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Politics, Climate, Innovation: the North American Policy Landscape


Anne will be bring a unique political and business perspective to the GHG challenge providing a macro-level examination of the North American policy landscape that is (and will) influence North American climate change and carbon policies. She will speak to the importance of technology development , how this transcends political borders and rhetoric and how it becomes a bridge that unites the two countries in their efforts to address this challenge. She will also discuss how climate, innovation, and technology policy drive trade, competition, capital, and energy security.



Senior Advisor,  Bennett Jones

Former, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.


The Honourable A. Anne McLellan joined the firm after a distinguished career in federal politics, where she served four terms as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from 1993-2006. Ms. McLellan provides national and international strategic planning assistance to the firm's clients.

During her political career, Ms. McLellan was Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Minister of Health, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Minister of Natural Resources and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians. As Deputy Prime Minister, she chaired two Cabinet committees: the Operations Committee and the Security, Public Health and Emergencies Committee.

Prior to entering politics, Ms. McLellan was a professor of law at the University of Alberta, where she served at various times as Associate Dean and Acting Dean. In 2006, she was appointed as the first distinguished scholar at the University of Alberta's Institute for American Studies. In 2007, the University of Alberta awarded Ms. McLellan an honorary doctorate of laws degree. Ms. McLellan retired from the University of Alberta effective June 30, 2013.

In July 2009, Ms. McLellan was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, recognized "for her leadership and dedication as a politician and law professor, and for her contributions as a community volunteer". Cape Breton University conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Ms. McLellan in October 2010.

Ms. McLellan is on the boards of: Agrium, a global producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products where she chairs the Environment, Health, Safety and Security Committee; Cameco Corp., the world's largest publicly-traded uranium mining company; and the Edmonton Airports Regional Authority, where she chairs the Governance and Compensation Committee. She serves as a strategic advisor for New Millennium Capital Corp., a Canadian iron ore development company. She is a former board member of Nexen, an independent, Canadian-based global energy company.

In addition, Ms. McLellan sits on the boards of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, the Institute for Research for Public Policy, and Habitat for Humanity – Edmonton, is a member the advisory committee of the Shannon School of Business at the University of Cape Breton, chairs the Dalhousie Advisory Council for Dalhousie University, and is a member of the Edmonton TELUS Community Board and of the Edmonton Community Foundation Board. Ms. McLellan is also a member of the Responsible Canadian Energy Advisory Group of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

In March 2011, Ms. McLellan was appointed by the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) to the Advisory Panel that was created to provide advice to the HQCA in its review of the quality of care and safety of patients requiring access to emergency department care and cancer surgery and the role and process of physician advocacy. She was a member of the Premier's Council for Economic Strategy, a group of 12 advisors providing "guidance on actions the Alberta government can take to best position the province for the future" and which issued its report,Shaping Alberta's Future, in May 2011.




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Lowering the world’s greenhouse gas emissions is not an easy task, but with the right minds in the right place, it can be done.

Held in Edmonton, Alta., the Zero 2014 Conference will address the goal of lowering our carbon impact by bringing together policy and clean-technology leaders from around the world. This three day conference will also feature presentations from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation Grand Challenge Round 1 Finalists.

CCEMC: A Global Responsibility


Join us today by viewing our livestream at 1:30pm.


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