Climate Change Panel Ready to Hear from Albertans


Albertans are invited to go online or attend public sessions to share their ideas on how the province can do its part to address the global issue of climate change.

“Climate change is a threat we all face, affecting everything from our health, food production, and fresh water, to biodiversity and our economy. Our government is committed to demonstrating real leadership on the environment and on climate change. Over the coming weeks, all Albertans will have an opportunity to contribute to their province’s new plan to address this pressing global issue here at home.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

The panel, selected by Minister Phillips and chaired by Dr. Andrew Leach, includes members with distinct skills, valuable networks and a strong understanding of Alberta’s unique economic, environmental and social circumstances.

Panel members

  • Dr. Andrew Leach, Associate Professor and Academic Director of Energy Programs, University of Alberta School of Business;
  • Gord Lambert, the President and Chief Collaboration Officer of GRL Collaboration for Sustainability, formerly of Suncor Energy;
  • Linda Coady, Chief Sustainability Officer, Enbridge Inc;
  • Stephanie Cairns, Principal of Wrangellia Consulting, and Pembina Institute Board Member, and International Institute for Sustainable Development Board Member, and;
  • Angela Adams, Director of Education, Unifor, and Trustee, Fort McMurray Public School District.

In addition to public sessions beginning the week of August 24, and an online survey, the panel will also hear from industry, municipalities, academics, First Nations and Métis communities. A discussion guide, available online, provides an outline of key issues and areas the panel will explore and investigate.

“I am looking forward to hearing from Albertans, both in person and online. The fact is there are no easy solutions to the climate change challenge. We need to ensure we provide government with sound advice to inform the choices that will be made.”

Dr. Andrew Leach, Advisory Panel Chair

At the end of this process, the panel will provide advice to government to help form the foundation of Alberta’s new proposal to address climate change, which will be in place in time for the COP21 world summit in Paris in December.