Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné appointed to the Quebec government’s Climate Change Advisory Committee
July 15, 2014
Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné, Full Professor, Director of the Department of International Business and holder of the Chair in International Economics and Governance, is now a member of the Climate Change Advisory Committee created by the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, David Heurtel.
The multidisciplinary committee, consisting of 15 members chosen for their specific expertise, will be responsible for advising the government on policies and action for fighting climate change. In particular, the Committee may make recommendations to the government on how to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Quebec.
The Committee members will contribute ideas to the government in four main areas:
- setting a target for reducing GHG emissions post-2020, in particular in the context of the international negotiations leading up to the Paris Conference to be held in 2015;
- strategic positioning and boosting the development of clean technologies;
- developing an approach and structured strategy for promoting public dialogue, increasing awareness among stakeholders and explaining government choices;
- developing a plan for transitioning to a less carbon-intensive economy in the medium and long terms.
HEC Montréal’s expertise is regularly sought for various government initiatives. In June, two major government commissions called on the School’s management expertise, appointing professors Robert Gagné (Applied Economics) and Jean-Pierre Vidal (Accounting) to the Commission de révision permanente des programmes and the Commission d’examen sur la fiscalité québécoise.