What a difference a couple of years make. Through most of the 2000s, it was the corporate sector and the provinces that took the sustainability and climate change bull by the horns. In 2016, the federal government is fully engaged on these issues.
With the planets in this kind of alignment, there’s no better time to have an inclusive, frank conversation about our collective agendas and how we achieve them. Government and industry leaders need to be talking and collaborating on a way forward that benefits the country and the climate.
Cue the EXCEL Partnership Fall 2016 Roundtables: A meeting of industry and government minds
I was honoured to host the EXCEL Partnership Fall 2016 Roundtable(s) on October 18th and 19th in Ottawa. The EXCEL partnership is “Canada’s Business and Sustainability Partnership,” made up of Canadian leaders who share a strong commitment to leading on corporate sustainability (Air Canada, BASF, Bentall Kennedy, Bell, Cameco, Capital Power Corporation, Cenovus, CN, Enbridge, Ontario Power Generation, Potash Corp, RBC, Sun Life Financial, Statoil, Teknion, TransAlta).
The roundtables brought these organizations together with government leaders to discuss how Canada can create a sustainable economy for the 21st century. Participants included senior representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities, the Ministry of Finance, Transport Canada, the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, as well as individuals from Sustainable Development Technologies Canada, National Resource Council, Business Development Bank of Canada, and Export Development Corporation.
What went down in Ottawa
What became very clear over the course of the two days was the level of ambition in the room – across both public and private sector aisles.
A greater understanding between government and industry emerged from the roundtables, and underlined the need for strong collaboration on building a sustainable economy. We look forward to advancing this important discussion even further at future events.
Delphi acts as the Secretariat for the EXCEL Partnership, which was founded by the GLOBE Foundation and is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)’s Regional Network. For more information on the partnership:https://delphi.ca/environmental-leadership-excel-partnership/
Ted Ferguson, President (firstname.lastname@example.org)