Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada’s 2017 National Conference and Lobby Days

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada’s 2017 National Conference and Lobby Days

From Saturday, October 21 to Tuesday, October 24, 2017, everyday citizens will gather together in Ottawa and deepen our understanding of the climate crisis, carbon pricing, and related issues. Then we will lobby Parliamentarians for improvements to our national carbon pricing policy that will lead Canada and the world towards a low carbon and prosperous future for everyone.

The reality is Canada’s current GHG targets are woefully inadequate and our national carbon pricing plan needs improvements and more details. As well, now that President Donald Trump has pulled out of the Paris Accord, there is a grave risk of slipping backward in Canada.

We have been creating political will since September 2010 for a national carbon price in Canada.  CCL Canada has some of the best and bravest volunteers on the planet. And we have fun.

Two days after the Election 2015 a Canadian Senator sent our national director an email with the following message, You have done so much “groundwork” that can now start to really pay off. I feel that the prospects for climate action are exceptional.” 

The politicians need our help.

Election 2019 is just over two years away. The Conservative Party of Canada and the Federal New Democrats are currently electing new leaders and developing policies for carbon pollution. Before the political parties become entrenched in their these policies, now is the time to build political will in a non-partisan way in your riding and region to make sure your community sends carbon-pricing friendly politicians back to Ottawa in 2019.

Registration opens June 1, 2017. Please bookmark this page. Register by Labour Day for $79 CDN and save money.

The Details

Register Online

Registration opens June 1.
Karelo is handling the registrations again.
Billing on your credit card will show up as Karelo not Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Register here.

Early bird registration (before Labour Day) for the four-day conference and lobbying days is $79 and it includes light refreshments on the Saturday and Sunday, a reception on the Monday and some CCL swag. After Labour Day registration will be $100.

Registration for Sunday only is $20.

Registration will close  Monday, October 16, 2017.

Due to space limitations, we only accept 150 registered guests. Register early.


Keynotes, Panelists and Guest Speakers

Confirmed Speakers and more to be announced soon.

Peterson Toscano is a performance artist, activist, and comic storyteller. Although he performs throughout North America and Europe, he actually lives in Sunbury, PA. Toscano presents original one-person comedies that explore gender, sexuality, faith, and climate change.  Peterson is the gifted director behind CCL Radio. We look forward to having him help us tell our stories. Artists are soothing our souls at this time of massive change. Read his full bio here.
Jason Dion is a Research Associate with Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. Before joining the Commission, he worked as a project manager and economist at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), where his work focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation, green public procurement, and sustainable infrastructure. Jason is the author of numerous publications, including environmental fiscal reform studies for the governments of Mauritius and Mozambique, funded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Read his full bio here.
Mark Cameron is the Executive Director of Canadians for Clean Prosperity. He has worked in several MPs and Ministers offices, including working in the Office of the Prime Minister as Director of Policy and Research and Senior Policy Advisor from 2006 to 2009. Mark has long been engaged in the environmental policy debate in Canada, and serves on the advisory board of the Pembina Institute and the steering committee of Sustainable Prosperity. Read his full bio here. 
Matthew Chapman – Campaign Coordinator – Climate Reality
Matthew joined the Climate Reality team as Campaign Coordinator in April 2016. His experience in the fields of fine arts, education, and international business have shaped his understanding of the challenges and opportunities our society and civilization face. As a member of the national team leading the initiative, he is convinced that building resilient communities is at the heart of the transition to a more sustainable and socially equitable economy.
Catherine Abreu Executive Director,  Climate Action Network – Réseau action climat
Catherine joined Canada’s Climate Action Network in July 2016, after five years leading the energy and climate change mitigation programs at the Ecology Action Centre. Catherine is committed to work that confronts climate change head-on, wielding bold and creative strategies. She thinks a lot about citizenship, community, and beauty, and does her best to incorporate those values in all that she does. An accomplished public speaker, Catherine has been honoured to share the stage with some of Canada’s leading environmental thinkers including David Suzuki and Maude Barlow. Her commentary has featured in many news outlets including the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Financial Post and VICE. She appears frequently on CBC, CTV, Global and other current affairs television and radio programs.
 Laura Sacks founded and leads the Nelson – West Kootenay (BC) chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. She has a background in the sciences, with a 20-year career as a hydrologist and degrees in geology and Environmental Sciences. She is also passionate about local organic agriculture and has operated a small farm and CSA program. Laura is the mother of 2 daughters who are now young adults. She will share her story of how shifting her worldview from cynicism and despair to positive action helped her become an effective climate advocate. Read her July 2017 Blog here.

