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Oct 05

Going Green and Climate Resilient: Advancing Canada’s Economic Recovery

Webinar with Corey Diamond, Don Forgeron and Bruce Lourie

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There has been a strong push for green infrastructure projects as the Federal Government turns its attention to the post-pandemic recovery. How can we achieve a robust, climate resilient, and low-carbon economic recovery? Join the C.D. Howe Institute on Monday, October 5 to hear an expert panel discuss what it will take for Canada to advance a resilient recovery with a particular focus on adaption strategies and climate resilient retrofit programs and infrastructure.


C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

To register for the event, please contact Jacquelin Wong at jwong@cdhowe.org.


Corey Diamond, Executive Director, Efficiency Canada

Corey has more than two decades of experience leading social change organizations focused on engaging people to take action on critical environmental and social issues.

Corey was previously the COO and Partner of global consulting firm, Realized Worth, a company focused on the design and implementation of corporate volunteering and giving programs. Managing the business development and operations, Corey worked with FORTUNE500 companies (including Apple, Deloitte, AT&T and SAP) around the world to engage their employees in critical and sustained community projects.

Corey also spent 10 years helping to lead Summerhill, a national firm focused on engaging the public on energy efficiency behaviours. Holding various positions, including President/Chief Transformer, U.S. expansion lead and Executive Director of the non-for-profit arm, Corey worked with utilities, government agencies and the private sector to drive significant energy savings across Canada.

Corey volunteers his time on a number of boards and committees. An avid reader, record collector and musician, his greatest passion is hugging trees and travelling the world with his family.


Don Forgeron, President and Chief Executive Officer, Insurance Bureau of Canada

IBC’s President and CEO since 2009, Don Forgeron has a successful track record of more than 30 years in the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. He has a strong foundation in the public and private sectors, having worked for Alberta’s Department of Environment and the National Research Council in Nova Scotia early in his career.

As President and CEO, Don works with Canadian governments and key stakeholders to build a strong, stable P&C industry and a stronger and safer Canada. He is leading a national
conversation with governments and Canadians on the need to adapt to climate change and on the need to better prepare Canada for an earthquake.

Don is active internationally on behalf of Canada’s P&C insurance industry to provide input to international regulatory bodies. He is a founding member of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations, serves on the Executive, and leads an international working group focused on innovation.


Bruce Lourie, President, Ivey Foundation

Bruce is a best-selling author, policy expert, social entrepreneur and award-winning global sustainability leader.  In addition to President of the Ivey Foundation, he is a Senior Fellow of the Smith School of Business and Adjunct Professor of the School of Policy Studies, at Queen’s University, and guest lecturer at the Said Business School Social Finance Program, University of Oxford. Bruce initiated the largest climate action in North America (phasing-out coal in Ontario), and co-authored two books on plastics, toxins and human health including the international best-seller Slow Death by Rubber Duck.

Best-known for his ability to rethink environmental problems and develop successful solutions, Bruce has been instrumental in the creation of over a dozen organizations that play critical roles in sustainability in Canada and abroad. He has been active on many Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards including the new Canadian Centre for Climate Choices, Canadian’s for Clean Prosperity, and the Canadian Energy Research Institute, and formerly the Independent Electricity System Operator, Ontario Power Authority, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Bruce convenes collaborative initiatives among businesses, NGOs and government and helped shepherd the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, one of the world’s largest conservation efforts, as well as the establishment of the Ontario Greenbelt, a globally significant urban land-use framework.

In 2015 Bruce received the Bryden Award for Outstanding Achievement, York University’s top alumni recognition, and in 2014 he received Earth Day Canada’s Outstanding Commitment to the Environment Award. Bruce is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of Canada and an honorary director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. He is a founder of a number of for profit and non-profit organizations including Summerhill Group, the Clean Economy Fund, the Sustainability Network, and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network.  Bruce holds a B.Sc. in Geology, a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. examining the intersection of risk, science and policy.

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