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State-City Collaboration on Clean Energy Transformations, takes place from May 29–30 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The draft agenda will be updated at regular intervals. See the speaker list here. Receive the latest conference news by subscribing to Renewable Cities’ mailing list.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

1:30 p.m. – Registration opens

3:00 p.m. – Plenary: Welcome and Opening Address—From Cities and States to Cities with States

To successfully enable the clean energy transition, shared policy frameworks between local and senior levels of government are necessary. This session will explore the leadership role of cities around the world and opportunities for collaborative governance.


  • Alex Boston, Executive Director, Renewable Cities
  • Elder Margaret George, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation
  • David Miller, North America Regional Director, C40 and former Mayor of Toronto

3:30 p.m. – Plenary: Net zero buildings in B.C.—Collaboration, innovation and market transformation

British Columbia’s Energy Step Code, an innovative policy framework developed to rapidly move new building construction to near net-zero, has generated a boom in new net-zero construction and is rapidly accelerating the market transformation process. But its innovation also extends to its development, where it was collaboratively shaped by diverse private and public stakeholders and provides a model for successful multi-level governance. In this session, stakeholders will speak to the collaborative process, policy architecture, challenges, successes and impacts.


  • Facilitator: Alex Boston, Executive Director, Renewable Cities
  • Fiona Famulak, President, Vancouver Regional Construction Association
  • Chris Frye, Senior Policy Advisor, Housing Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada
  • Zachary May, Director of Building Codes and Standards, Province of British Columbia
  • Sean Pander, Green Building Program Manager, City of Vancouver
  • Robyn Wark, Team Lead, Sustainable Community Program, BC Hydro

5:00 p.m. – Networking

Thursday, May 30, 2019

9:00 a.m. – Plenary: Collaborative Governance—Precedents and Prospects

How can local and senior governments coordinate and collaborate to drive climate action that advances other complementary policy priorities? In this session, Ken Alex will speak to California’s precedent-setting work in this area, sharing key lessons learned along the way. National and local perspectives will also be explored.


  • Ken Alex, Director, Project Climate at UC Berkeley, and former Director of the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
  • Adriane Carr, Councillor, City of Vancouver, and Chair, Metro Vancouver Climate Action Committee
  • Abla Hanna, Senior Director, Demand Policy and Analysis Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada

10:20 a.m. – Parallel breakout sessions

12:20 p.m. – Lunch

1:45 p.m. – Parallel breakout sessions

3:45 – Break

4:00 p.m. – Closing Address: Catalyzing Collaboration

This session will invite perspectives on the processes, players and underpinnings for advancing collaborative governance and policy alignment from today’s sessions and in conversation with former Vancouver mayor and newly appointed Ambassador to the Global Covenant of Mayors, Gregor Robertson.


  • Gregor Robertson, Ambassador, Global Covenant of Mayors, and former Mayor of Vancouver

5:00 p.m. – Reception

This draft agenda will be updated at regular intervals. Visit the State-City Collaboration on Clean Energy Transformations webpage for more information on the conference. Subscribe to Renewable Cities’ mailing list for event news.

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