Toronto Edition: The Economic Voice Series - Canada's Energy Agenda: Getting it Right7:00am-9:00am | One King West Hotel - 1 King Street West, Toronto
The Economic Club of Canada, with Senator Doug Black, is heading to Toronto for the second leg of The Economic Voice Series tour. Promoting energy literacy in Canada, the tour's Toronto edition will focus on issues such as Canada's current energy picture, carbon pricing and ensuring market access for Canada's energy resources.
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 Bill Morris, Senior Managing Director and Canada President at Accenture, this series will offer guests the opportunity to interact with Canada’s top energy and business thought leaders from across Canada.
PANEL 1: Energy Primer Panel ~ What is Canada’s energy picture today, and why does it matter for Canadians and Ontarians?
The Hon. Brian Tobin, Vice-Chair, Bank of Montreal; Former Premier, Newfoundland & Labrador
Malini Giridhar, Vice President, Gas Supply and Business Development, Enbridge
PANEL 2: Solving Market Access for Canada’s Resources ~ How do we ensure market access for Canada’s energy?
Ian Anderson, President, Kinder Morgan Canada
Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director, Macdonald-Laurier Institute
Keynote: Carbon Pricing in Canada.
Dr. Jack M. Mintz, Director & Palmer Chair in Public Policy, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
Senior Managing Director and Canada President
Bill Morris leads Accenture in Canada. He was appointed to this role effective June 1, 2014 and is based in Toronto.
Previously, from 2011 to 2014, Bill led Accenture’s North America Resources operating unit. In this role, he was responsible for clients in the oil and gas, power, chemicals and natural resources industries. Bill managed the expansion of Accenture’s Digital business within the Resources industry group, launching offerings such as engineering data management, digital energy consumer, upstream production operations with SAP, intelligent pipelines with GE, and smart grid analytics with C3.
In his 30-year career at Accenture, Bill has served in many roles and was previously President of Accenture in Canada from 2003 until 2011, building a strong footprint for the company across all industry groups in Canada. During this time, Accenture also established its Skills to Succeed program, which included teaming with 40 Canadian charities. Since 2011, Accenture has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, since 2013.
Bill’s other roles have included building and operating Accenture’s Energy Consumer business, a global customer care operation based in Vancouver and Manila. He also led Sales for the Resources operating group globally. Bill has served many of Canada’s leading companies in all major industries.
Bill is on the global board of directors of Enablis, a Canadian-based organization co-founded by Accenture and Telesystem that assists entrepreneurs in developing countries. Bill is also Vice-Chair of Jack.org, a new national initiative focused on youth mental health awareness. Bill is member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and past vice-chair of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada.
Bill has been with Accenture for over 30 years. He graduated in 1982 from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours).
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.
Dr. Jack M. Mintz
Executive Director & Palmer Chair in Public Policy
School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
Dr. Jack M. Mintz was appointed the Palmer Chair in Public Policy at the University of Calgary in January 2008.
Widely published in the field of public economics, he was touted in a 2004 UK magazine publication as one of the world’s most influential tax experts. He serves as an Associate Editor of International Tax and Public Finance and the Canadian Tax Journal, and is a research fellow of CESifo, Munich, Germany, and the Centre for Business Taxation Institute, Oxford University. He is a regular contributor to the National Post, and has frequently published articles in other print media.
Honourable Brian V. Tobin, P.C., O.C.
Vice Chair, BMO Capital Markets
Former Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador
The Hon. Brian Tobin was named as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013 for his contribution to Canadian public policy as a federal and provincial politician, and for supporting economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Mr. Tobin served as the Federal Minister of Industry from October 2000 to January 2002, prior to which he served as the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1996 to 2000. Mr. Tobin served as a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1996 and served as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in the federal cabinet from 1993 to 1996.
Mr. Tobin is currently Vice Chair with BMO Capital Markets in Toronto. Mr. Tobin serves as Chairman and director of New Flyer Industries Inc., and he serves as Lead Director and Vice Chairman of Aecon Group Inc.
Mr. Tobin also served as Executive Chairman, President & CEO of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd. Mr. Tobin lead the negotiating team that sold CLM to Cliffs Natural Resources for 4.9 billion dollars which was one of the biggest global mining deals in 2011.
Mr. Tobin is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a graduate of the Directors Education Program.
Mr. Tobin has been awarded honorary degrees by both St. Francis Xavier University and Brock University.
Ian D. Anderson
Kinder Morgan Canada
Ian Anderson has served as President of Kinder Morgan Canada since December 2005. In this role, he provides executive leadership to Kinder Morgan’s Canadian operations, growth pursuits and social responsibility initiatives. For Mr. Anderson, this means “articulating a clear vision for the company” and all projects, “diving fully into the details” and “building and growing the personal relationships” he believes are vitally important — both in business and life.
Before joining Kinder Morgan, Mr. Anderson held senior executive positions in finance, regulatory affairs, administration and business development at companies including Terasen, Centra Gas and Westcoast Energy.
Mr. Anderson has helped shape Canadian utility and pipeline regulatory policy for decades, and has been an active advocate for meaningful and productive engagement and prosperity sharing between the energy industry and Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
Mr. Anderson is a board member of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA). In this capacity, and in his previous role as Board Chair, he has worked tirelessly to broaden the voice of the pipeline industry in Canada, and to ensure the voices of all providers — small and large — are being heard. He is also a member of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) and was recently appointed to the Board of Governors of the Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC).
Mr. Anderson is a Certified Management Accountant and a graduate of the University of Michigan Executive Program.
Originally from Winnipeg, today Mr. Anderson and his family call Calgary home.
Vice President, Gas Supply & Business Development
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
Malini Giridhar was appointed to the position of Vice President Gas Supply and Business Development in 2013. She is responsible for gas supply procurement, dispatch and budgeting activities, and also responsible for the Strategic Planning and Business Development activities for Gas Distribution.
She joined Enbridge in 1994 as a financial analyst and held progressively more senior positions in the Regulatory and Gas Supply groups.
Malini also is the Executive Sponsor for Women@Enbridge for Gas Distribution. Established in 2008, Women@Enbridge is grounded in the guiding principles of inclusivity, leadership, career development, diversity and community.
Malini is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a graduate degree in Economics. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.
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.