Edmonton Edition: The Economic Voice Series - Canada's Energy Agenda: Getting it Right7:00am-9:00am | *VENUE CHANGE* The Westin Edmonton - 10135-100 Street, Edmonton
The Economic Club of Canada, in partnership with Senator Doug Black, is pleased to bring The Economic Voice Series cross-Canada tour to Edmonton. Promoting energy literacy in Canada, the tour's Alberta edition will focus again on issues such as Aboriginal engagement, environmental innovation and market access.
The mandate of this series is to educate Canadians on the development of our energy resources, and discuss ways in which Canada can responsibly maximize its energy resources to benefit all Canadians. Moderated by Dan Gagnier, Chair of the Board, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Former Chief of Staff to the Premier of Québec, this series will offer guests the opportunity to interact with Canada’s top energy and business thought leaders from across Canada.
Moderated by: Dan Gagnier, Chair of the Board, International Institute for Sustainable Development
PANEL 1: Aboriginal Engagement ~ What needs to happen to ensure meaningful aboriginal engagement in resource projects? How can business, government and communities work together to advance energy projects?
Art Sterritt, Executive Director, The Coastal First Nations
Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director, Macdonald-Laurier Institute
Christopher Henderson, President, Lumos Energy
PANEL 2: Canada as Global Environmental Leader ~ Where are we and what needs to be done to ensure we are the global leader in environmental innovation?
Eddy Isaacs, Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions
Bob Mitchell, Partner, PURE Reserve; former Senior Director, Innovating for Sustainability, Oil Sands, ConocoPhillips Canada
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The Coastal First Nations
Art Sterritt is currently the Executive Director of the Coastal First Nations- Great Bear Initiative (CFN-GBI) in Vancouver, British Columbia. As Executive Director he provides leadership and vision to ensure the CFN achieves its goal of an ecologically and economically sustainable coast now known as the Great Bear Rainforest.
The CFN is an alliance of First Nations on British Columbia's North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii working together to develop and implement regional conservation-based economic strategies in forestry, fisheries and tourism.
Art, a member of the Gitga’at First Nation, has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of Aboriginal Rights and Title, as well as self-government and community economic development.
During the course of his career Art has served and continues to serve in numerous capacities for First Nations organizations, non-governmental organizations, as well as with the federal government. Some include the World Wildlife Fund, Northern Native Fishing, BC Treaty Commission, BC Salmon Marketing Council, BC Indian Arts and Crafts Society and Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art.
Art was appointed to a two year term by the First Nations Summit as one of the founding Commissioners for the B.C. Treaty Commission, an independent and neutral body responsible for facilitating treaty negotiations between Canada, British Columbia and First Nations in B.C. The Summit, which is comprised of a majority of First Nations and Tribal Councils in B.C., provides a forum for First Nations in B.C. to address issues related to Treaty negotiations as well as other issues of common concern.
Art served as the founding chairperson and later first full-time president of the Tsimshian Tribal Council for five years. The tribal council served First Nations in BC and Southeast Alaska.
He later served as elected president of the North Coast Tribal Council, an alliance of Tsimshian, Nisga’a and Haida communities.
Art’s first love is his family which now includes 16 grandchildren.
Partner, PURE Reserve
former Senior Director, Innovating for Sustainability, Oil Sands, ConocoPhillips Canada
Bob is a partner in the Calgary-based energy technology commercialization partnership called PURE Reserve.
Until February 2015, Bob had been the Senior Director, Innovating for Sustainability in the Oil Sands Business Unit of ConocoPhillips Canada (CPC). When he joined CPC in 2007, Bob co-founded the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative (OSLI) and co-chaired its management committee for 5 years. OSLI was a collaborative of six companies committed to driving and accelerating environmental, social & economic performance improvement in the oil sands sector. At the end of 2012, OSLI was broadened to become the sector-wide organization called Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). At that time, Bob turned his attention to the development of an international consortium to develop and sponsor a global carbon incentive prize.
Bob has been helping organizations unlock their potential through innovation and collaboration for 25 years. At PURE Reserve, he’s focused on collaboration and open innovation to dramatically reduce the environmental impact of the way we develop and produce energy. As part of this work, he’s been building strategic relationships with non-traditional allies in emerging technology areas like synthetic biology, local manufacturing, and “air capture”.
Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, Bob consulted on carbon capture and storage, bio-energy, oil sands development, collaboration and innovation. Prior to that, he spent 18 years as a senior manager in the Alberta government. While at Alberta Environment, he headed up the climate change unit that developed the first climate change regulations in the western hemisphere. In the mid-1990s, Bob led Alberta Energy’s oil sands policy group when they were designing and implementing the oil sands policy regime that would meet the shared objectives of the provincial government and the recommended objectives of the collaborative National Oil Sands Task Force.
