There is an important, but typically untold, story about the broader role that energy plays in the economic, social, environmental, and regional fabric of Canada. The Energy Council’s annual flagship conference will address this knowledge gap. Sessions will cover: external influences; the economics of energy; energy infrastructure; social impacts and HR requirements; First Nations’ projects and partnerships; energy and the financial sector; and how to tell the energy story more effectively. Special presentations by Canada’s energy ministers and a nationally renowned media figure will highlight the programme.

Key Speakers

Sessions Chairs:

David Hay, Past Managing Director & Vice Chair, CIBC World Markets Inc.

Chris Henderson, President, Lumos Energy, Founder Delphi Group

Velma McColl, Partner, Earnscliffe Strategy Group

Tim McMillan, President & CEO, Canadian Association of Petrolum Producers

Dr. Nancy Olewiler, Professor, Simon Fraser University

Annette Verschuren, Chair & CEO, NRStor Inc

Closing speech:

Andrew Coyne, Columnist, The National Post

Telling the Whole Energy Story: economics, jobs, social benefits, infrastructure and innovation 

There is an important, but typically untold, story about the broader role that energy plays in the economic, social and environmental fabric of Canada. As a result, there is an incomplete and often distorted understanding of energy’s multi-dimensional role, often leading to ill-informed dialogue around energy issues. To address this situation, the Energy Council’s 2015 Summit theme centres on “telling the whole story about energy”. Each session will consist of: the facts on each aspect; identification of issues needing attention; and, dialogue to identify potential solution pathways. The closing session will identify ways to tell the whole energy story more effectively.

Topics will include:

energy’s contribution to the balance of trade, government revenues and economic benefits;

the opportunities for employment in traditional and emerging energy sectors;

the invisible role of infrastructure, aging issues, new configurations, re-purposing, sound regulation;

energy innovation which finds solutions to environmental issues in conventional energy activities and which leads to breakthroughs and new paradigms;

economic and partnership opportunities from resource developments in First Nations’ communities and regions; and,

fostering of capital flows in the Canadian financial sector.