David Knight Legg

Canada’s Path to Net Zero

Guest Content by David Knight Legg, Chairman of the ESG Working Group of the Province of Alberta and CEO of Invest Alberta Corporation


Canada is unique in the world: a free democracy of 38 million citizens, home to vast water supplies and forests, and seemingly endless mineral deposits and hydrocarbon reserves that hold more oil than Russia, China and the U.S. combined and make us the fourth largest gas supplier in the world. We share a border with the world’s largest consumer economy and our critical shipping and logistics trade routes connect us directly to the vast emerging growth markets in Asia.

This extraordinary strategic position and natural wealth bring tremendous opportunity and responsibility: developing our resources to provide the energy needed to lift 3 billion people out of poverty—while also leading the world in developing cleaner and greener fuels, renewables and innovative technology to ensure a better world for our children.

This balance isn’t easy and commitments to net zero need to be reconciled with results. According to data from the Government of Canada, we have removed less than 2% of emissions from our 2005 baseline, well below our 30% by 2030 target. And it’s taken us 16 years to get this far, partly due to population growth and a grid that is already 80% non-emitting.

The recent Earth Day announcement to increase that 2030 target to a 40-45% reduction means that Canada, which has reduced less than 1 megatonne (mT) a year for 16 years, will now find a way to remove over 300 mT—over 30 mT a year—in the remaining nine years.

The foreign press has quickly pointed out how unlikely this is.

There is however a path to achieve and even exceed this goal if Canada thinks globally, applies what has already worked around the world, and invests in scaling home-grown innovation.


The Net-Zero Challenge

Electricity and heating account for one quarter of all global emissions, and the world’s consumption of electricity has doubled since 2000. The growing use of coal in electricity has driven global emissions higher every year. Because coal burns at 100% higher carbon intensity per unit of energy than natural gas, the conversion of grids from coal to gas has been the largest single contributor to global decarbonization. The U.S. has led with a reduction of over 900 mT since 2000, and Europe and the U.K. are a close second, using gas imports from Russia, Algeria and Norway to drive the lion’s share of their reduction of over 700 mT.

Asia, on the other hand, accounts for the vast majority of all emissions growth globally thanks in large part to coal. Just four nations: China, India, Japan and South Korea account for two thirds of all coal-fired CO2 emissions globally. And this is increasing. In 2018, China was solely responsible for 47% of all global emissions from coal-fired power, and in 2020 the country built three times the total new coal capacity of the rest of the world combined, with planned production at five times the planned coal-fired capacity of the rest of the world.

It is critical to note that this is happening not because nations are intentionally careless about the environment but because they are relentlessly focused on supporting the long transition of over 3 billion people globally emerging from grinding poverty into the middle class. Asia is the epicentre of this historic moment. This requires critical infrastructure—including reliable electrical grid capacity—to support hundreds of millions of people every year that require new homes, hospitals, schools, transport, roads, heat, and light in thousands of rapidly expanding cities.

Energy—and our ability to harness it for light, heat, and cooling—has supported the greatest expansions of prosperity in human history. It has also driven up emissions. And Asian nations are desperate to find affordable lower-carbon solutions to meet this demand more responsibly.


Canada’s Place in a Global Opportunity

Canada has a massive abundance of the low-cost, high-quality natural gas Asia desperately needs to replace coal and reduce emissions while supporting their core anti-poverty growth agenda. By providing Asia with natural gas, Canada can remove well over our entire carbon footprint of 739 mT a year. This is an emissions reduction tactic with specific production, supply, trade and carbon reduction math applied to every country, and can happen as quickly as we can build the essential infrastructure and strategic trade to meet gas demand that has grown 12.5% to 359 million tonnes in 2019 alone, with China emerging as the third largest buyer in the world, and India and Indonesia looking to clean the air in their urban centres and reduce carbon overall.

