Past Policy Leadership Forum

A Conversation with the Premier of Québec, Philippe Couillard

Feb 19, 2016 Resources for the Future, 1616 P St. NW, Washington, DC, 20036

About the Event

Leadership on Climate Change: How Québec and States Are Leading on Global Challenges

Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec

RFF President Phil Sharp and the Premier of Québec, Mr. Philippe Couillard, sat down for a conversation about critical environmental and energy issues facing North America, and the call to #ActOnClimate at all levels.

Elected leader of his party and premier of Québec in 2014, Premier Philippe Couillard is a neurosurgeon, former cabinet minister, member of Parliament, and respected leader, both in Canada and on the world stage.

Highlighting both the actions of state-level initiatives in addressing climate change—such as the Québec and California linked emissions trading system—as well as their roles on the world stage at COP21 in Paris, Québec has exercised significant leadership in the global community as part of the collective effort to solve the climate crisis.

With a successful carbon market poised to welcome even more new partners, and the role of states and provinces officially recognized by the Paris agreement, Premier Couillard discussed how the moment to act on climate change, to preserve the next generation and create the economy of the future, has arrived.



  • Phil Sharp, Fellow, The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; former President, RFF
  • Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec