Carbon Pricing North of America

Event Details

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016
  • 1:00-2:00 pm EST
  • Free
  • Online

Carbon Pricing North of America

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On Tuesday, November 8th, the United States elected Donald Trump as its next President. This outcome may lead to less U.S. climate policy than would otherwise have occurred. What does this situation mean for Canada’s carbon pricing policies? Can Canada act while the United States doesn’t? We discuss the importance of protecting Canada’s business competitiveness and on how this can be achieved with “smart” carbon pricing. Join us for a panel discussion with Canadian experts as we dig into the details.



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


Nic Rivers

Associate Professor, University of Ottawa
Nicholas Rivers earned his PhD in Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on the economic evaluation of environmental policies, and has been published in economics and energy journals as well as in other popular publications. Additionally, he is co-author of a recent book on climate change policy, Hot Air: Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Challenge. Mr. Rivers has worked for all levels of government, industry, and non-governmental organizations as a consultant on issues related to energy efficiency and climate change program evaluation, policy analysis and development, and economic modelling. He has received awards for his research from the Trudeau Foundation, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, and the National Science and Engineering Research Council.

Tracy Snoddon

Associate Professor of Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Snoddon, an Associate Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, is a public economist who specializes in public policy in federal settings. Current research focuses on the implementation of climate change policies in uncertain and dynamic settings, insurance and climate change, and environmental policy and the role of environmental preferences. Her research has been published in various outlets including Canadian Public Policy, Economics of Governance, and Policy Options and she is the co-author of Public Finance in Canada (McGraw Hill-Ryerson, 2016).

Recent publications on carbon pricing include Carbon Pricing and Intergovernmental Relations in Canada, with Debora VanNijnatten, IRPP Insight No. 12, November 2016, and Carbon Copies: The Prospects for an Economy-wide Carbon Price in Canada, C.D. Howe Institute E-Brief, September, 2016.


Trevor Tombe

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Calgary
Trevor Tombe (PhD) is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Calgary and a Research Fellow at The School of Public Policy. Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2012, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. He received his PhD and MA from the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the intersection of international trade and macroeconomics, with a particular focus on the factors influencing productivity within and between countries. In addition to publishing in a variety of leading academic economics journals, he contributes numerous policy papers through the School of Public Policy and general interest pieces through various outlets, primarily Maclean’s.

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