Designing Economic Instruments for the Environment: 1 Day PD Course

Event Details

  • November 28, 2017
  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • $250
  • Impact Hub Ottawa
    123 Slater St, 6th Floor
    Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5H2

Designing Economic Instruments for the Environment: 1 Day PD Course

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Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, with support from The Ivey Foundation, is delivering a 1-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 three different lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Economic Instruments 101 – Instrument Types, Current Examples & Applications
  • Lesson 2: Instrument Selection and Design – Evaluating Outcomes, Instrument Choice & Design Elements
  • Lesson 3: Approvals and Implementation – Trade-offs, Coordination, & Change Management

What will you learn?

Taught by leading thinkers and practitioners, this course will challenge the way you think about solutions to policy challenges and how economic instruments can – in many cases – improve both environmental and economic outcomes relative to other instruments.

Who should attend?

The course is intended for government executives: Director Generals, Executive Directors, and Directors and has been expanded to include Deputy Directors, Managers, Senior Advisors. Participants are encouraged from a range of departments, including from environment, natural resources, finance, transport, fisheries and more.

Why participate?

At the end of the course you will understand how instrument design can be used to achieve desired outcomes and address distributional impacts while also considering the pathway to successful approval and implementation.

Course instructors

The course will be delivered by two thought leaders:


Chris Ragan

Chair, Canada's Ecofiscal Commission
McGill University, Department of Economics


Clifford Clark Visiting Economist, Finance Canada
Special Advisor to the Governor, Bank of Canada

Christopher Ragan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at McGill University. He is the Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, which launched in November 2014 with a 5-year horizon to identify policy options to improve environmental and economic performance in Canada. He is also a member of the federal finance minister’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, which began in early 2016.

Chris Ragan is also a Research Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute, from 2010-13 he held the Institute’s David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy, and for many years was a member of the Monetary Policy Council. In 2009-10, he was the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at Finance Canada; in 2004-05 he served as Special Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Canada. In 2010-12 he was the President of the Ottawa Economics Association.

Ragan’s published research focuses mostly on the conduct of macroeconomic policy. His 2004 book, co-edited with William Watson, is called Is the Debt War Over? In 2007 he published A Canadian Priorities Agenda, co-edited with Jeremy Leonard and France St-Hilaire from the Institute for Research on Public Policy. He is the author of Economics (formerly co-authored with Richard Lipsey), which after fifteen editions is still the most widely used introductory economics textbook in Canada. Ragan also has a regular column in The Globe and Mail. Ragan teaches regularly for McKinsey & Company in its internal MBA program. He also teaches in EDHEC’s Global MBA program in France. In 2007 Ragan was awarded the Noel Fieldhouse teaching prize at McGill University.

Ragan received his B.A. (Honours) in economics in 1984 from the University of Victoria and his M.RobinsonA. 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. See his personal McGill website for downloads of his published research as well as his newspaper columns:



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.

Registration & Info

The 1-day course fee is $250.

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This course is limited to 25 participants and registration closes on November 21st.

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