Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022

Time: 9:00-5:00 pm ET, followed by a reception

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The rise of green industrial policies across the world has made it imperative that Canada also develop its own low-carbon industrial strategy, or risk being left behind with considerable consequences for our future prosperity. Our major trading partners are moving fast and the global value chains of the 21st century are forming rapidly. Done well, a modern industrial policy can reduce the costs of new technologies, build a coalition to enact change, and enhance society’s decarbonization capacity.

It provides the basis of a strategic approach that can drive industrial transition in key sectors, build critical supply chains, and tackle the cross-cutting challenges that will emerge in the energy transition. In adopting an industrial strategy, Canada can build on the efforts of government and industry to seize economic opportunities in the energy transition. Working together, public and private actors can create the strategic focus and alignment needed to rapidly transition the Canadian economy.

Hosted by the Smart Prosperity Institute, Natural Step Canada, the Transition Accelerator, and the Ivey Foundation, Canada's Net-Zero Industrial Strategy Summit took place on October 27th in Ottawa. This exciting event brought together leaders from government, business, First Nations, finance, civil society, and academia to identify the critical components and priority actions needed to advance a strategic approach to decarbonization and economic transformation. 


At the Summit ,we:

  • Identified the priority actions, critical policies, and investments needed to implement a more strategic approach to industrial transition.

  • Reimagined Canadian industrial strategy with new ideas that distill lessons from international case studies and past efforts in Canada.

  • Were inspired by work in key sectors of the economy and highlight the cross-cutting issues that require immediate action: building the clean grid, green transportation corridors, and critical minerals supply chains.

  • Created the foundation for new public-private partnerships to catalyze action and mobilize capital.



  • Bruce Lourie, President, Ivey Foundation and Chair of The Transition Accelerator's Board of Directors

  • Catherine Cobden, Canadian Steel Producers Association

  • Charles Sabel, Columbia University (Keynote)

  • Eryn Stewart, Indigenous Clean Energy

  • JP Gladu, First Nations Major Project Coalition and Mokwateh

  • Mahima Sharma, Forest Products Association of Canada

  • Matthew Fortier, Accelerate Alliance

  • Markham Hislop, Alberta Federation of Labour

  • Michael Torrance, BMO

  • Michael Wernick, University of Ottawa

  • Karen Hamberg, Deloitte

  • Sarah Houde, Propulsion Québec

  • Sarah Petrevan, Cement Association of Canada



  • Bentley Allan, Resident Fellow at The Transition Accelerator and former Associate Director at PICS

  • Derek Eaton, Director of Public Policy Research and Outreach at Smart Prosperity Institute



Participants at the summit were from various sectors including government, business, First Nations, finance, civil society, and academia.


Event Materials:

For those who were unable to attend or would like more information about the event, please see the links below to key documents for the summit.