Brian Lee Crowley
Brian Lee Crowley has headed up the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) in Ottawa since its inception in March of 2010, coming to the role after a long and distinguished record in the think tank world. He was the founder of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) in Halifax, one of the country’s leading regional think tanks.
From 2006-08 Crowley was the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist with the federal Department of Finance. He has also headed the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), and has taught politics, economics and philosophy at various universities in Canada and Europe.
With Dr. Ken Coates of the University of Saskatchewan, Crowley is the co-director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s project titled “Aboriginal People and the Natural Resource Economy in Canada: A Strategy for National Reconciliation and Prosperity”.
Crowley is a frequent commentator on political and economic issues in print and broadcast media. His articles appear in The Globe and Mail, the National Post and numerous regional and local newspapers. He holds degrees from McGill and the London School of Economics, including a doctorate in political economy from the latter.
Christopher Henderson is Canada’s pre-eminent Clean Energy Advisor to Aboriginal communities. He advises Chiefs and Councils, Tribal Councils and Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations on how to effectively secure and leverage partnership positions in clean energy projects across Canada. Chris also guides utilities, financial firms, corporations and governments on engaging and partnering with Aboriginal communities on clean energy opportunities. Chris has worked on clean energy projects in every Canadian province and territory, and is an honorary member of seven Aboriginal communities. His book, Aboriginal Power, was published in 2013.
Chair of the Board, International Institute for Sustainable Development
Former Chief of Staff to Quebec Premier Jean Charest
Mr. Gagnier was formerly Alcan Inc.’s senior vice president, Corporate and External Affairs. In this position, his responsibilities included corporate communications, government relations and environment, health and safety. Mr. Gagnier was appointed vice president, Corporate Affairs with Alcan in December 1994 and in 1995 his responsibilities were expanded to include environment, occupational health and safety issues for Alcan on a worldwide basis.
Prior to joining Alcan in 1994, Mr. Gagnier held a number of positions with the governments of Canada, Ontario and Saskatchewan. From 1972 to 1982, the Department of External Affairs posted him overseas to diplomatic assignments in Mexico, Yugoslavia and the United Kingdom, as well as to functions in Ottawa.
From 1988 to 1990, he worked for the Ontario government in Toronto as deputy minister of energy; deputy minister of intergovernmental affairs; special adviser to the Cabinet; and chief of staff of the Premier’s Office. Following this period at Queen’s Park, Mr. Gagnier returned once again to Ottawa, where he served as deputy secretary to the Cabinet (Communications) and adviser at the Privy Council Office until 1992. From 1992 to 1994, he was president of the Brewers Association of Canada.
Mr. Gagnier was Chair of the International Organization for Standardization’s technical committee on Environmental Management (ISO/TC 207). Mr. Gagnier is the past Chairman, Board of Directors, for the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, past chair of the Canadian Standards Association, and past chair of the International Emissions Trading Association.
Chief Executive Officer
Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions
Eddy Isaacs is CEO of Alberta Innovates -- Energy & Environment Solutions (AI-EES) with responsibility for Alberta’s strategic directions and technology investments in energy technologies, renewables and emerging resources, and water and environmental management.
Eddy has been instrumental in promoting innovation in energy and environment across Canada and has served as co-Chair of the Energy Technology Working Group of the Canadian Council of Energy Ministers. He is regularly called upon to provide his expert opinion and insight into Alberta’s future in energy and environment.
Eddy holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta and a B.Sc. from McGill University. He has over 70 publications and 6 patents in the energy field.
A Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Eddy serves on the Boards of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada and the Alberta Chamber of Resources.
The Honourable Senator Doug Black
The Senate of Canada
Doug Black is confident in the promise of Alberta and Canada.
He placed strongly in first position in the 2012 Alberta Senate Nominee Election, and was appointed to the Senate on January 25, 2013. Senator Black serves on the Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources and the Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.
Senator Black is Senior Counsel at Dentons Canada LLP, a global law firm. He studied at the University of Alberta, and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Senator Black was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002 and was named as one of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers for 2012 by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.
Senator Black is deeply involved in his community, and was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 in recognition of his many contributions. He served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary during a period of tremendous growth in the institution’s history. Senator Black is Governor Emeritus of the Banff Centre, Alberta’s nationally and internationally renowned centre of excellence in creativity and the arts, and was National Co-Chair of the Centre’s successful $128 million campus revitalization campaign. He has served as Chair of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, which equips disadvantaged youth with the tools to ignite change in their communities through the arts. Senator Black was also the Founder of Lake Crest School in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Senator Black has been a long-time proponent for responsible energy development and an advocate for diversifying Canada’s energy markets. He was founding president of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the development of a Canadian energy framework.
Senator Black lives in Alberta with his wife Linda, and they have two adult children. Together, Senator Black and his wife are active swimmers, cyclists, and supporters of the arts.