Green Economy Perspectives with Minister Glen Murray, November 18, 2015


November 18



At the Sustainability Network

215 Spadina Avenue

(Ground Floor Connector – Suite 120)


Free but RSVP required to

Momentum is building in the lead up to COP21 in Paris: 80% of Canadians live in jurisdictions committed to carbon pricing, and at the national level Canada has elected a leader committed to working with sub-national counterparts on climate change. That said, the task before us is great and the stakes are high. To avoid the two degrees of warming that would bring catastrophic change to our climate, a significant shift in business as usual is needed. How can we reconcile the pace needed to confront the enormity of this challenge with the incremental rate of change often seen at the political level? To what extent can sub-national jurisdictions like Ontario meaningfully influence the kind of change we need? And how diverse are the tactics and voices needed to constructively and quickly move us to action?

The Honourable Glen Murray was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2010 as the MPP for Toronto Centre. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014. He currently serves as Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, and has done so since 2014. Minister Murray has had a lifetime of activism in urban planning, sustainable development and community health, was appointed Chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy by former Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2005, and became president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute in 2007.

Mike Morrice has spent his career galvanizing community-led transitions to a greener economy. He founded Sustainable Waterloo Region in 2008 and then Sustainability CoLab, which he now leads, in 2012.

Paul Bubelis is Executive Director of the Sustainability Network which hosts the series and he will MC.

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