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Module 5
Getting to yes: securing political and public support for market-based tools

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Dale Beugin, Executive Director of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, hosts a panel with experienced municipal practitioners discussing the challenges and opportunities associated with securing political and public support for market-based tools. Panelists are asked to identify practical strategies for navigating approval processes and consultations, identifying key elements of success. Following the webinar, participants will be asked to complete a brief online quiz.




Executive Director, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission

Dale is Ecofiscal’s lead policy wonk. He moves comfortably from big-picture strategy to quantitative analytics. He has deep expertise and experience in environmental economics and policy, and in particular carbon pricing. He has consulted for governments and organizations across Canada and internationally. He also worked as a Policy Advisor with the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. Dale holds a masters degree in resource and environmental management from Simon Fraser University, with a specialization in energy-economy modelling. Read his blogs here.



Director of Mobility Pricing, TransLink

Mike is a public policy executive with over 15 years of experience in transportation policy, municipal government, stakeholder engagement, governance and communications. His current position puts him in the nexus of policy, intergovernmental relations and politics, working with Metro Vancouver’s 23 mayors to develop and deliver their agenda to expand the region’s transit network. The Mayors’ Council, after many years of planning, analysis, debate and hard work, has recently approved an almost $10 billion plan to build new rapid transit and bus services, walking and cycling facilities and road improvements across Canada’s third largest metropolitan region.

Mike has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria, and has worked for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, local governments in Greater Victoria, as well international NGOs in Canada and Australia.



Mayor, District of Tofino

Josie Osborne is the mayor of Tofino, BC. After completing a Masters in Resource Management at Simon Fraser University and prior to becoming mayor in 2013, she worked as a professional biologist and environmental educator.

As mayor of a progressive rural municipality, Josie’s primary interests are governance, civic engagement and communication, and her strong belief that solutions to many challenges lie in the knowledge base of the community…they just need a little help to emerge. She credits her education and experience in science as a critical foundation for leading good decision-making in the public policy sphere.

Josie currently serves as Chair of the Board for the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET), and Vice chair of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District. In 2017, she was appointed by the BC Minister of Environment and Climate Change to the British Columbia Clean Growth and Climate Action Advisory Council.



Formerly Toronto’s City Manager

Joe Pennachetti was Toronto’s City Manager from 2008 until 2015 and Toronto’s Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer between 2002 and 2008. His extensive experience in Toronto spanned the terms of four mayors. One of his key accomplishments was leading the development of the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan that updated the 2002 vision and mission for the City, with specific goals to guide planning activities. That plan added some important new directions for Toronto, including the concept of property tax revenues as a last resort for financing services and implementing full cost servicing in the pricing of user fees, including water/wastewater and solid waste management.

Prior to joining the City of Toronto, Joe held senior positions in the regional municipalities of Peel (CFO), York (CFO) and Durham and spent ten years at the City of Edmonton. Now retired, Joe continues to share his wealth of experience as a senior fellow at the University of Toronto, serving as Executive Adviser to the Global Cities Institute, the World Council on City Data and the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance. He is also Chair of the board at the Ontario Clean Water Agency and a Director on the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) Board. Joe Pennachetti has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Windsor and is a Certified Professional Accountant.



Director, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance

Enid Slack is the Director of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) and an Adjunct Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. IMFG is the only institute of its kind in North America, which focuses exclusively on the fiscal health and governance challenges faced by large cities and city-regions. Enid has written extensively on property taxes, intergovernmental transfers, development charges, financing municipal infrastructure, metropolitan governance, and municipal boundary restructuring.

Recent co-edited books (with Richard Bird) include Financing Infrastructure: Who Should Pay and Is Your City Healthy? Measuring Urban Fiscal Health. Enid consults on municipal finance and governance issues with governments and international agencies such as the World Bank, IMF, UN Habitat, Asian Development Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. She has consulted in Canada as well as Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Mexico, Mongolia, the Philippines, South Africa, and Tanzania. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work on cities.

A webinar panel with experienced municipal practitioners discusses the challenges and opportunities associated with securing political and public support for market-based tools. Hosted by Dale Beugin, Executive Director of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, panelists include Michael Buda, Enid Slack and Joe Pennachetti.

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Formerly Toronto’s City Manager

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Earn a certificate in market-based tools for sustainable development!

This online professional development course, offered with support from The McConnell Foundation, will draw from Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission’s reports on congestion pricing, water and wastewater user fees and a forthcoming report on solid waste pricing. It also follows on our successful course offered at the federal and provincial levels, “Designing market-based instruments for the environment”.

We have designed the course with the needs and challenges of municipal employees in mind. To avoid travel approvals and keep it affordable, participants will be able to complete the course online. It is divided into five live and interactive webinars, combined with online case studies and exercises. The webinars will also be recorded to allow for even greater flexibility.

Comments from previous Ecofiscal courses

“Kudos to presenters: passionate, engaging, and knowledgeable”

“Very useful and unique course that fills a training gap in the available courses”

“I think this is a course that would also benefit Municipal governments”

“Very good quality/price ratios! The quality of the instruction is amazing. I will continue following the work of the Ecofiscal Commission.”

Course instructors include leading Canadian experts on market-based tools, combined with current and former municipal practitioners. The dynamic teaching styles of Ecofiscal Commission chair Chris Ragan and other Ecofiscal Commissioners such as Nancy Olewiler have received strong praise from participants in previous courses.

The course is broken out into five different modules, with each module including a 2-hour live and interactive webinar lecture and discussion as well as an online case study or exercise. You can mix and match the different modules, but module 1 is mandatory as it is foundational. Sign up for all five webinars to receive a discount and a certificate!

  • All five modules: $300
  • Module 1: Making the case for municipal market-based tools – $70 (Oct. 1st 11:00am to 1:00pm EST)
  • Module 2: Market-based tools for sustainable water and wastewater management – $70
  • Module 3: Market-based tools for reducing traffic congestion – $70
  • Module 4: Market-based tools for sustainable solid waste management – $70
  • Module 5: Getting to yes: securing political and public support for market-based tools – $70

Live webinar participation is limited to 25 people. Register today to guarantee your spot!

Module 1 is a prerequisite and must be completed before taking Module 2, Module 3, Module 4, and Module 5.

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