GREATER MONTREAL CLIMATE FUND

About us: our mission, vision, and values

Our vision: the Greater Montreal region will be carbon neutral by 2050.


Our mission: Accelerate the decarbonisation of the Greater Montreal region by acting as a catalyser of projects that reduce GHG emissions.


About us: We’re a regional climate agency that invests in low-carbon solutions for the Greater Montreal Area and helps scale them up for broad implementation. We lead and collaborate with key stakeholders in the private, public and non-profit sectors who have ideas and opportunities for reducing carbon emissions. We advance the most promising concepts by investing, providing grants, influencing policies and running programs. We are particularly interested in ideas that offer benefits beyond carbon reduction such as improving people’s health, creating new green jobs, boosting urban resiliency, and contributing to a fair society.


Our values: Independent and flexible; innovative and willing to take risks; alignment with municipal and regional climate change strategies; collaborative and efficient; transparent and accountable; equitable and inclusive.

Context

Cities such as Montreal can have a critical role in stepping up the pace and scale of carbon reductions: Urban communities account for 60 percent of Canadians’ energy use and over half of our greenhouse gas emissions so the important of urban action in mitigating the effects of climate change cannot be overstated. Montreal produces over 11 Megatons of emissions or 1/7th or 1/8th of the province’s emissions. We know what actions are needed – solutions exist and innovation is ongoing – but what is needed is support for accelerating the development and adoption of innovative locally-relevant low-carbon solutions in urban regions. 

History

- October 2016 - January 2017: Discussions with the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) on the possibility of replicating the carbon fund model in Montreal. The Trottier Family Foundation hires Dunsky Consulting to study the possibility of a Montreal Climate Center.


- March 2017: Partnership with the Clean Economy Fund to study the development of carbon funds in several Canadian cities including Montreal (birth of the idea of ​​the LC3 network).


- April 2017: First funding secured for LC3.


-Summer 2017: Launch of LC3.


- Fall 2017: Consultation with the government and around fifty stakeholders in Quebec.


- 2018: Application for federal funding for LC3; development of the other LC3 centres (Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver).


- March 19, 2019: The federal budget promises an endowment to the Canadian Federation of Municipalities (FCM) of $ 1G ... including $ 183 million for the LC3 network of which the Climate Center is a part. This concretely begins the establishment of the Montreal Climate Center.


- December 2019: First meeting of the new Board of Directors.


- And more to come!

governance

Board of Directors

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President: Eric St-Pierre


Vice-President: Amélie Laframboise


Treasurer: Alain-Olivier Desbois


Secretary: Bertrand Fouss


Members: Mathieu Charbonneau, Philippe Dunsky, Laurence Lavigne Lalonde, Suzy Peate, Natalie Voland

Investment Committee

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Chair: Amélie Laframboise 


Members: Alain-Olivier Desbois, Eric St-Pierre

Programs and Grants Committee

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Chair: Bertrand Fouss


Members: Laurence Lavigne Lalonde