Designing Market-based Instruments for the Environment: 2 Day PD Course

Event Details

  • October 2 - 3, 2018
  • 8:00 AM –5:00 PM EDT
  • CA$400 – CA$500
  • Novotel Ottawa
    33 Nicholas St
    Ottawa, ON
    K1N 9M7

Designing Market-based Instruments for the Environment: 2 Day PD course

The October 2-3 course is sold out!
For information or questions, please email
Ecofiscal is also offering an online course on municipal market-based policies this fall.

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?

Taught by leading thinkers and practitioners, 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 directors, advisors and policy analysts with a range of backgrounds from across government(s). Individuals 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:



A Commissioner of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and an economist and Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University.

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.



Commissioner, Canada's Ecofiscal Commission and former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for TD Bank and adjunct professor at the School of Policy Studies, Queens University.

Don Drummond was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for the TD Bank from 2000 to 2010 and from 2001 until his retirement, he headed government relations for the bank. Drummond served extensively in the federal Department of Finance Canada, and as a scholar at Queen’s University.

In 2011-12, he was appointed to head the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services to look at which areas of service delivery are core to the Ontario government’s mandate, which areas could be delivered more efficiently by another entity and how to get better value for taxpayers’ money in delivering public services.

Mr. Drummond held senior positions in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy and tax including Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis, Assistant Deputy Minister of Tax Policy & Legislation and most recently, Associate Deputy Minister responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations and the planning of the annual federal budgets.

Drummond is a graduate of the University of Victoria and holds an M.A. (Economics) from Queen’s University. He was awarded a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Queen’s in 2010.


Day 1 – October 2: 8:00 to 19:00 (Including catered lunch and a working dinner)
Day 2 – October 3: 8:00 to 16:00 (including catered lunch and breaks)

Registration & Info

The 2-day course fee is CA$400 – CA$500.

Register soon!

Previous courses have sold out six weeks before the session – make sure to register soon!

This course is limited to 25 participants and registration closes on September 21st. Early bird pricing is available until August 1st and is limited to 15 participants.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration is limited to Directors, 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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