Important Deadlines and Instructions

  1. Thursday, September 21, 2017: Last day to book hotel room at Marriott Residence Inn.
  2. Friday, October 6, 2017:  MP Bios to Any MP bios sent after that time may or may not be photocopied or formatted in time for the conference by us. You will be responsible.
  3.  Monday, October 16, 2017: Conference registration closes.
  4. Tuesday, October 17, 2017: Please get us your lobbying appointments as soon as you get them to We will still accept lobbying appointments made after October 18 – even at the conference and lobbying days. We will make it work. However, they will not be included in the master list of lobbying appointments.
  5. Tuesday,  October 17, 2017:  All photocopying will be sent to the printers
  6. Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20, 2017: Days of travel and rest for the conference team. Thus, we will have limited contact via the internet and our workflow will be only what is absolutely necessary.
  7. At the conference, please read the conference booklet cover to cover. Great care will be taken to making it as comprehensive as possible. AdditIonally, it makes a great “leave behind” when lobbying.

WHERE TO SEND: Please lobbying appointments in proper format and MP bios to the email box for CCL Canada: .

NAME: The name of the MP, their Party and any special roles they may have in Parliament.
TIME: The day of the week, date and time
LOCATION: Including the building and address and room number if possible
STAFF CONTACT: The staff contact person and their contact information
CONSTITUENTS: Names of constituents (even if they are not attending the conference)
MEETING SCHEDULED BY: Who was the CCL scheduler
ALSO WANTS TO ATTEND: Who you would like to have lobby with you. Constituents in the MP’s riding will get top priority. There are no guarantees.

Schedule Saturday to Tuesday

SCHEDULE STILL SUBJECT TO CHANGE – Third draft August 19, 2017

CCL LOBBY PREP DAY: Saturday, October 21,  2017, noon to 5:30 pm
Venue: Sir Guy Room, 2nd Floor, Marriott Residence Inn, 161 Laurier W, Ottawa

SATURDAY NIGHT PARTY: Saturday, October 21,  2017, 7:30 pm to 10 pm.
Dessert Party – Go out for dinner and then come have dessert with us
Pool table, chatting, maybe dancing, maybe
Venue: will be disclosed in the Conference Booklet
Costumes optional but highly recommended because they make for great pictures.
THEME: Imagination

EDUCATIONAL DAY: Sunday, October 22,  2017, 10 am to 5:00 pm
Venue: Sir Guy Room, 2nd Floor, Marriott Residence Inn, 161 Laurier W, Ottawa

LOBBYING Day 1 and GROUP PHOTO: Monday, October 23, 2017, all day
Venue: Parliament Hill

Arrive at 2:15 at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill for a 2:30 SHARP GROUP PHOTO.

Registered guests at Marriott Residence can use the 2nd floor of the hotel as a meeting area or even your suites for pre-lobbying preparation. That is why we chose this venue. It is near Parliament Hill.

EVENING RECEPTION: Monday, October 23, 2017
Sir Guy Room, 2nd Floor, Marriott Residence Inn, 161 Laurier W, Ottawa

LOBBYING Day 2: Tuesday,  October 24, 2017, all day
Parliament Hill
Registered guests at Marriott Residence can use the 2nd floor of the hotel as a meeting area or even your suites for pre-lobbying preparation. That is why we chose this venue. It near Parliament Hill.

For those of you who would like to receive updates on Facebook, we have set up an event page .

CONFERENCE BOOKLET: At the conference, please read the conference booklet cover to cover. Great care will be taken to making it as comprehensive as possible. Additionally, it makes a great “leave behind” when lobbying.

Never Lobbied Before?

Never lobbied before? Don’t worry, we have been lobbying for carbon fee and dividend for over seven years in Canada. You will be officially trained on the Saturday with our proven methodology. By the end of the session on Saturday, you will begin to feel comfortable. And by the end of the educational day on Sunday, you will be empowered to speak for millions.

Canada potentially could lead the world out of the climate crisis and we just might be the change agents that helps catalyze the transformation the world so desperately needs.

We will send registered attendees a series of short emails after October 16 to orient everyone to the weekend.

At the conference, you are going to be hanging out with some of the most interesting, bravest and talented climate volunteers on the planet and we like to have fun. Getting out of our comfort zone is our modus operandi.

