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REF NO.: 55

SUBJECT: Climate policy expert to speak on getting climate policy right

DATE: Nov. 20

For two decades, Canadian policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have failed to achieve reduction targets. While we have made some improvements, Dr. Mark Jaccard, one of Canada’s leading climate policy analysts, says our country’s policies still have a long way to go.
That’s the focus of his public lecture, titled Getting Climate Policy Right, which will take place Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Inco Innovation Centre, room IIC-2001, as part of Memorial University’s second annual Dialogue on Advancing Global Sustainability.
Dr. Jaccard will also give a research lecture titled The Art and Science of Modeling Climate Policy on Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. in the Chemistry-Physics Building, room CP-3033. A roundtable discussion will follow at 11:20 a.m. in the Inco Innovation Centre, IIC-2014. All events are open to the public.
Dr. Jaccard has been professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, since 1986 – interrupted from 1992-1997 while he served as chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission. His PhD is from the Energy Economics and Policy Institute at the University of Grenoble and he has served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (1993-1996) and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (1996-2002).
                Dr. Jaccard has chaired several public inquiries, advised governments throughout the world, and is a frequent media contributor.
A member of Canada's National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, a research fellow at the CD Howe Institute, a climate policy advisor to Canada's Council of Chief Executive officers, and lead author for policy in the upcoming Global Energy Assessment, Dr. Jaccard has over 90 academic publications. His 2002 book, The Cost of Climate Policy won the Policy Research Institute Award for the best policy book in Canada and was shortlisted for the Donner Prize. His 2005 book, Sustainable Fossil Fuels, won the Donnor Prize for best policy book in Canada. His 2006 book, Hot Air, is co-authored with Nic Rivers and Jeffery Simpson of the Globe and Mail. In addition, he was named 2008 Academic of the Year by the association of British Columbia faculty members.
The Dialogue on Advancing Global Sustainability is an initiative of Memorial University which brings to the university outstanding figures able to communicate insight and understanding to diverse audiences on environmental issues. The dialogue exposes students, faculty, public servants, and the public to the analysis of global issues that fundamentally cut across disciplinary divides. As such, the focus of the presentation and discussion is on a problem or an issue rather than on a disciplinary approach. The underlying motivation is to catalyze the interdisciplinary dialogue and understanding required to adequately address global change issues involving complex Earth systems.
Admission is free and parking is available in Lot 18. A reception and poster session will follow. Media agencies are encouraged to send representatives. Information is available on the DAGS website,

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