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Designing Economic Instruments for the Environment: 1 Day PD Course for Sr....

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Ottawa, Ontario


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Overview of Course:

Canada's Ecofiscal Commission, with support from The Ivey Foundation, is delivering a 1-day professional development course entitled: "Designing Economic Instruments for the Environment".

This hands-on course has been developed in conjunction with academic experts, current practitioners and adult learning professionals and focuses on the practical elements of economic instrument design.

The course is broken out into three different lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Economic Instruments 101 - Instrument Types, Current Examples & Applications
  • Lesson 2: Instrument Selection and Design - Evaluating Outcomes, Instrument Choice & Design Elements
  • Lesson 3: Approvals and Implementation - Trade-offs, Coordination, & Change Management

What will you learn?

Taught by leading thinkers and practitioners, this course will challenge the way you think about solutions to policy challenges and how economic instruments can – in many cases – improve both environmental and economic outcomes relative to other instruments. The session will include a lunch panel discussion.

In additon to session materials, participants will also leave the session with a practical tool for identifying and assessing the best economic instrument to address a specific environmental issue.

Who should attend?

The course is intended for senior government executives: Director Generals, Executive Directors, and Directors from environment, natural resources, finance, transport, fisheries and more.

Why participate?

At the end of the course you will understand how instrument design can be used to achieve desired outcomes and address distributional impacts while also considering the pathway to successful approval and implementation.

Course Instructors:

The course will be delivered by two thought leaders:

  • Chris Ragan: The Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at McGill University.
  • Mel Cappe: Commissioner of Canada's Ecofiscal Commission, former Clerk of the Privy Council and Head of the Public Service, and Professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.


The course will take place on Tuesday November 28th from 8:30 to 16:30 at a downtown Ottawa hotel. Exact location to be confirmed.

Register soon!

This course is limited to 25 participants and registration closes on November 17th. Early bird registration closes on November 1st.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Given the focus of this course, registration is limited to senior executives (Director Generals, Executive Directors, and Directors) or similar positions in the Federal and Provincial Government. Therefore, please only register for this course if you are a current Federal or Provincial Employee. For other interested individuals, please email to discuss an exception.

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