The Future of Energy in Canada

October 16, 2019 – 5:00-7:00

Hyatt Regency Calgary, 700 Centre Street South

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It would be hard to overstate how important petroleum products have become to our global society and economy. From the middle of the nineteenth century to today, the tremendous growth in the production and use of petroleum have made it the most important commodity on the planet.

The evidence is clear that in order to effectively respond to climate change, we must transition away from the combustion of petroleum and the carbon emissions entailed by its use. The scale of this challenge is unprecedented. Roughly 40% of global final consumption of energy comes from oil. It is staggering to imagine just how much – in terms of technology, infrastructure, leadership, capital flows, and regulatory regimes – will have to change in the transition that lies ahead.

But transition we must. And nowhere in Canada is the challenge of transition felt more directly than in Alberta. As Canada’s largest producer of oil and gas, the Alberta energy industry accounts for roughly one-quarter of the province’s GDP. For Canada to meet its emission reduction goals, Alberta must play a pivotal role.

On October 16th, Max Bell Foundation will present a panel of three experts in Calgary to discuss how the transition to a clean energy economy can be met. We’ll tackle head-on the questions of what technologies, leadership, and public policies we’ll need to make the energy transition in a way that will position Alberta and Canada for prosperity in a carbon constrained world.

Curtis Berlinguette, University of British Columbia
Dr. Berlinguette is is a Canada Research Chair in Energy Conversion, CIFAR Fellow, Principal Investigator at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia

Chad Park, The Natural Step Canada
Mr. Park is the founding Director and Lead Animator of the Energy Futures Lab

Martha Hall Findlay, Canada West Foundation
Ms. Findlay is the President and CEO of Canada West Foundation

4:30pm Registration
5:00pm Presentation
7:00pm Hosted Reception
9:00pm Event Ends

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