Devin McCarthy

Vice President
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Devin McCarthy is a Vice President within the Energy and Environment Practice at Sussex Strategy Group. Devin serves clients in the energy sector domestically and globally by both analyzing and impacting the complex government and regulatory environment. Devin also serves the firm’s broader federal government relations practice and its clients. He is based out of Sussex's Ottawa office. 

Devin has spent the past decade working in the Nation’s Capital on federal energy and environment policy issues. Following two years at the Privy Council Office, Devin spent nine years with the Canadian Electricity Association, representing the interests of Canadian electricity companies before federal policy-makers. During his tenure at CEA Devin led many of the Association’s principle policy areas, including electricity generation, transmission and distribution; climate change and environmental stewardship legislation; infrastructure and innovation funding mechanisms; and Canada-U.S. policy. As Vice President of Public Affairs and U.S. Policy, Devin also had responsibility for CEA’s Government Relations strategy and Communications team. 

Devin holds a Honours degree in economics from Queen’s University. He is a regular speaker at conferences, writes often on policy issues and stays plugged into international developments. He has participated in a wide range of federal stakeholder committees, has significant experience navigating the political processes of Washington, DC, and has attended the last three United Nations climate meetings (COPs) starting with COP21 in Paris. 

PM Trudeau Announces New Cabinet
This afternoon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Liberal Cabinet for his second term in office. Mr. Trudeau and his advisors chose to expand the number of Cabinet Ministers by two from 35 to 37. He maintains gender parity.
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Post-Election43 Analysis
The ballots are counted and the results are in: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has retained power. His Liberal Party will form the next federal government. 
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Liberal Party Commit to Legislative Net Zero Emissions by 2050
Hon. Catherine McKenna, the Liberal candidate for Ottawa Centre and Minister of Environment and Climate Change for four years under the Trudeau Government, announced this morning a number of environment-related pledges on behalf of her Party.
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Canadian Government and Ontario Government Take Action on Plastic Waste
An overview of the announcements made by both governments pertaining to plastic waste and what they mean moving forward.
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Report & Analysis | Federal Government 2019 Budget: "Investing in the Middle Class"
Finance Minister Bill Morneau today released the federal government’s 2019 Budget in the House of Commons. Titled Investing in the Middle Class, the plan is designed to position the Liberal government ahead of the election currently scheduled for October 21, 2019.
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The Federal and Ontario Carbon Systems – A Comparison
Since this time last year, Ontario industry has been kept busy navigating a changing policy and regulatory landscape regarding carbon pricing. This issue has encompassed a myriad of topics: political positioning, intergovernmental and constitutional challenges, and rapid regulatory changes. While it is not unusual for a public policy issue to include all of these facets, it tends to be stretched out over several years, and election cycles; in the case of carbon pricing these factors are happening at the same time, thereby making it a more daunting process for companies to follow. The Environment and Federal teams at Sussex Strategy Group have taken a look at the two current carbon systems in play – the proposed Ontario Emissions Performance Standard (EPS) and the federal Output-Based Pricing System (OBPS).
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New Federal Coal and Natural Gas-fired Electricity Regulations: A Sussex Overview
On December 12th the Federal Government published two final regulations that will significantly impact the Canadian electricity sector. While the Regulations are specific to thermal electricity generation, the Regulations create some opportunity for other generation types as Canada works towards 90% GHG non-emitting power by 2030.
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Federal Government Fall Economic Statement Analysis
Finance Minister Bill Morneau today released the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement (FES) in the House of Commons. Titled Investing in Middle Class Jobs, the plan is designed to shore up Canadian economic confidence in the face of a strained trade relationship with the United States and a gradual shift from a resource-based economy to one based on the Liberal government’s clean-growth model of innovation, technology and services. It also continues the Government’s focus on growing the middle class.
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Prime Minister Trudeau Unveils Carbon Pricing and Rebate System Details
This morning Prime Minister Trudeau held a news conference to announce details of the planned federal carbon pricing system roll-out. He was joined by Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Science Minister Kirsty Duncan. The announcement was held at Humber College, which sits at the centre of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s electoral riding of Etobicoke North. It also sits in the federal riding of Minister Duncan.
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What you need to know about the new NAFTA Agreement (USMCA)
Mere hours before a US-Mexico imposed deadline for ratification and after 13 months of intense, exhaustive and at times combative negotiations, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced shortly before midnight last evening the completion of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now titled the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which covers $1.2 Trillion in annual trade.
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Parliamentary Secretary Shuffle completes Trudeau’s personnel shakeup ahead of Fall Session
‍Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this morning substantial changes to the roster of Parliamentary Secretaries and the House leadership team ahead of the Fall Session of the House of Commons slated to begin on September 17th.
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Sussex Synopsis: Trans Mountain Approval Overturned
As you have likely seen and heard, yesterday the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the Trudeau government’s 2016 approval of the $9.3 billion Trans Mountain pipeline project. The 272 page ruling can be found here.
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Larger Than Expected Cabinet Shuffle Firms Up Trudeau’s Front Bench Ahead of 2019 Election
After yet another combative spring session of the House of Commons and with the next Federal Election now only 15 months away, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shuffled his Cabinet. This is likely to be the last shuffle before Canadians go to the polls in October 2019. The move was expected to occur in late summer prior to the Cabinet retreat and Liberal Summer Caucus meeting. The accelerated timeline suggests a desire to give the new Ministers additional time to learn the portfolios ahead of Parliament’s return on September 18th.
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