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Think Outside the Silo: How New Collaborations Will Smooth Canada’s Path to a Low Carbon Economy

By Brent Gilmour, David Hughes, Mike Morrice, Elizabeth Sheehan

It won’t exactly be a sleepy summer for many of Canada’s bureaucrats and policy makers, as federal and provincial officials roll up their sleeves to hammer out the nation’s first national climate change strategy.

Working groups are cranking away on conference calls, parliamentarians are hosting town hall meetings, and Environment and Climate Change minister Catherine McKenna has invited citizens to pitch ideas via her team’s Let’s Talk Climate Action web portal—and thousands have already done so.

A Message from Chad Park, Executive Director:

Well, this is it. My last newsletter address to you as Executive Director of The Natural Step Canada.

When I stepped into the role almost five years ago, I don’t think I could have imagined we’d be where we are today, both as an organization and as a broader sustainability movement. When we launched “The Next Natural Step” almost four years ago, we knew that the movement needed more system-level interventions. We knew that the organization had a great opportunity to build from its core strength of translating sustainability knowledge and science into meaning and purpose for people and organizations and to put this strength in service of the important work of fostering transformative collaboration.

But I don’t think we expected this.

Quarterly Update from the Natural Capital Lab

It’s been a busy few months since we last updated you on the Natural Capital Lab. Over the past three months, we’ve ramped up our stakeholder outreach and confirmed the NCL Leadership Team. Throughout this process, we’ve had the pleasure of speaking with many interested parties, with one group after the other emphasizing their unequivocal support for a collaborative approach towards making Canada’s natural assets visible in our economic system.

As we gear up to launch the second phase of this exciting initiative, we are pleased to announce two new additions to the Natural Capital Lab Leadership Team. The Team will be leading the Lab into Phase Two as we engage with, and invite experts working on natural capital to join two workstreams targeting the private sector, municipalities and provincial/federal governments.

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