The changing nature of Canada's environment and economy

Telling Canada’s Story in Numbers #ByTheNumbers

Canada is blessed with stunning vistas and a great range of flora and fauna that characterize our country’s vast geographic and climatic regions. Our spectacular scenery from the shorelines of three oceans to the forests, mountains, prairies and cities that many of us call home are not only a source of great pride—they also contribute to a sense of national identity. That’s why many Canadians recognize the social and economic importance of environmental sustainability, and help to conserve and protect both our wildlife and natural ecosystems. Statistics Canada has played an important role in understanding our country’s natural environment, including the socio-economic impacts of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

On October 31, 2017, Statistics Canada celebrated Canada’s natural environment as part of its Canada 150 program: Telling Canada’s story in numbers. Our guest speaker, Andrew J. Leach, Associate Professor from the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta, discussed how Canada has addressed the topic of environmental sustainability and the evolution of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. His presentation was followed by a panel discussion with experts from various environment-related fields. At the end of the discussion, participants were invited to ask questions.

This event brought together academics, environmentalists, economists, students, policy makers and community organizations for a discussion to advance our collective understanding of Canada’s natural environment.

When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, 2nd floor, Rooms 213 and 215, Ottawa, Ontario 

Cost: Free

Registration is closed.


Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada, Statistics Canada

Guest speaker

Andrew J. Leach, Associate Professor, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta


Greg Peterson, Director General, Agriculture, Energy, Environment and Transportation Statistics Branch, Statistics Canada


Monica Gattinger, Professor and Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa

John Moffet, Acting Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment and Climate Change Canada

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