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Sep 22

Is Carbon Pricing Key to a Low-Carbon Future?

Webinar with Chris Bataille, Michael Bernstein and Steve Oldham

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In late September, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear arguments about the constitutionality of the federal government's carbon pricing law. The court’s decision could have an enormous impact on the direction of climate policy in Canada. Why is carbon pricing such an important policy? Does it drive the investment and innovation needed to transition to a lower-carbon economy? In partnership with Clean Prosperity, the C.D. Howe Institute invites you to join us on September 22 to discuss the opportunities carbon pricing may bring in accelerating climate solutions. 

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Chris Bataille, Research Associate, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, IDDRI.org, Paris; Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Chris Bataille has been involved in energy and climate policy analysis for 24 years as a researcher, energy systems and economic modeller, analyst, writer, project manager, and executive. His career long focus has been “How do we transition to a globally sustainable energy system?”.  He is currently an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI.org) in Paris, and an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University.  Chris is a Lead Author for the Industry Chapter of the 6th cycle of the IPCC Assessment Report 2019-2021.

Chris has been involved with the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project lead by IDDRI since he was lead editor of a special issue of Climate Policy on the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) in 2015-16. He also helped manage the global DDPP leading up to COP 21 and was co-lead author of the Canadian chapter.  Chris is currently IDDRI project coordinator for a Latin Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project involving Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Argentina. Dr. Bataille also manages an ongoing project to review technology and policy options for net-zero emission decarbonization of heavy industry (i.e. steel, cement, keystone industrial chemicals, wood products, mining and smelting, glass). A global peer reviewed summary of the research project was published in the Journal of Cleaner Production in 2018, and another was published in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews in 2019.  Chris has also prepared detailed physical and policy transition plans for the Canadian steel, chemicals, mining and forest products sectors, published as a separate report.Chris was previously a founding managing partner of Navius Research Inc.2011-‘14 and executive director of MK Jaccard & Associates Inc 2006-‘11. He has managed climate change and energy policy studies for Natural Resources Canada, the Canadian National Roundtable of the Environment and the Economy, Environment Canada, the Pembina Institute and the David Suzuki Foundation, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and the Ontario Power Authority. In addition to his consulting practise, Dr. Bataille has published peer reviewed articles in Energy Economics, The Energy Journal, Climate Policy, Nature Climate Change and Applied Energy, edited a special edition of the Energy Journal on hybrid energy economy modelling, and has written a number of public policy publications.


Michael Bernstein, Executive Director, Canadians for Clean Prosperity

Michael joined Clean Prosperity in 2018 after a career that spanned business, management consulting, international development, and politics. Prior to Clean Prosperity, Michael was the CEO of Mama Earth Organics, a small business that delivered organic produce from local farms to families around the Greater Toronto Area.

He worked directly with dozens of farmers and saw first-hand the effects climate change was having on the farms he worked with. As a father of two young kids, he’s also very concerned about the future that we’re leaving to the next generation.

Before working in the local food sector, Michael was a business management consultant at McKinsey where he advised Fortune 500 companies, institutional investors, and governments on key strategic and business issues. He also worked with InvestEco Capital to set up an advisory service that offered support to companies in the sustainable food sector.

Michael holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.

When he’s not working on climate change, you can find him building lego airplanes with his kids or doing his best karaoke impression of Vanilla Ice.


Steve Oldham, Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Engineering Ltd.

Steve Oldham is Chief Executive Officer of Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE), a Canadian-based clean energy company. CE is focused on the deployment of groundbreaking Direct Air Capture technology that captures carbon dioxide directly out of the atmosphere, so it can be stored deep underground or turned into clean transportation fuels.

Steve brings more than 20 years of executive experience to CE’s team, stemming from previous positions in technology, robotics, and aerospace sectors. He has played a lead role in a number of ‘Canada firsts’ in technology commercialization, including the first robot performing brain surgery, the first commercial radar satellite, robots that clean the inside of nuclear reactors, and satellites that service and repair other satellites. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Birmingham in England.

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