ACW-W3 International Panel 2015

“After Paris: Politics, Climate Change and Labour”

Organised by Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change, and Work in a Warming World research programmes, York University.

When: Friday, November 13, 2015, 4:30-8 PM

Where: University of Toronto’s Woodsworth College, Kruger Hall. 119 St. George Street (south of Bloor, east side), Toronto, ON. M5S1A9.

Nearest TTC: St George

Keynote Speaker:

Roger Cox, Partner, Paulussen Advocaten, Netherlands

Panel Speakers:

Larry Brown, National Secretary-Treasurer, National Union of Public and General Employees

Bruce Campbell, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Gordon Laxer, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta

Warren Mabee, Canada Research Chair, Queen’s University

Sarah Pearce (UNISON), Editor, Green Workplace News, Trades Union Congress, U.K.

Josephine Yam, Executive Director, Environmental Law Centre of Alberta

Canada’s surprise election of a majority government promising to return Canada to the struggle to slow global warming puts the federal government front and centre in climate policy, for the first time in years. Elsewhere, legal activism in the Netherlands and Pakistan has forced states to live up to their responsibility to protect their population from the devastation of global warming. Labour-environmental alliances are linking environment and labour law, and crafting collective bargaining ways to reduce GHGs at work. With the Paris talks around the corner, this is a rare moment for strategic creativity. Join us for an international panel discussion featuring Canadian and European experts on the law and politics of climate change and the emerging role for labour.

The international panel is free and public, but advance registration is essential. Register at:

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York University

British Columbia Federation of Labour

Canadian Labour Congress

Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto

Environmental Law Centre of Alberta

National Union of Public and General Employees


The programme is generously supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and York University.