Archive for the ‘CIELAP Directions’ Category

A Green Economy for Canada? Contribute to a study and dialogue

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

CIELAP is conducting a national research study to seek the perspectives of diverse stakeholders into what a Green Economy could mean for Canada, including how parties can contribute to the international dialogue that will take place at Rio+20 – the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) to be held in 2012. CIELAP’s completed research report, which will be finalized by the end of February 2011, will help inform national understandings and positions at this event.

One of the main themes of the Rio+20 conference will be “a Green Economy in the Context of Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development”. For the purposes of Rio+20, there is a consensus among Member States that a Green Economy must be considered in the context of sustainable development and so equitably entail environmental, social, and economic dimensions. Download CIELAP’s Background Document on Rio+20 and a Green Economy for more information about the issue.

To contribute to this study please fill out our survey at

The deadline for contributions is December 23, 2010.

Thank you for being a participant in this important study and dialogue.

Carolyn Webb

Programmes Manager and Chief Administrative Officer
Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy
416 923-3529

Embracing Change – Moving Offices in a Digital Age

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Dear Friends,

While CIELAP is reaching its 40th year this 2010, our organisation continues to believe that age is no barrier to embracing change.

The internet and other technologies have altered the nature of work and for some time now CIELAP’s researchers have been advising that the quiet of a home office would enhance their work. We’ve decided to embrace the 21st century trend of going semi-virtual. We also see this model as a way to reduce fixed overhead costs so that even more of the financial resources of CIELAP’s supporters are directed to CIELAP’s critical research on issues of sustainability, land use, extended producer responsibility, and the impact of climate change on water resources.

As of June 8th, 2010 CIELAP is moving. We’ve secured an adaptable location at 729 St. Clair West, Suite 13, Toronto, M6C 1B2, which will be our office base for our transition in to our semi-virtual operational model.

Future contact points

Into the future, you’ll be able to reach us at the same e-mail addresses and at our phone number 416-923-3529. We do, however, ask for your patience next week as we move the telephone and internet lines over to our new office space and set up our equipment. Any physical mail that you send to our Spadina address will be forwarded by Canada Post to the new address.

Thanks for all of your support over the years and please do wish us luck with the move!

Yours sincerely,


CIELAP Board of Directors:
Grant Caven, President
Christopher Benedetti, Vice-President
Paul Bottero, Secretary-Treasurer
Richard Ballhorn
Jackie Campbell
Nicole Geneau
Richard King
Alex Matan
David Powell

Staff and Associates:
Matt Binstock (Policy Researcher)(
Maureen Carter-Whitney (Research Director)(
Thomas Esakin (Executive Director)(
Praan Misir (Youth Engagement Programme Co-ordinator)(
Satya Mohapatra, Ph.D. (Senior Research Scientist)(
Raul Pacheco-Vega, Ph.D. (Regional Director, Western Canada and Lead Researcher,Climate Change and Water)(
Kate Skipton (National & International Relationships Co-ordinator)(
Romila Verma, Ph.D. (Research Associate)(
Carolyn Webb (Programmes Manager)(


Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

2010 signals a new direction for CIELAP. We have adopted a new strategic plan, and with that comes a new vision and mission, that of governance for sustainability, while enhancing our ability to publish cogent, objective environmental policy research.

We’re also adopting new means of both disseminating the information that we publish, and also incorporating more diverse perspectives into our research and planning process. We are still finalizing our strategies in this area, but one of these is the revitalization of this blog, with a regular publishing schedule of various articles.

In the interim,feel free to follow us on Twitter at , and you can always find copies of our past publications on our website,


Praan for the CIELAP team