Canada ratified the Paris Agreement in 2016 that committed Canada to ambitious environmental targets, including reaching Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. What will that mean for Canada and our economy? The transition to Net Zero is already underway in Canada, and Dr. Dan Wicklum will highlight the actions that have already been taken to reach Canada’s 2050 goals, including Canada’s Emissions Reduction Act and Plan. He will outline the pathways that can reduce emissions and build a sustainable economy, looking at the progress that has been made by economic sectors, and exploring the need for genuine systems change to create the future we want. Building a thriving Net Zero world is a complex goal that requires global mobilization. Join us for to discover how you can be part of the solution.
Dr. Wicklum is CEO of the Transition Accelerator, a pan-Canadian charity that works with groups across the country to solve business and social challenges while building in net zero emission solutions. He spent over 25 years performing and managing research, driving innovation, and fostering collaboration between industry, government, academia, and civil society. Dan is also the co-chair of Canada’s Net-Zero Advisory Body (NZAB), the statutory independent body that advises the federal government on setting interim emission reduction targets on the way to a net-zero emission Canada by 2050 and on the most likely pathways to net zero. Prior to joining the Transition Accelerator, Dan was the CEO of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, Executive Director of the Canadian Forest Innovation Council, and a senior manager at Environment and Climate Change Canada and at Natural Resources Canada. He was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Montana and holds a PhD in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Montana. His initial career was in professional football, as a linebacker for the Calgary Stampeders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.