Laurence Blandford

Climate Finance Expert

Laurence Blandford

Laurence has worked for nearly two decades on international economic and environmental issues for the Government of Canada, combining significant diplomatic experience with extensive participation in the policy-making process. At CCAP, he is responsible for overseeing work to support developing countries efforts to convert Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) into action and seek implementation funding. He is also responsible for CCAP’s policy development concerning the UNFCCC and climate finance, notably the Green Climate Fund.

Prior to joining CCAP, Laurence spent seven years as part of Canada’s international climate change team at Canada’s environment ministry, first as a lead negotiator on finance issues under the UNFCCC and then as an executive overseeing the development and implementation of Canada’s international climate finance, including $1.2 Billion in fast-start financing, numerous bilateral technical cooperation projects to support mitigation action in developing countries, as well as Canada’s participation as a founder and leading contributor to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. Laurence served as advisor to Canada’s member of the Transitional Committee to establish the Green Climate Fund, was Canada’s negotiator for the landmark Durban decision to adopt its founding instrument, and had a leading role in work to deliver Canada’s first contribution to the Fund.

Prior to Environment Canada, Laurence served in the Canadian Embassy to Japan in Tokyo, leading the Embassy’s analytical work on the Japanese economy and representing the Bank of Canada and the finance ministry in Japan. He also worked for several years on the Canadian team responsible for Canada’s participation in the G7/G8 Summit process, piloting the preparation of advice on a range of economic issues addressed by Leaders, and was a member of the policy team that supported Canada’s hosting of the G8 Summit in Kananaskis, Alberta in 2002, including by leading a Canada-wide public engagement process to support informed public debate on issues to be addressed at the Summit.

Laurence holds a B.A. in Economics from Concordia University, Montreal, and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainbleau, France.