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Monday, July 22 • 2:45pm - 5:00pm
Climate Policy and Economic Growth

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Climate change policies can promote economic growth and job creation by investing in new and innovative industries such as clean tech, low-carbon transportation options, energy efficiency upgrades, and agricultural and forestry investments. This session will explore the linkages between environmental policies, good jobs, and economic growth.

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks
Co-Chairs:
Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Environment, Saskatchewan
Senator Michael Dembrow, Co-Chair of Joint Carbon Reduction Committee, Oregon


Legislative Panel: What are the economic benefits of climate action strategies? 
Panelists will provide an overview of climate policies in their jurisdiction with an emphasis on the economic benefits and resulting innovation resulting from climate action strategies. Discussion will focus on emerging economic opportunities from workforce developments, tech innovation and lower energy costs; designing climate policies in line with specific emission profiles; and lessons to be shared with the rest of the PNWER region.

Panelists
Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Environment, Saskatchewan
Honourable Bronwyn Eyre, Minister of Energy and Resources, Saskatchewan
Rick Glumac, Parliamentary Secretary for Technology, MLA, British Columbia
Senator Mike Dembrow, Co-Chair of Joint Carbon Reduction Committee, Oregon

Representative Gael Tarleton, Washington
Paolo Gallina, MLA, Yukon

Industry Panel: How have climate action strategies contributed to the economic growth in your company/industry?
Panelists will share how climate policies have positively impacted their business through business certainty, creation of new markets, incentivizing tech innovation and workforce promotion.

Panelists
David Bennett, Director of Communications and External Relations, Fortis BC
Adam Auer, Vice President of Environment and Sustainability, Cement Association of Canada

Bryan Buggey, Director, Strategic Initiatives and Sector Development, Vancouver Economic Commission

Action Item discussion

Speakers
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Bryan Buggey

Director, Strategic Initiatives and Sector Development, Vancouver Economic Commission
Bryan is a senior executive with more than three decades of experience as a business leader in entrepreneurship, sustainability, innovation, management consulting, and economic development. Since 2010, Bryan has been responsible for economic and business development at the City of... Read More →
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Sen. Michael Dembrow

Senator; Co-Chair of Joint Carbon Reduction Committee, Oregon State Legislature
Michael Dembrow is the state senator for District 23, covering portions of NE and SE Portland and the city of Maywood Park. First elected by voters in 2008 to the state house, he is serving his first term in the senate after being appointed to the seat in November 2013. Voters re-elected... Read More →
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Hon. Dustin Duncan

MLA; Minister of Environment, Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
Dustin Duncan was first elected as the MLA for the constituency of Weyburn-Big Muddy in a by-election in June 2006 at the age of 26. He was re-elected in the 2007, 2011, and 2016 provincial elections.In August 2017, Dustin was appointed Minister of Environment, Minister responsible... Read More →
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Adam Auer

Vice President of Environment and Sustainability, Cement Association of Canada
Adam has over fifteen years of experience as a sustainability professional working with public, private and non-profit institutions. As Director of Sustainability with the Cement Association of Canada, Adam works with government, industry, environmental and other civil society groups... Read More →
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David Bennett

Director of Communications and External Relations, FortisBC
David A. Bennett is Director, Communications and External Relations for FortisBC. He is responsible for all corporate and customer communications, government, municipal and aboriginal relations. David has been involved in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years, holding positions... Read More →
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Hon. Bronwyn Eyre

Minister of Energy and Resources & Minister responsible for SaskWater and SaskEnergy, Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan; MLA
Bronwyn Eyre was elected MLA for Saskatoon Stonebridge-Dakota in the 2016 provincial election.A former radio broadcaster and columnist, Bronwyn also served as a Saskatoon public school board trustee. Previously, she was a senior writer/editor for UK-based legal publications Commercial... Read More →
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Paolo Gallina

MLA, Government of Yukon
Paolo Gallina was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in the general election for the 34th Legislative Assembly on November 7, 2016.Gallina is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Standing Committee on Rules, Elections and Privileges, and... Read More →
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Rick Glumac

Parliamentary Secretary for Technology; Energy and Environment Working Group Co-chair, British Columbia Legislative Assembly
Rick Glumac was elected MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam in 2017. Rick is the Parliamentary Secretary for Technology. Rick served as a city councillor for the city of Port Moody from 2011 to 2017 and has chaired the city's Economic Development Committee, Environmental Protection Committee... Read More →
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Rep. Gael Tarleton

Legislator; Tourism Working Group Co-Chair, Washington State Legislature
After a decade working at the Pentagon on security issues affecting ports across the country and other critical facilities, Gael ran two international subsidiaries of a Fortune 500 company in Russia. She was responsible for creating disaster preparedness and emergency response plans... Read More →



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