Kaija Belfry is a PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her research examines the determinants of business preferences for climate change policy instruments in Canada. Previously, she worked for a Canadian Member of Parliament and Senator. A 2003 Globe and Mail article describing the rate of decline in arctic ice sparked her concern about climate change. Profoundly disturbed by the evidence presented, she went on to complete a Masters degree in Development Studies at Dalhousie University with a thesis focused on renewable energy policy. Now living outside Calgary, Alberta, she hopes to complete her PhD dissertation by summer 2010.