May 2016

Is it time to put a price on nature?

11:30am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel - Austin Gallery - 1 King Street West, Toronto

Can assigning a value to nature drive GDP growth? From natural capital to carbon offsets, new economic and financial tools are helping businesses to assign tangible value to nature, and become more eco-conscious.

Join experts from the Ecofiscal Commission, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and Ernst and Young for a dialogue that explores new ways our business practices can evolve to preserve, work with and benefit from the natural world.

Because it’s 2016. And sustainable business is the only option.

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

- Lunch will be served -

- For information about accessibility, please email lapointe@economicclub.ca
- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to lapointe@economicclub.ca 48 hours in advance of event.

Is it time to put a price on nature?

Chris Ragan

Chair - Canada's Ecofiscal Commission
Professor - McGill University: Department of Economics

Chris Ragan

Christopher Ragan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at McGill University in Montreal. He is the Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, launched in November 2014 with a 5-year mandate to identify policy options to improve environmental and economic performance in Canada. He is also a Research Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute. From 2010 to 2013, Ragan held the Institute’s David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy, and for many years was a member of the Institute’s Monetary Policy Council. During 2009-10, he served as the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at Finance Canada, and in 2004-05 he served as Special Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Canada. Chris Ragan was the President of the Ottawa Economics Association from 2009 through 2011.

Ragan’s writing relates mostly to the conduct of macroeconomic policy. Though his research emphasis has been on inflation targeting, exchange rates, and monetary policy, he has also written on fiscal policy, financial stability, and slow growth. He has two co-edited books on Canadian economic policy, both published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy: Is the Debt War Over? and A Canadian Priorities Agenda. Ragan is also 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. In addition, he has a regular economics column in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper.

Since 1989, Chris Ragan has taught many different economics courses at undergraduate and graduate levels, and in 2007 he was awarded the Noel Fieldhouse teaching prize in the Faculty of Arts at McGill. For over fifteen years, he has been teaching applied microeconomics regularly for McKinsey & Company, a leading international management-consulting firm. He also teaches in EDHEC’s Global MBA program in Nice, France, and in the McGill-HEC Executive MBA program in Montreal.

Chris Ragan received his B.A. in economics in 1984 from the University of Victoria and his M.A. in economics from Queen’s University in 1985. He then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he completed his Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989.

Meg Beckel

President & CEO
Canadian Museum of Nature

Meg Beckel

On June 6, 2011, Meg Beckel began her five-year appointment as President & CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature. Beckel joins a team of passionate and committed individuals dedicated to the museum’s vision to inspire understanding and respect for nature. Prior to joining the Museum, Meg was Vice-President, External Relations at the University of Waterloo for four years and Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Ontario Museum for nine years.

Beckel began her professional career at the Bank of Nova Scotia where she served as Officer in Charge of Operations and as Assistant Manager, Corporate Banking before moving to the National Ballet of Canada in 1986, where she began a career in fundraising and external relations in the arts and education sector.

Beckel currently serves as Chair of TerraTundra Foundation, as a board director of Digital Opportunity Trust and lead for the Arctic Natural History Museums Alliance. She also serves as a member of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada , the Advisory Board for the Ottawa CEO Breakfast Club and the Advisory Board of Ottawa River Keeper.

Susan McGeachie

Market Leader - Central Canada, Climate Change and Sustainability Services
Ernst & Young LLP

Susan McGeachie

Susan is the Central Market Leader for EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) practice with 15 years of experience helping clients identify and develop economic solutions for environmental and social challenges. Susan’s work in financial services, mining, retail, consumer products, and transportation includes environmental, social and governance (ESG)-focused program reviews and evaluations, stakeholder consultations, materiality assessments, internal audit and risk management, sustainability reporting strategy and guidance, and assurance. Prior to joining EY, Susan worked for an investment research firm to identify and assess the impact ESG issues and risks could have on the future financial performance of large cap stocks listed on the MSCI world index.

Susan holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business with a specialization in Finance and Sustainability and has recently been appointed to the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business advisory council. She is an adjunct professor with the University of Toronto, where she teaches a graduate course in environmental finance and sustainable investing and is a member of the Environmental Finance Advisory Committee. Past affiliations include serving as a Board Member of the Responsible Investment Association, and Associate Fellow with the Institute for Research and Innovation out of York University.

In 2014, Susan was named to the Clean 50 and Clean 16 list of professionals, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to clean capitalism.

Toby Heaps

CEO & Co-Founder
Corporate Knights

Toby Heaps

Toby is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Corporate Knights. He spearheaded the first global ranking of the world’s 100 most sustainable corporations in 2005, and in 2007 coined the term “clean capitalism.” He sits on the Sustainability Accounting Standards Advisory Board and the University of Toronto’s Environment and Finance Committee. He also is a director at Ashoka Canada. Toby has been published in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and the Globe and Mail, and is a regular guest speaker on CBC. In 1998, he played centrefield for the Yugoslav National Baseball Team.

Our Sponsors

Telus Interac Green Shield Canada