The Province of British Columbia today appointed Merran Smith, executive director of Clean Energy Canada, to a new team charged with advising the government on how best to strengthen its leadership on climate change. Smith shared her remarks and welcomed the new role this morning with Premier Christy Clark and Minister of Environment, Mary Polak.
The new Climate Leadership Team will provide the provincial government with advice and recommendations on how it might best meet its legislated greenhouse gas reduction targets. It will recommend areas to target additional policy actions—such as the province’s industrial, transportation, and built-environment sectors.
The Climate Leadership Team will also advise Victoria on how the province can further its relationships with First Nations and local governments to achieve climate leadership.
A former environmental and human-rights activist, Smith now regularly meets with and convenes private, public, and civil society leaders from Bay Street, to the nation’s provincial capitals, to the House of Commons.
Smith is also a 2014 recipient of the Clean 16 Award for leadership in clean capitalism, serves on the board of the Canadian Climate Forum, and is a fellow of the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.
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