October 2020

[FREE DIGITAL EVENT] Investing in Made-in-Ontario Climate change Solutions

9:00am-11:00am | ZOOM platform - link to be sent to registered attendees - , Toronto

Competitive Advantages tuned for growth and protecting public health.

Join a collection of environmental and economic leaders from across Ontario as they discuss practical and executable solutions that will allow the economy to grow and prosper while addressing the realities of climate change in a post-COVID-19 world.

Addressing climate change is no easy task and requires multiple levels of government working together to achieve a common goal. However, as the panel will discuss, there are solutions enabled through a nation-wide approach to clean electricity that includes nuclear, hydro and renewables. This suite of technologies places Canada as a global leader on the path to a low-carbon economy and positions Canada well for deeper decarbonization: truly a competitive advantage.

The 2020 Green Ribbon Panel was formed in February of this year by a collection of environmental and economic leaders from across Canada with the primary goal to advance practical and executable solutions, including the role that nuclear and Canada’s other clean energy technologies can play in the fight against climate change while growing our economy.

Thank you to our event partner Bruce Power.

*The views expressed on the Economic Club platform are not that of the Economic Club or its affiliates but of the speakers alone and the organizations they represent*

Cara Clairman

President and CEO
Plug 'n Drive

Cara Clairman

Cara has more than 25 years of experience working in the environmental and sustainability fields, including 12 years working at Ontario Power Generation, initially as OPG’s environmental lawyer and later in the role Vice President of Sustainable Development. Prior to joining OPG, Cara spent five years practicing environmental law with the Torys law firm.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University.
Cara is the 2017 recipient of the Women in Renewable Energy’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award. She is currently driving the 100% electric Tesla Model 3.

James Scongack

Chair of the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council
Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Operational Services -- Bruce Power

James Scongack

James Scongack is the Executive-Vice President Corporate Affairs & Operational Services at Bruce Power who generates over 30 percent of Ontario’s electricity. In this role, he is responsible for an organization of 1,000 dedicated people who support the operation of the World’s largest nuclear facility through a range of functions. He is also responsible for business development including the company’s medical isotope ventures.

James served as Vice-President Corporate Affairs and Environment for Bruce Power from 2012-2018 and Head of Corporate Affairs from 2011-2012. From 2006-2011, James served as the Executive Assistant to Bruce Power’s President & CEO.

James was part of the Bruce Power team which successfully negotiated a long-term commercial framework with the Province of Ontario, extending the life of the facility to 2064 enabling the $13 billion life extension program. He also served as executive co-host for the 2015 International Atomic Energy Agency Operational Safety and Review Team Mission.

James sits on the Board of Life Labs, Canada’s largest independent provider of laboratory services.

James is actively involved in many community organizations and charities through the efforts of Bruce Power’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program. He sits on the Board of the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada and the Development Cabinet for the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario.

He has been a long-time supporter of Easter Seals previously serving as a member of the Board and Chair of the Fundraising Committee and received a diamond award of distinction for his efforts in 2016.

He has an Executive MBA from London’s Ivey Business School and a Chartered Director through the DeGroote Business School Directors College. James also holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Guelph College of Management and Economics in Leadership and has completed Master’s-level Project Management certification through York University’s Schulich Business School.

James and his family live in Port Elgin, Ontario where he grew up.

Robert Stasko

Chairman of the Board
Hydrogen Business Council

Robert Stasko

Robert (Bob) Stasko is a successful business development professional with a large body of experience in the electricity sector. He is also an energy technology specialist who has worked in a wide range of management positions involving R&D, product development, market assessment and project implementation. In particular he has worked with the Ontario government to assist in the development and delivery of major energy policy and project initiatives. Bob has been responsible for managing energy technology research and demonstration projects in both national and international environments. Most recently he was one of the early champions and first Executive Director of a non-profit industry association – Energy Storage Ontario (now Energy Storage Canada). He was also one of the co-founders of Plug ‘N Drive Ontario, a non-profit entity that was created to advocate for both public and private infrastructure networks for charging electric vehicles. At present Bob is focused on developments in the ‘cleantech’ arena through his position as CEO of Science Concepts International (SCI). Projects of special interest are those that demonstrate hydrogen technology solutions that will reduce or eliminating fossil fuels in the transportation sector as part of a de-carbonization strategy. Bob is presently the Chair of the Hydrogen Business Council of Canada.

Rocco Rossi

President an CEO
Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Rocco Rossi

A successful entrepreneur and business executive, champion fundraiser, and dedicated public servant, Rocco Rossi joins the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in 2018 as President and CEO.
Coming from his role as President and CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada and earlier as the CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation – one of Canada’s largest non-profit organizations – Rossi has overseen consecutive years of record fundraising combining for over $600 million in total and launching many new, life-saving initiatives.
His passion for public policy has led him to stand for election both for the position of Mayor of Toronto and for MPP.
Mr. Rossi has held senior positions at the Boston Consulting Group, TORSTAR, Labatt/Interbrew and MGI Software. He is a graduate of McGill and Princeton.
Rossi currently serves as a member of the Board and Audit Committee of TerraVest Industries. A past board member of United Way of Greater Toronto and other charities, Mr. Rossi has been an active community builder. In fact, in 2012 he was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal for his Philanthropic and Community service.
A dedicated adventurer, Rocco has walked the legendary Camino de Santiago several times, cycled the 1900 km length of Yonge Street from Rainy River to Toronto, kayaked the 500 km from Toronto to Ottawa, and climbed to Everest Base Camp.
Mr. Rossi has a BA (Hons) in political science from McGill University and a Masters of Arts in politics from Princeton University. He is married to his wife of 33-years, Rhonnie, and they have a 30-year-old son, Domenic John, who is a teacher.

Vanessa Foran

President and CEO
Asthma Canada

Vanessa Foran

Vanessa Foran joined Asthma Canada as President and CEO in 2016, bringing with her more than 20 years’ experience as an NGO leader with healthcare groups such as Diabetes Canada and the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario. Through her leadership, Asthma Canada has increased revenue and reach, established a new brand, national research program, strategic plan, and implemented advocacy initiatives to improve health outcomes for Canadians living with asthma. Vanessa is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors of AllerGen, a Network Centre of Excellence dedicated to improving the quality of life of those impacted by allergic disease, asthma and anaphylaxis through research, and on the Board of Directors of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada, a member based organization dedicated to advocating for sound public policy on health issues and promoting the highest quality health research.
Prior to her role with Asthma Canada, she served Parkinson Canada as Vice President of Public Affairs and National Programs, overseeing public policy, research, and education and support. She led the Canadian health coalition - Neurological Health Charities Canada, participated in numerous advocacy initiatives working with the Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness, the Canadian Caregiver Coalition and Best-Medicines Coalition. In 2015, Vanessa Chaired the Health Charities Coalition of Canada’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, where she played a pivotal role assisting HCCC with their position on Access to Medicines. She also acted as a policy advocate for the Canadian finance and leasing industry throughout the 2008 economic crisis and recovery.
Vanessa is a Certified Association Executive, holds a degree in Biomedical Ethics and Politics & Religion and completed graduate education in public relations. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two teenage daughters. Her eldest has lived with asthma from a very young age, providing Vanessa with direct experience and a passion to improve the lives of Canadians affected by this chronic disease.

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