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I’m a guest on How Public Works

Listen to my interview with experienced municipal public servant Ilmar Simanovskis, P.Eng, MBA, on how the public sector works.

As he describes the episode:

Dianne Saxe is an environmental lawyer who has an extensive career in advocating for environment, climate and sustainability in our society both locally and globally. In her private practice and as the former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dianne has come to understand much of the issues threatening our planet. Her message is clear and her concerns real as the effects of climate change become more and more visible around us. But she also has hope and optimism in a brighter future if we all appreciate the impact our activities have on our environment and take personal responsibility for our daily actions. She is optimistic that together we will make a difference…in her view we have to.

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Law Society Medal

The Law Society of Ontario, which regulates Ontario lawyers, has finally announced my Law Society Medal. The prize was originally to have been awarded in May. Thank you to all my colleagues for recognizing my work as an outstanding Canadian environmental lawyer.

Their website says:

“Called to the Bar in 1976, Dianne Saxe is being recognized for her exemplary dedication and leadership to the development of environmental law in Ontario. As a pioneer in this area of law, she is one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers with more than 40 years’ experience in writing, interpreting and litigating Ontario’s energy, environment and climate laws.”

See my climate lawyer ad in the Ontario Reports:

Dianne Saxe award winning environmental lawyer
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Royal Ontario Museum getting energized about climate

This week, the Globe and Mail ran a fabulous two page spread about the growing engagement by the Royal Ontario Museum with the climate crisis. This new initiative has been triggered by the generosity of Allan Shiff, with whom I have had the pleasure of working for the last year. Now, finally, after much effort, the search for the new curator is underway.

Equally important, existing curatorial staff at the ROM are getting energized about using their collections to tell climate stories. The Globe article tells brief climate stories that feature 14 different artefacts from the full range of ROM collections, both human history and natural history: varve clay, red knot (bird), art made of trash, religious paintings.

Sascha Priewe, Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships, has been tasked with getting climate-related programming underway even before the new curator arrives. It’s not a moment too soon.

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My Climate Story

Because of the convention of using round numbers, predictions about the climate crisis often talk about what will happen by 2100. I have never met a politician who expects to be alive, much less in power, in 2100. 2100 is many election cycles away, much too far away to matter to them. By Dianne Saxe

Who does 2100 matter to?

Grandchildren in canoe at sunset

I have three small grandchildren and my youngest is expecting again. Her baby will be 29 when 2050 arrives, preparing to set up, provide for and protect a family of his own. That will be harder for him than it was for me. Unless we change course, his world will be hotter, weirder, less beautiful, less stable and less safe than it was when I was 29. And on New Year’s Day, 2100, he will only be 79, younger than my mother is now.

Honestly, I cannot imagine what he and his family will face on that day. As Philip Alston, the special rapporteur to the United Nations Human Rights Council, summed it up, we have already reached the point where the best case for 2100 is widespread death and suffering. The worst case is humanity on the brink of extinction, triggered by the choices that people made during my lifetime.

My eldest grandchild is six now, whip-smart and starting to understand how the world works. I dread the day when he comes to understand how our selfishness, greed and apathy stole so much of his future. What will I do when he turns to me and cries, “How could you let this happen to us? You knew.” He will be right.

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Coldwater and TMX

What happened July 2, 2020, when the Supreme Court of Canada decided not to hear the Coldwater appeal against federal approval in principle of the TMX #TransMountain pipeline?

In essence, the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision, in February 2020, which said the following:

Indigenous people have a right to be consulted and accommodated about major projects in their territory, but they do not have a veto. Once there has been a deep respectful process of consultation and accommodation, the federal Cabinet has the right to balance indigenous claims with overall societal interest as they see it.

The federal government has adequately performed that process for TMX, in accordance with the judicial guidance given in 2018. When the Federal Court of Appeal turned down the TMX approval in 2018, and sent it back to the federal government, they identified specific flaws that they said could be remedied by a “brief”, “efficient” and “focussed” further consultation. The government did what the court had directed it to do, and, as a result, the approval was amended with significant additional conditions.

Consultation and accommodation are a difficult balancing act, and the federal Cabinet’s evaluation of the process deserves deference. The process does not have to be perfect.

