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Cost: FREE

Date: June 21, 2024

Time: 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Sustainability Network welcomes back Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD) to discuss reports tabled in Parliament on April 30, 2024. Commissioner Jerry V. DeMarco and Principals from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada will discuss the issues covered by these recent CESD reports:

Report 1— Contaminated Sites in the North. This audit focused on whether Crown‑Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and Transport Canada, working with Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, effectively managed federal contaminated sites in the North by reducing risks to the environment and human health and the associated financial liability for current and future generations. The programs examined included the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan and the Northern Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program.

Report 2— Greening of Building Materials in Public Infrastructure. This audit focused on whether Public Services and Procurement Canada, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Natural Resources Canada, and Infrastructure Canada used the Government of Canada’s purchasing power effectively to support and prioritize the use of low embodied carbon construction materials—including steel, aluminum, and concrete—in public infrastructure projects to contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development. It also focused on determining whether Infrastructure Canada made effective use of its funding programs in pursuit of that same goal.

Report 3— Zero Plastic Waste. This audit focused on whether Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Crown‑Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, and Statistics Canada led by Environment and Climate Change Canada were on track to achieve their intended contributions to the Canada‑wide goal of reaching zero plastic waste by 2030 to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on the environment.

Report 4— Strategic Innovation Fund’s Net Zero Accelerator Initiative—Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. This audit focused on whether Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada managed the Strategic Innovation Fund’s Net Zero Accelerator to decarbonize the manufacturing industries in accordance with Canada’s climate goals and with due regard to value for money for Canadians.

Report 5— Agriculture and Climate Change Mitigation—Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. This audit focused on whether Agriculture and Agri‑Food Canada designed and implemented an approach for how the agriculture sector will contribute to Canada’s 2030 and 2050 greenhouse gas mitigation and sequestration goals, commitments, and targets. This audit also examined whether the department delivered its climate change mitigation programs and activities to ensure that results are being achieved with respect to commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon.

The webinar will highlight learnings from these CESD reports and provide an opportunity for questions. The event will be hosted through Zoom Webinar and all participants will receive a confirmation email from Zoom with a link to join. After the webinar, all registrants will be provided with a link to the recording and the presentation slides.

Presented by:

Jerry V. DeMarco

Jerry V. DeMarco has served as Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development since February 2021. A lifelong interest in nature and a 25-year career devoted to working in the environmental field have positioned Mr. DeMarco as a leading Canadian expert in environmental policy and law. Before joining the OAG, from 2019 to 2021, Mr. DeMarco served as Commissioner of the Environment and Assistant Auditor General at the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario.

In addition to a bachelor’s degree from the University of Windsor, Mr. DeMarco has a law degree from the University of Toronto and master’s degrees in environmental studies (York University), management (McGill University), and science (University of Toronto). He also holds a diploma in French studies from the Université de Savoie and certificates in adjudication and alternative dispute resolution. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and a Registered Professional Planner and member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Kimberley Leach

Kimberley Leach has worked on environment and sustainable development matters at all levels of government during her career and has spent the last 20 years working in performance audit at the OAG. In addition to leading audits reported to Parliament by the CESD and the AG of Canada on topics such as pipelines, climate change, energy management, infrastructure, and progress toward the SDGs, Kim works and teaches internationally on environmental auditing.

Markirit Armutlu

Ms. Armutlu is a Principal in the Office of the Auditor General of Canada’s performance audit practice. She joined the office in 2021 with extensive experience in healthcare management and evaluation and is currently responsible for the health and agriculture portfolios. Ms. Armutlu led performance audits for the Auditor General on territorial and health related topics, and most recently led the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development’s audit on Agriculture and Climate Change Mitigation.

Mathieu Lequain

Mathieu Lequain is Principal at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada since 2018. He is responsible for the Economic Portfolio that covers taxation, industrial policies, and trade.

He has worked on a dozen audits or research papers covering a wide range of topics, such as the taxation of electronic commerce to hydrogen’s potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Before joining the OAG, Mathieu has spent 15 years at Statistics Canada in the Consumer Price Index program responsible for the concepts and methods.

Nicholas Swales

Nicholas Swales is a Principal in the Office of the Auditor General of Canada’s performance audit practice. He has led numerous performance audits for the Auditor General, as well as some audits for the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Special Examinations, and audits with the Australian National Audit Office. Topics he has covered range from defence, security, border and immigration topics, to veterans and social programs.

Susan Gomez

Susan Gomez is a Principal in the Office of the Auditor General of Canada’s performance audit practice and has led numerous audits at the Office. She was responsible for the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development’s spring 2024 report on Greening of Building Materials in Public Infrastructure.