MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Multi-sector Alliance to host Queen’s Park reception this evening to celebrate climate action and innovation in Ontario

Toronto, Ont. – This evening, Tuesday April 10, the Clean Economy Alliance (CEA), a multi-sector coalition of over 100 organizations, will host a reception at Queen’s Park to celebrate the innovators and leaders in our membership who are taking action to fight climate change in Ontario. The reception is sponsored by the Honourable Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

Representatives from the CEA and Members of Provincial Parliament will meet to celebrate how both the province and the CEA are working to reduce provincial carbon emissions, and support a low-carbon future with new markets and opportunities for Ontario businesses and organizations in the global clean economy.

Copies of two recent CEA reports will be available: A Progress Report on Ontario’s Cap-and-Trade Program and Climate Change Action Plan: Year One and No Bad Option: Comparing the Economic Impact of Ontario Carbon Pricing Scenarios

WHAT: Clean Economy Alliance reception: Celebrating Climate Action in Ontario

WHEN: Reception: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm; Remarks: 6:15 pm to 6:40 pm

WHO: Featured speakers: Tom Rand, Senior Advisor, MaRS Cleantech and Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures; Geoff Osborne, Manager, Business Development, NRStor; Martha Murray, Director of Public Affairs, Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations, Cement Association of Canada; Keith Brooks, Programs Director, Environmental Defence; The Honourable Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, is expected to attend.

WHERE: Queen’s Park legislative building, Room 228/230

About The CLEAN ECONOMY ALLIANCE (CEA): The CEA is a group of over 100 organizations representing a broad cross-section of Ontarians that united in 2015 to urge Ontario to show leadership in addressing the crucial issue of climate change. The CEA includes prominent Ontario businesses, industry associations, labour unions, farmers’ groups, health advocates, and environmental organizations. The Alliance supports the Ontario government’s commitments to develop and implement a climate change strategy and cap-and-trade program. Its members recognize that reducing greenhouse gas emissions will bring many benefits, including cleaner air, improved public health, and more jobs and business opportunities in the clean economy. For a full list of Clean Economy Alliance members, please visit www.cleaneconomyalliance.ca.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Allen Braude, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 247; 416-356-2587 (cell); abraude@environmentaldefence.ca