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

Event Details

  • May 23 - 24, 2018
  • 8:00 AM –5:00 PM EDT
  • CA$400 – CA$500
  • Toronto
    Downtown Hotel TBD
    Toronto, ON

Designing Market-based 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: Lesson 1: Economic Instruments 101 – Instrument Types, Current Examples & Applications
  • Lesson 2: Lesson 2: Economic Instrument Design Fundamentals – Instrument Elements & Environmental Outcomes
  • Lesson 3: Lesson 3: Economic Instrument Implementation Fundamentals – Turning Concepts into Reality & Strategic Considerations
  • Lesson 3: 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:



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.



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 – May 23: 8:00 to 19:00 (Including catered lunch and a working dinner)
Day 2 – May 24: 8:00 to 16:00 (including catered lunch and breaks)

Registration & Info

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

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This course is limited to 25 participants and registration closes on May 15th. Early bird pricing is available until April 13th 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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