Isabelle Turcotte is the director of federal policy at the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading clean energy think tank, where she supports the execution of the federal climate and energy strategy and plays a leading role in the carbon pricing campaign. Before joining the Institute, Isabelle worked at the Center for Clean Air Policy, a D.C.-based think tank, where she supported efforts to advance cost-effective and pragmatic climate policy. She helped promote dialogue in the U.S. among industry representatives, policy makers, and environmental groups to identify sensible strategies to reducing domestic emissions. Within the international program, she promoted nationally appropriate mitigation actions in developing countries.

Isabelle has also worked at Globerpro, a management consulting firm based in Montreal, where she managed projects and provided advice to foster growth in the clean energy technology markets. She also held positions at National Ecocredit where she quantified emissions reductions for projects and at Ecologic Institute, a German climate think tank.

Isabelle holds a bachelor’s degree in bioresource engineering from McGill University. She also graduated from the Joint European Masters in Environmental Sciences (Germany/Spain).

Isabelle is always on the lookout for German and Spanish speaking folks to share stories and attempt to shape up her language skills, preferably around a Hefeweizen.


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Isabelle Turcotte's Recent Publications

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All Hands on Deck An assessment of provincial, territorial and federal readiness to deliver a safe climate

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July 22, 2021 - By Nichole Dusyk, Isabelle Turcotte, Thomas Gunton, Josha MacNab, Sarah McBain, Noe Penney, Julianne Pickrell-Barr, Myfannwy Pope

Though Canada’s provinces and territories hold much of the power over energy resources, the majority lack the policy infrastructure and measures necessary to achieve significant emissions reductions. To determine readiness to act on climate, the Pembina Institute and Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management assessed each province, territory and the federal government on 24 climate policies and measures foundational for climate success.

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Four essential elements in any federal climate plan What’s needed for a safe climate – and what the parties promise to deliver. The differences are clear

Blog
Sept. 10, 2021 - By Isabelle Turcotte

Climate change is a top concern for voters in Canada's 44th federal election. Given the deadly consequences of climate change, this is no time for half measures and delays. It’s time to move forward with the utmost urgency. Here’s what Canadians should be looking for in every federal party's climate plan.

Table of indicators from All Hands on Deck report

Are Canada’s provinces and territories ready to act on climate? 11 categories of climate action. 24 indicators. Not a single Canadian government fully prepared to deliver.

Blog
July 23, 2021 - By Isabelle Turcotte

How ready are Canada’s governments to act on climate? To find out, we teamed with Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management to assess every province, territory and the federal government on 24 indicators that are foundational for climate action. Though the provinces and territories hold much of the power over energy resources, the majority lack the policy infrastructure and measures necessary to help deliver a safe climate.

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Increasing climate ambition with output-based pricing Submission: Pembina Institute and David Suzuki Foundation comments and recommendations

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March 30, 2021 - By Isabelle Turcotte, Tom Green

To maximize emissions reductions, Canada’s output-based pricing system needs to be strengthened. This means rapidly confirming the proposed price increase, delivering a consistent price signal for all provinces, increasing stringency for evaluating provincial systems, applying tightening rates that drive yearly reductions of 6% to 8%, including all sources of emissions, and, importantly, removing electricity from the OBPS and setting a goal of reaching 100% clean electricity by 2035.

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Net-zero by 2050: guiding principles to get it right The surest route to a safe climate puts people first

Blog
March 11, 2021 - By Isabelle Turcotte

While the “what” of net-zero carbon emissions is seemingly simple, the “how” is much more complex. Infinite scenarios are compatible with reaching net-zero, but not all are compatible with keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Not all will deliver a more inclusive, resilient, and competitive economy. The Pembina Institute shares four principles guiding a safe, inclusive, and effective approach to net-zero pathways. The starting point? Putting people first.

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