Who We Are


Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee is comprised of experts drawn from a range of sectors and from locations across Canada. The Committee provides high-level guidance, strategy and oversight for the project.

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   Mark Cameron

 Mark Cameron has over 15 years experience working in government, consulting, and industry, with a focus on public policy. Mark has worked for several MPs and cabinet ministers, including the Hon. David Anderson and the Hon. Stephane Dion and in the Privy Council Office, and also worked as federal director of the High Park Group, a consultancy with a focus on environmental and energy policy. From 2006 to 2009 he served as Director of Policy and Research and Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Rt. Hon Stephen Harper. He later worked for Ontario Power Generation as Director, Corporate Affairs and recently joined Research In Motion as Director, Global Public Policy. Educated at McGill University and the University of British Columbia, Mark holds a BA (Hons.) and MA in Political Science from UBC.

Mark also serves on the Boards of the Canadian-American Business Council, the Canada-India Business Council, and the Advisory Committees of the Pembina Institute and the Munk Debates.

   Michael Cleland

 Mr. Cleland is a private consultant with extensive experience in energy and environment policy. He is currently Nexen Executive in Residence at the Canada West Foundation.

He is formerly President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association. Prior to joining CGA, he was Senior Vice President Government Affairs for the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). In 2000 he was Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Energy Sector in the Department of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), formerly Energy, Mines and Resources (EMR) and before that, Director General of the Energy Policy Branch. From 1987 to January 1990, he was Assistant Director, Resource Policy Division in the Department of Finance. Before joining the federal government in 1987, Mr. Cleland worked in Nova Scotia where, he was a principal in the firm of Cleland, Dunsmuir Consulting Ltd., lecturer in business/government relations at the school of Public Administration at Dalhousie University and academic editor of Plan Canada, the journal of the Canadian Institute of Planners. From 1982 to 1985, he was Associate Director of the Centre for Development Projects at Dalhousie University where he was responsible for various management training projects in Zimbabwe and the countries of the Commonwealth Caribbean. Prior to joining Dalhousie University, he occupied a number of positions at the Nova Scotia Departments of Development and Municipal Affairs.

Mr. Cleland was born in Quesnel, British Columbia, and educated at the University of British Columbia (BA in political science 1972) and Queens (MPL urban and regional planning 1974).

   Stewart Elgie

 Stewart Elgie is a professor of law and economics at the University of Ottawa, and director of the University’s interdisciplinary Environment Institute. He received his Masters of Law from Harvard, and his doctorate (J.S.D.) from Yale (thesis on forest carbon markets). He is also the founder and chair of Sustainable Prosperity, Canada’s major green economy think tank and policy-research network. His research involves many aspects of environmental and economic sustainability, with a particular focus in recent years on market-based approaches.

Elgie started his career as an environmental lawyer in Alaska, litigating over the Valdez oil spill. He returned to Canada and founded Ecojustice, now Canada’s largest non-profit environmental law organization. He was later hired by Pew Trusts as founding executive director of the multi-stakeholder Canadian Boreal Initiative. Prior to his faculty position at University of Ottawa (2004), Elgie held appoints (part-time) at several Canadian universities (U.B.C., Alberta, York). He has served on or chaired many advisory bodies in the environment/sustainability area. In 2001, Elgie was awarded the Law Society of Upper Canada medal for exceptional lifetime contributions to law – the youngest man ever to receive the profession’s highest honour.

   Daniel Gagnier

 Mr. Dan Gagnier was appointed Chief of Staff to Quebec Premier Jean Charest in 2007, and stepped down from the position in September, 2009. Mr. Gagnier was formerly Alcan Inc.'s senior vice president, Corporate and External Affairs. In this position, his responsibilities icluded corporate communications, government relations and environment, health and safety. Prior to joining Alcan in 1994, Mr. Gagnier held a number of senior positions with the governments of Canada, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Mr. Gagnier was Chair of the International Organization's technical committee on Environmental Management (ISO/TC 207). Mr. Gagnier is the past Chairman, Board of Directors, for the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, past chair of the Canadian Standards Association, and past chair of the International Emissions Trading Association. He is currently the Chairman of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a member of the Board of Governors, McGill University, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Asia-Pacific Foundation as well as Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

   Roger Gibbins

 Dr. Roger Gibbins is a Senior Fellow at the Canada West Foundation. He held the position of President and CEO from 1998-2012. Prior to assuming the leadership of the Canada West Foundation in 1998, Roger was a professor of political science at the University of Calgary, where he started his academic career in 1973 and served as department head from 1987 to 1996. An ongoing appointment as a Faculty Professor of Political Science continues his association with the University of Calgary. Roger has authored, co-authored or edited 22 books and more than 140 articles and book chapters, most dealing with western Canadian themes and issues.

In 1998 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and was the President of the Canadian Political Science Association from 1999 to 2000. In 2007, Roger was presented with the Alberta Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Administration by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. Dr. Gibbins was presented with the Peter Lougheed Award for Public Policy Leadership on September 22, 2010 by the Public Policy Forum. Roger was born in Prince George, British Columbia, and received his undergraduate degree from UBC and his doctorate in political science from Stanford University in California.

