Pembina Institute

Clare Demerse

Director, Federal Policy

Phone: 613-562-3447 ext. 222 • Cell: 613-762-7449

As the director of federal policy at the Pembina Institute, Clare Demerse researches federal government policies that have implications for sustainable energy and climate change. Clare provides analysis to federal officials, politicians and a range of stakeholders as well as acting as a spokesperson in the media on behalf of the Institute.

Clare joined the Pembina Institute's Climate Change Program in 2006 and became Director of the program in 2011. Clare previously worked on Parliament Hill and holds a master's degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa. She was a 2008-2009 Gordon Foundation Global Fellow and is a current fellow of the Broadbent Institute.

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Blogs
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Op-Eds

April 3, 2013

Getting on track to 2020

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Publications

Published Feb. 6, 2014

By Clare Demerse, Erin Flanagan

Climate Implications of the Proposed Energy East Pipeline provides a preliminary assessment of the proposed pipeline's impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

Getting on track for Canada's Climate Target: Designing a technology fund that works for 2020

Part of the Green Budget Coalition recommendations for Federal Budget 2014

Published Nov. 29, 2013

By Clare Demerse

Pembina Institute recommendations as part of the Green Budget Coalition on investing oil & gas sector technology funds in emission reductions.

Supporting Global Climate Action: Providing Canada's fair share for developing countries

Part of the Green Budget Coalition recommendations for Federal Budget 2014

Published Nov. 29, 2013

By Clare Demerse

Pembina Institute recommendations for international climate funding.

Published Oct. 9, 2013

By Clare Demerse, P.J. Partington

This backgrounder focuses on the role of the oil and gas sector in Canada’s national greenhouse gas emission profile.

Published June 24, 2013

By Clare Demerse, P.J. Partington

In April 2013, the Pembina Institute published a report outlining the key features of a credible greenhouse gas regulation for Canada’s oil and gas sector. This backgrounder updates our initial report in response to new information revealed in media reports, and highlights issues to watch as regulations are announced.

Getting on Track for 2020

Recommendations for greenhouse gas regulations in Canada’s oil and gas sector

Published April 2, 2013

By Matt Horne, Clare Demerse, P.J. Partington

This report provides recommendations about the design and environmental ambition of regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas production and processing in Canada.

Published Nov. 26, 2012

By Clare Demerse, P.J. Partington

This backgrounder outlines the Canadian context for the 18th Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, international climate change conference, taking place between November 26 and December 7, 2012 in Doha, Qatar.

Reducing Pollution, Creating Jobs

The effects of climate policies on employment

Published March 15, 2011

By Clare Demerse

This report examines the evidence from a wide range of international and Canadian research on "green" jobs and the economic impacts of climate policies. The report finds that Canada’s governments could create more jobs by implementing strong climate policies than by continuing with business as usual.

Published Feb. 18, 2011

By Pembina Institute, Clare Demerse

The Pembina Institute commented on the Department of Finance's international climate change funding in this statement, submitted as part of the department's consultation process under the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act.

Published Nov. 24, 2010

By Clare Demerse

This note provides a general overview of the issues on the table at the annual UN climate conference in Cancun, Mexico, and assesses the Government of Canada's positions heading into the talks. 

Fighting Climate Change in Mexico

Facing the Climate Challenge: Mexico opportunities fact sheet

Published Oct. 25, 2010

By Clare Demerse

In advance of the UN climate talks in Cancun in December 2010, this fact sheet looks at opportunities to cut greenhouse gas pollution in Mexico - and at the role that countries like Canada can play in realizing those opportunities.

Published June 22, 2010

By Clare Demerse

This updated backgrounder explains why Canada should support global climate action at the G8 and G20 summits in June. 

The American Power Act

An Analysis of the May 2010 Discussion Draft

Published June 10, 2010

By Danielle Droitsch, Clare Demerse

In May 2010 U.S. Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman published a draft piece of legislation called the American Power Act, which would set U.S. national greenhouse gas emission targets and establish an economy-wide cap-and-trade system. This briefing note describes some of the provisions of particular significance for Canada.

Presentation on Climate Change at the G8 Summit in Canada

Presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

Published May 6, 2010

By Clare Demerse

Canada's role as host of the G8 summit in June 2010 is an opportunity to make progress on climate change and give much-needed momentum to global negotiations toward creating a lower-carbon economy.

Published Dec. 1, 2009

By Clare Demerse

This briefing note outlines how Canada could use a portion of cap-and-trade revenues to finance support for climate adaptation in vulnerable countries.

Published Nov. 30, 2009

By Matthew Bramley, Clare Demerse

More than 15,000 participants — including over 60 heads of state and government — plan to take part in the two-week climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark this December. This backgrounder provides an overview of recent developments in the international climate negotiations, the agenda of the Copenhagen conference, information on some of the major issues on the table, and an outline of Canada's positions and track record at the talks to date.