The numbers are exceptional: when fully online in three years, Canada’s $40 billion Shell LNG project alone is estimated to remove 70-80 mT of Asian emissions. This project—the largest infrastructure investment in Canada—is sponsored by Korea and Japan, the largest buyers of LNG in the world. Our Invest Alberta seven national Asian offices are having conversations every week with dozens of investors, firms and governments intent on securing our LNG—and looking to invest heavily in Canada’s ultra low-carbon hydrogen capacity that will retrofit into LNG infrastructure in the future.


The Canadian Opportunity

Today, successfully ensuring net zero while growing the Canadian economy requires major capital investments into our LNG and hydrogen future as well as critical decarbonization infrastructure. In Alberta alone, investments of $30 billion into the large-scale deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) will help offset another 60 mT of production-related emissions. To quote the Hon. Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources: “Carbon capture technology creates jobs, lowers emissions and increases our competitiveness. It’s how we get to net zero.”

The International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that the world will need approximately 1,000 CCUS facilities by 2050 to achieve net-zero ambitions. Currently only 21 are in operation, with the largest now in Alberta. Without CCUS investment, the IEA predicts that the cost of climate mitigation will increase by 138% putting many communities and countries on the brink of poverty. We can’t let that happen. Canada’s net-zero pathway demands CCUS capacity to decarbonize energy and industrial systems and set the stage for growth in the global demand for cleaner natural gas and net-zero hydrogen production.

The Paris  Accord explicitly recognizes the global nature of emissions. Solving for net zero is, by its very nature a global problem requiring transnational and trade solutions because most of the world is fighting poverty and energy shortages without Canada’s advantages of low population, clean grids and a 300-year supply of natural gas. For Canada, our role can be so much greater than our current targets, or our record in hitting them suggests.

The Paris Accord Article 6 establishes a basis to negotiate credit for global trade as a principal tool of emissions reduction, and Article 9 credits the importance of technological transfer and CCUS. Canada holds a position of strategic proximity, cost and supply advantages of natural gas and hydrogen as well as global leadership on decarbonization technologies and sophisticated regulatory and incentive frameworks that are all tradeable and transferable in helping developing nations.

The global scope of the challenges we face—poverty and climate—will be solved by collaboration between nations. When I took part in the GLOBE Capital session, Destination Net Zero: Governments’ Role in Achieving Carbon Neutrality, there was a consensus on the panel that collaboration is the key to unlock a net-zero future. It will take our best entrepreneurs, scientists, investors, diplomats and dealmakers to realize Canada’s global leadership in a low carbon future. In this, as with so much else, Canada has the advantage of abundant human talent and natural resources to do something extraordinary in the world.


David Knight Legg is chairman of the ESG Working Group of the Province of Alberta and CEO of Invest Alberta Corporation. He was also a speaker at the GLOBE Capital session: Destination Net Zero: Government’s Role in Achieving Carbon Neutrality. GLOBE Capital registrants can watch the session recording here and non-registrants can purchase access here.

Elizabeth Shirt, Managing Director at GLOBE Series

Announcing GLOBE’s new Managing Director, Elizabeth Shirt

Following an extensive Canada-wide search, we are delighted to announce that we have appointed Elizabeth Shirt as GLOBE’s new Managing Director effective May 1st.

Elizabeth has nearly 20 years of experience in sustainability, innovation, energy and clean technology. She has spent her career working with industry, innovators, investors, governments and environmental organizations in pursuit of the policy, technical, financial and cultural solutions that will help accelerate a cleaner, more sustainable future. In her previous role as Emission Reductions Alberta’s Executive Director of Policy and Strategy, Elizabeth was responsible for leading on strategic initiatives and events. These ranged from developing ERA’s Technology Roadmap to delivering its biennial, three-day SPARK conference.