The opponents were, in essence, seeking a veto, a right to prevent the pipeline from being built without their consent. Under Canadian law, they do not have that right. Nor can they insist on more years for further study or consultation. The Cabinet can take into account that, of the 129 indigenous communities consulted, 120 support the project or do not object, and 45 signed benefit agreements.

To the best of my knowledge, that means that the opponents no longer have a legal right to prevent the construction of the pipeline. However, they can still make this pipeline slow and difficult to build, and to further damage its economic rationale. The detailed alignment is still to be determined and some environmental studies are still underway. There could be a worldwide campaign to dissuade purchasers from booking space on the pipeline, and from buying oil transported by this pipeline. We may still see a campaign of civil disobedience, people laying down in front of bulldozers and in front of trains across the country.

Opponents can also continue to attempt to persuade the government, and the public, that it is a bad decision to build this pipeline, for economic, climate, environmental and other reasons. Just because the project has been approved does not necessarily mean it has to be built. There has also been considerable discussion about whether the federal government will turn the pipeline over to a First Nations consortium to be built and operated, and if so, how much this would address environmental and indigenous rights concerns.

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Want a green recovery?

For those who want to influence public policy, it is important to speak up when political decisions are being made. There’s one of those moments this week. Until June 9, there is an opportunity to write to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance, which is considering how the Canadian government is spending billions of dollars of our money on COVID-19 response. In particular, the committee is studying:

  • a) certain elements of Bill C-13, An Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19;
  • b) the provisions and operations of Bill C-14, A second Act respecting measures in response to COVID-19; and,
  • c) the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences

If you want that money to be spent on building back better, write now to the committee, care of:

Maxime Fortin

Procedural Clerk

Committees Directorate | Direction des comités
40 rue Elgin street | Ottawa K1A 0A4
t: 613-990-6080

 Your letter should consist of: 

  • your name and contact information; 
  • summary of your main points; 
  • factual information you would like to committee to be aware of (written evidence should generally not exceed 10 pages and in cases where this is not feasible, an executive summary should be provided); 
  • any specific recommendation that you would like the committee to consider including in its report. 

To see the submissions the Committee has already received (and translated), see

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Open letter from the Climate Caucus to the Prime Minister

Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from the Climate Caucus

One of my most engaging gigs is assisting the Climate Caucus of mayors and councillors across Canada. Proud to have contributed to this letter.

April 22, 2020

To:       Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Cc:         Members of Parliament

Re:       Green, just recovery and creating resilient local governments

Climate Caucus is a non-partisan network of more than 250 Mayors, Councillors, and Regional Directors working collaboratively across Canada to build equitable, regenerative, and resilient communities through fact-based, science-driven policy. This letter is endorsed by the Climate Caucus members whose signature appears below, and others whose endorsement will follow.

We appreciate the difficult and essential work that you are doing to sustain individuals, communities, and businesses through the immediate Covid-19 crisis. We agree that Canada must ensure the health and safety of all citizens, particularly those hardest hit by disruption including Indigenous communities, racialized people, women, low-income earners (many of whom we now recognize as essential workers), seniors, and people with disabilities.

Local governments play a critical role for precisely these individuals, communities and businesses. As you know, local governments have lost significant revenue in this crisis and are being forced to cut spending and to layoff staff in order to balance our budgets, as required by law. This cutback not only undermines federal and provincial economic recovery efforts; it undermines our efforts to respond to the climate emergency.

While some politicians and members of the public yearn to return to the pre-Covid “normal”, Climate Caucus members stress that the old “normal” was a planet losing its ability to support life, with an economic model that disregards planetary limits. The old “normal” was a global population suffering from gross inequity, exacerbated by decades of failing to take decisive action on climate change. The old “normal” repeatedly failed to honour the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The old “normal” was unsustainable and unjust in so many ways, for both people and the planet. We refuse to accept that old “normal.”

This moment, Mr. Trudeau, is your moment to act decisively and to embrace a bold plan that confronts these interconnected crises. As your partner at the level of government closest to the people, we pledge our commitment to work with you to rebuild our communities into the sustainable, equitable future everyone deserves, and that we know is possible.

