Event schedule: Building Back Better roundtable dates

CK presents green wave

We asked some of Canada’s thought leaders to join us in sharing solutions for a green recovery. Over the next seven weeks, Corporate Knights and partners will hold weekly roundtables 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.

These conversations, hosted by economist and public policy expert Diana Fox Carney, will revolve around six themes: Buildings, Power, Transport, Heavy industry, Forests and Energy. Each session will begin with a table-setting analysis prepared by energy and environment expert Ralph Torrie, covering capital requirements, job creation, energy savings, emissions reductions, and the measures required to enable fast rollout.

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

The 60-minute weekly roundtable series kicks off on Wednesday, April 22nd (the 50th anniversary of Earth Day).

The series will continue at 11 a.m. each Wednesday through to June 3.

Each event will include reactions and suggestions from expert panelists as well as an opportunity for attendees to make suggestions and ask questions. Following each discussion, updated proposals will be shared with all participants for further refinement to inform a synthesis document to be presented in June.

We hope you can join us.


Corporate Knights Presents schedule:

April 22:  Building Back Better with a Green Renovation Wave

Wednesday, April 22, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT: fresh analysis showing how a post-COVID green renovation wave could help our economy come roaring back, along with reactions from panelists and expert commentators.

Welcome from Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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


April 29: Building Back Better by Topping Up our Green Power Sources, Storage and Connections

Wednesday, April 29, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Welcome from Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

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

Welcome by the Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage


May 13: Building Back Better by Greening Heavy Industry

Join us this Wednesday, May 13, for our fourth roundtable on #BuildingBackBetter by boosting the circular economy, electrifying light-industry and decarbonizing heavy industry.



May 20: Building Back Better with Forests

Wednesday, May 20, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.



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

Wednesday, May 27, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.



June 3: Building Back Better: Moving Forward Together

On Wednesday, June 3, we held a one-hour finale of our Green Recovery series.

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



• 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 Associate



For the latest articles, YouTube posts and reports on all things Green Recovery, check our Green Recovery reports page. 


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