New members appointed to B.C. Climate Solutions Council

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May 22, 2024

VICTORIA – New members of B.C.’s Climate Solutions Council will support the Province’s work to transition to a clean economy with good, sustainable jobs for British Columbians.

“After another year of unprecedented climate impacts and the worst wildfire season in B.C.’s history, we know we need to accelerate our work taking action on climate change,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “We also know that B.C.’s economy is strong and diversified, not despite climate action, but because of climate action. The combined knowledge of the Climate Solutions Council is an important part of our work to find a path forward to a cleaner future for all of us. We welcome aboard our new members and appreciate our outgoing members’ contribution to our progress and transparency with British Columbians.”

The Climate Solutions Council provides advice to government on its work to meet climate goals and build a cleaner economy, mitigating climate risk and supporting sustainable economic development. New members are selected through a rigorous evaluation process, and bring a wide range of expertise from different regions and sectors. This includes First Nations, environmental organizations, industry, business, academia, labour, local government and youth.

New council members are:

  • Denni Clement, climate-action peer network lead for the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative;
  • Linda Coady, president and CEO, Council of Forest Industries;
  • Ashley Duncan, president, BC Insulators Union;
  • Mahmudur Fatmi, assistant professor in civil engineering, University of British Columbia Okanagan;
  • Matt Horne, manager of climate mitigation, City of Vancouver;
  • Madeleine McPherson, assistant professor in civil engineering and associate director of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria;
  • Nangkilslas, Trent Moraes, deputy chief councillor, Skidegate Band Council; and
  • Freya Phillips, senior energy specialist at the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.

“By reviewing CleanBC policies, we can identify effective, equitable, and efficient climate solutions,” said Nancy Olewiler, co-chair of the Climate Solutions Council. “Understanding the policies’ impacts on reducing B.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions and increasing climate resilience will help contribute to a sustainable future for people, companies and our communities across the province.”

B.C. continues to lead on climate action, with the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, one of the strongest climate action plans In North America. The road map outlines a comprehensive strategy to reduce emissions by 40% and create jobs in the clean economy, preparing B.C. for a changing climate. Progress is published in the annual Climate Change Accountability Report.

Learn More:

To learn about the Climate Solutions Council, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/climatesolutionscouncil

To learn about CleanBC, visit: www.cleanbc.ca

To read B.C.’s annual Climate Change Accountability Report, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/planning-and-action/ccar

To read the Climate Solutions Council’s 2023 annual report, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/climate-change/advisory-council/bc_climate_solutions_council_2023_annual_report.pdf

Three backgrounders follow.

Contact:Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Media Relations
envmedia@gov.bc.ca
250 953-3834

BACKGROUNDER 1

Denni Clement, climate-action peer network lead, Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative –

“Our Indigenous knowledge systems promote a holistic approach to the environment, emphasizing balance and respect, which is important for climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.”

Linda Coady, president and CEO, Council of Forest Industries –

“Managing forests for wildfire resilience and low-carbon forest products are key strategies in climate-change mitigation and adaptation. As part of the Climate Solutions Council, I will bring an integrated approach to conservation and development of natural resources in support of B.C.’s goals for net-zero, Indigenous reconciliation, and community sustainability.”

Ashley Duncan, president, BC Insulators Union –

“I started insulating in 2010 when my dad introduced me to the construction industry. Building more sustainable infrastructure that delivers affordable housing to seniors, education to children, and care to those who are ill is what I love about my work. I look forward to working with other experts to make a difference as part of the Climate Solutions Council.”

Mahmudur Fatmi, assistant professor, civil engineering, University of British Columbia Okanagan –

“As a public-policy contributor, I have worked in a national and international network of multidisciplinary researchers, government agencies, and industry partners to decarbonize the transportation sector of Canada and beyond. I look forward to working with other council members to advance climate science and translate knowledge to practice.”

Matt Horne, manager, City of Vancouver –

“I look forward to working with the Climate Solutions Council to help the Province implement the CleanBC plan. The diversity of perspectives in the council helps us account for equity, affordability and economic competitiveness as we advise on how to prepare for the impacts of climate change and transition off of fossil fuels.”

Madeleine McPherson, assistant professor, civil engineering, and associate director, Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, University of Victoria –

“My professional work is devoted to assessing sustainable energy systems that will best meet B.C.’s net-zero goals. By exploring the possible energy outcomes, we can target new investments. I am excited to join the Climate Solutions Council and help inform CleanBC actions and policies.”

Nangkilslas, Trent Moraes, deputy chief councillor, Skidegate Band Council –

“Climate change is the latest in a long line of challenges and threats to our lands and way of life. As First Nation leaders, we assist in sharing generations of traditional knowledge, and offer invaluable insights and experiences for climate solutions grounded in our natural environment. In my work on the council, I hope to foster collaboration and mutual learning through an Indigenous lens as we cultivate the seeds of adaptation and resilience.”

Freya Phillips, senior energy specialist, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary –

“Every year, we see the impacts of climate change on people’s lives and the environment. We need to act swiftly in a way that is fair and equitable across all communities. CleanBC provides us a framework to tackle climate action together. As a member of the Climate Solutions Council, I look forward to working collectively to enhance B.C.’s climate resilience.”

