- Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.
- The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has completed a report for that examines the impact climate change is likely to have on Alberta's ecosystems. Alberta's boreal forest may transition to aspen forest and grasslands as a result of changing climate conditions.
- The Climate Bonds Initiative has issued proposed eligibility criteria for solar assets under the Climate Bond Standard and Certification Scheme.
- Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050
- The sun is finally rising on the global solar business, with growing demand in developing regions helping to ignite the first increase in industry wide capital spending in three years in 2014
The Changing Economics of Energy
The global energy market is undergoing a profound and irreversible transformation as issues around supply, security, and sustainability become paramount. Spurred by growing energy demands from developing economies, increased investments in renewable and alternate energy technologies have freed enormous reserves of previously inaccessible energy resources. The future economics of the global energy mix will depend on demand and supply factors influenced by resource availability, technology pricing and innovation, public policy, and changing geopolitical factors. In this theme, leading energy experts will discuss the key technologies and energy sources that will power our future and will address the issues around security and sustainability in the changing economics of energy.
Natural Gas: Fueling the Future
Is natural gas the bridge to a carbon-free energy future? Natural gas is affordable, abundant, accessible, and can reduce emissions from the built environment and the power generation and transportation sectors. Hear how natural gas solutions are being deployed for economies that need greater energy security, affordable pricing, and better air quality. Panelists will discuss the opportunities and challenges for natural gas as a fuel source for powering a cleaner energy future.
Dick Brown, Founder and President, Ferus Inc., Canada
David Demers, CEO, Westport Innovations Inc., Canada
Terry Lake, Minister of Environment, Government of British Columbia, Canada
Diana McQueen, Minister of Environment and Water, Government of Alberta, Canada
Energy Dialogue: Collaboration & Innovation for the 21st Century
The global energy sector is undergoing a fundamental transformation due to technological innovation, supply fluctuations, and changing economic, regulatory, social, and political landscapes. Collaboration and innovation will play critical roles in this transformation that will result in energy companies of the 21st Century working together to achieve a cleaner energy future. Find out how in this special Energy Dialogue.
Velma McColl, Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Canada (Moderator)
Lars Christian Bacher, President and CEO, Statoil Canada Ltd., Canada
Eric Marsh, President, Encana Natural Gas Inc. & Executive Vice President, Encana Corp., USA
Dan Wicklum, Chief Executive, Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), Canada
James Rogers, Chairman, President & CEO, Duke Energy, USA
Town Hall: Energy Infrastructure - The Environment and Economy Debate
Energy resources are a huge Canadian competitive advantage and a major economic driver. Getting these energy resources to markets requires pipelines and electricity infrastructure with potentially dramatic environmental and social impacts, such as on Aboriginal communities. Whether it's Keystone XL, Northern Gateway, or new large-scale electricity generation and transmission, grappling with the sustainable development of energy infrastructure is a critical business and environment issue. This special session will provide an opportunity to hear from key players engaged in the discussion on the development of energy infrastructure in North America.
Dave Collyer, President, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Canada
Larry Innes, Aboriginal Leadership Initiative, International Boreal Conservation Campaign, Canada
Phil Fontaine, President, Ishkonigan Inc. & Former National Chief, Assembly of First Nations, Canada
Gord Lambert, Vice President of Sustainable Development, Suncor Energy, Canada
Gord Ritchie, Vice Chairman, RBC Capital Markets, Canada
Energy Efficiency and Alternative Power: Innovative Approaches for Business
As new technologies emerge and become increasingly cost competitive, many companies are taking aggressive steps to improve their energy efficiency and find new, alternative forms of energy to power their business operations. How are companies financing these shifts and what is the ROI on the efforts? Hear from companies who are minimizing the business risks surrounding a reliance on fossil-fuels by adopting innovative approaches to energy efficiency and power use.
Michael Patterson, Principal Engineer, Intel Corp., USA
Christopher Smith, Director of Sustainable Operations Practice, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, USA
John Viera, Director of Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters, Ford Motor Company, USA
New Developments in the Smart Grid Sector
With billions of dollars being invested globally into Smart Grid technology, the industry is rapidly diversifying its product and service offerings that include advanced metering, demand response, home/building energy management, distribution grid management, and grid interconnection and monitoring. This session will explore new developments in the smart grid sector including regulation, security risks, infrastructure bottlenecks, innovative partnerships, and emerging technologies.
Jim Burpee, President & CEO, Canadian Electricity Association, Canada
Eric Deschenes, Vice President of Infrastructure Business, Schneider Electric, Canada
Annabelle Lee, Technical Executive - Cyber Security, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), USA
Gary Murphy, Chief Project Officer, Smart Metering & Infrastructure, BC Hydro, Canada
Next Generation Biofuels: Driving the Development of a Lower Carbon Economy
Worldwide biofuel production continues to grow as new uses are found within the heat, power, and transportation sectors. As such, 2nd and 3rd generation biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel from algae, are set to take an increasing share of the global energy mix. But what are the risks and impacts of a greater use of biofuels in terms of pricing, access to feed stocks, and overall reductions or increases in greenhouse gas emissions? What technologies are set to capitalize on the opportunities? This session will explore the role that next generation biofuels will play in driving the development of a lower carbon economy.
Geoffrey Bell, CEO, Microbiogen, Australia
James Collins, President, DuPont Industrial Biosciences, USA
James Dack, Vice President, Stern Brothers & Co., USA
Marie-Hélène Labrie, Vice President of Government Affairs & Communications, Enerkem Inc., Canada