iPolitics Live: Carbon Pricing and Economic Growth

Event Details

  • Thursday, October 20, 2016
  • 5:00 PM EDT
  • Free
  • Online or In-Person

    Westin Ottawa
    11 Colonel By Dr.
    Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4

iPolitics Live: Carbon Pricing and Economic Growth

Join us October 20th for an exclusive iPolitics Live event on the future of climate policy against the backdrop of slow economic growth. This single session event is being held as part of the Canadian Climate Forum, Symposium 2016.

Governments across the country need to work together to address climate change. Building a pan-Canadian carbon pricing system is proving to be a unique challenge, made all the more difficult in a low-growth world.

Following an introduction from James Munson, editor at iPolitics, Chris Ragan, McGill economist and chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission will moderate a discussion with an esteemed panel to explore this topic. Joining the conversation is Elyse Allan, president and CEO, GE Canada, Dominic Barton, global managing director, McKinsey & Company and Dr. Paul Boothe, managing director, Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing. Elyse and Dominic serve as advisory board members of the Ecofiscal Commission, and Paul as a Commissioner.

Don’t miss your opportunity to join in on this discussion. A very limited number of tickets exist for this single session event.



Chris Ragan

Chair, Canada's Ecofiscal Commission
McGill University, Department of Economics
Christopher Ragan has been teaching economics at McGill University since 1989. He is also a Research Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute where from 2010 through 2013 he held the Institute’s David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy, and for many years was a member of the Institute’s Monetary Policy Council. From January 2009 through June 2010, he was the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at the Department of Finance in Ottawa, where he served as a senior advisor to the Minister and other senior Finance officials. During 2004-05, he served as the Special Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Canada. Ragan is the author of Economics (formerly co-authored with Richard Lipsey), which after fourteen editions is still the most widely used introductory economics textbook in Canada. Ragan also has a regular column in The Globe and Mail. During the mid-1990s he was the founding Editor-in-Chief of World Economic Affairs. Chris Ragan received his B. A. (Honours) in economics in 1984 from the University of Victoria and his Master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University in 1985. He then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where he completed his Ph.D. in economics at M.I.T. in 1989.

Expert Panel



President and CEO, GE Canada
Vice President, GE

In her role as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Canada and Vice President GE, Elyse is a passionate champion for Canada’s competitiveness, advancing the country’s science and technology base and competitive fiscal policy. Her career spans many businesses within GE as well as executive roles external to GE in healthcare and energy.

She actively engages in developing and shaping public policy through industry groups, research and advocacy organizations. Elyse serves on the Board of Directors for the C.D. Howe Institute and the Conference Board of Canada. As well, she recently completed her Board term at the Business Council of Canada (Canadian Council of Chief Executives) and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, where she also served as Chair. Elyse has participated on a number of federal and provincial government advisory boards and currently serves on the Federal Finance Minister’s Growth Council. Through her role on the MaRS Discovery District Board of Directors and the leadership council for Scale Up Ventures, she also works to advance innovation and entrepreneurism. Within GE, Elyse co-chairs the global Women in Commercial Markets initiative. Elyse is member of the Brookfield Asset Management Board of Directors.

Elyse was recognized as: Energy Person of the Year in 2016 by the Energy Council of Canada; a Top 100 Women of Influence and Hall of Fame inductee by the Women’s Executive Network; the YWCA 2012 Woman of Distinction (Business); and by Maclean’s and Canadian Business Magazines as one of Canada’s most influential business leaders. In 2014, Elyse was appointed Member of the Order of Canada for her community engagement and achievements as an innovative business leader.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where she studied Biology and Environmental Studies and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. An active alumnus, she currently serves on the Tuck School Board of Overseers. Elyse holds honorary doctorate degrees from Ryerson University, Saint Mary’s University and Royal Roads University.



Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company

Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company. In his 30 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrials. Prior to his current role, Dominic was based in Shanghai as McKinsey’s Asia Chairman from 2004 to 2009 and led the Korea office from 2000 to 2004.

He is the Chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth and the Chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council. He is also a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, and a member of the boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Dominic is the Co-Chair of the ‘Focusing Capital on the Long Term’ initiative along with Larry Fink (BlackRock), Andrew Liveris (Dow), Cyrus Mistry (Tata) and Mark Wiseman (BlackRock). The initiative seeks to develop practical structures, metrics and approaches for longer-term behaviours in the investment and business worlds.

Dominic has authored more than 80 articles on the role of business in society, leadership, financial services, Asia, history and the issues and opportunities facing markets worldwide. Dominic is a co-author, with Roberto Newell and Greg Wilson, of Dangerous Markets: Managing in Financial Crises (Wiley & Sons, 2002) and China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China (Talisman, 2007).

Dominic has received multiple awards for his business leadership and contributions to the communities in which he has lived and worked. In February 2013 Dominic received the Order of Civil Merit (Peony Medal) from former President Lee of South Korea and in August 2014 he was awarded the Singaporean Public Service Star (Distinguished Friends of Singapore). He is a Rhodes Trustee and an Honorary Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. Dominic is also an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.



Fellow of the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity


Western University, Richard Ivey School of Business
Deputy Minister, Environment Canada
Deputy Minister, Finance, Saskatchewan

Paul Boothe is the Managing Director for the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing. He recently retired as Professor and Director of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management at the Ivey Business School, Western University. His career has included university research and teaching, acting as an independent consultant to Canadian and international organizations, and serving at the deputy minister level in provincial and federal governments.

Dr. Boothe’s public sector career includes serving as the Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to Treasury Board for Saskatchewan (1999-2001), Associate Deputy Minister of Finance and G7 Deputy for Canada (2004-2005), Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Industry (2007-2010) and Deputy Minister of the Environment (2010-2012).

He was appointed to the faculty of the University of Alberta from 1984 to 2007.  He has authored more than 70 publications in the areas of macroeconomics, international finance, debt management and public finance. An internationally recognized scholar, he was promoted to full professor in 1991.  He founded the Institute for Public Economics in 1997.  As an independent consultant, he has worked with Canadian and international clients in the areas of monetary and fiscal policy, and public sector management.

Dr. Boothe was trained in economics at Western (Hons BA) and UBC (PhD).

This is event is presented by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, in partnership with the Canadian Climate Forum and iPoliticsLive.