To perform this critical work, local government requires unprecedented investment at the community scale, along with transformative policyinitiatives at all levels of government. We also know that this investment needs to be equitable, as those who are most marginalized in our communitiesare being hardest hit by this pandemic, just as they are by the changing climate.

Numerous challenges threaten the ability of cities to become viable pillars of sustainable development. Unequal access to, and inefficient use of, publicservices, as well as financial fragility and the harm inflicted by natural hazards, demand an integrated and coordinated response at the local, national andinternational levels. (source: United Nations World Economic and Social Survey 2013)

The types of disruption every citizen has experienced with Covid-19 will become more frequent as our climate changes. We can begin life-saving work by building resilient and regenerative communities right now, in a way that respects planetary limits and creates jobs centred in equity, well-being, and health.

A Green and Just Recovery

To ensure a green and just recovery, we respectfully ask you to support green local government:

  • Legislate and honour the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at all levels of government. Fulfill Canada’s commitment to end ongoing human rights violations, including the right to water and sanitation, through public, not private,partnerships with Indigenous peoples.
  • Invest in building Canada’s decarbonized and resilient future. Local governments across Canada need to retrofit millions of existinghomes and buildings – and construct hundreds of thousands of affordable, climate-resilient homes just to address the current wait-list for subsidized housing. Building and retrofitting with wood and other plant-based materials will create homes that people love to live in, plus jobs in forestry communities, while sequestering carbon in the buildings.
  • Invest in the restoration of forest, stream, river, wetland, and coastal ecosystems. Restored ecosystems will, for free, provide a wide variety of Ecological Goods and Services such as clean air, clean water, long term carbon storage, and habitat, which are required for life on this planet and to combat climate change. Local governments, through natural asset management, can increase carbon sequestration, reduce carbon emissions, increase health and well-being, and lower infrastructure and related costs by working with, rather than against, nature. Implementing green infrastructure projects including urban forests, daylighting streams, and stormwatermanagement systems requires transforming the way local governments work and how they partner with stakeholders, but are worth the investment by several orders of magnitude.
  • Invest in universally accessible public transit. Our public transit systems require direct funding from the Federal government to remain functional during the Covid-19 pandemic, and to avoid a death spiral afterwards while people maintain physical distancing. Public transit is critical and is utilized by people who support our communities by working on the front-lines. Public transit is the only transportation option for some people on fixed incomes, youth, seniors, and people with disabilities. Long-term, stable funding in decarbonized public transit will create good jobs, improve health and well-being, support equity, and help Canada achieve its climate goals.
  • Invest in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. Safe, universally accessible infrastructure for active transportation provides inexpensive, non-polluting mobility, supports public health by allowing physical distancing plus physical activity, and enlivens acommunity.
  • Invest in health-sustaining environments. Clean air, water, and food supplies through reduction of polluting activities and toxic wastes and support of safer technologies and practices such as local organic farms. One way to achieve this is through a federalenvironmental bill of rights. This means the right to clean air, clean water, and food. This is essential for the health of all.
  • Invest in renewable energy infrastructure, transmission & storage. Rapid deployment of renewable energy is a dependable path to a cleaner future. It also creates a high level of good localized jobs per dollar invested, and is increasingly the cheapest way to generate electricity. An interprovincial grid would pair the outstanding wind and solar resources in western Canada with the outstanding hydropower storage in Manitoba, Quebec and Labrador. Distributed renewable energy generation plus energy storage builds resilienceand would allow remote communities to get off diesel. Ample access to low-carbon electricity would support massive electrification of personal and freight transport along with other present uses of fossil fuels.
  • Invest in local food security. While much of the agricultural industry is a significant contributor to the climate and ecologicalemergency, restorative agriculture can contribute much to lowering emissions. In addition, the coronavirus has demonstrated that relying on long supply chains for the essentials of our lives makes us highly vulnerable; food insecurity will only increase as the climatechanges. Local farms and farm workers need support in the transition to regenerative farming practices. Climate Caucus supports a national food security network and the inclusion of effective food security plans in local climate mitigation and adaptation plans. This would require cross-sectoral collaboration between municipalities, provincial and federal ministries, local farmers, nonprofits and industry, and new tools/ authority for local governments to preserve and expand food growing areas that are relevant to the multitude ofclimates.
  • Work with provinces to restructure municipal funding so that municipalities are no longer financially dependent on property taxes, gas taxes and development cost charges. The current funding model essentially forces municipalities to allow endless urban expansion,which has major adverse impacts on carbon and ecological footprints and municipal budgets.
  • Work with provinces on infrastructure repair including highway and street pavements. Consider specifying hot in place patch repair instead of cut/remove/replace with new asphalt. Reusing the asphalt that is already paid for can save up to 40% on CO2production. Consider rebuilding the entire surface course pavements by hot in place reconstruction, instead of mill and remove, aprocess which has proven successful in BC for many years.
  • Support local, independent, small businesses. Clean, compact, connected, low-carbon, resilient communities allow most residentsto meet essential needs within a 20 minute walk. This means keeping alive local, small businesses that create a sense of community andcontribute to the mental health of our residents. Over 69% of Canada’s workforce (2017 data from Stats Canada) are employed by small businesses (1-99 employees), but many will not survive the pandemic without your energetic support. In