Prior to joining ERA, Elizabeth served in various roles with the Government of Alberta, including Director of the Climate Change Secretariat and Director of Innovation Policy and Programs within Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education. Elizabeth’s previous experience also includes providing government relations support to Capital Power and providing policy advice to the Canadian Electricity Association in Ottawa and the Nuclear Energy Institute in Washington, DC. Elizabeth has a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University and bachelor’s degrees in economics and geography from the University of Mary Washington.

We are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth to the GLOBE team, and look forward to working with her to make GLOBE’s events and initiatives even more impactful and effective.

Announcing a uniquely Canadian partnership with CBSR

GLOBE Series and The Delphi Group Partner with CBSR to Accelerate Canadian Corporate Sustainability Leadership

VANCOUVER, February 12, 2020 – Today the constellation of organizations that includes GLOBE Series, The Delphi Group, EXCEL Partnership and Leading Change Canada, with Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR), announced they are entering into a partnership that will consolidate and accelerate corporate sustainability leadership in Canada.

On behalf of the CBSR board, The Delphi Group and GLOBE Series will deliver CBSR programs and platforms and provide CBSR’s member network with access to additional resources and opportunities. CBSR’s Education Foundation, which conducts research into important issues for corporate sustainability leaders, will continue to operate independently under CBSR’s board. CBSR’s Executive Director will continue in his current role and be accountable to the CBSR board as well as to Ted Ferguson, President of The Delphi Group.

The combined members of CBSR and the EXCEL corporate learning partnership will benefit from closer alignment and more programming options. Both EXCEL and CBSR have been in existence for over 25 years, and their membership includes many of Canada’s top corporations who are leading on climate and sustainability issues, such as RBC, Maple Leaf Foods, Enbridge and CN. This partnership will make for an even larger and unified Canadian network on business and sustainability.


“We’re excited to welcome CBSR into our constellation of organizations. Collaboration between EXCEL and CBSR will bring greater value to our partners and supercharge our ambition to grow Canada’s clean economy.” – Mike Gerbis, executive in charge of the constellation of organizations that includes The Delphi Group, GLOBE Series, EXCEL Partnership, and Leading Change Canada

“This new partnership provides greater capacity for us to reach our full potential and provide more programming options for our members. Joining the GLOBE constellation helps us better demonstrate how doing business like a Canadian means not only being the best in the world, but also best for the world. – Leor Rotchild, Executive Director of CBSR

“This is an amazing opportunity to grow a national network of business leaders committed to making Canadian business a force for good. We are delighted that CBSR has joined our constellation and look forward to driving a leading-edge movement of sustainable business leadership on a national scale and beyond.” – Ted Ferguson, President of The Delphi Group

“The Board of CBSR is thrilled to support these two important networks coming together and we are confident that this new era of CBSR will be even more effective in helping Canadian companies become leaders in sustainability.” – Chris Coulter, CBSR Board Chair and CEO of Globescan

“As a long-time corporate member of both the EXCEL Partnership and CBSR, we’re excited about the new partnership and the value it brings in strengthening both organizations’ opportunity and ability to grow sustainability leadership across Canada, and tell a compelling story of Canadian values and commitment to sustainability beyond our borders.” – Jennifer Varey, Director CSR & Community Investment, Enbridge


About GLOBE Series, The Delphi Group, EXCEL Partnership and Leading Change Canada

GLOBE Series, The Delphi Group, EXCEL Partnership and Leading Change are part of a constellation of organizations that work together toward a common purpose: to achieve a sustainable, prosperous and socially just future in a generation. We provide services and platforms that empower business, government and youth to improve performance while accelerating the clean economy.

