Canada’s Political Environment and the Politics of the Canadian Environment

13.11.2009 - 14.11.2009
A Conference at the Embassy of Canada in Germany & the Heinrich Böll Foundation, organized by the John-F.-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies

International Conference, November 13-14, 2009, Berlin, Germany


The scope and scale of ecological challenges in North America and the
world constitute central questions in a number of political contexts. In
order to address these important issues, the John F. Kennedy Institute for
North American Studies (JFKI) at Freie Universität Berlin is hosting a
conference examining different aspects of environmental politics and
policy in Canada on Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th,

In conjunction with the University of Toronto Berlin, the Heinrich Böll
Foundation and the Embassy of Canada in Berlin, the JFKI has invited
leading scholars from both Canada and Germany to present papers on the
subjects. A list of panels, presenters and times is included below. This
is an unprecedented opportunity for scholars and policy-makers in Berlin
and Germany to interact with leading Canadian academics in the field of
environmental politics.

Kathryn Harrison, professor of comparative environmental politics at the
University of British Columbia and a foremost expert on environmental
policy-making, will deliver a keynote address entitled "Climate Change
Politics In Canada: Good Politics versus Good Policy".  Other attendees
include, Prof. Steven Wolinetz (Memorial University Newfoundland)
examining the role that party systems play in shaping climate change
policy and Prof. Doug Brown (St. Francis Xavier) on competitive federalism
and environmental policy,  Prof. Ian Urquhart (University of Alberta) on
the politics of Alberta's oil sands developments, and Petra Dolata
Kreutzkamp (King's College London) on Canada's developing foreign policy
in the arctic region.



Registration for the conference is free but participants are required to
In order to register, please fill out the registration form (pdf / doc).

Please return it to Frauke Brammer ( until Monday, November 9th.


Frauke Brammer
John-F.-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Department of History
Freie Universität Berlin
Lansstraße 7-9
14195 Berlin
Fax: +49 30 838 52873


All participants at the conference are invited to a reception on Friday
evening at the Canadian Embassy. Lunch will be provided at the Heinrich
Böll Foundation on Saturday.



Friday, November 13th, 1400 h - 1800 h

Embassy of Canada in Berlin
Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin, Germany
S + U Potsdamer Platz
*Photo ID Required for entry

-Welcome Address by His Excellency Peter Boehm (Ambassador of Canada to

-Introduction  by Simon Kiss  (Freie Universität Berlin)

-Keynote Address by Kathryn Harrison (University of British Columbia):
“Canada‘s Struggle with Climate Change: Good Policy vs. Good Politics“

-Panel I: Ecological Questions in Canadian Foreign Policy

Chair: Tilman Santarius (Head of the International Climate and Energy
Policy, Heinrich Böll Foundation)

Petra Dolata-Kreutzkamp (King’s College, London, UK): “How ‘green’ is
Canada’s Arctic policy? Environmental Security in the Far North”

Aranka Podhora (Berlin University of Technology): “The influence of the
Commission for Environmental Cooperation on the Canadian approaches to
North American and domestic environmental protection“

-Followed by a Reception

November 14, 2009, 9:00 - 18:00 h

Heinrich Böll Foundation
Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin, Germany
S + U Friedrichstraße

-Welcome Address by Bastian Hermission (Head of the EU/North America
Department, Heinrich Böll Foundation)


-Panel II: Managing Environmental Challenges in a Federal State

Chair: Kathryn Harrison (University of British Columbia)

Douglas M. Brown (St. Francis Xavier University): “Cooperative Vs.
Competitive Federalism: Outcomes and Consequences of Intergovernmental
Relations on Climate Change Issues in Canada”

B. Timothy Heinmiller (Brock University): "The Emissions Trading
Convergence in Climate Change Policies: An Historical Institutionalist


-Panel III: Urban Development and Suburbanization in Canada

Chair: tba

Delacey Tedesco (University of Victoria, B.C.): -Three Models for the
Sustainable Urbanization of Kelowna, B.C.: A Case Study in Political

Elaine Ferrier (University of Waterloo): “The “biodiversity bias” and the
future of protected areas policy in Canada: A case study of the Oak Ridges

Gabriel Eidelman (University of Toronto): “Ontario Goes Green(belt): The
Politics of Urban Sprawl and the ‘Places to Grow’ Plan”

Laura Taylor (York University): “Local area planning and the global
environmental imagination”


-Panel IV: Political Parties and the Environment

Chair: Lutz Mez (Environmental Policy Research Centre, Freie Universität

Mike Painter-Main (University of Toronto): “Protesters or Environmentally
Concerned Voters? Explaining the Rise of the Green Party in Canada”

Simon Kiss (Freie Universität Berlin)" “Environmentalism, Class and the
Canadian Party System”

Steven B. Wolinetz (Memorial University of Newfoundland):
“When Parties Bite the Bullet: Parties and Party Systems and the Politics
of Climate Change”


-Panel V: The Provinces, Public Policies and Political Actors

Chair: Miranda Schreurs (Environmental Policy Research Centre, Freie
Universität Berlin)

Ian Urquhart (University of Alberta): “Thinking Locally, Acting Globally:
Environmental Politics and Canada‘s Oil Sands“

Dortje Klatte (Foundation Ecology and Farming, Bad Dürkheim): “Genetically
modified organisms in Canada: Resistance from the local to the global”

Kathleen McNutt (University of Regina): “Pathways to Power: Policy
transitions and the reappearance of the nuclear power option in


Simon J. Kiss, PhD
SSHRC and DAAD Post-Doctoral Fellow
John F. Kennedy Institute for North America Studies
Freie Universität Berlin
Lansstraße 7-9
14195 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)1525-300-2812

Frauke Brammer
John-F.-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Department of History
Freie Universität Berlin
Lansstraße 7-9
14195 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 838 54122
Fax: +49 30 838 52873

Tim David Kremser
Assistant to the Director&
University of Toronto in Berlin
Markgrafenstraße 37
10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 30 20672712




The conference program can be found here (pdf).

Poster (pdf)

registration form (pdf / doc)  (Please return it to Frauke Brammer ( until Monday, November 9th.)



Zeit & Ort

13.11.2009 - 14.11.2009

Embassy of Canada, Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin