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Introducing our first Broadbent Fellow: Brendan Haley


At the Broadbent Institute, we’re working hard to develop cutting-edge ideas for a more equal Canada. At the core of this project, we need a robust discussion about the kind of Canada we want. That’s why we’re proud to introduce Brendan Haley as our first Broadbent Fellow.

The Broadbent Fellows are a cadre of policy experts who you’re going to be hearing from more often on key progressive issues. As an authority on natural resources and low-carbon economics, we are delighted to hear from Brendan how we can become better environmental stewards and move Canada towards a greener economy. Look for Brendan Haley's first piece on our blog very soon.

Brendan Haley is a PhD candidate at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. His research draws insights from Canadian political economy, in the tradition of Harold Innis, and new literatures on technological innovation systems and sustainability transitions. Brendan holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Dalhousie University and a Masters in Environmental Studies (ecological economics) from York University, where his Major Paper examined Sweden’s environmental policies, labour unions’ role in environmental innovation, and investigating how social democratic institutions were grappling with new ecological agendas.

From 2005 to 2008, Brendan was the energy coordinator at Nova Scotia’s Ecology Action Centre. He played an important role in the development of Nova Scotia’s energy efficiency framework, which introduced aggressive savings goals and created Efficiency Nova Scotia, Canada’s first independent energy efficiency utility. Brendan was also active in low-income energy affordability issues through the Affordable Energy Coalition, a coalition of organizations seeking to eliminate energy poverty. In 2009, Brendan was an ‘expert paper writer’ for a government-sponsored stakeholder consultation process on renewable energy that recommended the creation of Nova Scotia’s Community Feed-in Tariff Policy. 

Brendan grew up in Toronto. He was a frequent volunteer in Jack Layton’s municipal election campaigns. He enjoys whitewater canoeing and spent a number of years guiding young adults on expeditions on Canada’s northern rivers.