The Energy Council’s annual Canadian Energy Industry: Updates and Insights event provides the Ottawa energy community with the latest information and insights on energy developments across Canada. Bringing people with interests in energy together to hear and meet leaders from Canada’s energy sector is one of the Energy Council’s principal objectives for this annual event.

The first Updates and Insights event in February 2015 presented the latest developments, trends, and issues across the entire ‘’energy value chain’’. In addition, sessions covered opportunities for partnerships with Canada’s First Nations and human resource requirements and critically-needed skills. A total of 151 participants from 102 separate organizations, including senior-level representatives from 30 countries were in attendance. The Honourable Kevin Lynch closed the program with his insights on emerging energy trends and their significance for Canada.

The 2016 Updates and Insights event focused on the supply segments of Canada’s energy system: energy supply, transportation and transmission, energy storage, human resources, and issues related thereto. The event attracted 173 participants from 102 separate organizations. A highlight was the strong representation by the Ottawa diplomatic community. Representatives of 51 countries attended including 15 Ambassadors or High Commissioners. The Energy Council’s 2016 Canadian Energy Person of the Year, Mr. Michael Cleland, offered his insights to close the program.

The 2017 Updates and Insights event on February 6, 2017 will examine the theme Reducing Emissions from Energy Use: Policies, New Initiatives, What’s Needed. The use of energy in the transportation, buildings, industrial and agricultural sectors accounts for over 50% of Canada’s GHG emissions (55%), significantly more that the share of emissions from the upstream oil and gas and electricity sectors combined (37%). Finding ways to reduce GHG emissions from the use of energy in these sectors and from the use of energy commodities used as feedstocks in the petrochemical sector and in manufacturing processes is of central importance to climate policy making.

In spite of the essential role of GHG mitigation from end-use applications, their role is often under-represented in discussions of climate change policy. This event aims to profile the role that the major end-use sectors will play in GHG mitigation, and what policy configuration will be most effective in making this happen.

The venue is the Westin Ottawa. The program from 1:15 PM to 5:00 PM will be followed by a reception from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM which will be an excellent opportunity for networking by all attendees, members of the diplomatic community and Parliamentarians.

Key Speakers

– Peter Boag, President and CEO, Canadian Fuels Association

– Chantal Guimont, President and CEO, Electric Mobility Canada

– Paula Vieira, Director, Transportation and Alternative Fuels Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada

– Sarah Stinson, Director, Industry Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada

– Brent Gilmour, Executive Director, Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow

– David Collie, President and CEO, Electrical Safety Authority

– Bob Masterson, President & CEO, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

– Shahrzad Rahbar, President Industrial Gas Users Association