A great capital reflects the country it represents. Just like Canada, the Capital’s core is famous for its green spaces and waterfronts. It is bounded on three sides by Canada’s Capital Greenbelt and, to the north, lies Gatineau Park.

Residents of Canada’s Capital Region recognize the positive impact that NCC green spaces have on their quality of life. However, that is only part of the value these spaces provide. Our green spaces have direct economic benefits, such as wood and agricultural products. They also provide great value in benefits not measured according to traditional market metrics. This includes wildlife habitat, waste treatment, disturbance prevention and global climate regulation.

Our guest speakers will explore the economic benefits of the Greenbelt, Gatineau Park and other green assets owned by the NCC, a concept known as “natural capital.”

  • Stephanie Cairns, Director, Sustainable Communities for Smart Prosperity Institute

  • Karel Mayrand, Director General, Quebec and Atlantic Canada Region, David Suzuki Foundation

  • Jérôme Dupras, professor at the Department of Natural Sciences of the Université du Québec en Outaouais, and researcher at the Institut des Sciences de la Forêt tempérée

Attendees will have the opportunity to address comments and questions to our expert panel.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016
6 pm to 8 pm


Capital Urbanism Lab
40 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario


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