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Glen Toner

Sustainable energy; sustainable production; institutional and policy innovation for sustainable development; innovation toward low carbon future

Phone:613-520-2600 x 2559
Email:glen.toner@carleton.ca
Office:5216 Richcraft Hall

Professor

Teaching Concentration: Innovation Science and Environment, Sustainable Energy Policy
Courses Taught: 
Sustainable Energy Policy; The Science, Economics and Politics of Global Climate Change; Industrial Policy, Innovation and Sustainable Production; Policy Analysis: The Practical Art of Change

Dr. Glen Toner Scholarship

Current Research

As a graduate student I was fortunate to have been invited by my professors to join them as author or co-author in their publications. During my PhD I published articles in works by Professors Michael Whittington, Glen Williams, Alan Maslove, Jon Pammett, Brian Tomlin and Michael Prince.  These were tremendously powerful learning opportunities working alongside experienced authors. My PhD dissertation was integrated into a co-authored book with my supervisor Professor G. Bruce Doern. The Politics of Energy: The Development and Implementation of the NEP was published in 1984 while I was a SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellow at the International Energy Agency in Paris. The Politics of Energy was quickly acknowledged as the definitive academic analysis of the National Energy Program. Interestingly, The Politics of Energy will be re-issued by Routledge in the U.K. in 2019 as part of a new energy series they are launching … thirty-five years after we wrote it.

Because I understood and appreciated the role that publication opportunities with faculty played in my development, I extended similar co-publication opportunities to 20 of my graduate students. I am currently working with Sustainable Energy Policy and Engineering M.A. students Erik Koskela, John McNally, and Gabrielle Morrison on the fifth in a series of publications documenting the Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau governments’ work at the interface of energy and environmental policy. The first four articles were published in the School of Public Policy and Administration’s flagship volume How Ottawa Spends (HOS). The 2019 article will be submitted to the journal Canadian Public Policy. The first HOS chapter critiqued Harper’s radical dismantling of the sustainability driven policies and programs established by the Brian Mulroney Progressive Conservative government and the Liberal governments of Jean Chretien and Paul Martin. The second chapter explored the equally radical changes made to the Harper legacy by the newly elected Justin Trudeau government as provinces and the federal government began to work together on energy and climate change policy. The third chapter explored the emergence of The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF) as the federal government launched a major legislative program to institutionalize carbon pricing, enhance resilience and adaptation readiness to climate change triggered extreme weather events, and stimulate low carbon energy technology growth. The fourth chapter explored in detail the early stage implementation of the various instruments of the PCF in the face of opposition from some provincial governments particularly around pricing carbon. The article under development in 2019 evaluates the third year of implementation of the PCF programs and policy instruments as the country heads into a national general election this autumn. The article explores the ongoing challenges and opportunities that the instrumentalities of Canadian federalism create for a comprehensive national climate change policy strategy in the context of an historic global energy system transition.

Graduate Teaching

  • PADM 5515 Sustainable Energy Policy
  • PADM 5121 Policy Analysis: The Practical Art of Change
  • PADM 5612 Industrial Policy, Innovation and Sustainable Production
  • PADM 5620 The Science, Economics and Politics of Global Climate Change