About CBSR

In 1995, CBSR helped to introduce Canadian businesses to a ground-breaking idea now widely accepted as a compelling truth: that businesses do better – by every measure – when they operate in a socially and environmentally responsible way. For over two decades, we’ve helped Canadian businesses understand those principles and reap the benefits of putting them into action. Initially, acting as guides and teachers, we also developed into convenors, providing safe spaces for businesspeople to freely reveal challenges, share information and work toward building socially responsible companies and a more sustainable future. Most recently, we’ve become champions for the Canadian approach to doing business; we believe our approach has something to offer the world. As we grow, we will continue to support our partners, in our traditional roles and by creating new tools and unique, inclusive opportunities
to help Canadian businesses and governments make an enduring and positive contribution to the world. cbsr.ca

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GLOBE Series, Toronto Pearson and the City of Mississauga launch new Climate and Sports Initiative at GLOBE 2020

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VANCOUVER, February 11, 2020 – GLOBE Series, in partnership with Toronto Pearson and the City of Mississauga, today launched the Climate and Sports Initiative, the first program of its kind in Canada that uses sport as a platform to educate, engage and empower Canadians to protect our planet for future generations.

The multi-year initiative will harness the power of sports to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change and to equip the public with concrete actions they can take to address it. The first campaign announced under the Climate and Sports Initiative is Save Pond Hockey, a series of community events involving Canadian Olympians that kicks off at the Toronto Pearson in Summer 2020.

The inaugural Save Pond Hockey event will feature one of Canada’s most decorated athletes, Hayley Wickenheiser, a former professional hockey player who represented Canada five times at the Winter Olympics. The event will invite members of the public to take part in an indoor shoot-out with Ms. Wickenheiser and other ViPs, while also making personal climate pledges that will be supported by a social media campaign. Information stations and in-person experts will be on hand to provide tips on how people can make a difference at home and in their communities.

The next phase of the program is expected to include a mentoring program that connects Canadian Olympians with schools and other community partners. The Olympian ambassadors will be trained on how people can take action so they can educate and empower communities to stop climate change in its tracks. Subsequent phases will also aim to provide guidance to communities on Save Pond Hockey and other community sporting events to drive awareness about climate change and how each of us can make an impact.

Today’s launch of the Climate and Sports Initiative in Vancouver at GLOBE 2020 features Meghan Agosta, a member of the Canada women’s national ice hockey team and a multiple gold and silver medalist at the Winter Olympics, and a video message from Ms. Wickenheiser.



“Canada’s national sport provides a common language for talking about how our everyday choices affect the way we live, work and play. The Climate & Sports Initiative will empower every Canadian to get in the game when it comes to fighting climate change.” – Mike Gerbis, CEO of GLOBE Series

“Toronto Pearson is strongly committed to climate action and we are proud to be a founding partner of the Climate and Sports Initiative. We are in the business of connecting Canadians, and are excited to bring together Canadians with Olympic champions at the first-ever Climate and Sports event at Toronto Pearson in the summer.” – Todd Ernst, Director Aviation Infrastructure, Energy and Environment, GTAA

“The City of Mississauga is thrilled to be the first city in the country selected to partner on this innovative initiative, which will empower our residents to take action and develop tangible solutions to climate change. Whether it’s the condition of our sporting fields or the effect that air pollution is having on our athlete’s health and performance, we can no longer ignore the impact of a changing climate. We know that sport has the unique ability to bring people together and unite them under a common cause. I look forward to seeing how this initiative will help our City advance our Climate Change Action Plan while demonstrating the power of sport in helping build a more sustainable future.” – Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga

“As a professional athlete, I am excited to be part of an initiative focused on two things I really care about: addressing climate change and preserving the game I love. It’s inspiring to see business, government and the next generation of climate leaders working together on the Climate and Sports Initiative and making a difference.” – Meghan Agosta, Olympic Gold and Silver medalist and member of the Canada women’s national ice hockey team

“Pond hockey and playing on the outdoor rink has given me everything that I have in my life, and I want my kids and grandkids to have the same opportunity. I’m proud to be part of the Climate and Sports Initiative, where we can use sports to engage, inspire and educate Canadians and people around the world to save our climate.” – Hayley Wickenheiser, former professional hockey player and five-time Olympian


