Montreal is preparing to host one of the most important environmental events in North America. Americana 2023, the 15th edition of a biennial event organized by the largest group of environmental specialists in Quebec, Réseau Environnement, has become a leading event for environmental professionals in Canada and abroad.

Environment Journal is excited to be joining the approximately 7,000 attendees participating in the three-day conference on March 20 to 22, 2023, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

“Americana 2023 is a unique opportunity to participate in an inspiring conversation about pathways to solutions and innovative ideas for building a sustainable and prosperous economy,” says Steven Guilbeault, Member of Parliament for Laurier–Sainte-Marie and federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

“We are on the cusp of a new economy, where growth and sustainability will have to go hand in hand. It is a very positive sign that this event, which brings together organizations and businesses from across North America, is being held in Montréal. I look forward to reflecting and discussing with participants about a common vision and priorities for the development of the green economy.”

This 15th edition is an opportunity for Quebec’s largest group of environmental specialists to facilitate technical, scientific and business exchanges on the environmental challenges of our time. With nearly 100 conferences, panels and workshops and over 180 exhibiting organizations available to participants, Americana is a unique networking opportunity for the environmental sector to share current innovations and learn from the best practices implemented worldwide.

“We have seen it in the news over the past few months: the debate on the direction to take regarding water, energy, natural resources and the protection of biodiversity in Quebec is pressing,” says Mathieu Laneuville, president and CEO of Réseau Environnement. “Our ambition is to make Americana a true place of dialogue between technical expertise and public policy, to the benefit of the public. In the midst of the climate and biodiversity crises, we must go beyond the usual standards. We aim for environmental excellence.”

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 Americana 2023 Highlights:

  • Opening Plenary “Between Sustainable Growth and Planetary Limits: What Economy for the 21st Century?”, March 20 at 9:30 a.m. with Steven Guilbeault (Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Laurier–Sainte-Marie), Laure Waridel (author, columnist, co-instigator of Mères au front, Environmental and Social Justice Consultant at Trudel, Johnston and Lespérance and Associate Professor at the Institut des sciences de l’environnement de l’UQÀM) and Louise Hénault-Ethier (Director of the Water, Land and Environment Centre, INRS);
  • Plenary session “How can ESG criteria evolve?”, March 21 at 8:30 a.m. with Karl Blackburn (President and CEO, Conseil du patronat du Québec), Nancy Goudreau (Managing director, Sustainable financing, Desjardins), Paul Copti (Senior Vice President, Construction & Infrastructure practice, Marsh Canada Ltd.) and Matthew Rusk (Head of Global Reporting Initiative North America);
  • Plenary session “Ecofiscal Policy: How to move from theory to action?”, March 22 at 8:30 a.m. with Carlos Leitão (Quebec Minister of Finance, 2014-2018), Nicolas Marceau (Quebec Minister of Finance, 2012-2014), Yves Giroux (Parliamentary Budget Officer of Canada) and François Delorme (Economist, Université de Sherbrooke);
  • Conference by Jérôme Dupras (professor at the Department of Natural Sciences at UQO, Canada Research Chair in Ecological Economics and founding member of the Cowboys Fringants), on March 21 at 10:45 a.m., during the session “How to meet the target of protecting 30% of the land and oceans by 2030?”;
  • Cérémonie des Distinctions, March 21 at 12:00 p.m., to recognize local excellence and know-how in environmental matters and to highlight the exceptional work of Réseau Environnement members.
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Supporting partners and sponsors of the event include: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, the Ministère de l’Environnement, de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs, the ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et de l’Énergie and the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation for their financial support, Sanexen and the Carbon Neutral Advisory Group of Canada, major partners of the event, as well as Éco Entreprises Québec and Saur, presenting partners of the event. Réseau Environnement also thanks the City of Montreal for its financial support for Americana 2023.

Environment Journal is looking forward to attending Americana 2023 and bringing readers coverage of this important event.

Réseau Environnement invites interested members of the public, organizations and businesses to join the thousands of participants who have already registered for Americana 2023. They can register on the event’s website.

Featured image credit: Americana.


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