Recycling Carbon Tax Revenues in Alberta

Event Details

  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016
  • 12-1 pm MDT
  • Free
  • Online

Recycling Carbon Tax Revenues in Alberta

Live-streamed Panel Discussion

The Alberta government has expanded its carbon pricing system. The scale of emissions in Alberta means that even modest carbon prices have the potential to generate substantial revenues for the provincial government. How this revenue is recycled back into the economy can affect both economic and environmental objectives. Join us for a panel discussion to discuss the trade-offs of different revenue recycling options, including how to address household fairness and business competitiveness. And check out our #RevenueRecycling blog series too.



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



Senior Advisor at Bennett Jones LLP


Governor of the Bank of Canada

Officer of the Order of Canada

A native of Toronto, Mr. Dodge received a bachelor’s degree (honours) from Queen’s University, and a PhD in economics from Princeton.

During his academic career, he taught economics at Queen’s University; at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; at the Faculty of Commerce at the University of British Columbia; and at Simon Fraser University. He also served as Director of the International Economics Program of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Mr. Dodge has been awarded honorary degrees from a number of Canadian universities. In 2009, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

During a distinguished career in the federal public service, Mr. Dodge held senior positions in the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Anti-Inflation Board, and the Department of Employment and Immigration. After serving in a number of increasingly senior positions at the Department of Finance, including that of G-7 Deputy, he was Deputy Minister of Finance from 1992 to 1997. In that role, he served as a member of the Bank of Canada’s Board of Directors.

In 1998 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Health, a position he held until his appointment as Governor of the Bank of Canada.

Mr. Dodge, appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada, effective 1 February 2001 for a term of seven years, retired on 31 January 2008. From July 2008 to June 2014, he served as Chancellor of Queen’s University. From 2009 to 2015, he was a member of the board of directors of Canadian Utilities Limited, ATCO Limited and the Bank of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Dodge is Senior Advisor at Bennett Jones LLP one of Canada’s leading law firms. He also serves on the board of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and Chairs the National Council of the C.D. Howe Institute.


Sara Hastings-Simon

Director, Clean Economy Program, Pembina Institute
Sara Hastings-Simon is the director of the Pembina Institute’s clean economy program in Alberta. Sara has experience in renewables, energy efficiency and cleantech, through the lenses of policy, business and technology. Her work has included research and presentations on success factors in the cleantech industry, international and domestic policy for climate change and emissions reduction, consulting work on key business issues in the cleantech sector with utilities, solar developers, venture capital firms and governments, and development of a detailed model of the North American power sector.
Prior to joining the Pembina Institute, Sara was the manager of the cleantech practice at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. She holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Geneva.


President’s Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

Dr. Jack Mintz is the President’s Fellow of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary as of July 1, 2015 after servng as Palmer Chair and Director since 2008. He was the President and CEO of the C. D. Howe Institute from 1999-2006. Dr. Mintz was a Professor at the Rotman School of Business from 1989-2007.

Dr. Mintz serves on the boards of Imperial Oil Limited, Morneau Shepell and is Vice-president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. As of September 1, 2015, he has been appointed as the National Policy Advisor for the accounting firm EY.

Widely published in the field of public economics, he was touted in a 2004 UK magazine publication and the American Bar Association Who’s Who Legal 2014 as one of the world’s most influential tax experts. He serves as an Associate Editor of International Tax and Public Finance and the Canadian Tax Journal.

He chaired the federal government’s Technical Committee on Business Taxation in 1996 and 1997 that led to corporate tax reform in Canada since 2000. He also served as chair of the Alberta Financial and Investment Policy Advisory Commission in 2007 that reviewed saving policy of the Alberta government.

Dr. Mintz became a member of the Order of Canada in 2015 as well as receiving the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for service to the Canadian tax policy community. He received his BA from the University of Alberta, his MA from Queen’s University and his Ph.D. from the University of Essex.


Deborah Yedlin

Columnist, Calgary Herald
Deborah has covered the energy sector as a columnist and radio commentator for CBC since 1996. She has worked for the Financial Post, Globe and Mail and is currently the business columnist with the Calgary Herald.  Prior to her career switch to journalism, Deborah worked as an investment banker on Wall Street and Bay Street.

Deborah holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Alberta, an MBA from Queen’s University and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.