   Andrew Heintzman

 Andrew Heintzman is the President of Investeco Capital Corp, the first Canadian investment company to be exclusively focused on investing in environmental sectors (www.investeco.com). Andrew was co-editor of Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy is Changing Everything, and Feeding the Future: From Fat to Famine, Solving the World’s Food Crises, critically acclaimed books published by The House of Anansi Press. Prior to Investeco, Andrew was the founder and publisher of Shift Magazine, an award-winning consumer magazine about technology. He was also a founder of d~Code, a youth-marketing firm. Andrew is a director of The Sustainability Network, Lotek Wireless Inc., Triton Logging and Rowe Farms Inc.

   Jane McDonald

 Jane McDonald is a Senior Business Analyst at Manitoba Hydro. She was the previous Executive Director of Sustainable Prosperity. Before that, she served as the Director of Competitiveness and Carbon Markets for Environment Canada and negotiator for the Canadian delegation to the UN climate negotiations. She was recruited to government from her role as Associate Vice-President of international carbon brokers CO2e.com—Cantor Fitzgerald. She has served as Adjunct Professor of Environmental Finance at the University of Toronto and as a board member for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Clean Air Canada and the Research Network for Business Sustainability at the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario. In 2007-2008 she was awarded an Action Canada Fellowship for leadership in Canadian public policy.

Ms. McDonald started her career in Austin, Texas as Conservation Director for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She has served as Adjunct Professor of Environmental Finance at the University of Toronto, and as a board member for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Clean Air Canada and the Research Network for Business Sustainability at the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario.

In 2007-2008 she was awarded an Action Canada Fellowship for leadership in Canadian public policy.

   Preston Manning

 Mr. Manning served as a Member of the Canadian Parliament from 1993 to 2001. He founded two new political parties – the Reform Party of Canada and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance – both of which became the official Opposition in the Canadian Parliament. Mr. Manning served as Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2000. In 2007 he was made a Companion of the Order ofCanada. Since retirement from Parliament in 2002, Mr. Manning has served as a Senior Fellow of the Canada West Foundation and as a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Calgary and University of Toronto. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is an Institute Certified Corporate Director. Mr. Manning is currently a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute and President and CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy.

   Jane McDonald

 Jane McDonald is a Senior Business Analyst at Manitoba Hydro. She was the previous Executive Director of Sustainable Prosperity. Before that, she served as the Director of Competitiveness and Carbon Markets for Environment Canada and negotiator for the Canadian delegation to the UN climate negotiations. She was recruited to government from her role as Associate Vice-President of international carbon brokers CO2e.com—Cantor Fitzgerald. She has served as Adjunct Professor of Environmental Finance at the University of Toronto and as a board member for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Clean Air Canada and the Research Network for Business Sustainability at the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario. In 2007-2008 she was awarded an Action Canada Fellowship for leadership in Canadian public policy.

Ms. McDonald started her career in Austin, Texas as Conservation Director for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She has served as Adjunct Professor of Environmental Finance at the University of Toronto, and as a board member for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Clean Air Canada and the Research Network for Business Sustainability at the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario.

In 2007-2008 she was awarded an Action Canada Fellowship for leadership in Canadian public policy.

   Velma McColl

 Velma McColl joined Earnscliffe in February 2004. Ms. McColl served as both senior policy and communications advisors to federal Cabinet Ministers across four portfolios – Environment, Industry, Health and Fisheries & Oceans. In these capacities, she played a leading role in issues such as climate change, energy, regional economic development, Canada’s competitiveness and innovation challenges, and sustainable development. She has an interest in alternate dispute resolution and has worked to find creative solutions across federal/provincial/territorial and international boundaries. Ms. McColl has experience across the public policy spectrum from business to not-for-profit organizations to the public sector. Her career includes success as an entrepreneur as well as projects in the arts, fisheries, conservation, and communication.

   Alan Nymark

 Alan Nymark served as Deputy Minister in the departments of the environment, customs and revenue, and human resources and social development. He held senior executive positions in the fields of health, industry and science policy, trade negotiations, and the Privy Council Office. He also worked at the IMF, the Royal Bank, the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects and Finance Canada. Mr. Nymark consults widely in the areas of growth and sustainability.

   Nancy Olewiler

 Nancy Olewiler is a Professor in, and the Director of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University. She spent much of her career in economics departments at Queen’s University and SFU. Her PhD is in economics with a specialization in Resource and Environmental Economics from the University of British Columbia. She has published in academic journals, edited books, has written two widely used textbooks (The Economics of Natural Resource Use and Environmental Economics (3rd ed. Forthcoming), and produced numerous reports for the Canadian federal and provincial governments on a wide range of environmental and natural resource issues, including studies in the energy field, natural capital and ecological fiscal reform, policies for GHG mitigation, and federal business tax policy. She is an advisor for the Environment and Economy Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) and Latin America and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) where she helps supervise research undertaken by Asian and Latin American researchers on environmental and natural resource economics. Nancy is on the Board of Directors for TransLink and Powertech.

   David Runnalls

 David Runnalls was President of International Institute for Sustainable Development for the last 11 years. He has served as Co-Chair of the China Council Task Force on WTO and Environment. Runnalls was the Leopold Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a member of the federal External Advisory Committee on Smart Regulation (EACSR). He serves as Chair of the Adjudication Panel for the ALCAN Prize for Sustainability. He is a member of the Board of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the United Nations University. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Partnerships to the Minister for International Cooperation; a member of the Environment Canada Cross-Cutting Issues table and a member of the Advisory Council for Export Development Canada. He also serves on the Inquiry Team for Tomorrow`s Global Company.








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