy Futures Lab
  • Dave Sawyer, Chief Economist, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices
  • Ralph Torrie, Senior Associate, Sustainability Solutions Group and Partner, Torrie Smith Associates

Register for the roundtable here.

Check back for our table-setting white paper (out every Wednesday morning) that presents cost-effective solutions for building back better, as well as our post-event video.


Next Steps

June 3: Building Back Better: The Wrap and Next Steps

ROUNDTABLE: Wednesday, June 3, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (check back for the registration link and post-event video)



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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