Quick facts

  • A York University study predicts that By the late 21st century, 35,000 freshwater lakes — across three continents and 50 countries — could see permanent ice loss from warming winters if the global climate warms beyond the two-degree target set by the Paris Agreement. More than 40 per cent of the lakes with reduced ice levels in the late 21st century will be in Canada.
  • The number of projected skating days is projected to decline by 34 percent in Toronto and 19 percent in Calgary by 2090.
  • By 2050, less than half of the 21 cities that have hosted the Winter Olympics will be cold enough to host the games again, according to a 2018 study by Canada’s University of Waterloo. In the 2080s, that number will whittle down to just four cities – Calgary, Beijing, Albertville and Salt Lake City – if global warming is not curbed and temperatures rise 4.4C above pre-industrial levels.


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About GLOBE Series

GLOBE Series is the largest and longest-running sustainable business summit and innovation showcase in North America. GLOBE 2020 is the 30th anniversary of this iconic event, which has brought together 170,000 people from 97 countries since 1990.

GLOBE Series is part of a constellation of organizations that includes The Delphi Group, EXCEL Partnership and Leading Change. We work together toward a common purpose: to achieve a sustainable, prosperous and socially just future in a generation. We provide services and platforms that empower business, government and youth to improve performance while accelerating the clean economy. www.globeseries.com


About Toronto Pearson

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. The GTAA’s vision is to make Toronto Pearson the best airport in the world. Towards this objective, the GTAA focuses on ensuring the safety and security of passengers and airport employees, enhancing the passenger experience and supporting the success of its airline partners. Toronto Pearson served more than 49.5 million passengers in 2018, making it Canada’s busiest airport. With 163 international routes, Toronto Pearson is also North America’s most internationally connected airport.

The GTAA’s climate change initiatives focus on reducing greenhouse gas (GhG) through energy reduction and adapting the airport to the changing climate. Because of these initiatives, we have received Level 3 certification in Airports Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program. As of this year, the GTAA has achieved a 20% reduction in GhG emissions from a 2006 baseline, and has ambitious goals to achieve an 80% reduction in GhG emissions by 2050.

To learn more about the GTAA’s Environment program, please visit www.torontopearson.com/environment, or visit us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.


About the City of Mississauga

As Canada’s sixth-largest city, Mississauga is home to 777,000 residents and more than 98,000 businesses, including more than 75 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. Mississauga is a diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality in the Greater Toronto Area, focused on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.

Mike Gerbis Speaking

Are we just dragging our heels on climate change?

By Mike Gerbis, CEO at GLOBE Series. Original article from The Hill Times, published on February 20, 2019

Meaningful action to mitigate climate change and transition away from carbon will do far more for our economy than continued reliance on the status quo. It represents a massive opportunity for innovators and investors.

Read full article

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Announcing Executive Changes at GLOBE Series

If you had asked me how long I thought I’d stay in the job when I first started with GLOBE, I probably would have told you ‘a few years.’ And yet here I am, 25 years and 18 events later…

My tenure with GLOBE is not the result of complacency. Quite the opposite – it’s a result of being continually inspired and motivated to work in an area of the economy that has been full of riches – riches in terms of ideas, people, impact and opportunity. And things in this space have never been more exciting.

It’s time, however, for a change. I will be stepping down from my full-time role at GLOBE at the end of February, and working in a part-time capacity from March through May to see through some important projects and help manage the transition. This is a personal decision my colleagues and I have been preparing for over the past year. I have other things to do, other challenges to conquer, and I plan on taking some well-deserved time off.

I’m excited to share that we have recently hired Carol Becker as the Managing Director of GLOBE Series. This is a new role designed to enable us to thoughtfully move forward in a time of growth and increasing market complexity. Carol comes to us with tremendous leadership credentials, having worked for over 25 years in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. She has deep and diverse experience in event management, honed through having her own company and managing several others. She has a strong track record of optimizing teams, processes and structures so that companies can innovate and grow. As importantly, Carol shares our values and our passion for supporting and enabling the clean economy. Welcome, Carol!

