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Climate Change Mitigation Lead—North America
Amin Asadollahi is the lead for climate change mitigation for North America and is based in Ottawa.
Prior to joining IISD, he worked as the oil sands program director at the Pembina Institute and held senior advisory positions at the federal departments of Natural Resources and Environment and Climate Change. Amin has a wealth of knowledge and experience in sustainable resource development, clean energy and trade policy, and has provided advice to governments, energy sector clients and non-governmental organizations. He has worked on energy and environmental policies, contributed to the design and delivery of federal funding programs valued at over a billion dollars, and facilitated multistakeholder and cross-juristictional discussions. Amin holds a Master of Arts degree in public policy and public administration from Concordia University and an honours baccalaureate in political science from the University of Ottawa.
Amin is an avid camper, downhill skier and an outdoors enthusiast, with a passion for the environment and animal welfare.
- Facing the Climate Change Conundrum: A pessimist’s and an optimist’s perspectiveWe asked a “pessimist” and an “optimist” to share their hypothetical views about climate change futures.
- Reactions to Canada's Climate Change Framework: IndustryIn the third of a series of blog posts on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, Amin Asadollahi explores what the framework will mean for industry.
- Reactions to Canada's Climate Change Framework: Forestry, agriculture and wasteIn the first of a series of blog posts on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, Amin Asadollahi explores what the framework will mean for forestry, agriculture and waste.
- Reconciling Differences and Coming Together to Act on ClimateAmin Asadollahi answers some questions on carbon pricing in Canada that were raised during last week's First Ministers' Meeting.
- Considerations in a Comprehensive Approach to Canadian Climate PolicyThis commentary outlines the key elements of an effective policy in the implementation of the pan-Canadian Framework.
- Turning Down the Temperature: Freezing HFCs as a critical step in climate actionThis past week, climate negotiators gathered in Rwanda's capital Kigali to once again test the international community’s political resolve to tackle climate change, this time on a class of short-lived greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons.
- Unpacking Canada's Fossil Fuel Subsidies Oil, gas and coal are multi-billion dollar businesses, yet every year fossil fuel companies get billions in tax breaks and handouts. This website was created to cut through the jargon, so you can understand what’s really happening, debate it, and propose solutions for Canadians and Canada’s economy.
- North American Climate Leadership Can Be Good for the Environment and the EconomyClimate change will be high on the agenda as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama and President Peña Nieto meet in Ottawa this week for the North American leadership summit. With the right approach, cooperation will make it easier for the three countries to meet their respective climate commitments, while also creating economic opportunities.