Smart Prosperity

#NewThinking is good
for the environment
and the economy.


We congratulate the Prime Minister and Premiers on achieving a national plan to drive clean growth and make real progress on climate change.  This plan includes the key elements needed to do so, including a rising price on carbon, world class standards for clean power and energy efficiency, major investments in clean infrastructure like buildings, transportation and energy systems, and strong support for clean innovation and technology.  

The shift to a high performance, low carbon economy is underway across Canada and around the world, and it offers tremendous opportunity for all parts of the economy.  This kind of coordinated government leadership is critical to accelerate our progress and help us keep pace with global leaders, by catalyzing private initiative and innovation across the country.

This plan sets the right direction.  The next challenge is to turn these commitments into action.  This will require smart policy design and effective implementation – to enable Canada to meet its global climate commitments and boost clean growth across the economy, while helping vulnerable populations to adjust and businesses to be globally competitive.

We offer our full support in helping Canada to seize this critical economic and environmental opportunity, and we commit to lead by example in our own organizations and networks.


Keith Ambachtsheer, President, KPA Advisory Services Ltd.

Colin Andersen, Chair, Energy Council of Canada

Charlie Atkinson, Managing Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Canada

Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey and Company

Chris Buckley, President, Ontario Federation of Labour

Ross Beaty, Chairman, Pan American Silver Corp; Executive Chairman, Alterra Power Corp

Graham Campbell, President, Energy Council of Canada

Andrew Cardozo, President, Pearson Centre

Guy Cormier, President and CEO, Desjardins Group

John Coyne, Vice-President, Legal and External Affairs, Unilever Canada Inc.

Michael Crothers, President and Canada Country Chair, Shell Canada

Arlene Dickinson, CEO, Venture Communications

Stewart Elgie, Professor, University of Ottawa; co-Chair, Smart Prosperity

Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo

Phil Fontaine, Former National Chief, Assembly of First Nations

Pierre Gaudet, President and CEO, Smart EV Mobility Inc.

Robert Hardt, President and CEO, Siemens Canada

Jean-Francois Huc, President and CEO, BioAmber

Greg Kiessling, President, UpCapital Ltd.

Deirdre Laframboise, Executive Director, Canadian Climate Forum

Monique F. Leroux, President of the international Co-operative Alliance and chair of the board of Investissement Québec

Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association

Jim Lopez, President and CEO, Tembec

John Lounds, President and CEO, Nature Conservancy of Canada

A.J. (Sandy) Marshall, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

Sean McKay, President and CEO, Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba Inc.

David Miller, President and CEO, WWF – Canada; Former Mayor, City of Toronto

Grant Mitchell, President and CEO, Westcanbulk Transport Ltd.

Lorraine Mitchelmore, co-Chair, Smart Prosperity; former President, Canada Country Chair, Shell Canada

Joe Nemeth, President and CEO, Catalyst Paper Corporation

Ken Neumann, Canadian National Director, United Steelworkers

Derek Nighbor, CEO, Forests Products Association of Canada

Elisa Obermann, Executive Director, Marine Renewables Canada

Merrell-Ann Phare, Founding Executive Director, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

Vicky Sharpe, Founding President and CEO, Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Scott Skinner, Executive Director, Clean Foundation

Ron Seftel, CEO, Bullfrog Power

Jean Simard, President, Aluminum Association of Canada; co-Founder and Director, SWITCH

Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada

Rick Smith, Executive Director, Broadbent Institute

Albi Sole, Executive Director, Outdoor Council of Canada/Conseil canadien de plein air

John Stackhouse, Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO, Royal Bank of Canada

John Stonier, CEO, VeloMetro Mobility Inc.

Kali Taylor, Founding Executive Director, Student Energy

Steve Valdes, CMO - Chief Mowing Operator, Little Green Mowing Company

Scott Vaughan, President and CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Annette Verschuren, Chair and CEO, NRStor; co-Chair, Smart Prosperity

Robert Wesseling, President and CEO, The Co-operators

Galen Weston, President and Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Ltd.

Ed Whittingham, Executive Director, Pembina Institute

Laura Zizzo, Founder and CEO, Zizzo Strategy Inc.


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