Towards a National Climate Action Plan for Canada Roundtable:

To date, Canada’s provinces have been the leaders in implementing policies and programs aiming to reduce GHGs in their jurisdictions. Examples of world-leading actions include: BC’s carbon tax; Alberta’s carbon regulation, and more recently, Climate Leadership Action Plan; Saskatchewan’stechnology investment in carbon capture and storage, and more recently, policy to green generation; Ontario’s off-coal achievement, incentives for green generation and plans to implement a cap and trade regime; Quebec’s EV program; and, Nova Scotia’s actions to green the generation mix. Taken together, these provincial initiatives will not be sufficient to achieve the federal government’s international commitment to reduce GHGs by 30% by 2030. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of federal plans to implement nation-wide carbon price, federal-provincial dialogue to “square the circle” will continue and intensify during in October and November, via meetings of environment Ministers and then a First Ministers’ meeting in November. We expect that discussions towards a “Made in Canada” plan will be underway through November. To open the discussion, Travis Allan, Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP will provide his perspectives on: • an insiders’ view of federal-provincial negotiations and the positions taken by Canada’s provincial jurisdictions; • the implications of federal commitments at COP-22; • emerging trade-offs between the federal government and individual provinces • implications for federal-provincial relations; and, • outlook for agreement on a Climate Change Action Plan for Canada. Travis J. Allan is a lawyer and strategic advisor who takes a multi-disciplinary approach to corporate and environmental issues. Travis advises on corporate and commercial legal matters, carbon credit development and sale, renewable energy transactions, climate change mitigation and adaptation, electric vehicle promotion and a variety of regulatory matters including energy and privacy. Travis has experience in international and domestic transactional, environmental and First Nations law, which he combines with a strong academic grounding in policy and economics.

 Implications from the U.S Election for Energy in Canada Roundtable:

Occurring just two days following the U.S. election, the second Roundtable topic focuses on the implications for energy in Canada arising from the Presidential and Congressional results. This will be a very interesting Roundtable topic, regardless of the election outcome. Aspects to discuss will be: • the future directions of U.S.’ climate policy; • the fate of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan; • the outlook for U.S.’ approval of pipeline projects; and, • the impacts on the North American energy scene and the implications for Canada and Mexico in particular. Our guest will be Colin Robertson. He is a former Canadian diplomat, having served in the Canadian foreign service from 1977-2010, including as Minister at the Canadian Embassy in Washington and Consul General in Los Angeles. He is currently a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP and works with the Business Council of Canada. He is Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He is an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. He writes a column every two weeks on foreign affairs for the Globe and Mail and is a regular contributor to other media.