Selected Publications

  • Dagg, J. Lippett, D. Masters and G. Toner, “A Pan-Canadian Experiment: Pipelines, Carbon Pricing and Partisan Politics Test the New Era of Energy/Environment Federalism,” in K. A.H. Graham and A. Maslove, eds., How Ottawa Spends 2018-19: Next? (Ottawa: School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, 2018): 95-115.
  • Chahal, Z. Jacques, M. Quintaneiro, and G. Toner, “Politics and Policy on the Federal- Provincial Journey to a Low-Carbon Future: A New Era of Canadian Energy/Environment Federalism?” in K. A.H. Graham and A. Maslove, eds., How Ottawa Spends 2017-18: Canada @150, (Ottawa: School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, 2017): 159-180.
  • Toner, D, Cherniak and K. Force, “Liberal Energy and Climate Change Governance: Rebalancing the Energy/Environment Policy Domain Post Harper,” in G. B. Doern and C. Stoney, eds., How Ottawa Spends 2016-17: The Trudeau Liberals in Power (Ottawa: School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, 2016): 167-190.
  • Toner and J. Mckee, “Harper’s Partisan Wedge Politics: Bad Environmental Policy AND Bad Energy Policy,” in G. B. Doern and C. Stoney, eds., How Ottawa Spends: 2014-2015: The Harper Government – Good to Go? (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014): 108-121.
  • Toner, J. Meadowcroft and D. Cherniak, “The Struggle of the Canadian Federal Government to Institutionalize Sustainable Development,” in D. VanNijnatten, ed., Canadian Environmental Policy and Politics 4th Edition (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2014): 116-129.
  • Boutros, L. Hayward, A. Montambault and L. Smallwood and G. Toner, “Growing the Children of Brundtland: The Creation and Evolution of the NRTEE, IISD, CESD, and SDTC,” in G. Toner, L.A. Pal, and M.J. Prince, eds., Policy: From Ideas to Implementation – In Honour of Professor G. Bruce Doern (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010): 257-285.
  • A. Pal, M.J. Prince and G. Toner, “Policy: From Ideas to Implementation – Essays in Honour of Professor G. Bruce Doern,” in G. Toner, L.A. Pal, and M.J. Prince, eds., Policy: From Ideas to Implementation – In Honour of Professor G. Bruce Doern (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010): 3-19.
  • Toner, L.A. Pal and M.J. Prince, Editors, Policy: From Ideas to Implementation – In Honour of Professor G. Bruce Doern (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010).
  • Toner and F. Bregha, “Institutionalizing Sustainable Development: The Role of Governmental Institutions,” in G. Toner and J. Meadowcroft, eds., Innovation, Science and Environment: Special Edition – Charting Sustainable Development in Canada 1987-2027 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009): 30-53.
  • Toner and J. Meadowcroft, Editors, Innovation, Science and Environment: Special Edition – Charting Sustainable Development in Canada 1987-2027 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009).
  • Toner and J. Meadowcroft, “Engaging with Sustainable Development: The Canadian Experience,” in G. Toner and J. Meadowcroft, eds., Innovation, Science and Environment: Special Edition – Charting Sustainable Development in Canada 1987-2027 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009): 3-20.
  • Toner and J. Meadowcroft, “The struggle of the Canadian government to move from rhetoric to action on the institutionalization of sustainable development,” in D. VanNijnatten and R. Boardman, eds., Canadian Environmental Policy: Context and Cases (Oxford University Press, 2009): 77-90.
  • Toner, Editor, Innovation, Science, and Environment: Canadian Policies and Performance, 2008 – 2009 (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008).
  • Toner, “The Harper Minority Government: Second Year – Second Thoughts,” in G. Toner (ed.), Innovation, Science, and Environment: Canadian Policies and Performance, 2008 – 2009 (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008): 3-29.
  • Toner, Editor, Sustainable Production: Building Canadian Capacity. (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006).
  • Toner and D. V. J. Bell, “New Century Ideas and Sustainable Production,” in G. Toner (ed.) Sustainable Production: Building Canadian Capacity. Editor (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006): 3-23.
