Registration for the 2015 Business & Environment Forum is Now Open!

Building a More Competitive Economy and the Role of Pricing Carbon

Climate change is a formidable threat to our environment – but also a business opportunity and an economic imperative. To remain competitive, businesses and government must plan and adapt.

Join us on January 27th as we explore what role pricing carbon could play in stimulating a stronger, cleaner economy and helping to address Oregon’s chronic revenue challenges with our guests:

The Honourable Mary Polak mary polak
British Columbia’s Minister of Environment

Mary Polak was re-elected to the B.C. legislature in 2013, having represented the constituents of Langley since 2005. She was appointed Minister of Environment June 10, 2013.

Prior to her new cabinet post, she served as the Minister Transportation and Infrastructure, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Children and Family Development and Minister Responsible for Child Care, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for the Conversation on Health.

Before being elected to the legislative assembly, Polak served as a trustee and former chair of the Surrey school board.

Dr. Tom Potiowsky Tom Potiowsky
Department of Economics at Portland State University Chair
Northwest Institute of Applied Economic Research Director

Dr. Tom Potiowsky, is chair of the Department of Economics at Portland State University and director of the Northwest Institute of Applied Economic Research.

As Oregon’s state economist for 15 years, he worked in the Office of Economic Analysis, which is in the Department of Administrative Services. The office is responsible for developing and disseminating quarterly state economic and demographic forecasts and estimating General Fund revenue for the State of Oregon. The office also provides biannual forecasts of prison inmates. The forecasts are used to develop both the Governor’s Budget and the Legislatively Approved Budget.

Dr. Potiowsky received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado in 1981 and a B.B.A. degree in Economics from Ohio University in 1975. Upon graduation from the University of Colorado, he was an Assistant Professor at the university before moving to Portland State University in 1983. At Portland State University, Dr. Potiowsky was Chair of the Economics Department and Co-Director of the Applied Economics Research Group (AER Group). Tom was appointed as Acting State Economist on February 1,1999 and State Economist on August 1, 1999, serving thru September of 2006. Dr. Potiowsky returned to Portland State to teach until January of 2008 when he returned to serve as the State Economist.

Dr. Potiowsky is a member of the American Economics Association, the Western Economic Association, and the National Association for Business Economics. He also serves on the Board for the Oregon Council on Economic Education and the Oregon Progress Board. Tom was a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors for three years prior to his appointment with the State.

Gary Gero gary gero
President of the Climate Action Reserve in California

Gary Gero is the President of the Climate Action Reserve where guides the organization in promoting cost-effective greenhouse gas emission reductions by operating the largest and most-trusted offsets registry in North America and by serving and advising governments around the world on the design and implementation of climate policies and programs. Mr. Gero was previously with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power where he oversaw the $40 million Green LA programs which included energy efficiency, renewables, and advanced transportation. Gary also worked for over a decade in the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Department where as Assistant General Manager he led the City’s policy efforts to address air quality, sustainability, and climate change.

Mr. Gero serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and is on the Steering Committee of the California Sustainability Alliance. He has served on the CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Committee, the board of California Invasive Plant Council, and the Glendale City Planning Commission.

Gary earned his Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and his undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

Emilie MazzacuratiEmilie Mazzacurati
Founder and CEO
Four Twenty Seven, Inc.

Emilie Mazzacurati is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Four Twenty Seven, a boutique consulting firm helping corporations manage and mitigate climate change risk. She has been advising governments and large corporations for over ten years, helping them identify strategic opportunities in the sustainability and climate change fields.

Previously, Emilie was Head of Carbon Analysis at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon, where she directed Point Carbon’s research department in the U.S. Emilie has developed a cutting-edge training course on climate risk management that she teaches at UC Davis’s Executive MBA and in corporate training courses.

Emilie holds a Master of Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley.

January 27, 2015
Lunch and Event: 12  – 2 pm
Doors: 11:30 am
Venue: Nines Hotel

$30 for OEC Members/OEC Business Members
$40 for non-Members
(Registration includes lunch, dietary restrictions will be accommodated)

Reserve your spot now for this important discussion.

If you are one of our Business Forum sponsors and would like information about the free tickets that come with your sponsorship, please contact Kevin Kasowski at 503-222-1963 x120.

Sustaining Sponsors

Capital Pacific Bank
Drive Oregon
EDP Renewables
GBD Architects
Goldsmith Blocks
Perkins Coie LLP

Supporting Sponsors

Elemental Technologies
Portfolio 21
Research into Action
The Climate Trust
EDF Renewable Energy
Northwest Energy Efficiency Council
Black Helterline
NextGen Climate

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