This research project was carried out by a team of senior Environmental Governance students at the University of Guelph (during the Winter 2013 semester), where they investigated Canada's Climate Action Plan (2002) and attempted to bring light of its existence to the public under the advisory of George Greene, the Founding Chair of Stratos Inc. George's also the 2012-2013 Inaugural Kinross Chair in Environmental Governance and adjunt professor in Environmental Governance. Program director, Dr. Benjamin Bradshaw, was also involved in providing guidance and playing a supportive role that oversaw the development of this research project.

Aim of the research project:

The research proposed herein aims to document and make sense of Canada’s 2002 near National Action Plan on climate change for the purpose of educating the Canadian Public on the plan’s existence and reasons for its emergence and eventual failure. By documenting this important case study, it is hoped that this case can serve as a learning experience for the future of environmental policy in Canada.


  1.  To identify the process, participants, mechanisms etc. associated with Canada’s Climate Action Plan (2002).

  2. To identify the key governance factors (both external and internal) that ultimately shaped the climate action plan and its subsequent outcome (why) based on:

    1. the perspectives of the plan’s participants; and

    2. insights from a conceptual framework to be drawn from contemporary governance scholarship to identify how the governance processes from the Canadian Plan compare and contrast to this external framework.

  3. To synthesize the information we gathered into materials that can be easily understood to raiseawareness and educate the general public about the process, context, and development of Canada's Climate Action Plan (2002).