Climate at a Crossroads

Facing the Climate Challenge: International Fact Sheet

Published Nov. 25, 2009

By Clare Demerse, Matthew Bramley

Our "Climate at a Crossroads" fact sheet explains the international climate negotiations process, including where Canada stands on the world stage, and the key elements of a global climate agreement.

Transforming Canada's Energy Economy

Facing the Climate Challenge: Tech and Policy Solutions Fact Sheet

Published Nov. 25, 2009

By Clare Demerse, Matthew Bramley

"Transforming Canada's Energy Economy" outlines the policies and strategies it would take to move energy-saving and emissions-reducing technologies out of the fringes and into the mainstream.

Le compte à rebours vers Copenhague

Relever le défi des changements climatiques : fiche d'information

Published Nov. 25, 2009

By Clare Demerse, Matthew Bramley

Énergie : creér une nouvelle économie pour le Canada

Relever le défi des changements climatiques : fiche d'information

Published Nov. 25, 2009

By Clare Demerse, Matthew Bramley

Published Nov. 25, 2009

By Clare Demerse

Powerpoint presentation highlighting Canada's role in the international climate negotiations and critiquing domestic policies and performance on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emisions.

Reform Proposed Federal Offset System

Letter to the Federal Minister of the Environment

Published Aug. 26, 2009

By Clare Demerse, Pembina Institute et al.

A joint letter signed by 14 major Canadian environmental groups, including WWF-Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation and the Pembina Institute, calls for the Minister to strengthen the proposed system for granting credits for carbon offsets.

Published July 3, 2009

By Clare Demerse

With the deadline to reach a new global climate deal now less than six months away, climate change is expected to form a significant part of the agenda at the G8 Leaders’ Summit in Italy this July.

This backgrounder covers the major climate issues on the table at this year’s G8 Leaders’ Summit. It includes three sections: (A) context, (B) expectations of G8 countries, and (C) Canada’s role as host of the 2010 G8 summit.

Our Fair Share

Canada's Role in Supporting Global Climate Solutions

Published April 20, 2009

By Clare Demerse

Canada has a narrow window of opportunity to play a constructive role in this year’s pivotal UN climate negotiations. Committing to provide our "fair share" of the financing that poorer countries need would be a huge step in the right direction.

Our Fair Share: Overview Slide Shows

Canada's Role in Supporting Global Climate Solutions

Published April 20, 2009

By Clare Demerse

Canada has a narrow window of opportunity to play a constructive role in this year’s pivotal UN climate negotiations. Committing to provide our "fair share" of the financing that poorer countries need would be a huge step in the right direction.

Our Fair Share: Fact Sheet

Canada's Role in Supporting Global Climate Solutions

Published April 20, 2009

By Clare Demerse

Canada has a narrow window of opportunity to play a constructive role in this year’s pivotal UN climate negotiations. Committing to provide our "fair share" of the financing that poorer countries need would be a huge step in the right direction.

Published March 27, 2009

By Clare Demerse

This backgrounder outlines the key elements of Bill C-311, the proposed federal Climate Change Accountability Act.

Published Feb. 23, 2009

By Matthew Bramley, Clare Demerse

Over 30 organizations working on climate change released an open letter to federal party leaders calling on them to pass Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act, before Parliament's summer break begins on June 23.

Published Jan. 15, 2009

By Matthew Bramley, Clare Demerse

Evaluation of the Government of Canada's GHG Reduction Policies

Prepared for the Climate Change Performance Index 2009

Published Dec. 10, 2008

By Matthew Bramley, Clare Demerse

This evaluation was prepared by the Pembina Institute as input to the Climate Change Performance Index 2009. The index, published by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe, ranks countries' performance in controlling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Full information on the index, including countries' rankings, is available here.

Published Nov. 26, 2008

By Matthew Bramley, Clare Demerse

Published Oct. 24, 2008

By Matthew Bramley, Clare Demerse

TD Economics engaged the Pembina Institute to conduct a survey of climate policy options, including existing studies and international experience. Pembina's report, entitled Choosing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Policies in Canada, identifies and assesses policies against a set of criteria to determine the most efficient and effective options.

Published July 4, 2008

By Clare Demerse

Leaders of the G8 countries, including Canada's Prime Minister, meet in Hokkaido, Japan, from July 7–9, 2008. Climate change is expected to be a major focus at the summit. This summit comes at a critical time in the global fight against climate change. Countries are now six months into a two-year UN negotiation for a post-2012 global climate agreement.

Published Nov. 22, 2007

By Matthew Bramley, Clare Demerse, David Suzuki Foundation

Published Aug. 9, 2007

By Johanne Whitmore, Clare Demerse

Published April 12, 2006

By Matthew Bramley, Clare Demerse

Climate change caused by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activities is among the world's most pressing global issues - and has been recognized as such by national science academies, numerous governments and prominent corporations. Ensuring that Canada takes sufficient action to cut GHG emissions is therefore one of the most important responsibilities of the Government of Canada. It is also a legal obligation, following the Kyoto Protocol's entry into force as international law in February 2005.

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