About Us

Trusted Convenor. Smart Strategist. Carbon Talks accelerates the shift to a low-carbon economy. We look for those windows of opportunities where “carbon shifts“ are possible. These could be opportunities identified by a business, an industrial association or a government department but where all the pieces might not be in place to move to concerted action. Carbon Talks convenes the right people around the table to put the pieces together. We are the glue that moves groups from intent to action to reduce green house gas emissions.

The transition to a low carbon economy is inevitable. If Canada is to remain globally competitive, it must accelerate the shift from a carbon intensive economy to an economy that is more diversified and recognizes the costs of natural capital.

Government cannot be expected to engineer this shift alone.  The climate conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun have demonstrated that governments cannot deliver the decisive action necessary to reduce global GHG emissions.  We need to develop new forms of leadership within business, civil society and academia to work with government to create the enabling environment for moving forward.

Carbon Talks provides the platform to discuss, define and manage the transition to a low-carbon economy.  It creates spaces for dialogue – not debate – spaces which help people to think creatively, consider alternatives, and develop practical solutions that are viable, cost-effective and sustainable.

Carbon Talks is an initiative of Canada’s leading dialogue convenor – the SFU Centre for Dialogue in collaboration with the SFU School of Business, the School of Public Policy and the School for International Studies.  It is led by Shauna Sylvester and a group of Advisors from business, academia and the non-profit sector.  They include: Michael Adams, Don Drummond, John Harriss, David Hughes, Mark Jaccard, Sandra Ohdendahl, Bruce Lourie, Nancy Olewiler, Nicole Rycroft, Danny Shapiro, Coro Strandberg, Jeff Westeinde and Mark Winston.


Carbon Talks would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of our partners:

The North Growth Foundation

Simon Fraser University

Social Capital Partners

The City of Vancouver

Canada School of Energy and Environment


Sustainable Prosperity

Evergreen Foundation

Canadian Businesses for Social Responsibility


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