On July 27th Blue Green Canada's board of directors met in Alberta for the first time.
Those in attendance had the benefit of meeting with local labour and ENGO folks to talk about issues on the ground in Alberta.
We were hosted by Dr. Mishka Lysack on the campus of the University of Calgary where we met with members of Alberta's Green Economy Network. The Network, which started about a year ago, has grown from seven representatives to over 30 organizations. It includes environmental groups, labour unions, first nations, and small businesses working together for a greener and more inclusive economy for Alberta.
We discussed the challenges and opportunities ahead with the new Notley government having signaled its interest in expanding carbon pricing and addressing Alberta's contributions to global climate change.
While in Calgary, Blue Green members and allies also participated in a cross-sector round table organized by the Pembina Institute. The round table meeting featured an impressive gathering of provincial and national leaders including representatives from the oil and gas industry, labour unions, ENGOs, investors, government officials, and green businesses. The meeting was held under Chatham House Rules, and a non-attributed summary of the meeting's events will be delivered to the Alberta government and its newly formed climate change advisory panel.
Throughout the trip we participated in some wide ranging discussions on a variety of environmental and economic concerns focused mostly on Alberta. In the coming months Blue Green Canada will continue to build on the relationships we made as we collectively work to promote solutions to environmental issues that will have positive employment and economic impacts for Alberta and Canada.