Contact:Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Media Relations
envmedia@gov.bc.ca
250 953-3834

BACKGROUNDER 2

Outgoing council members

  • George Benson, managing director, Climate Displacement Planning Initiative;
  • David Black, former MoveUp union leader;
  • Mark Jaccard, professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University;
  • Patrick Michell, community leader;
  • Kurt Niquidet, vice-president, Council of Forest Industries;
  • Chief Lynda Price, Unlatch First Nation; and
  • Karen Tam Wu, climate policy adviser.

Contact:Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Media Relations
envmedia@gov.bc.ca
250 953-3834

BACKGROUNDER 3

Denni Clement is from ʔAq’am, a Ktunaxa Nation community located in the Kootenay region. She is a facilitator, planner, researcher, community engagement, climate resilience and sustainability specialist. Denni led the creation of ʔAq’am’s comprehensive community plan from 2009 to 2011 and has contributed to ongoing planning efforts since. Working with the Fraser Basin Council, she is a lead author for the B.C. chapter of the national assessment on climate change titled, Canada in a Changing Climate. Denni is a member of the Pinna Sustainability team and led Indigenous engagement for the University of Victoria’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan. She currently serves as the Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative climate action peer network lead, supporting community co-ordinators to advance climate action in their communities. Denni holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Victoria and is a dancer performing regularly with Indigenous women’s groups in Victoria.

Linda Coady is president and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries, an industry trade association representing B.C. forest companies that produce wood for construction, pulp and paper and bioenergy. Prior to this, Linda was the executive director of the Pembina Institute, a Canadian non-profit environmental think tank on climate and energy issues. Her previous roles have also included chief sustainability officer for Enbridge Inc., vice-president of sustainability for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, vice-president of the Pacific region of World Wildlife Fund Canada, and vice-president of Environmental Affairs for the BC Coastal Group of Weyerhaeuser Canada and MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. Linda has been a member of the Climate Advisory Body to the Government of Alberta, and a member of Canada’s Net-Zero Advisory Body, which provides independent advice to the federal government on meeting requirements under Canada’s Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act.

Ashley Duncan is the president of the BC Insulators Local 118, and the membership development co-ordinator for the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators & Allied Workers, which represents more than 6,000 members across Canada and 25,000 members across North America. As the original “green trade,” BC Insulators have used energy audits to retrofit mechanical systems in buildings across Canada, with the goal of lowering costs and reducing the environmental footprint. Ashley previously worked as the vice-president and sustainability co-ordinator for the BC Insulators. She now works with the International Association, helping with energy audits across North America.

Mahmudur Fatmi is an assistant professor in civil engineering at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. His research area is in sustainable transportation modelling, developing innovative models and simulation tools to help transportation and land use planning, and infrastructure investment decision-making. Mahmudur’s research results provide insights and input for equitable low-cost and sustainable travel options, and to decarbonize the transportation sector. He is associate editor of the Journal of Transport and Land use, paper review co-ordinator of Transportation Research Board’s standing committee on the Effects of ICT on Travel Choices, and vice-president of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum. Mahmudur received his bachelor of science in civil engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and a doctoral degree in Civil Engineering from Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Matt Horne is the manager of Climate Mitigation at the City of Vancouver. He is responsible for the city’s Climate Emergency Action Plan, including the target of cutting carbon pollution in half by 2030. He has worked on climate change issues for over 20 years with the city, the Climate Action Secretariat, and the Pembina Institute. He’s had the opportunity to be an adviser on B.C.’s climate and clean-energy plans over the past decade, and is also an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University.

Madeleine McPherson is an assistant professor in the department of civil engineering and the associate director of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria. As the principal investigator of the Sustainable Energy Systems Integration & Transitions Group, Madeleine and her team develop models to explore the integration of electrification and energy systems, and apply those models with stakeholders to co-create ways to shift away from fossil-fuel-based energy. Madeleine is a co-founder and executive member of the Energy Modelling Hub, which is convening a national dialogue between modellers and stakeholders around decarbonizing Canada’s energy system.

Nangkilslas, Trent Moraes is a Haida from Skidegate, Haida Gwaii. He is an elected member of the Skidegate Band Council and is the deputy chief councillor. He spent a decade in administration as the director of Housing, Lands & Energy for the Skidegate Band Council. Trent helped create and maintain an energy portfolio in Skidegate and for Haida Gwaii. He helped the Skidegate Band Council study the needs of the community and islands, educated the public on the emerging technologies and energy-efficiency strategies available, and invested in solar hot water and solar photovoltaics for community and residential buildings. He is a member of the First Nations Home EnergySave Advisory, Indigenous Clean Energy Opportunity Electricity Table Advisory Group, First Nations Remote Community Energy Strategy Working Group, and current chair of the Aboriginal Capital Committee, Indigenous Climate Adaptation Working Group, and Indigenous Coastal Climate Coalition.

Freya Phillips is the senior energy specialist at the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB), leading the district’s transition to a net-zero emissions future. She has created policies and programs, such as the climate action plan, with a focus on community engagement, climate mitigation and resilience. Freya has led projects like the Low Carbon Fleet Project and RDKB HomeSmart retrofit program, showcasing sustainable innovation in rural areas. She has more than 30 years of global experience in climate change and energy management, policy development, project management and engineering. Her extensive career includes diverse industry sectors and consultancy roles, providing her with a comprehensive understanding of environmental and climate challenges. Freya holds a bachelor’s of engineering (honours) from Monash University and is an accredited change-management practitioner.

Contact:Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Media Relations
envmedia@gov.bc.ca
250 953-3834

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