Tuesday, May 30th at the Design Exchange
Join two hundred business leaders, entrepreneurs and policy makers who are shaping Canada’s energy future at the third annual National Energy Roundtable conference and learn about the exciting innovation that is driving Canada’s transition to a lower carbon economy.
Canada is uniquely positioned to be an energy power – a stable democracy that is home to vast resources and types of energy. The federal government and provinces have recently made headway by agreeing to national carbon emissions targets and helping advance the development critical energy infrastructure. Yet for the country to achieve its potential, further work is required, including the commercialization and application of new energy technologies and establishing norms for inter provincial energy cooperation through a national framework that benefits of all Canadians.
The theme for this year’s National Energy Roundtable is: Energy transition to a lower carbon world. The conference will feature an exciting line up of speakers from across Canada who will discuss the strategies and technologies that will allow Canada to decarbonize in ways that are beneficial to the economy. Topics will include:
The National Energy Roundtable convenes investors, entrepreneurs, corporates, policymakers and other prominent members of the energy ecosystem for thought-provoking discussion on the important issues and opportunities of our time.
Tuesday, May 30th – Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, Toronto
|Andy Bell*, Anchor, Business News Network
Registration opens. Light breakfast served
|8:30 am||Welcome by Monica Rovers, Head of Energy, Toronto Stock Exchange|
|8:35 am||A conversation with Glenn Thibeault, Ontario Minister of Energy and Pierre Arcand*, Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
– Interviewed by Tom Clark*, Vice Chair, Global Public Affairs
|9:20 am||Session I: Opportunities in electrification
Carbon regulations are rolling out across Canada. The business case for technological innovation and energy management is stronger than ever. Canada’s electricity sector has reduced emissions by 30% since 2005 and 80% of its electricity generation is GHG free. $350 billion in investment over the next twenty years is required to replace aging infrastructure and develop the next generation of energy systems. Alberta and Saskatchewan are a new frontier for the renewable energy industry – up to 7000 MW of new supply could be developed over the next 15 years. At present, 20% of Canada’s energy needs are powered by electricity and more work with rate-focused regulators is required to spur innovation. The panel will explore the potential of electrification to meet climate targets, transport needs, to develop remote regions and to facilitate cross border trade.
Session chair: tbc
|10:15 am||Stephen Coughlin, President, AES Energy Storage Lessons from the world’s largest energy storage project – San Diego Gas & Electric|
|10:45 am||Networking break|
|11:15 am||Session II: A Canadian gas strategy
As Canada’s energy needs expand, reducing GHG emissions requires a thoughtful path forward that includes an energy mix that provides grid integrity, affordable heating and transportation. Natural gas is inexpensive, flexible and clean and can play a significant role in reducing Canada’s carbon footprint. Western Canadian natural gas exports to the US are dropping and in the major eastern Canadian markets, western natural gas competes against supplies from the U.S., importing almost 800,000 million cubic feet of natural gas in 2015. Canadian natural gas can serve markets in the eastern part of the country using existing infrastructure and significant LNG export opportunities exist on both the east and west coasts. The session will explore how Canada can pursue a gas strategy that helps to green both the grid and industrial activities whilst reducing emissions.
Session chair: tbc
|12:15 pm||Luncheon with remarks by the Hon. Margaret McCuaig-Boyd*, Alberta Minister of Energy|
|1:45 pm||A conversation with William Tharp, Chief Executive Officer, tangerine tango and Barbara Zvan, Chief Investment Risk Officer, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Financing the transition to a low carbon economy. Evaluating risk and reward|
Session III: Carbon regulation and energy – where are the business opportunities?
Session chair: tbc
|3:30 pm||Close by Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable|
|* Not yet confirmed|
Photos from the 2016 National Energy Roundtable