It would be an understatement to say I’ve been immensely privileged to work with the colleagues, partners, clients and friends I have been blessed to get to know while working at GLOBE. You have all shaped GLOBE over the years into what it is today. Thank you for making these 25 years so richly rewarding, and so much fun!

I’m personally excited to watch how GLOBE Series and our sister organizations in the constellation evolve and grow so that they have even more impact in Canada and beyond.

I hope to see you at GLOBE Capital in Toronto in a few weeks.

Warm regards,

Nancy Wright
Chief Operating Officer
GLOBE Series

Portable Electric Makes History Powering Hon. Min. Catherine McKenna & Toronto Stock Exchange Closing Bell with Clean Energy at Globe 2018

Clean tech disruptor electrifies GLOBE Forum with renewable energy for the first time in history.

VANCOUVER, BC (March 21st, 2018) – Portable Electric, the world’s premier manufacturer and supplier of clean energy alternatives to gas and diesel generators, made history at GLOBE 2018 by providing the event with distributed, off-grid power solutions. In a historic step, Portable Electric powered not only the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) Closing Bell with renewable energy for the first time ever, but also the Hon. Minister Catherine McKenna and Hon. Minister Jim Carr’s opening speeches for the launch of the Smart Prosperity Leaders’ Clean Innovation Report.

“We were proud to be welcomed to this year’s GLOBE conference, especially as a core component of Canada’s first indoor/outdoor microgrid,” said Mark Rabin, CEO & Founder of Portable Electric “Powering both the TSX Closing Bell and the Honorable Minister McKenna’s Clean Innovation speech with renewable energy signified both a prosperous time for the Canadian cleantech industry and an anticipated shift in policy to incentivize alternatives to gas and diesel generators – much like electric vehicles today. All of this signaled the arrival of Portable Electric as a driving force for new energy, and our readiness to scale into a great Canadian technology company with global reach.”

As a critical component of GLOBE’s Microgrid Exhibit, Portable Electric’s clean energy VOLTstackTM power stations provided versatile power solutions, eliminating the need for cabling and emergency setup of power. With its unique construction, the VOLTstackTM was able to deliver clean, silent power not only for the event’s prototype cold-fusion reactor but also Chevrolet and Nissan’s electric vehicles. At GLOBE 2018, the VOLTstackTM represented a new evolution in energy usage, providing instant, renewably-generated power on demand, wherever it was needed. It drew the attention of notable delegates such as an enthused Hon. Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Dragon’s Den panelist Bruce Croxon.

“When the GLOBE Series team approached the Toronto Stock Exchange about bringing the closing bell to the floor of the innovation Expo at the GLOBE Forum 2018, they were very excited,” says Bruce Dudley, VP of Innovation with The GLOBE Series. “But when we told them we could power the ceremony with renewable energy they said that would be a first for the TSX and we were all excited! It made the closing bell ceremony on Wednesday March 14th especially important as people saw first-hand that renewable energy was being created and deployed at the event.”

About Portable Electric

Portable Electric (PE) is a Vancouver-based tech disruptor that builds, rents and sells the VOLTstack Power Station, revolutionizing the way critical power is delivered. They provide film productions, event organizers, construction sites, disaster zones and more, an alternative to loud, noxious gas and diesel generators.


About GLOBE Series

The GLOBE Series of world-renowned international events has been accelerating the business of the environment since 1993. They provide the platforms that lead to solutions for a low-carbon economy in the form of events that bring together an exciting mix of the brightest minds and innovative thought leaders in sustainability and business.


