Climate change is both an immediate, ongoing, and long-term threat, yet tackling this challenge also presents viable economic opportunities as we adjust our approaches to city building. On December 11th, 2020, Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canada’s Climate Action Plan with the goal of protecting the environment, creating jobs and supporting communities. This plan is aimed at achieving economic and environmental goals set out by the federal government of Canada, with numerous goals including offering more affordability, more livability, and more growth in jobs across all classes, while transitioning Canada and its cities' to a clean economy.
ULI BC is pleased to invite you to join us as we host the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, who will speak to our members and stakeholders on February 10th, share insights of “A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy”, what it means for cities and communities, and participated in a moderated Q&A, including answering questions from our membership.
Climate change does not have borders. We invite you to join in the discussion and be a part of the solution and support these goals for Canada.
ULI BC is delighted to have Hayley Woodin, multimedia reporter with Business in Vancouver and the editor of BIV Magazine moderate this discussion with Minister Wilkinson.
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson has served as the Member of Parliament for North Vancouver since 2015. Raised in Saskatchewan, Minister Wilkinson spent more than 20 years in the private sector, holding leadership positions with a number of companies dedicated to the development of green technologies. Minister Wilkinson’s work as CEO of both QuestAir Technologies and the former BioteQ Environmental Technologies (now BQE Water Inc.), in addition to his role as senior Vice-President of Business Development with Nexterra, provided him with extensive experience in the energy and environmental technology sectors. He also previously worked at Bain & Company, a leading global management consultancy. A Rhodes Scholar, Minister Wilkinson made use of his educational background in public policy when he worked as a constitutional negotiator and a federal-provincial relations specialist for former Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow. He has served on several industry and charitable boards, including the United Way of the Lower Mainland, the B.C. Technology Industry Association and the BC chapter of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association. He also served as a board member and treasurer of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation. Minister Wilkinson has deep roots in North Vancouver, where he is raising his family alongside his wife, Tara.
Hayley Woodin is a multimedia reporter with Business in Vancouver and the editor of BIV Magazine. She co-hosts and co-produces the daily BIV Today podcast, appears weekly on Global News Morning, and covers a wide range of industries and issues for BIV’s print and digital publications. Hayley is a regular emcee and moderator at industry, community and charitable functions.