Canada now has a nationally-integrated carbon pricing policy. Most of our MP’s will be relieved to know that there is someone in her/his riding that supports a national and rising price on carbon pollution.

CONFERENCE BOOKLET: At the conference, please read the conference booklet cover to cover. Great care will be taken to making it as comprehensive as possible. Additionally, it makes a great “leave behind” when lobbying.

We have one over-arching rule: treat politicians with respect and admiration for their service.

Here are the key strategies we use.

Lobbying Tool Kit


  • Photo ID is required to get into all buildings on Parliament Hill.
  • Allow at least 15 minutes to get through the airport-like security on Parliament Hill.
  • Don’t wear and bring anything that looks remotely political such as flags and CCL swag (Climate Lobby are trigger words it seems) because it may be put in storage while you lobby in the building and that will slow you down.
  • If your meeting is in Centre Block go through the “Business Door” on the left and not the “Tourist Door” on the right. We will review this at the conference.
  • If by chance you get invited to the Parliamentary Dining Hall, men must wear a tie in the Dining Hall.  No Jeans allowed.
  • At the conference dress comfortably but note lots of pictures will be taken and posted on the internet.
  • When lobbying please dress as if you were going to a job interview for a conservative workplace.  Please no jeans.
  • CONFERENCE BOOKLET: At the conference, please read the conference booklet cover to cover. Great care will be taken to making it as comprehensive as possible. Additionally, it makes a great “leave behind” when lobbying.

Map of Parliament Hill which will be included in your conference booklet

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Lobbying resources.

  •  Getting started on lobbying your MP: A Word document that gives suggested dialogue to use when you phone and then email your MP to book an appointment while we are lobbying in Ottawa. Please only book appointments with your MP. If you are brand new to Citizens’ Climate Lobby and do not have a connection with your local CCL group, check with us to make sure someone has not already started booking the appointment.
  • Once you have secured an appointment send the following information to
    – The name of the MP, their Party and any special roles they may have in Parliament.
    – The day, date and time of the appointment
    – The location including the building and address and room number if possible
    – The staff contact person and their contact information
    – Who was the CCL scheduler
    – Names of constituents (even if they are not attending the conference)
    – Who you would like to have lobby with you (primarily constituents in the MP’s riding will get priority but other special circumstances may be considered. There are no guarantees)
  • MP bio outline: Update or create a bio for your MP and send it to by October 11
  • Lobbying Minutes Form – includes tips on how to take good notes and a big reminder to take pictures and send them to us
  • Suggested Lobby Meeting Agenda – Ideas for how to conduct your meeting
  • Our Legislative Proposal: Carbon Fee and Dividend in English and French – only two pages long
  • We All Own the Air – July 2015 Paper by Dr. Lars Osberg (Dalhousie) of why Carbon Fee and Dividend makes sense for Canada and chock full of valuable data and information
  • Check out the House of Commons Calendar to know when your MP will be in your riding to lobby.
  • Leave-behind-November-2016. Look at this one for now and note that we will be crafting our Leave Behind collectively in September based on current needs and institutional wisdom we continually building at CCL Canada. The target is always moving.

For the super-wonky people:

Suggested visuals to bring when lobbying

The Final Lobbying Schedule

After registration closes on October 16,  the Lobbying Schedule Committee will meet to finalize the lobbying schedule. Great care will go into balancing the following elements: putting constituents in the room, past lobbying participants, weighing the skills of the different people, giving everyone approximately the same number of appointments, considering the lobby-lead requests and avoiding schedule conflicts.

That all being said, we have to be nimble. About 15-20% of lobbying meetings change at the last minute because we lobby mostly face-to-face. Thus, it is especially critical you do not change your lobbying schedule on your own. Everyone will get their lobbying schedules by Saturday, October 21 at the conference.


About Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada

Since 2010, CCL Canada has been lobbying parliamentarians for carbon fee and dividend. In Canada, we have had over 1700 letters to the editor, articles, editorials, and opinion pieces published in newspapers by or about us since 2010. In 2016, CCL Canada volunteers recorded 168 face-to-face meetings with MPs and a total of 199 meetings with staffers, provincial parliamentarians, and federal parliamentarians.

At Citizens’ Climate Lobby, we’re committed to building the political will for the climate solutions we all need. As empowered citizens, we talk with neighbors, friends, and local officials about how national climate action can help ensure a healthy future while strengthening the Canadian economy.

