Upcoming events and webinars

Upcoming
Opportunities

Date TBD: How funders can support a net-zero transition in agriculture

Date TBD: Building business coalitions to support a net-zero transition

Past events and webinars

How to better communicate with Canadians during our next 'extreme' summer

Date: May 15, 2024
Time: 1:00-2:00pm ET
Location: Online (Zoom)

All indicators predict that Canadians are about to experience another “extreme” summer of wildfires, heat domes and drought, which will once again increase and sharpen people’s attention to climate change. Last year, the climate community missed an opportunity to broadly and effectively connect extreme weather with climate causes and solutions. This year, Canada’s major climate NGOs are taking steps to fix that with more powerful communications and more coordinated messaging.

Clean Economy Fund and Environment Funders Canada are co-hosting this funders’ discussion to recap the outcomes from a retreat held in April for Canada’s major climate NGOs, describe the emerging consensus on communications, and explore the resulting grant-making opportunities. 

Register by email 

*This event is for philanthropic funders only

Comment mieux communiquer avec les Canadiens durant notre prochain été « extrême »

Date: 15 mai, 2024
Quand: 13h – 14h HNE

Où: En ligne (Zoom)

Tous les indicateurs prédisent que les Canadiens sont sur le point de vivre un autre été « extrême », plein de feux de forêt, de dômes de chaleur et de sécheresse, ce qui augmentera encore une fois l’attention des gens sur les changements climatiques. L’année dernière, la communauté climatique a raté l’occasion de faire le lien pour le public entre les conditions météorologiques extrêmes, leurs causes et les solutions climatiques. Cette année, les principales ONG climatiques du Canada prennent des mesures pour résoudre ce problème grâce à des communications plus puissantes et des messages mieux coordonnés.

Environment Funders Canada et Clean Economy Fund organisent ensemble cette discussion pour les bailleurs de fonds pour partager les résultats d’une retraite de communication pour les principales ONG climatiques du Canada qui a eu lieu en avril, décrire la stratégie qui en est ressortie et explorer les opportunités de subventions qui en résultent.

Cette discussion aura principalement lieu en anglais.

Inscrivez-vous par courriel

Funders Discussion: Next steps for the intersection of Housing and Climate

Date: April 25, 2024
Time: 1:00-2:00pm ET
Location: Online (Zoom)

Last year, the Clean Economy Fund launched the Housing & Climate Initiative to ensure that the 5.8 million new homes expected to be built across Canada between now and 2030 are built to be affordable, low-carbon and resilient. Ten funding partners have since contributed to an ambitious package of research, communications and advocacy projects, including the very influential Task Force for Housing & Climate, which on March 5th released its Blueprint for More and Better Housing

With a clear housing and climate agenda now etched out, the question for the funding community is “where do we take this next”?

Join us on April 25th for a recap of the Housing & Climate Initiative’s successful first year and for a discussion about potential next steps in 2024.  

Register by email 

*This event is for philanthropic funders only

How funders can advance a net-zero transition for Oil and Gas

Date: April 2, 2024
Time: 1:00-2:30pm ET
Location: Online (Zoom)

Oil and gas production is “the elephant on the pie chart”, contributing 28% of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions. It’s also the only sector whose emissions have grown significantly since 2005, offsetting reductions in every other part of the economy and stalling Canada’s progress toward its climate goals. And yet, because the Oil & Gas debate has historically been polarized, it can be a difficult space for funders to wade into. Where do you start? And how can funders identify low-risk, high-reward projects that support a responsible transition for the sector.

Join us on April 2 for a funders discussion about the range of strategic options for engaging in Canada’s oil and gas space. Ed Whittingham will share a new analysis, commissioned by the Clean Economy Fund, that maps the potential entry-points for philanthropy into the space – from clean technology to worker retraining, from sustainable finance to youth engagement. The presentation will be followed by Q+A as well as a group discussion that draws on the lessons and insights of funders giving in the space.

Register by email

*This event is for philanthropic funders only

How to advance sustainable finance in 2023

Date: Jan 20, 2023
Time: 2:00-3:00pm ET
Location: Virtual

Philanthropy has been influential in advancing Canada’s sustainable finance agenda. But research shows that Canada lags on many important progress indicators when it comes to aligning financial policies and mobilizing private capital towards our climate goals. What are the next steps for Canada’s sustainable finance agenda and how can philanthropy have the greatest impact in 2023? 

This webinar will summarize a new landscape study, commissioned by the Clean Economy Fund, which maps out:

  • What NGOs are working on sustainable finance in Canada, and what are their workplans in 2023?
  • How do these workplans address the progress indicators on which Canada is lagging?
  • Where are the biggest opportunities and where are there noteworthy gaps in NGO work on sustainable finance in 2023?

Register by email

*This event is for philanthropic funders only

Commission for Carbon Competitiveness

Date: Jan 30, 2023
Time: 2:00-3:00pm ET
Location: Virtual

Energy-intensive and trade-exposed (EITE) sectors like steel manufacturing and cement production account for more than 30% of Canada’s carbon emissions. Decarbonizing these sectors while protecting their economic competitiveness is one of the trickiest policy challenges facing Canadian policy makers. 

This webinar is an opportunity to hear about a specific project opportunity designed to address this challenge. The “Commission for Carbon Competitiveness” project has secured funding commitments but is seeking 1-2 additional funding partners to become a reality.

  • Aaron Cosbey, International Institute for Sustainable Development


Register by email

*This event is for philanthropic funders only

How to grow housing and cities in a climate-friendly way

Date: Feb 16, 2023
Time: 2:00-3:00pm ET
Location: Virtual

Cities and communities are under intense pressure to grow housing supply. How we build these homes, and where we build these homes, will have major implications for Canada’s climate goals, either locking in long-term GHG emissions or advancing net-zero homes and communities.

This webinar will help funders better understand the issue and identify strategic grant-making opportunities in the space, drawing on a new landscape study commissioned by the Clean Economy Fund.

  • What NGO work is happening on the issue of housing, cities and climate?
  • What are the major research gaps at this point in time? 
  • A menu of strategic initiatives that could galvanize the work that is happening, address gaps, and help seize the urgent opportunity before us.

Register by email

*This event is for philanthropic funders only