Designing Economic Instruments for the Environment: 2 Day PD Course

Event Details

  • May 25-26, 2017
  • All Day
  • $400-$500
  • Edmonton

Designing Economic Instruments for the Environment: 2 Day PD Course

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Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, with support from The Ivey Foundation, is delivering a 2-day professional development course entitled: “Designing Economic Instruments for the Environment”.

This hands-on course has been developed in conjunction with academic experts, current practitioners and adult learning professionals and focuses on the practical elements of economic instrument design.

The course is broken out into four different lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Economic Instruments 101 – Instrument Types, Current Examples & Applications
  • Lesson 2: Economic Instrument Design Fundamentals – Instrument Elements & Environmental Outcomes
  • Lesson 3: Economic Instrument Implementation Fundamentals – Turning Concepts into Reality & Strategic Considerations
  • Lesson 4: Case Study ‘Competition’ – Pulling it all Together

What will you learn?

This course will give you a fundamental grounding in the design, development and delivery of economic instruments for environmental outcomes. During the session, participants will develop and defend their own instrument through a facilitated case-study competition.

In addition to session materials, participants will also leave the session with a practical tool for identifying and assessing the best economic instrument to address a specific environmental issue.

Who should attend?

The course is intended for policy analysts with a range of backgrounds from across government(s). Analysts and advisors from environment, natural resources, finance, transport, fisheries, agriculture and more.

Why participate?

Participants will leave the course with the knowledge and practical methods to advance environmental objectives through the use of economic instruments.

Course Instructors:

The course will be delivered by:



University of Toronto, School of Public Policy and Governance


President IRPP
Clerk of the Privy Council

Mel Cappe is Professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. From 2006- 2011 he was President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Prior to that for four years he was High Commissioner (Ambassador) for Canada to the United Kingdom. Before that he served as Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service.

Earlier in his career he held senior economic and policy positions in the Departments of Finance and Industry. He was Deputy Secretary to the Treasury Board, Deputy Minister of the Environment, Deputy Minister of Human Resources Development, Deputy Minister of Labour and Chairman of the Employment Insurance Commission.

He has graduate degrees in Economics from the Universities of Western Ontario and Toronto and honourary doctorates from both. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.



Simon Fraser University, School of Public Policy


Member of the Technical Committee on Business Taxation

Nancy Olewiler is an economist and Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University. Prior to coming to the Economics department at SFU in 1990, she was a professor in the Economics department at Queen’s University.

Her PhD is in economics from the University of British Columbia. Nancy’s areas of research include natural resource and environmental economics and policy. She has published in academic journals, edited books, has written two widely used textbooks – The Economics of Natural Resource Use and Environmental Economics, and produced numerous reports for the Canadian federal and provincial governments on a wide range of environmental and natural resource issues, including studies on energy and climate policy, natural capital and ecosystem services, and federal tax policy. From 1990 to 1995 she was Managing Editor of Canadian Public Policy.

She is a research advisor and mentor for the Environment and Economy Program for Southeast Asia and the Latin America and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program where she helps supervise research undertaken by researchers in those regions on environmental economics and natural resource issues.  She has served on the Board of Directors for BC Hydro and TransLink.


Day 1 – May 25: 8:00 to 19:00 (Including catered lunch and a working dinner)
Day 2 – May 26: 8:00 to 16:00 (including catered lunch and breaks)

Register soon!

The first course held in February 2017 in Ottawa sold out six weeks before the session – make sure to register soon!

This course is limited to 30 participants and registration closes on May 12th. The price for participation in this course is $500.00. Early bird pricing of $400.00 is available until April 7th, 2017.

Important Note: Registration is limited to Policy Analysts and Advisors, or similar positions in the Federal and Provincial Government. Therefore, please only register for this course if you are a current Federal or Provincial Employee. For other interested individuals, please email to request an exception.

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