September 2017

Executive Summary – The Carbon Impact Initiative


EllisDon’s “Carbon Impact Initiative (CII)” was established specifically to provide government leaders with the industry response strategy required to deliver on climate change commitments. We understand the obligations that will be expected of industry leaders over the coming years, but we also recognize the opportunities in the shift toward a low carbon economy. We know a transformation of markets cannot be done alone. Industry leaders in Canada need to understand that there is a short time frame, starting now, to get in front of opportunities or they risk falling behind the pace of change. If federal and provincial governments are committing Canada to participate in international emission reduction targets, industry will bear the brunt of the responsibility to meet them; it will take the combined efforts of large corporations working together. We have taken the bold step to engage like-minded companies from across the building, energy and infrastructure sectors to partner with us on our journey to develop our Carbon Impact Initiative.

The Carbon Impact Initiative was launched in 2016 to stand as the defining industry-led action plan with the resources needed to respond to provincial and federal objectives. What makes the Carbon Impact Initiative unique is that it is managed by a Consortium of industry leaders. This is a collaboration effort of some of the largest and most influential companies across Canada’s buildings, energy, and infrastructure sectors, with new member companies being invited to join the initiative over the coming months. Our program partners are some of the largest and most influential in the sector, including BASF Canada, Enbridge Gas, Cricket Energy, WSP Group, the Cement Association of Canada, Cisco Systems and Avison Young, as well as our emerging associations with Stantec, Mitsubishi, GeoSource Energy, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), BMO, Ernst & Young and many more.

We envision the Carbon Impact Initiative as a vehicle to support provincial and territorial climate change leadership. The collaborative deliverables of the CII, coupled with the revered reputations and experiences of our consortium partners, allows this industry-led action plan to deliver on the unique and specialized sustainability challenges and objectives that each province and territory must now address. Below is a Case Study on the Province of Ontario. Together, we have the combined capacity to manage client expectations and provide a variety of resources to meet project needs, including:

  • Research, design and development
  • Funding, financing, and accounting
  • Building and infrastructure construction science: new and retrofit
  • Transportation systems and land use planning
  • Materials and technology: commercialization, manufacturing, distribution
  • Energy management: generation and conservation
  • Integrated community planning
  • Real estate services
  • Ongoing maintenance and operations

The combined marketing and promotions capabilities of the partners will ensure that the Carbon Impact Initiative will continue to gain traction in the market, and that the province will be recognized for climate change leadership through 3rd party validation.