Canada has committed to cutting carbon emissions by up to 45 per cent by 2030 but presently spends about 14 times more on fossil fuels than on clean technology through a range of subsidies, grants and tax incentives. Fiscal measures are an important part of the toolkit and need to evolve if Canada is going to meet its net zero goals.
Join this virtual session to learn what the panel will discuss on the following:
- The role carbon pricing and tax incentives play in achieving Canada's emissions targets
- The opportunity to use tax incentives to supercharge the scaling of cleantech and renewable energy
- Unlocking private capital for low carbon energy through corporate and personal tax incentives
- How individual tax incentives can help win Canadians’ hearts and minds in fighting climate change
President’s Fellow of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary
BIO: Dr. Jack M. Mintz is the President’s Fellow of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary after serving as the Palmer Chair and Director from January 1, 2008 to June 30, 2015. He also serves on the boards of Imperial Oil Limited and Morneau Shepell and is the National Policy Advisor for Ernst & Young.
Dr. Mintz held the position of Professor of Business Economics at the Rotman School of Business from 1989-2007 and Department of Economics at Queen’s University, Kingston, 1978-89. He was a Visiting Professor, New York University Law School, 2007; President and CEO of the C. D. Howe Institute from 1999-2006; Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at the Department of Finance, Ottawa; and Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Management, University of Toronto, 1993 – 1995.
Peter van Dijk
Executive in Residence, GRI
BIO: Peter is an accomplished senior financial services and public policy executive with extensive experience across large global banking and life insurance organizations. His experience also includes being a successful senior partner in global professional services firms. Peter is passionate about leveraging his more than 30 years of experience in financial and professional services to support Canada’s financial services sector in its transition to a low-carbon economy and a sustainable future.
Most recently, Peter was a Partner at PwC, where he was the National Tax Policy Leader. Before joining PwC, Peter was Senior Vice President, Finance, at TD Bank Group and led the tax function of TD Bank Group. Previous positions held by Peter include Senior Vice President, Tax, at Sun Life Financial, and International Tax Partner at EY.
Associate Partner, Head of Behavioural Science and Cognitive & Analytics, IBM
BIO: Melaina Vinski is a behavioural science and behaviour change specialist with over a decade of experience in the experimental study of cognitive neuroscience and human behaviour, and over eight years of experience crafting evidence-based solutions on sustainability, stakeholder management, reputation risk, issues management, operational model design, and behaviour change. As the former Behavioural Insights lead for PwC Canada and the current lead of Behavioural Science at IBM, Melaina is recognized as a leading expert in weaving behavioural science within traditional problem-solving paradigms to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing business and society. She holds a degree in Cognitive Neuropsychology and Business from the University of Guelph and a Masters and PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology from McMaster University.
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