Who We Are

The Canadian Climate Institute’s staff, board members, expert panels and advisors are located across the country, bringing a national breadth and regional relevance to our insight and analysis.


Our research team is made up of experts and analysts in three primary research areas: clean growth and competitiveness, clean electricity, and climate risk and resilience. They are supported by public affairs, communications, and operations professionals.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors includes representatives from industry, finance, philanthropy, academia, and Indigenous communities and spans political parties and perspectives. 

Expert Panels

Three panels, composed of experts from across Canada, provide guidance on research scope and methods, technical review for major publications and policy recommendations, and advice to support engagement and communications initiatives. They specialize in fields including economics, climate change adaptation and mitigation, Indigenous knowledge, natural and social sciences, public policy, energy systems and engineering. 

Council of Advisors

Our Council of Advisors includes representatives from steel, cement, fuel and other heavy industries; the financial and investment sector; and development, infrastructure and cleantech companies. They also  provide input, feedback and guidance related to the Institute’s work.

The Institute is proud to be part of the Government of Canada’s 50 – 30 Challenge. The goal of the program is to challenge Canadian organizations to increase the representation and inclusion of diverse groups within their workplaces, while highlighting the benefits of giving all Canadians a seat at the table.

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Justice and Equity Statement

Our supporters and funders

The Climate Institute is non-partisan, independently governed and a registered Canadian charity: 71860 4119 RR0001.

Our work is supported through a multi-year contribution agreement with Environment and Climate Change Canada and a growing list of  philanthropic funders. While we are proud to work with a variety of partners and funders on specific initiatives, the Institute retains full control over its research, findings, and policy recommendations.

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Our History

The Canadian Climate Institute formally launched in January 2020 following the Canadian government’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change and subsequent call to establish an arm’s-length organization of Canadian experts providing independent research and policy advice on clean growth and climate change for decision makers across the country.

Initially branded the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, the institute was established to perform a similar role to independent advisory bodies in other countries, such as the United Kingdom’s Climate Change Committee and France’s Haut Conseil pour le Climat.

The proposal was supported by 15 organizations—including universities, environmental groups, and research institutes—and selected through a competitive process, resulting in a contribution agreement with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The Canadian Climate Institute became a registered charity in 2021.  

The following organizations contributed to the development of the Canadian Climate Institute: