CV Conversations: Meet Marc Lee from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

The Centre for Social Innovation’s Climate Ventures Conversations are a chance to hear from climate innovators and leaders. This month we spoke with Marc Lee, Senior Economist with the British Columbia office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. We discussed climate action and policy for a just, green recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to our conversation here or below, or see our event recap blog here.


About the Speaker

Marc Lee is a Senior Economist with the British Columbia office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Marc joined the CCPA in 1998, and is one of Canada’s leading progressive commentators on economic and social policy issues. Marc led the CCPA’s Climate Justice Project (CJP), which published a wide range of research on fair and effective approaches to climate action through integrating principles of social justice. Marc continues to write about climate and energy policy, as well as strategies for affordable housing. Over his career, Marc has tracked federal and provincial budgets and economic trends, and published on a wide range of topics from poverty and inequality to globalization and international trade to public services and regulation.

Marc was “classically trained,” with an MA in Economics from Simon Fraser University and a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. But most of the time he argues against the conventional wisdom in economics and policy debates. Marc is the past chair of the Progressive Economics Forum (PEF), a national network of heterodox economists, and contributes regularly to Relentlessly Progressive Economics, a blog of the PEF. Read Marc’s full bio here and follow him on Twitter.

About the Moderator

Barnabe Geis is the Director of Programs at the Centre for Social Innovation, where he designs and runs programs that grow startups and organizations with a social and/or environmental purpose. Barnabe leads Climate Ventures – an incubator, coworking space, and a range of accelerators that support entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders working on climate solutions – and has raised millions in funding for climate action programs. He is an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow, and holds a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University.