the medium term, energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives would help small businesses reduce their operating costs as well as their carbon footprint.

  • Invest in zero waste. Resource consumption and waste is a major contributor to carbon pollution and environmental degradation.Developing a national circular economy is a solution and an opportunity for job creation and strengthening the national economy. Climate Caucus supports the regulatory change and public investment needed to develop solutions with the goal of creating zero waste in Canada by 2030.
  • Divest from the fossil fuel industry. Climate Caucus supports a just transition for workers to a low carbon economy. Recovery funds should support workers, not fossil fuel corporations who are already deeply subsidized. Climate Caucus supports a moratorium on allnew fossil fuel infrastructure. Scientists have made clear that we cannot build new fossil fuel infrastructure in a climate emergency.

Prime Minister, local governments are on the front lines of both the pandemic and the climate crisis. We are also your critical partners in serving Canadians today, tomorrow and for decades to come. We ask that every decision you make be designed to reduce Canada’s climate pollution, restore natural systems, and to help us help you to ease the transition to a resilient, low-carbon economy.


The undersigned members of the Climate Caucus ( Zeni Maartman, Councillor, City of Nanaimo

Megan Curren, Councillor, District of North Vancouver Rik Logtenberg, Councillor,City of Nelson

Christine Boyle, Councillor, City of Vancouver Ben Geselbracht, Councillor,City of Nanaimo Amy Lubik, Councillor, City of Port Moody

Will Cole-Hamilton, Councillor, City of Courtenay Michael Wiebe, Councillor, City of Vancouver Tony St-Pierre, Councillor, District of Sooke

Jenn Pfenning, Councillor, Wilmot Township Royce Bodaly, Councillor, City of Waterloo Kelly Greene, Councillor, City of Richmond Michael Wolfe, Councillor, City of Richmond

Debbie Chapman, Councillor, City of Kitchener Jessica McIlroy, Councillor, City ofNorth Vancouver Dirk Lewis, Councillor, City of Rossland

Adriane Carr, Councillor, City of Vancouver Tyler Brown, Councillor, City of Nanaimo

Ramona Faust, Director, Electoral Area E, Regional District of Central Kootenay Gerry Wilkie, Director, Electoral Area G, Regional District of East Kootenay Audrey Dépault, Councillor, Municipality of Terrasse-Vaudreuil

Nadine Nakagawa, Councillor, City of New Westminster Kathy Moore, Mayor, City of Rossland

Angela Girard, Councillor, City of North Vancouver CaroleAnn Leishman,Councillor, City of Powell River John Manuel, Councilor, Town of Golden

Jeremy Loveday, Councillor, City of Victoria Erika Johanson, Councillor, City of White Rock Leslie Adams, Councillor, Town of Golden

Doug Holmes, Councillor, District of Summerland Colleen O’Neill, Councillor,Town of Mahone Bay Michelle Staples, Mayor, City of Duncan

