Who We Are

We are the Canada Climate Law Initiative. Our mission is to ensure Canadian directors and trustees understand their fiduciary obligations with respect to climate change, and have access to resources to help them govern with confidence in the area of climate-related financial risks and opportunities.

About Us

The Canada Climate Law Initiative is a inter-disciplinary research initiative, with principal investigators Dr. Janis Sarra and Dr. Carol Liao, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia and Professor Cynthia Williams, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Professors Sarra and Williams are also the Canadian principal investigators for the global Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative (Oxford University, UK). We work with lawyers, economists, scholars, directors, pension trustees, asset managers and other institutional investors to move Canada towards a sustainable net-zero carbon economy by 2050.

Our Story

The transition to a net-zero economy requires that businesses realign their business strategies to prepare for risks or take advantage of opportunities associated with climate change. Taking meaningful action also requires that a business sets measurable goals and targets related to carbon emissions and other environmental indicators. These types of changes to a business’ strategy and direction require the Board of Directors (or trustees) to provide oversight, engagement and leadership and to understand their evolving fiduciary obligations as they relate to climate change.

CCLI was founded with a profound desire to accelerate Canada’s transition to a net-zero economy. Since our inception in 2017, we have:

We aim to elevate the voices of Canadian experts that also believe effective climate governance is key in achieving Canada’s objective of a net-zero carbon emissions economy by 2050.

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