International Panel – Greening Work in a Chilly Climate: Canadian Challenges & International Perspectives, Nov 17th, 2011

Date & Time: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 5:30 PM-8 PM. Reception to follow

Location: Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library, Novella Room – 2nd Floor, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4W 2GB (one block north off Bloor Street)

Climate change is of  intense concern to Canadians today, but its growing  impact on existing jobs and on the next generation of workers is almost absent from the agendas of public policy, business and labour.

OECD governments of all political stripes are crafting ambitious national policies that include the work world, to reduce their carbon footprint. In contrast, the political climate in Canada is decidedly chilly.

But the world of work may be the most effective site for reducing Canada’s GHG emissions, and transitioning to a greener economy.

What can we learn from  China, EU,  the US, and from around Canada? What role  can labour play in national climate policy? How can  the work world take leadership in reducing GHGs? What works, in greening workplaces? Sectors? Occupations? Education and training? What can we learn from green restructuring of hard-hit industrial communities in the EU? The US? Canada?

The International Panel discussions with experts from the UK, the US, and Canada, focused on these challenging issues.


Andrew Bowerbank – Former Director, World Green Building Council,
“China’s strategy for a green economy”

Charles Campbell – Research Director, United Steelworkers-Canada,
Hard to begreen but easy to be blue: Labour’s environmental agenda in a tough climate”

Linda Clarke – Professor of European Industrial Relations, University of Westminster, U.K.,
Bolt-on skills for low-carbon construction? British training in European context”

Marc Lee – Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives—British Columbia,
Climate Justice, Green Jobs and Sustainable Production”

Sarah White – Senior Associate, Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS). US.,
Greener Partnerships: Building Movements, Delivering Equity”

 • Speaker Biographies – PDF

International Panel Agenda – PDF