Jason Clarke, Mayor, Village of Silverton

Al Sizer, Deputy Mayor, Councillor, City of Greater Sudbury Ann Baird, Councillor, District of Highlands

Erin Hemmens, Councillor, City of Nanaimo Lisa Helps, Mayor, City ofVictoria

Jean Rousseau, Conseiller Municipal, Ville de Québec

Janice Nightingale, Councillor, City of Rossland

Andreas Tize, Director, Sunshine Coast Regional District Keenan Aylwin, Councillor, City of Barrie

Sara Duncan, Councillor, Town of Sidney Mike Layton, Councillor, City of Toronto Pete Fry, Councillor, City of Vancouver Brad Bradford, Councillor, City of Toronto Ben Isitt, Councillor, City of Victoria

Laura Dupont, Councillor, City of Port Coquitlam Kellie Knoll, Councillor, Village of Kaslo

Chris Pettingill, Councillor, District of Squamish Karen Cilevitz, Councillor, Cityof Richmond Hill David West, Councillor, City of Richmond Hill Nrinder Nann, Councillor, CIty of Hamilton Debbie Schaefer, Township of King

Elizabeth Peloza, Councilor, City of London Andrew Stevens, City Councillor, City of Regina Joe Cressy, Councillor, City of Toronto

Don Bonner, Councillor, City of Nanaimo Jane Fogal, Councillor Town ofHalton Hills

Godwin Chan, Councillor, City of Richmond Hill Jesse Woodward, Councillor, City of Nelson Moya johnson, Councillor, Town of Halton Hills BrittnyAnderson, Councillor, City of Nelson

Vanessa Craig, Director, Regional District of Nanaimo Tenille Bonoguore, Councillor, City of Waterloo

Murray Weisenberger, Councillor, District of North Saanich Josh Matlow, Councillor, City of Toronto

Bonita Zarrillo, Councillor, City of Coquitlam Aaron Stone, Mayor, Town of Ladysmith Josie Osborne, Mayor, District of Tofino

Zac de Vries, Councillor, District of Saanich Kim Zippel, Councillor, City of Peterborough Merlin Blackwell, Mayor, District of Clearwater Jay Fallis, Councillor, City of Orillia

Additional Signatories (non-elected):

Kendra Norwood, Watershed Stewardship Coordinator, West Kootenay EcoSociety, Nelson, BC Tzeporah Berman, Stand.Earth

Gabriella Kalapos, Clean Air Partnership and Chair of Clean Air Council Lois Corbett, Louise Comeau,Conservation Council of New Brunswick Jim Pojar, Forest Ecologist, Smithers, BC

Ann Dale, Canada Research Chair, Royal Roads University

Matt Murray, Energy Planning Director, West Kootenay EcoSociety, Nelson

Erik Piikkila, Forest and Watershed Ecologist, Yellowpoint Ecological Society, Ladysmith, BC Susan Stern, Toronto

Judy O’Leary, Co-lead, Citizens’ Climate Lobby BC

Tracey Saxby, Executive Director, My Sea to Sky, Squamish BC

Herb Hammond, Forest Ecologist, Silva Forest Foundation, Vallican, BC Claire Perttula, Balsillie Schoolof International Affairs

Maureen Bodie, CEO, West Vancouver/Sunshine Coast/Sea to Sky Country Green Green Party EDA Dr. Stephen R.J. Sheppard,Professor, Faculty of Forestry, UBC., and Director of CALP research group

Jessica Fong, Climate Policy Expert, Kimberley, BC

Guy Dauncey, Author, President Yellow Point Ecological Society, Ladysmith BC Lindsay Telfer, NationalDirector, Canadian Freshwater Alliance, Orillia ON

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Clean50 calls for #CleanReset

I am glad to have been able to help the outstanding Clean50 (contributors to clean capitalism) deliver a compelling letter to the Prime Minister on Earth Day calling for a #CleanReset of our economy. Read it here. If you can, please send it on to your member of Parliament with an endorsement.

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Canada’s murky bailout deal for oil and gas will cost us all

The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with low oil prices, have created extraordinarily hard times in oil producing provinces such as Alberta, and unemployment not seen since the Great Depression. Quite properly, the federal government has promised to help. But it is shameful that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is using your tax dollars to bail out the oil and gas exploration and production industry, perhaps the wealthiest and most polluting industry in human history. For details, see my op ed in the National Observer.