FullSizeRenderOur volunteers include high school students and concerned grandparents, a Canadian NASA rocket scientist living in Pasadena, health care workers from across Canada and many other walks of life. Some are PhD’s who have spent careers researching the intricacies of climate change; others are concerned citizens who just want to know how to help. Whatever our backgrounds, we’re all united by a commitment to making our voices heard as we call for a healthy climate future.

CCL is a non-partisan international organization. Members of CCL’s International’s advisory board include: George P. Shultz, former US secretary of state; Dr. James Hansen, retired Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Canadian Climate Scientist at Texas Tech University; and others. CCL believes politicians don’t create political will, they respond to it.

CCL believes citizens who are well trained, organized by ridings and with a good system of support can influence the political process. Our volunteers want Canada to lead the fight to save the global climate, and they want to help politicians achieve this noble goal.

Hotel and Accomodations

Our Saturday and Sunday conference venue, our conference hotel and Monday night reception venue is the Marriott Residence Inn, 161 Laurier Avenue West.

THE HOTEL LOCATION: There are many Marriott Hotels in Ottawa. Please note the location of the Marriott Residence Inn. It is near the corner of Elgin St and Laurier Ave. This Ottawa Marriott Residence Inn is close to Parliament Buildings and Ottawa City Hall.

DEADLINE: All suites must be booked by Thursday, September 21, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms blocked off for us too. It is peak season in Ottawa at that time, that is why it is more expensive this year as well. Thus, it could sell out beforehand. Please book now.

AFTER JUNE 1: To book a suite, call the hotel directly and say you are with Citizens’ Climate Lobby: 613-231-2020 … Yes suites!  The cost of double Queen room with a separate kitchen, sitting area and a foldout couch is $189 night (double occupancy).  Smaller rooms are available.

Complimentary hot buffet breakfast served daily
RIMix Monday to Wednesday for complimentary light fares
Free hi-speed internet access in every suite
Complimentary local phone calls
Laundry facilities


(open 24 hours) with indoor swimming pool
Underground parking
On-site Tim Horton’s: Mon-Fri 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Sat-Sun 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM *
Marriott Rewards Program
And a great sitting area for pre-lobby sessions.

Studio, one and two bedroom suites with separate living areas with fully equipped kitchen and foldout couch.
At least 50% larger than standard hotel rooms
Working desks with ergonomic chairs
Voice mail
Electronic Key Card System

JAIL HOSTEL: Looking for the alternate CCL Hostel: The OTTAWA Jail Hostel is only a 15 minute walk to the hotel our conference venue:

Promotional Materials

To help promote our  2017 multi-day national conference and lobbying days here are:

For Non Canadians


A February 2016 Canadian survey found that 61 per cent of respondents believed the earth is getting warmer partly or mostly because of human activities.

A March 2017 poll found that nearly two-thirds of Canadians want the Liberal government to proceed with climate regulations, including carbon pricing, regardless of a new direction on the environment from U.S. President Donald Trump, a new Nanos Research poll says.

Thus the take home messages when lobbying Canadian politicians are that we don’t need to convince most Canadian politicians about the science of climate change (there is one MP in Canada we are unsure about) and most Canadian ridings (you might call them constituencies), with a few exceptions, are receptive to climate solutions. At this point, we are relationship building and working with our MPs to help make sure together we strengthen Canada’s climate policies one riding at a time.


OVERVIEW: The USA is a democratic republic whereas Canada is a constitutional monarchy. The President is the elected head of state in the USA. Queen Elizabeth II is our head of state and she is represented in Canada by our Governor General, David Johnson. Our head of state is also called “the Crown”. Canada has a bicameral system, just like the USA, with lower and upper houses.

EXECUTIVE BRANCH: In Canada, the political party with the most seats in the House of Commons forms the government and the leader of that party becomes the Prime Minister (PM). The executive branch of the Canadian government is led by the PM and he/she appoints senior Members of Parliament to the executive in a cabinet adhering to the principle of cabinet collective responsibility. The Privy Council is the non-partisan, public service support to the PM and Cabinet and its decision-making structures.


