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    Vic AdamowiczCo-chair, Ecosystem Services   

 Vic Adamowicz is Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, former Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), and currently University Professor in the Department of Rural Economy, University of Alberta. He obtained his BSc and MSc from the University of Alberta and his PhD from the University of Minnesota.

Adamowicz’s research interests are in developing methods that integrate environmental goods and services into economic analysis and designing policies and institutions that help capture the importance of environmental services in economic decision-making. His main research areas include environmental valuation, economic assessment of environmental changes, and consumer choice modeling. His research interests also include the incorporation of economic perspectives into sustainable forest management and the development and implementation of economic instruments for environmental protection.

Adamowicz was the Scientific Director of the Sustainable Forest Management Network of Centres of Excellence, one of Canada's Networks of Centres of Excellence, from 1998 to 2004. He was awarded the J Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research in March 2005 and the Canadian Institute of Forestry’s Canadian Forestry Scientific Achievement Award in October, 2004. He was elected to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy II – Social Sciences, in 2007. In 2001-2002 Adamowicz was a Gilbert White Visiting Fellow at Resources for the Future in Washington DC and in 1998/99 he was a Killam Annual Professor at the University of Alberta.

    Kathryn HarrisonCo-chair, Low Carbon Economy   

 Kathryn Harrison is a Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia. She has a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Western Ontario, Master's degrees in political science and chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in political science from UBC. She is also a Fulbright scholar. Before entering academia, she worked as a policy analyst for both Environment Canada and the United States Congress.

Dr. Harrison’s current research focuses on environmental regulation in the context of economic globalization, the efficacy of alternative policy instruments, and comparative politics of climate change. She is the author of Passing the Buck: Federalism and Canadian Environmental Policy (UBC Press, 1996), co-author of Risk, Science, and Politics: Regulation of Toxic Substances in Canada and the United States (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1994), co-editor of Managing the Environmental Union (Queen’s University School of Policy Studies, 2000), and editor of Racing to the Bottom? Provincial Interdependence in the Canadian Federation (UBC Press, 2000). She has published recent articles in Global Environmental Politics, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Canadian Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

    Harry KitchenCo-chair, Sustainable Communities   

 Harry Kitchen is Professor Emeritus in the Economics Department at Trent University. Over the past twenty years, he has completed more than 100 articles, reports, studies, and books on issues relating to local government expenditures, finance and governance in Canada and abroad. In addition, he has served as a consultant or advisor for a number of municipal and provincial governments in Canada, the federal government, foreign governments in Russia and China, and some private sector institutions.

    Nancy OlewilerCo-chair, Economy-Wide & Emerging Issues   

 Nancy Olewiler is a Professor in, and the Director of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University. She spent much of her career in economics departments at Queen’s University and SFU. Her PhD is in economics with a specialization in Resource and Environmental Economics from the University of British Columbia. She has published in academic journals, edited books, has written two widely used textbooks (The Economics of Natural Resource Use and Environmental Economics (3rd ed. Forthcoming), and produced numerous reports for the Canadian federal and provincial governments on a wide range of environmental and natural resource issues, including studies in the energy field, natural capital and ecological fiscal reform, policies for GHG mitigation, and federal business tax policy. She is an advisor for the Environment and Economy Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) and Latin America and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) where she helps supervise research undertaken by Asian and Latin American researchers on environmental and natural resource economics. Nancy is on the Board of Directors for TransLink and Powertech.

    Nic RiversCo-chair, Low Carbon Economy   

 Nic Rivers is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the Institute of the Environment at the University of Ottawa. His research involves the evaluation and analysis of environmental and energy policies, and is conducted using a variety of methods, including simulation models and econometric analysis. He has written academic articles for energy, environment, and economics journals, and has co-authored Hot Air: Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Challenge. In addition, Nic has conducted research on behalf of all levels of government, industry, and non- governmental organizations on issues related to energy efficiency and climate change program evaluation, policy analysis and development, and economic modeling. He has received major national awards for his research from the Trudeau Foundation and the National Science and Engineering Research Council. He currently holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.

    Enid SlackCo-chair, Sustainable Communities   

 Dr. Enid Slack is the Director of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance and an Adjunct Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. She teaches a graduate course in urban public finance to the planning students. Enid chairs the Intergovernmental Committee for Economic and Labour Force Development in Toronto (ICE) and is a member of the Associations Advisory Committee of the Ontario Municipal Knowledge Network (OMKN), the Policy and Research Advisory Council of The Learning Partnership, and the Advisory Board of the International Property Tax Institute (IPTI). In 2009-10, she chaired the Municipal Port Property Taxation Fairness Commission in Metro Vancouver. Enid has co-authored three books, co-edited two books, and published numerous articles on urban public finance in Canada and abroad.

    Marian WeberCo-chair, Ecosystem Services   

 Marian Weber has a PhD in economics and leads Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures Environmental Planning and Economics Program and has worked with researchers, governments and NGOs across Canada to develop and test market based approaches for managing land and water resources, and for stewardship and conservation on private and public lands. Marian has authored a number of reports and peer reviewed publications, and has been instrumental in shaping stewardship policies in Alberta through her involvement with the Land Use Framework, the Beaver Hills Initiative, and Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy. Through research funded by the Sustainable Forest Management Network she proposed and investigated a new tool, Tradable Disturbance Permits, for cumulative effects management on public lands. She also developed a proof of concept for a conservation offset market in Alberta’s boreal forest area for Alberta’s Land Use Secretariat, and is currently examining how conservation offsets could encourage progressive and enhanced reclamation in Alberta’s oilsands area. In 2006, Marian worked with Strathcona County and the Beaver Hills Initiative (BHI) on a feasibility study for Transferable Development Credits. As a result of the project, Strathcona County and BHI stakeholders initiated a pilot program to test implementation options for this instrument. Other experience includes the evaluation of water allocation and trading rules in the South Saskatchewan River Basin to address economic, social, and environmental objectives, and assessing the costs of Beneficial Management Practices for water quality improvements in Manitoba’s South Tobacco Creek Watershed. In 2009 Marian initiated the Center for Market Based Instruments, a Canadian network to support developers and users of market-based approaches to conservation through knowledge transfer, research, and practice.

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