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On November 1st, 2018, HRAI participated in a face-to-face dialogue with Federal Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau on the role of energy efficiency in Canada’s economic growth and climate change mitigation plans.

At a gathering to launch Efficiency Canada, key industry representatives highlighted recent research, documenting the job creation and income generating impacts of investing in energy efficiency on a large scale. The organization engaged Minister Morneau on three key themes.  Julia Langer, CEO of The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) discussed the need for financing mechanisms to help de-risk and normalize investment in energy efficiency; Stephen MacDonald, CEO of Efficiency One (Nova Scotia) presented a case for a government role in assisting with energy efficiency program delivery at the provincial level; and Martin Luymes, HRAI, discussed the need for federal support to manage necessary transitions in the workforce that will deliver energy efficiency solutions to the market.

Minister Morneau endorsed these arguments in principle and then made a solid statement of support for the importance of energy efficiency to the economy in his remarks to a crowd of 350 attending the launch of Efficiency Canada. For a full account of Minister Morneau’s comments and the launch of Efficiency Canada, click here.

Housed at Carleton University, Efficiency Canada is the product of a partnership between the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA), Carleton and four family foundations (McConnell, Donner, Ivey and Trottier).  HRAI is a supporting member of Efficiency Canada.

For more information, contact Martin Luymes at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 235 or email mluymes@hrai.ca.