GLOBE-Net, October 3, 2012 – Vancouver-based consulting firm GLOBE Advisors is travelling to Newfoundland and Labrador to meet with leaders from government, industry, and the NGO community to help identify realistic opportunities for green growth given the province’s unique strengths and challenges.
Paul Shorthouse, Director of Research and Strategic Planning at GLOBE Advisors, will join a small line-up of other expert speakers including Mike Harcourt, former Premier of British Columbia, and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Environment and Conservation Minister Terry French at NewLeef 2012: the Newfoundland and Labrador Economy and the Environment Forum, which takes place October 23-24 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The forum, organized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Industry Association (NEIA), builds on the findings of a 2011 report published by GLOBE Advisors and AMEC Earth and Environmental which states that the province’s green economy sectors currently employ more than 10,300 local residents in over 1,100 private sector companies – and that the sectors have great potential for future growth.
[stextbox id=”custom” float=”true” width=”200″ bcolor=”add3d5″ bgcolor=”add3d5″ image=”null”]The report, entitled “An Analysis of the Economic Development Opportunities Associated with the Green Economy in Newfoundland and Labrador”, was the first ever analysis of current establishments and employment associated with Newfoundland’s emerging green economy. [/stextbox]
It drew upon GLOBE’s extensive reference database and more than 400 reports on global developments in each area of the “core” sectors of the green economy.
It also drew upon consultations with more than 75 key stakeholders from various businesses, governmental agencies, industry associations, and educational institutions in Newfoundland and Labrador who provided valuable insights on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for activities in the province’s green economy.
“There are tremendous growth opportunities for the environmental sector in our province,” says Ted Lomond, NEIA’s Executive Director. “Green innovation, export development, and creative procurement policies are only the tip of the iceberg,” said Lomond.
Shorthouse, a co-author of the green report, will join other industry experts in a series of interactive discussions on topics including sustainable resource management, waste management, and green building and energy efficiency.
NewLeef opens with a youth event on October 23rd at the Johnson GeoCentre. “The long-term growth of the environmental sector is dependent on new ideas and technologies generated by our province’s youth,” says Lomond.
“This event will encourage high school students to consider careers in the sector or pursue green entrepreneurship as a career option.” The youth event features Bob McDonald, host of CBC’s “Quirks and Quarks”, as well as several young professionals in the sector.
For more information on NewLeef 2012, visit www.newleef.ca. For more information on the green report “An Analysis of the Economic Development Opportunities Associated with the Green Economy in Newfoundland and Labrador”, click here.
NEIA is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the growth and development of the environmental industry in this province. It is Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier resource for the industry offering a diverse range of expert knowledge and services in the business of mitigating and minimizing environmental damage for the protection and enhancement of the environment for present and future generations. NEIA has over 120 members.