Robyn Gray

Vice President

Robyn Gray is a Vice President in the Energy and Environment Practice at Sussex Strategy Group.  She has a strong background in both government and public affairs, and a passion for energy and environmental issues.

Robyn works with clients on issues related to energy supply, transmission, and related permitting and approvals. Robyn also provides counsel and strategic advice to a number of clients in the environment and waste diversion sector throughout the supply chain. Prior to joining to Sussex, Robyn was a senior consultant at a leading public affairs firm in Australia, providing strategic counsel to a number of domestic and international clients.

Previously, Robyn worked at Queen’s Park for the Minister of Government Services, Minister of Consumer Services, and Minister of the Environment. She has also worked as Deputy Manager, Strategic Research and Policy in Liberal Caucus Services Bureau.  On the federal level of government, Robyn worked for the Secretary of State for Rural Development and FedNor, the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and for the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Robyn has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from York University, where she specialized in climate change policy. She also holds an Honours BA in Political Science and Peace & Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto, as well as a Certificate from RMIT University (Australia) for speechwriting.

Robyn is a CSA-certified GHG Inventory Quantifier, and recently earned her certificate in GHG Inventory, Accounting and Reporting from the University of Toronto. She is currently a Board Director of the Public Affairs Association of Canada, as well as a founding member of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature initiative.

Renewing the Blue Box
On June 7, the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks announced the appointment of Mr. David Lindsay as Special Advisor on Recycling and Plastic Waste. Read our summary/analysis of the Special Advisor's Final Report.
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Ontario Launches Reducing Litter and Waste Discussion Paper
Yesterday afternoon the Honourable Rod Phillips, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks announced a 45-day public consultation pertaining to waste and litter reduction in the province.
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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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Analysis: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan
Today, the Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks – the Hon. Rod Phillips - released Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations – A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan (‘Plan’). The 53-page document is the government’s overarching blueprint for environmental policy. Below, Sussex has summarized the key points of the Plan with additional context for specific elements that may be of interest. The Plan is now posted to the Environmental Registry (EBR) website here, for a 60-day public consultation period. The government will continue to announce policies, actions, and initiatives associated with the Plan including additional opportunities for online and in-person consultation in the months ahead. Sussex will continue to monitor these developments.
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Sussex Ontario Election Update – Energy and Environment
The election of a majority Progressive Conservative government marks a watershed moment in the political climate in Ontario. Notwithstanding the twists and turns that resulted in Doug Ford being elected yesterday as the 26th Premier of Ontario (a transition that will become official on June 29th), voters gave the PCs a very clear majority mandate – meaning that the government will have considerable power and runway to bring their vision and promises to reality over the next four years.
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Environment and Climate Change Canada announces $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund
Yesterday, Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna announced the long awaited $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund, first mentioned in Budget 2016.
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Government of Canada - Proposed Pan-Canadian Benchmark for Carbon Pricing
Earlier today, the Government of Canada announced its proposed pan-Canadian benchmark for carbon pricing, which would serve as a major component of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
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Ontario Cap and Trade Program
This week, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
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Overview of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan
Sussex's Robyn Gray and Christina Marciano overview the Government of Ontario's newly announced, Climate Change Action Plan.
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Climate Change Update - 2015 in Review and What's in Store for 2016
Over the last 6-8 months, there has been an incredible amount of activity related to climate change policy development, not only in Ontario but across Canada. A number of important steps were taken on both the provincial level of government but with a newly elected Liberal government in Ottawa, we have seen the climate change file escalate dramatically, just in the last few months. The steps taken in 2015 will lead to an equally exciting year ahead.
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