Type: Public event

North American electricity and energy security

NAC climate policy (2020-21) paper release event


Monica Gattinger, Marcela López-Vallejo, Joshua Basseches, Leigh Raymond

Date & time

Mar 23, 2022, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT


This is a Virtual Event.

Join us for a conversation about the findings of three papers from 2020-21's North American Colloquium on climate policy. The authors of the following papers, dealing with the topic of "North American electricity and energy security," will present their key findings and take questions in a discussion moderated by Leigh Raymond (Purdue University):

  • “Canada-US Relations, Energy Security, and the Road to Net Zero by 2050” by Monica Gattinger (University of Ottawa)
  • “Mexico-U.S. Cross-border Electricity Hubs: Limitations and Opportunities for Decarbonization” by Marcela López-Vallejo (Universidad de Guadalajara)
  • “The U.S.-Canada (Clean) Electricity Relationship: Challenges and Opportunities for Policy Design and Coordination” by Joshua A. Basseches (University of Michigan) and Nwamaka Ikenze (European University Institute)

From the speakers' bios

Monica Gattinger is Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, Full Professor of Political Studies, and Founder/Chair of Positive Energy at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Gattinger is an award-winning researcher and highly sought-after speaker, adviser, and media commentator in the energy and arts/cultural policy sectors. Her innovative research program convenes business, government, Indigenous, civil society and academic leaders to address complex policy, regulatory and governance challenges. She has published widely in the energy and arts/cultural policy fields, with a focus on strengthening decision-making in the context of fast-paced technological change and markets, changing social values, and lower levels of trust in governments, industry, science and expertise. Gattinger is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, board member of the Clean Resource Innovation Network, and serves on advisory boards for the Institute on Governance, the National Research Council Canada, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, Pollution Probe, and the University of Calgary. She Chairs the Editorial Board of the University of Ottawa Press and is a columnist for JWN Energy's Daily Oil Bulletin. Monica received the 2020 Clean50 Award for her thought leadership in the energy sector. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Carleton University.

Marcela López-Vallejo is a Full-Time Professor in the Center for North American Studies at Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico. She has been an International Relations professor for twenty years teaching several courses in Mexican and foreign universities. She worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Ministry of Public Education in Mexico, as well as in the lobbying firm Burson-Marsteller. She belongs to the Mexican National Research System (Level 1) and is part of the Editorial Board of Latin American Policy. She has participated in fellowships at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies in the UK, the Université de Montréal, the Wilfried Laurier University, the Universidad del País Vasco in Spain, and at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina. She has several academic and policy-oriented publications on North American regionalism, transnational governance, environment, climate and energy policies, and sub-state diplomacy. Her two latest books on North American environmental politics address the role of sub-state actors in carbon markets and a general assessment of environmental policies in North America.

Joshua Basseches is a postdoctoral fellow at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and an incoming assistant professor of public policy and environmental studies at Tulane University. Basseches’ research focuses on energy and climate policy and politics in the U.S. states, where most of the action in these policy areas has taken place thus far. He examines the roles of business interests, environmental and consumer advocacy organizations, and state-level policymakers in shaping the content of the policies that have emerged. He is especially interested in the role of investor-owned utilities, and how the unique aspects of their business model and regulatory considerations affect their policy preferences when it comes to state-level renewable energy policy. He co-chairs the State Politics Working Group of the Climate Social Science Network.

Leigh Raymond, who will moderate the conversation, is Professor of Political Science at Purdue University, and he was the 2018 Fulbright Canada Research Chair in the Sustainable Economy at University of Ottawa. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University. His research focuses on the politics of environmental policy design, adoption, and implementation, especially policies using market incentives such as carbon pricing. 

North American Colloquium

This event is a product of the 2020-21 North American Colloquium (NAC) on Climate Policy, organized by the International Policy Center (IPC) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with generous support from the Meany Family Foundation, and co-sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and the Center for Research on North America at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The objective of the NAC is to provide a forum that strengthens a wider North American conversation and more fruitful trilateral cooperation between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Sign up here to stay informed about related events.