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Podcasts being added each week

We’re now adding a new podcast episode each week; details at Here is a taste of what’s ahead:

Episode #GuestCompanyDescriptionA taste of the interviewGreen economy KeywordsDate
56Remi DesaPantonium, On Demand Transit SoftwareAllowing small cities to both cut costs and improve transit service with existing busesMunicipalities, transportation, on-demand transit, better bus service, low carbon municipalities, saving cost and carbon07/29/21
55Francisca QuinnQuinn & Partners, sustainability consultantsFast growing pioneer in sustainable investing for investors, sustainable operations for companiesSustainable finance, green business, sustainability, management consulting, sustainability reporting, sustainability for CEOs07/15/21
54James LarsenE Zinc, Storing electricity in zincLong-duration electricity storage through chemical transformations of zincCleantech, batteries, renewable electricity, electricity storage, long duration storage, renewable energy, zinc06/30/21
53Jon LomowFieldless Farms, Growing great local lettuce indoorsSolving our world record lettuce deficit while saving carbon, water and healthFieldless FarmsFood, agriculture, food miles, food imports, indoor farming, food waste06/17/21
52Ajay KochharLi-Cycle, Truly recycling lithium ion batteriesFrom a standing start to one of the world's top cleantech companies in less than 5 yearsLi-CycleCircular economy, cleantech, lithium, batteries, recycling, materials, toxics, urban mining06/03/21
51Josh LewisNerva Energy, Energy efficiency for buildingsAward-winning approach to cutting building operating costs with current technologyNarva EnergyEnergy efficiency, multi-unit residential, building envelopes, building automation05/20/21
50David Isaac, WDuskGroupCommunity renewable energyRenewable energy, transformation, and reconciliation, especially for remote indigenous communitiesWDuskRenewable energy, solar, wind, reconciliation, modernization, self-sufficiency, Indigenous clean energy, renewable energy developer05/07/21
49Connie StaceyGrowing Greener Innovations, Lego-style low cost batteriesSlashing the cost of battery storage by simplifying and automating how they connectGrowing Greener InnovationsRenewable electricity, energy poverty, electricity storage, low-cost storage, green energy04/22/21
48Bill RedelmeierBiodynamic wines from Southbrook WineryOrganic biodynamic wines- healthy soil, healthy staff, delicious winesSouthbrook WineryAgriculture, organic, biodynamic, plant-based, local food,04/08/21
47Trevor KloeckHemp Fibre Co, Amazing jobs for hempFascinating jobs for hemp residues, including soil reclamation and creating stronger paper and non-plastic packagingHemp FibrePlant-based materials, reclamation, fibres, recycling, new materials03/25/21
46Gavin Pitchford, Clean50 AwardsCanada's Sustainability HeroesAwards that celebrate sustainability heroes, to accelerate collaboration towards a job-rich, cleaner, healthier, innovation based low-carbon economy Clean50Green economy, clean tech, green business, green business leaders, green awards, innovation, green business network03/11/21
45Paul BotteroInMotiveHow a better electric vehicle transmission, invented in Canada, makes electric cars lighter, faster, cheaper, and longer rangeInMotiveElectric vehicles, range anxiety, Canadian invention, Green Tech, clean tech, e-mobility02/25/21
44Mike KeilhauerKeilhauerDesigning, manufacturing and selling zero carbon, zero waste office chairs of pure, reusable materialsKeilhauerembodied carbon, zero waste, sustainable design, circular economy02/11/2021
43Jim FongerAmerescoEngineering and finance to slash the carbon footprint of existing buildings, such as schoolsAmerescoenergy efficiency, energy performance contracts, 01/28/2021
42Rebecca BlackBlack Current MarketingMarketing and strategic foresight for green economy companiesBlack Currentgreen economy, green transition, green marketing, strategic foresight01/14/2021
41David BeauvaisElectrifier SG2BRapid, accurate energy and emissions data for community energy planningElectrifierenergy, energy efficiency, energy planning, municipal energy plans, green button, energy data12/31/2020
