Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at McGill University in Montreal.
He is the Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, launched in November 2014 with a 5 year mandate to identify policy options to improve environmental and economic performance in Canada. He is also a Research Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute.
From 2010 to 2013, Ragan held the Institute’s David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy, and for many years was a member of the Institute’s Monetary Policy Council. During 2009/10, he served as the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at Finance Canada, and in 2004/05 he served as Special Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Canada.
Chris Ragan was the President of the Ottawa Economics Association from 2009 through 2011. Ragan’s writing relates mostly to the conduct of macroeconomic policy. Though his research emphasis has been on inflation targeting, exchange rates, and monetary policy, he has also written on fiscal policy, financial stability, and slow growth.
He has two coedited books on Canadian economic policy, both published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy: Is the Debt War Over? and A Canadian Priorities Agenda. Ragan is also the author of Economics (formerly coauthored with Richard Lipsey), which after fourteen editions is still the most widely used introductory economics textbook in Canada. In addition, he has a regular economics column in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper.
Since 1989, Chris Ragan has taught many different economics courses at undergraduate and graduate levels, and in 2007 he was awarded the Noel Fieldhouse teaching prize in the Faculty of Arts at McGill. For over fifteen years, he has been teaching applied microeconomics regularly for McKinsey & Company, a leading international management consulting firm.
He also teaches in EDHEC’s Global MBA program in Nice, France, and in the McGillHEC Executive MBA program in Montreal.
Chris Ragan received his B.A. in economics in 1984 from the University of Victoria and his M.A. in economics from Queen’s University in 1985. He then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he completed his Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989.
Moderator: John Coyne | Speakers: Stewart Elgie, Céline Bak & Paul Boothe
Stewart Elgie, Professor, Law & Economics, University of Ottawa; CoChair, Smart Prosperity
Professor Stewart Elgie specialises in environmental and natural resources law and policy. He is also the associate director of the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment . From 1992 to 2001, Professor Elgie was the founder and managing lawyer of the Sierra Legal Defence Fund , now Canada’s largest public interest environmental law organization.
In that role, he advised over 100 environmental, community and First Nations groups across Canada, and served as counsel on a number of precedent-setting public interest environmental cases across Canada – including four successful appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada on major environmental constitutional cases.
Prior to founding SLDF, he worked as an environmental lawyer in Alaska, including litigating against Exxon over the Valdez oil spill. From 2001 to 2003, Elgie was the founding Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Trust : a foundation supporting conservation of Canada’s northern forest ecosystems. In 2007, he founded Sustainable Prosperity, a research and policy initiative that brings together leaders from business, environment, academia and government to build a vision of transforming Canada to a truly sustainable economy through fiscal and policy reforms.
Professor Elgie has served on government advisory bodies on a range of issues, including: the NAFTA environmental side agreement, endangered species legislation, parks legislation, environmental assessment, and trade and the environment. He is a frequent witness before Parliamentary committees on environment matters, and spearheaded a successful campaign for federal endangered species legislation (passed in 2002).
In 2001, Professor Elgie was awarded the Law Society of Upper Canada medal (LSM) for exceptional contributions to law, one of the youngest persons ever to receive the profession’s highest honour. In 2003, he also received an Achievement Award from the federal Environment Minister for his leadership role in the development of Canada's endangered species law.
Céline Bak, President, Analytica Advisors (Focus: Clean Tech Sector)
Céline Bak is the President of Analytica Advisors. She has authored and published five annual evidence based national reports that have catalyzed the growth of Canada's emerging energy and water technology industry.
Her research has changed the investment and policy landscape, and has formed the basis of hundreds of millions of dollars in catalytic public program investment. She is engaged in consultancy projects addressing finance, innovation and trade across Canada and around the world.
Paul Boothe, Ivey School of Business; Managing Director, Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing.
Paul Boothe was appointed Professor and Director of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management at the Ivey Business School, Western University in September 2012.
His career has included university research and teaching, acting as an independent consultant to Canadian and international organizations, and serving at the deputy minister level in provincial and federal governments.
Dr. Boothe was trained in economics at Western (Hons BA) and UBC (PhD). He was appointed to the faculty of the University of Alberta from 1984 to 2007. He has authored more than 70 publications in the areas of macroeconomics, international finance, debt management and public finance.
John Coyne, Vice President, Legal & External Affairs and General Counsel Unilever Canada Inc.
John has been with Unilever Canada since 1992. He is a member of Unilever Canada’s board of directors as well as the Canadian Leadership Team, and is also chair of the company’s Pension Committee.
John is well known for his leadership in corporate sustainability. He is a passionate activator of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, designed to help Unilever deliver its objective of growing the business while reducing its environmental footprint and increasing its positive contribution to society. John is Executive Chair of the Board of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc. and is a director of Evergreen.
In addition, John is cochair of the Partners in Project Green steering committee, a major environmental initiative of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. He is also director and past Chair of Stewardship Ontario. In 2013 John was recognized for his leadership in corporate sustainability by being named by Clean 50 as one of Canada’s top sustainability leaders.
Last year, John was appointed as a member of the Ontario Government’s Climate Action Group advising the Ontario Minister of the Environment on effective climate change actions that will help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals and transition to a prosperous, low carbon economy.
John also works closely with industry groups and other organizations. He is Chair of the board of Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation and is director and past Chair of the Association.
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