HOUSE OF COMMMONS: Our lower house is called the House of Commons and it is the Canadian equivalent of the US House of Representatives. Our federal representatives are elected in electoral districts which we call ridings. We have 338 electoral districts for 35 million people.  Our federal representatives are called Members of Parliament or MPs. Until 2009, governments could call an election at any time within five years of being elected. Since 2009, we have legislated set election dates every four years, unless there is a non-confidence vote in the House of Commons which defeats the government and forces an election. This usually happens when we have minority governments.


MINORITY GOVERNMENTS A minority government happens when the ruling party does not have a majority of the seats in Parliament. Currently, we have a majority government under the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau (and yes, we add “u’s” to a lot of words up here). These recent governments were all minority governments: 2004-2006, 2006-2008 and 2008-2011. Canada is predisposed to minority governments because we have three major political parties and compared to the USA, a significant Green Party which garners about 5% of the popular vote and a regional party: the Bloc Québécois which currently holds 10 seats. Like in the USA and Britain, Canadian MPs are among the last representatives elected using a first-past-the-post ballot which many Canadians hope will change to some form of proportional representation.

THE CANADIAN SENATE: The Canadian Senate, unlike in the USA, is not elected. It is an appointed senate. Most senators hold their seat until the mandatory age of retirement. There are three types of senators in Canada: Independents, Liberals and Conservatives. Currently, Independents and Liberals combined in the Senate are in a majority. The Canadian senate is undergoing a reformation currently. The Senate is divided equally amongst four geographic regions: 24 for Ontario, 24 for Quebec, 24 for the Maritimes (10 for Nova Scotia, 10 for New Brunswick, and four for Prince Edward Island), and 24 for the Western provinces (six each for Manitoba, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta). Newfoundland and Labrador, which became a Canadian province in 1949, is represented by six senators. Further, Canada’s three territories—the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut—are allocated one senator each. An additional four or eight senators may be temporarily appointed by the governor general, provided the approval of the Queen is secured, and the four divisions are equally represented, thus putting the maximum possible number of senators at 113.

THE DOMINATE BRANCH: The House of Commons is the dominant branch of parliament with the Senate and the Crown rarely opposing its will. The Senate is meant to take a second sober look at bills before they pass into law. The Senate reviews legislation from a less partisan standpoint and the Governor General provides the necessary Royal Assent to make bills into law.

The Canadian Prime Minister in a majority government has powers that a US president could only dream of because she/he has complete control over the executive and the House of Commons for four years (we don’t have mid-term elections in Canada) and they are rarely opposed by the senate or the Governor General.

Our Core Values

What We Believe In

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. These core values guide our staff and volunteers along the way:


We are focused on what we see as the single most impactful solution to climate change — a national carbon fee. We know it will not solve the problem entirely, and appreciate the work that our friends in other groups are doing. So that we can be effective, we do not let ourselves get distracted by work that does not support our core purpose. After we accomplish our goal, we will tackle the next most impactful solution.


We believe that people are good and that democracy works. We are confident that our approach will work because we see progress. We stand for a solution, not in protest of other solutions. We don’t expect perfection from ourselves or others; this is a process and we know that people can improve. Together, we are a community that offers one another comfort, support, and fun as we work.


We take the most generous approach to other people as possible — appreciation, gratitude, and respect. We listen, we work to find common values, and we endeavor to understand our own biases. We are honest and firm. We know that there is a place for protest, but our approach is to build consensus — that’s what will bring enduring change. That’s why elected officials and their staff, no matter what their politics, say they are happy to see us — and mean it.


We are prepared and do our research. We are always on time for meetings. Our approach is thoughtful & thorough. We consult experts and use data. We are open to new information; in fact, we solicit opposing opinions. We refine our solutions to make them better. We follow up when we are asked. We keep on.

Personal Power

We use our voices to be heard. This simple act transforms us from spectators to engaged citizens, and it reveals the true nature of democracy to us. We are volunteer-driven — trusting volunteers to make important decisions and to create and develop things that will be valued by Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Being Non-Partisan

Our group is open to all who are serious about solving climate change. You are welcome no matter where you live, what you wear, what you do for a living, or who you voted for in the last election. We work with elected officials and community leaders from across the political spectrum because we believe that everyone is a potential ally.

Not required to watch but helpful

These are not required to watch at all because on the Saturday and Sunday you will get plenty of training.

Some may find watching or listening to these CCL USA lessons are helpful.

Live Streaming Details

We will be live streaming the event on YouTube:

Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, from 1 pm ET to 3 pm ET:

Sun., Oct.22, 2017, from 10:30 am ET to 5 pm ET: