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Canadian Environment Industry Association

About CEIA

The Canadian Environment Industry Association (CEIA) is the national voice of the Canadian environment industry. CEIA is a business association which, along with the network of provincial environment industry associations, represents about 1,500 companies providing environmental products, technologies and services. The environment industry is a significant part of Canada’s economy; sales in 1998 were about $23 billion, or 2.2% of GDP, and exports, which have been growing at an average of about 20% per year, were $1.2 billion. Canada's environment industry is part of  the new knowledge-based economy; over half of the 221,000 people who work in this sector, have post-secondary education.

CEIA was founded in 1988 by a group of progressive business leaders. In 1994 CEIA established its national office in Ottawa. The structure, governance and operations of CEIA have evolved considerably since its early days, as has the Association’s profile, both domestically and internationally, and its capabilities for serving the interests of the environment industry.

"Canada’s industry as world leaders in the use and provision of environmental products, technologies and services."

This statement:

  • sees Canada’s environment industry as an integral element of the total industry landscape;
  • recognizes Canada’s traditional industries as customers of the environment industry, and therefore as key beneficiaries of CEIA’s efforts;
  • provides recognition that our industry is at the forefront of a transformation of the Canadian and global economies into a "conserver/sustainable Society";
  • positions the environment industry as an enabling industry, helping the traditional firms meet their environmental goals and obligations (e.g., through environmentally responsible practices and technologies and the production of "green products"), and in so doing become more efficient and more competitive in the global economy.

"To promote the interests and development of Canadian companies supplying environmental products, technologies and services."

Guiding Principles
The following principles guide the direction, operations, and working relationships of the Association:

  • Sustainable development. CEIA will be constantly guided by what is right for the global environment and the domestic economy.
  • Consensus approaches. CEIA will strive to reach decisions by Consensus.
  • Collaboration and cooperation. The ultimate success of the Association depends on the degree to which Members benefit. Benefits are realized through the collaboration and cooperation of Members to achieve maximum leverage from limited financial, political and human resources.
  • Ethical practices and quality performance. CEIA Members share a common commitment to the highest standards of ethical behaviour and professional performance. They recognize the collective benefits of a Canadian industry that enjoys a consistently high and favourable image among customers and the general public, domesticallyand internationally.
  • Openness, transparency and inclusiveness. CEIA is a forum and vehicle for meeting the collective needs of its Members. CEIA will be as open, transparent and inclusive as possible, to ensure that it remains relevant and accountable to its Members and to the industry as a whole.


Board of Directors: CEIA is governed by a Board of Directors with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 17 members. The Board is comprised of the Chair, First Vice-Chair, Second Vice-Chair, Past Chair, and at least one representative of each of the five geographic regions of Canada, as defined by CEIA's bylaws. A list of the current members of the Board can be found HERE. A copy of CEIA's bylaws may be obtained by contacting the CEIA National Office at Tel. 613-236-6222, or by email to <info@ceia-acie.ca>.

National Policy Forum: The NPF is the CEIA committee, reporting to CEIA's Board of Directors, which develops and advocates policies on priority issues affecting the environment industry. Find out more about the NPF HERE.

Environmental Exporters Council: The EEC is the CEIA committee, reporting to CEIA's Board of Directors, which develops strategies and activities to assist Members in their export marketing and promotion efforts. Find out more about the EEC HERE.

Business Functions
CEIA has two primary business functions: federal government relations and advocacy and export trade promotion.

Federal Government Relations & Advocacy
Primarily the purview of the NPF, CEIA promotes the interests and development of its Members by:

  • Pressing government to make environment a priority issue
  • Influencing government environment policy so that it provides maximum opportunity for Canadian environment companies
  • Continually reminding government of the importance of the environment industry to Canada’s economy
  • Helping member companies overcome government roadblocks
  • Ensuring government programs treat the environment industry fairly

CEIA’s core activities under this business function include:

  • Relations with key Ministerial and Departmental officials
  • National issue management by the National Policy Forum (NPF)
  • Research on priority issues
  • Formulation of CEIA policies on national issues by the NPF for Board approval
  • Formal advocacy activities: preparation of Ministerial briefs/submissions, meetings with Ministers, presentations to Parliamentary Committees, press releases
  • Representing Members on federal government committees such as the Advisory Committee on Environment Canada’s Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program and other national committees including the Industry Steering Committee on Climate Change (ISC3)
  • Facilitation of CEIA Member representation on various federal government committees and participation at special events such as the national Climate Change Issue Tables, Environment Canada’s workshops to develop Canada-wide standards for particulate matter and ground level ozone, and Revenue Canada’s Industry Advisory Council on R&D tax credit review
  • Reporting to Members on relevant governmental intelligence

Specific national issues that CEIA has tackled on behalf of its members, include:

  • review of and proposed changes to major environmental legislation, such as the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA)
  • development of Canada-wide standards
  • selected trade policy issues, such as advising on Canada's position with respect to General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and WTO
  • climate change
  • development of federal budget spending priorities

Export Trade Promotion
Through its Environmental Exporters Council, CEIA serves its Members’ export trade interests and development by:

  • Ensuring that Canada continues to make environmental exports a priority sector
  • Working with partners to identify and provide members with export opportunities
  • Urging the federal government to ensure that our environment companies face a level playing field in international markets
  • Pushing for technology demonstration support and export promotion of services

CEIA’s core activities in support of its Members’ export marketing efforts include:

  • Relations with key Ministerial and Departmental officials
  • International issue/activity management
  • Formulating export promotion strategy and action plans by the EEC
  • Researching the environment industry's export capabilities and priorities and providing input to federal government’s environmental export promotion strategy
  • Organizing export promotion activities (e.g., workshops, showcases, trade missions)
  • Representing Members' capabilities and the Canadian environment industry in general at foreign trade events
  • Conducting special projects to develop market intelligence
  • Acting as executing agency on international projects where CEIA is a gateway to foreign market business intelligence and opportunities for Members
  • Representing Members on bodies such as the federal government’s Environmental SAGIT, which advises the Minister of International Trade, and on Trade Team Canada Environment
  • Briefing DFAIT trade officers and foreign government officials on the environment industry and Member capabilities, and accessing intelligence on foreign opportunities
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with foreign market industry associations
  • Maintaining and promoting CEIA’s Internet-based National Environmental Exporters & Domestic Suppliers Database to provide Members with international business opportunities
  • Reporting to Members on market intelligence and business opportunities through the weekly Business Intelligence Bulletin (BIB).

Canadian Environment Industry Association
802-280 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G8 CANADA
Tel./Tél.: (613) 236-6222 • Fax/Téléc.: (613) 236-6850
E-mail: info@ceia-acie.cahttp://www.ceia-acie.ca

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