2019 has seen huge developments in Canadian politics, and we still have months to go until the federal election. We know some of the political questions that will define election 43. But what about the policy questions? For the next few podcasts, we’ll be sharing coverage from events held by Policy Options, the IRPP and our partners, where experts come together to discuss some of the key policy challenges facing our country.

This week, Nancy Olewiler (director of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University), David McLaughlin (director of climate change at the International Institute for Sustainable Development) and Céline Bak (founder and president of Analytica Advisors) talk climate change. They cover how the debate has fared, what’s on the table and where policy should go next. Their discussion took place on February 25 as part of Policy Options’ pre-election breakfast series. It was moderated by Jennifer Ditchburn of Policy Options and introduced by Chris Ragan of the Max Bell School of Public Policy.

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Photo: Jennifer Ditchburn, Nancy Olewiler, David McLaughlin and Céline Bak speak at the Rideau Club in Ottawa on February 25, 2019, for Policy Options’ pre-election breakfast on climate change. IRPP/Shirley Cardenas

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Nancy Olewiler
Nancy Olewiler is an economist and professor in the school of public policy at Simon Fraser University. She is on the board of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, and is co-chair of B.C.’s Climate Solutions Council; chair of the macroeconomic accounts advisory committee at Statistics Canada; a member of the external advisory committee on regulatory competitiveness for Treasury Board; and sits on the boards of Genome BC and Technical Safety BC.
David McLaughlin
David McLaughlin is one of Canada's leading climate and sustainability public policy experts. He served in the New Brunswick government as Deputy Minister for Policy and Planning, Deputy Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Secretary to the Cabinet Committee on Policy and Priorities, and Deputy Minister to the Commission on Legislative Democracy. He has been Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Premier of New Brunswick, and federal Minister of Finance. He was formerly a technical advisor to the Expert Advisory Council for the Manitoba Climate and Green Plan.
Céline Bak
Céline Bak president and founder of Analytica Advisors. She is an expert on climate change, finance, infrastructure and low-carbon innovation with 30 years of experience in more than 25 countries.