40Brad Crapeau, Alex HaymanFoodCyclerHow to turn food waste to compost, at home, in hoursFoodCyclerfood waste, circular economy, compost, waste reduction12/17/2020
39Marc BedardLion ElectricAll electric buses and trucks - now cost competitive for heavy useLion Electricelectric vehicles, clean transportation, air quality, electric buses12/10/2020
38Darren Jones & Daygan FowlerMyHEATBeing able to SEE where heat is escaping from your house motivates action when talk doesn't. When will our utility pay for the pictures?MyHEATenergy efficiency, buildings, utilities, climate action, reduce waste12/03/2020
37Sumi ShanDunya HabitatsTiny, portable, energy efficient, beehive-shaped hydroponic units for growing vegetables anywhereSumi Shan teaseragriculture, hydroponics, food deserts, equity11/26/20
36Andrew PeelPeel Passive HouseBuilding and retrofitting buildings for maximum comfort, minimum fossil fuelsPeel Passive Housegreen buildings, passive buildings, low-carbon buildings11/19/20
35Adam CorneilUnbuildersCarefully taking buildings apart for reuse, instead of smashing themUnBuildersdemolition, construction waste, circular economy11/12/20
34Anie RouleauThe Unscented CompanyLocal, unscented soap company, on the road to plastic-freeThe Unscented Companyretail, consumer product, soap, single-use plastic11/05/20
33Peter HowardPond Technologies How to make carbon sequestration pay for itself: turning industrial CO2 emissions into algae, superfoods and profitsPond Technologies teasercarbon capture, algae, anti-oxidants, sequestration10/29/20
32Amir AlamShoe LaundryHow did a DJ who loves shoes become a sustainability entrepreneur during Covid?Shoe Laundry teasershoes, retail, cleaning, reducing waste10/22/20
31Audrey MascarenhasQuestor TechnologiesMethane destruction: reducing climate damage and air pollution for $2/ tonne. Why do Canada's regulations lag behind Mexico's?Audrey Mascarenhasmethane capture, air pollution, renewable energy10/15/20
30Gildas PoissonierDesjardins FinancialWhere can I do my banking without supporting fossil fuels?Desjardins Financialfinancial, insurance, Paris targets
29Steve OldhamCarbon EngineeringDirect air capture of carbon dioxide - Is it a realistic solution?Carbon Engineeringcarbon capture, enhanced oil recovery10/01/20
28Matt BrownPatagoniaHow a clothing firm slashes its carbon footprint and works to preserve our home planetPatagoniaretail, clothing09/24/20
27Greg NuttallWoodland BiofuelsComing soon: the world's cheapest liquid transportation fuel, made from construction wasteWoodland Biofuelsbiofuels, transportation fuel, construction waste reuse09/17/20
26Sarah Devika SumnauthUrban MineralsLocal-source vegan makeup startup with its first sustainability report - on hand-poured lipstickUrban Mineralsmicro business, makeup, sustainability report09/10/20
25Mike BrighamSolarshareHow did Mike Brigham build a $60 million community-owned #solarpower cooperative, SolarShare? And why is he personally funding the used #electricvehicles incentive in Ontario?SolarshareSolarshare, solar bonds, solar energy cooperative09/03/20
24Shaun LoneyAki Energy: Climate benefits and reconciliationGreen energy and efficiency social enterprise as a path to social healing and lower costs. Why is the green economy a good path forwards for people with barriers to employment?Aki Energygreen energy, efficiency, renewable energy, indigenous reconciliation08/27/20
23Bruce TaylorEfficiency: the best investmentFunding clean water in Africa by saving clients energy, water, resources and money hereEnviro-Stewardsenergy efficiency, materials efficiency08/20/20
22Catherine ThornDistrict energy scaling upHow a former municipal utility is becoming a giant in cleaner heating and cooling for many buildingsCatherine Thorn of Enwavedistrict heating and cooling, low carbon heating, thermal recycling08/13/20
21Mike AndradeInnovative solar technologyHow did Morgan Solar survive China's solar juggernaut, and stay Canadian?Morgan Solarsolar energy08/06/20
