Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

February 19, 2010 08:43 ET

OCEPP a Partner in $1-Million Research Project

Centre one of 30 organizations and universities to probe effects of climate change on Canadian employment and workplaces

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2010) - The Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (OCEPP) will take part in a groundbreaking, six-year research project that will ultimately help Canada transition to a low-emission economy. The project, which is being funding through the Community-University Research Alliances program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, will involve 23 researchers, 20 organizations and 10 universities in three countries.

"For a new centre like ours, it is an absolute thrill to collaborate on a project of such scope and impact," notes Dr. Donald Wallace, OCEPP's executive director. "Climate change is one of the most serious issues facing nations around the globe, and engineers and policy-makers have a substantial role to play in finding the right solutions."

The project will examine seven employment sectors to better comprehend the chain of processes in work, employment and training, and how the leaders of these sectors understand and respond to the challenges of climate change. For its part, OCEPP will investigate how climate change is altering the content of engineers' work and the overall impact of climate change on the profession.

The project's lead researcher is Carla Lipsig-Mummé, a York University professor and member of the university's Institute for Research & Innovation in Sustainability. Her research team for this project includes nationally and internationally based climate scientists, senior labour market actors, and academics from a spectrum of disciplines.

About the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
The Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy is the only institute of its kind in Canada and it is committed to bringing the voice of Ontario's 79,000 professional engineers and interns into public policy and to helping safeguard the public interest. The centre focuses on specific areas of research including smart infrastructure, tomorrow's energy solutions, healthy communities, and a new generation of engineering talent. OCEPP publishes The Journal of Policy Engagement six times a year. As well, the centre actively reaches out to members of the engineering profession, the academic community, policy-makers, opinion leaders and others interested in advancing the public interest. OCEPP was founded in June 2008.
/For further information: Dr. Donald Wallace, Executive Director, 416-840-1078, dwallace@ocepp.ca; or Catherine Shearer-Kudel, Business Manager, 416-224-1100, ext. 1204, cshearerkudel@ocepp.ca./ IN: ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Dr. Donald Wallace, Executive Director, Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy
    Primary Phone: 416-840-1078
    E-mail: dwallace@ocepp.ca