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February 18th-20th, 2016
Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University
Climate Change

The Viessmann Centre is pleased to co-sponsor the Climate Choices Canada: Economics and Policy conference, scheduled to take place on February 18th to 20th, 2016 at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Download Conference Program here.

Download Conference Rapporteur Session Summaries here

NEW! Check out the following policy commentaries written by the conference rapporteurs!

  1. Smart Market-Oriented Regulations and the Potential for Unintended Policy Interactions in Canada by Ousmane Diallo
  2. Flood Damage: The Hidden Cost of Climate Change by Derek Ensing
  3. Challenges for Climate Policy Resiliency in Canada by Derek Orosz
  4. Climate Change Policy: Who are We Talking to, and Who is Listening? by Aviva Silburt

This two day event brings together scholars, policy experts, practitioners and students to take stock of climate policy in Canada and to discuss policy options going forward. Special attention will be given to the recent federal election and the outcome of the international climate talks in Paris as these events will shape, and possible constrain, Canada’s climate policy choices in the future.

Canada and the European Union share similar challenges when it comes to climate policy but have, so far, adopted different approaches. The Viessmann Centre looks forward to engaging in the conference discussions, particularly on issues of policy coordination and instrument design in multi-government and multi-instrument settings.

Registration information and program details can be found on the conference website:

For additional information or questions, please contact conference co-organizers:

Climate Choices Canada: Economics and Policy

Thursday, February 18, 2016

5:00 – 7:00 pm Registration and Welcome reception (light snacks and cash bar)

Friday, February 19, 2016

7:45 – 8:20 am Coffee and light breakfast
8:20 – 8:30 am Welcome and opening remarks
8:30 – 10:00 am Session #1: Plenary Keynote Address
10:00 – 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:00 pm Session #2: Stock-taking Panel
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch (catered, on-site)
1:00 – 2:30 pm Session #3: Linkages and Coordination
2:30 – 3:00 pm Coffee Break
3:00 – 4:30 pm Session #4: Instrument Design and Implementation

Saturday, February 20, 2016

8:00 – 8:30 am Welcome coffee
8:30 – 10:00 am Session #5: Subfederal and Sectoral Perspectives
10:00 – 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:00 pm Session #6: Wrap-up Panel