Cleaning Up Our Act: An Environmental Report Card for the Provinces

The Conference Board of Canada, May 16, 2016
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With climate change taking centre stage globally, there is finally a consensus: economic growth pursued at the expense of the environment and scarce and finite physical resources is not sustainable. World leaders have noted that protecting the environment from further damage is not a problem for tomorrow, but a challenge for today. So how does Canada and its provinces compare to its global peers?

Canada has fared poorly in previous editions of The Conference Board of Canada’s How Canada Performs—Environment analysis, when compared against other advanced developed countries. Join Sheila Rao and James Knowles as they present the findings of this year’s Report Card and discuss where Canada has improved, and where it could do much better. For the first time, the How Canada Performs analysis will compare the environmental performance of individual provinces with that of 16 advanced peer countries. Attendees will learn how the provinces and peer countries fare on indicators in four broad categories: air quality, waste, natural resource management, and climate change.

Webinar Highlights

During the webinar, James and Sheila will:

  • Introduce and describe the How Canada Performs program, and the Environment framework and ranking methodology used in the analysis;
  • Examine the performance of Canada and the provinces relative to 16 international peers on 11 indicators of environmental performance;
  • Explore how Canada’s environmental performance has changed over time, relative to international peers on key indicators; and
  • Describe approaches for Canada and the provinces to take to address their environmental weaknesses.

About James

Photo of James KnowlesJames Knowles is a Research Associate within the Public Policy division, and analyst for the How Canada Performs—Environment report card. Since joining the Conference Board in 2013, James has also produced and contributed to reports on GHG emissions in the transportation sector, the value of travel time, agricultural economics and income inequality.

About Sheila

Photo of Sheila RaoSheila Rao is the Manager of the Conference Board’s annual flagship report, How Canada Performs , a multi-year research program designed to help identify relative strengths and weaknesses in Canada’s socio-economic performance. Sheila joined the Conference Board in 2005 and holds an MBA from McGill University and a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from Queen’s University.

About How Canada Performs

How Canada Performs is an ongoing research program designed to help identify relative strengths and weaknesses in Canada’s socio-economic performance. It is an online flagship product that presents data and analysis on Canada’s national, provincial and territorial performance relative to that of 15 peer countries in six performance categories: Economy, Innovation, Environment, Education and Skills, Health, and Society.

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