  • Toner and D. V. J. Bell, “Whither Sustainable Production? Sustainable Enterprise and the Role of Government,” in G. Toner (ed.) Sustainable Production: Building Canadian Capacity. (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006): 219-239.
  • Toner and C. Frey, “Governance for Sustainable Development: Next Stage Institutional and Policy Innovations,’ in G. B. Doern, How Ottawa Spends 2004-05: Mandate Change in the Paul Martin Era (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2004): 198-221.
  • Toner, “Contesting the Green; Canadian Environmental Policy at the Turn of the Century,” in U. Desai (ed.), Environmental Politics and Policy in Industrialized Countries (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2002): 71-120.
  • Toner, “Canada: From Early Frontrunner to Plodding Anchorman,” in W. Lafferty and J. Meadowcroft (eds.), Implementing Sustainable Development: Strategies and Initiatives in High Consumption Societies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000): 53-84.
  • Toner and L. Juillet, “From Great Leaps to Baby Steps: Environment and Sustainable Development Policy Under the Liberals,” in G. Swimmer (ed.), How Ottawa Spends 1997-98: Seeing Red–A Liberal Report Card (Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1997): 179-210.
  • Toner, “Environment Canada’s Continuing Roller Coaster Ride,” in G. Swimmer (ed.), How Ottawa Spends 1996-1997: Life After the Cuts–Doing Less with Less (Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1996): 99-132.
  • Toner and T. Conway, “Environmental Policy,” in G. B, Doern, L. Pal and B. Tomlin (eds.) Border Crossings: Internationalization of Canadian Public Policy (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1996): 108-144.
  • Toner, “The Fisheries Act,” “Environment Canada,” “Canada’s Green Plan,” and “Rafferty-Alameda Dams” in R. Paehlke (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Conservation and Environmentalism (New York: Garland, 1995): 218-219; 277-278; 327-328; 543-544.
  • Toner, “The Green Plan: From Great Expectations to Eco-backtracking to…Revitalization?” in Susan Phillips (ed.), How Ottawa Spends 1994-95: Ideas and Innovation (Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1994): 229-260.
  • Toner, J. Desveaux and E.Lindquist, “Organizing for Policy Innovation in Public Bureaucracy: Aids, Energy and the Environment,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, XXVII:3 (September, 1994): 493-528.
  • Toner and G.B. Doern, “Five Policy and Political Imperatives in Green Plan Formulation: The Canadian Case,” Environmental Politics, 3:3 (Autumn, 1994): 395-420.
  • Toner, “ENGOs and the Policy Process,” in Paul Griss (ed.), Environmental Groups: Adapting to Changing Times (Ottawa: NRTEE, Spring 1993): 4-6.
  • Toner, “Passionate Politics: Canada’s Green Plan for Social Change?,” ECODECISION 1:1, (Spring, 1991): 31-34.
  • Toner and G. Legare, “Canadian Energy Security: The State of Canada’s Emergency Preparedness System,” Canadian Public Administration 33:1, (Spring, 1990): 67-90.
  • Toner, “The International Energy Agency and the Development of the Stocks Decision,” Energy Policy XV:1, (Jan/Feb 1987): 40-58.
  • Toner and G.B. Doern, “The Two Energy Crises and Canadian Oil and Gas Interest Groups: A Re-examination of Berry’s Propositions,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, XIX: 3, (September 1986): 467-496.
  • Toner, “Stardust: The Tory Energy Program,” in M.J. Prince (ed.), How Ottawa Spends 1986-87: Tracking the Tories (Toronto: Methuen, 1986): 119-149.
  • B. Doern and G. Toner, The Politics of Energy: The Development and Implementation of the National Energy Program (Toronto: Methuen, 1985).
  • Toner and G.B. Doern, “Energy Budgets and Canadian Oil and Gas Interests,” in A. Maslove (ed.), How Ottawa Spends 1984: Sharing the Pie (Toronto: Methuen, 1985) pp. 58-90.
  • Toner, “Oil, Gas and Integration” in J. Pammett and B. Tomlin (eds.) The Integration Question: Political Economy and Public Policy in Canada and North America (Toronto: Addison-Wesley, 1984): 226-248.
  • Toner and F. Bregha, “The Political Economy of Energy” in M. Whittington and G. Williams (eds.), Canadian Politics in the 1980s: Introductory Readings (Toronto: Methuen, 1981). Extensively Revised for the Second Edition, 1984: 105-136.
  • Toner, “The Government and Politics of Canada’s North: Yukon and Northwest Territories,” in A. Revill (ed.), The Arctic Encyclopedia (Ottawa: Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 1982).