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Marketing Communications Lead
(604) 901-2500

GLOBE Series Announces Business and Municipal Winners of GLOBE Climate Leadership Awards

March 14, 2018 – Vancouver, CANADA


Today, GLOBE Series presented GLOBE Climate Leadership Awards to two municipalities and two businesses at GLOBE Forum in Vancouver. The awards recognize exceptional Canadian organizations that are at the forefront of action on climate change.

Over a four-week period, 86 applications were submitted, and four winners were chosen. The selection panels consisted of members from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Business Council of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Smart Prosperity Leaders’ Initiative, and BASF Canada, along with officials from GLOBE Series and The Delphi Group. Judges looked at the ingenuity of the climate action innovations, the measure of the impacts on climate change, the adoptability of the innovations, and the level of engagement with residents and other organizations to take climate action.

The 2018 GLOBE Climate Leadership Awards recipients are:


Small/Medium Business Innovator – S2E Technologies

This company from St. Jacobs, Ontario was recognized for their smart communities, renewable energy, and micro-grid projects, and for their leadership and commitment to influence and engage stakeholders and policy to help advance local solutions to climate change.


Large Business Innovator – Bentall Kennedy

Bentall Kennedy is seen as an innovator because of its forward-looking approach to reducing its impact on the environment. The company also demonstrates leadership on climate action at home through its work with the Real Estate and Finance Community in Canada, and globally as the co-chair of the UNEP FI Property Working Group.


Small Municipal Trailblazer – Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Through their Community Energy Investment Plan, Bridgewater is putting in place unique and innovative climate mitigation activities to help create opportunities to renew the community and its economy. This plan includes making energy efficient retrofits to the community’s buildings, installing solar, wind and hydro generating energy and storage systems, and developing clean and active transportation systems such as expanding transit systems and electrifying the community’s vehicle fleets.


Large Municipal Trailblazer – Guelph, Ontario

Guelph takes a multi-faceted and holistic approach to fighting climate change. This includes energy management and retrofits, commitment to renewable energy projects, reducing carbon pollution through public transit, setting emissions targets, engaging local businesses with its Task Force on Community Energy and many more initiatives.


The GLOBE Climate Leadership Awards were presented with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal department of Environment and Climate Change, and in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Business Council of Canada, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

More information about the awards, including the winners’ videos, is available here: globeseries.com/forum2018/awards-en



“Businesses and municipalities across Canada are at the forefront of action on climate change. I’m proud to recognize these exceptional local and corporate leaders working hard to reduce carbon pollution, promote more sustainable practices, and put clean energy solutions into action. Their innovation, creativity, and leadership will help inspire others to take action – making our communities stronger, creating new jobs and business opportunities, and growing Canada’s clean economy.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change


“These outstanding Canadian businesses and municipalities are shining examples of what leadership in the 21st century looks like. They are paving the way for other organizations to not only survive but thrive in the clean economy.”
– Mike Gerbis, CEO, GLOBE Series



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Our COO Nancy Wright welcomes you to Vancouver

GLOBE Series Chief Operating Officer Nancy Wright welcomes you to Vancouver in March for GLOBE Forum and Innovation Expo 2018.

Come and meet the thinkers and leaders at the very vanguard of sustainability and the clean economy. While you’re in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, take a walk on the seawall, rent a city bike and take part in the many social events that make GLOBE Week what it is.

We hope to see you in Vancouver in March.

Register here.

2018 GLOBE Climate Leadership Awards

Minister McKenna invites Canadian businesses and municipalities to apply to the 2018 GLOBE Climate Leadership Awards.

Calling all innovative Canadians focused on climate action!

Today is the day! The GLOBE Climate Leadership Awards are now open for nominations! Show how you are tackling climate change and growing the Canadian economy.

I am inspired by the amazing things Canadians, particularly businesses and municipalities are doing to tackle climate change and I look forward to seeing your great work showcased through the 2018 GLOBE Climate Leadership Awards!

Apply to GLOBE Series by submitting a short video of your work and a completed application form by February 13. For more information, visit globeseries.com/forum2018/awards-en

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