20David RobertsCanada's first net zero bus companyHow Victoria Harbour used a 15-year contract to get a net-zero bus system for cruise passengersNet zero bus companynet zero buses, clean transportation, electric vehicles07/30/20
19Jocelyn MolyneuxWorm farmingCollecting office food waste, and feeding it to 1,000,000 worms to make plant food Jocelyn Molyneuxagriculture, organic waste07/23/20
18Yuill HerbertSustainability Solutions Group Workers' cooperative consulting firm that helps create decarbonized, equitable, healthy cities for everyoneSustainability Solutions Groupenergy planning, co-operative, municipal energy plans07/16/20
17Sean DrygasBullfrog Power Canada's green energy retailer, so I can heat and light my home without fossil fuelsBullfrog Power low carbon electricity and gas, retail07/09/20
16Cara ClairmanPlug’n’DrivePlug'n'Drive stokes public passion for driving electric vehicles, often by letting people try onePlug’n’Driveelectric vehicles07/02/20
15Trish NixonRenewable energy investment for everyoneCoPower's green bonds allow almost everyone to put the planet in their portfolioTrish Nixon, CoPowergreen bonds06/25/20
14Jennifer WagnerPutting carbon into concreteCarbonCure's amazing technology saves money by using CO2 to make concrete strongerCarbonCurelow-carbon concrete, carbon sequestration06/18/20
13Tom RandVenture capitalism for clean techEarly stage funding so that breakthrough technology companies can grow through Canada's notorious valley of deathArctern Venturesclean tech finance, venture capital06/11/20
12Brandon MoffatFood waste to powerBrandon explains his passion for turning food waste into low-carbon fertilizer, electricity and natural gasBrandon Moffatfood waste, clean power06/04/20
11Dan BalabanRenewable power in AlbertaHow Dan made Greengate Power Canada's biggest renewable energy developerDan Balaban, Greengate Powersolar power, wind energy, electricity, Alberta05/28/20
10Tim NashSustainable investingHow Tim became a busy financial planner, helping people put their money where their heart isTim Nashsustainable investing, clean finance, consumers, retail, RRSP05/21/20
9Michael KalmanovichEarth's General StoreMichael's labour of love for his award-winning, organic, low-waste general storeEarth's General Storeretail, general store05/14/20
8Alexandra TavasoliSolar catalyst chemistryAlex's cleantech startup uses solar catalysts invented in Toronto to turn methane and CO2 into a fundamental building block of modern chemistrySolistracleantech, chemistry, solar catalyst05/07/20
7Richard SiftonSolar subdivisionRichard tells Dianne about his new London subdivision. It is medium-density, solar-powered, fossil-free and sells shoes in the pubWest5 Solar Subdivisionsolar subdivision04/30/20
6Priyanka LloydGrowing tomorrow’s Green Economy Heroes How can local business hubs grow tomorrow’s environmental champions? Priyanka chats about Green Economy Canada and the little businesses that couldGreen Economy Canadagreen businesses, business hub, B2B, energy efficiency04/23/20
5Akhil SivanandanShowing consumers their impactAkhil tells Dianne how Green Story helps green brands grow through the right consumer information, at the right timeGreenStoryretail, transparency, environmental footprint04/16/20
4Stephanie McLartySecond lives for telecom equipmentStephanie tells Dianne how REfficient finds second lives for used and surplus equipment, allowing smaller telecom companies to competeREfficient teaserreuse, waste reduction, equity04/09/20
3Bryan Gilvesy Cows that protect birdsAward-winning farmer, Bryan Gilvesy, tells us how planting native tall grass prairie has restored endangered birds and transformed his cattle ranchYU Ranch excerptregenerative agriculture04/02/20
2Frances EdmondsChanging how Canada buys technologyA billion business decisions are made in Canada every day, rarely with the climate crisis in mind. Can HP change that?HP Sustainable Impactprocurement, cleantech03/26/20
1Paul DowsettPlant-based homesA conversation with architect Paul Dowsett, founder of Sustainable, on his passion for better living in plant-based, energy-efficient homesPaul Dowsettplant-based buildings, efficiency03/19/20