Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy think tank within the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.
We work to accelerate our nation’s transition to clean and renewable energy systems by telling the story of the global shift to clean and low-carbon energy sources. We conduct original research, host dialogues and aim to inspire and inform policy leadership.
We envision a future in which our nation has one of the most advanced energy systems in the world, having significantly reduced its carbon emissions by the middle of this century. In our vision, Canada has become a leader in clean and renewable energy production, consumption, and innovation—benefiting citizens socially, environmentally and economically.
Over the years, we’ve developed what we feel is a winning combination of strategies, rooted in delivering credible research and analysis, convening influencers, and informing and inspiring policy leadership. These strategies are:
Getting the Story Out
We raise understanding and awareness of market trends, innovations, policies, and success studies, both in Canada and around the world. We regularly brief policy makers, journalists, business leaders, and others. We also produce, commission, and distribute original research and analysis, including economic modelling and public-opinion research.
Bringing People Together
As bridge-builders and connectors, we convene discussions and build alliances between governments, businesses, academics, and civil society organizations. We foster powerful alliances to increase collective influence.
Inspiring and Informing Policy Leadership
We build relationships with policy makers and contribute constructively to important policy conversations. We enlist and activate supporters of a clean energy future—in the private sector, media, academia, and civil society—to inform and inspire decision makers.
We build awareness and support for solutions that address climate disruption and foster an energy-efficient, environmentally responsible and prosperous economy.
Canada boasts some of the best renewable energy resources available anywhere. Wind, hydro, sunshine, ocean waves and tides, the heat of the earth, biomass—we’ve got it all, and we’re increasingly harvesting it to power our economy. That said, parts of Canada’s grid remains reliant on fossil fuels—and we’re going to need even more power as we electrify and decarbonize our economy.
Our renewable electricity program works to connect, align, and amplify the voices of Canadian renewable electricity producers, distributors, and consumers. We spotlight benefits, pathways, and mechanisms that can accelerate the transition to renewable electricity as part of the global shift to a low-carbon economy.
Internal combustion engines, burning fossil fuels, contribute more than a quarter of Canada’s total carbon pollution. Canadians can dramatically reduce that figure by walking, cycling, and choosing transit, but we can also make a serious dent by increasing the share of electric vehicles powered by renewable electricity and by expanding the use of renewable liquid fuels.
Through our transportation program, our team is focused on ensuring that Canadian cities have efficient, and effective public transit networks. We work to inform and inspire policies and programs to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.
Across Canada and around the world, carbon pricing is fast becoming “the new normal.” A growing number of national and subnational governments are working to level the playing field between clean and fossil energy through a carbon tax, cap-and-trade program, or similar mechanism.
Such policies will accelerate clean technology innovation and unleash the power of the market against climate change. Most of Canada’s provincial governments have either put in place, committed to, or are exploring various forms of carbon pricing policy. Our carbon program facilitates knowledge and lesson-sharing to assist other governments that may wish to follow their lead.
Meet the Team Behind Clean Energy Canada
Senior Communications Specialist
Senior Policy Advisor
Federal Policy Advisor
Senior Executive Assistant
Our Trusted Advisors
Principal, Glave Communications.
Co-Founder and President, Investeco Capital
Professor, School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University
Founding Managing Partner, Global Acceleration Partners
Director, Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University
CEO of Treetop Strategy
We know how to bring people together to drive systemic change.
Some of our earliest work focused on building consensus between environmental organizations, industry associations, aboriginal governments, and faith groups, among others, around a positive vision for Canada’s clean energy future. Our foundational New Energy Vision for Canada and Towards a Clean Energy Accord documents earned the formal support of hundreds of companies, associations, labour unions, governments, and civil society groups that collectively represent the interests of millions of Canadians.
We continue this work today as part of the Centre For Dialogue at Simon Fraser University, by convening “unusual suspects” who may have differing priorities, but who share a common goal. We also join and create powerful alliances to increase collective influence and advance clean and renewable energy. These alliances and coalitions include:
The Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity educates and engage Canadians about the opportunity to expand the production and use of renewable electricity across the country. Clean Energy Canada provides Secretariat support to the Council.
The Energy Forum is a coalition of British Columbia-based power generators and conservation organizations working to promote good energy and climate policy and practices.
The Clean Economy Alliance is a group of more than 60 organizations that have united to urge the Province of Ontario to show leadership in addressing climate change.