Launch of The Economic Voice Series - Canada's Energy Agenda: Getting it Right7:00am-9:00am | Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver - 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
The Economic Club of Canada, in partnership with Senator Doug Black, is pleased to present a nation-wide discussion tour promoting energy literacy in Canada, focusing 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 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. The Vancouver edition will consist of two panels, each focusing on a particular topic relating to Canada's energy landscape:
Panel 1: Aboriginal Engagement
- Ellis Ross, Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation
- Douglas Stout, Vice President, Market Development & External Relations, Fortis BC
Panel 2: Canada as Global Environmental Leader
- Sandy Taylor, President, SNC-Lavalin Power Group
- Gordon Lambert, Chairman of the Board, Carbon Management Canada
- Byng Giraud, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Woodfibre LNG
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Alexander (Sandy) Taylor
Power Group, SNC-Lavalin
Alexander (Sandy) Taylor is President of SNC-Lavalin’s Power Group. He is responsible for the company's Nuclear, Hydro, Transmission & Distribution and Thermal divisions.
Mr. Taylor joins SNC-Lavalin after 29 years with ABB, where he held a number of senior roles, including Senior Group Vice-President of the Global Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals business unit, and President and CEO of ABB Canada. He brings with him vast experience in numerous engineering sectors, with an excellent track record in a range of power generation and transmission and distribution projects. Mr. Taylor also has significant experience in providing services to industrial and utility clients in Canada and around the world.
Mr. Taylor began his career at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. in 1979, where he contributed to the successful start-up and operation of various CANDU sites. He joined ABB in 1985 and held positions of increasing responsibility, including his role in expanding the company’s activities across Europe while he was stationed in London.
Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Wajax Corporation.
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).
Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Woodfibre Natural Gas Limited (A Pacific Oil & Gas Company)
Joined Woodfibre Natural Gas Limited (part of the Pacific Oil & Gas group) in April 2013 as the company’s first North American employee.
Immediately prior he was with a large Canadian copper/gold mining company. Byng is responsible for corporate affairs including regulatory affairs, government relations, community relations, aboriginal affairs and communications. He is also currently Chairman of Ridley Terminals Inc. a Canadian government owned coal export terminal in Prince Rupert, BC.
In the past he has served as a Vice-President with both the Association for Mineral Exploration BC and the Mining Association of BC. Prior to that Byng served as a senior consultant with a number of top Canadian public affairs agencies.
Byng has extensive political experience at the national, provincial and municipal level, serving in senior advisory roles to provincial MLAs, federal MPs, Senators and with BC Ministers.
Byng has served on the board of directors of Geoscience BC, Canada Place Corporation, Initiatives Prince George and a number of other organizations. He holds a MScEcon (International Relations) from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth and a MBA from the University of Cambridge (Jesus College).
On the weekends he collects bruises playing old boys rugby.
Vice President, Market Development & External Relations
Mr. Stout joined the company in 2001 as Vice President, Gas Supply and Transmission. He has held senior roles with Belkorp Industries Inc. and Husky Energy Inc., and has served as Director for Sultran Ltd., Pacific Coast Terminals and Hillsborough Resources. He is Chair of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and a Director of the Northwest Gas Association.
Ellis Ross, O.B.C.
Ellis Ross was elected Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation in 2011 and was in 2013 re-elected by acclamation to a four-year term. He has been a full-time Councillor since 2003 when he began to focus on Aboriginal Rights and Title and Economic Development issues.
He was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2014 in recognition of his community leadership.
In 2012 Premier Clark appointed him as the inaugural Chair of the Aboriginal Business and Investment Council. She also presented him with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for Community Service. BC Business magazine named him to “BC’s Power 50” in 2012, and Canadian Business magazine in 2013 named him one of the 50 Canadians who exert the most influence on the country’s business climate and community.
He has worked for the private sector, the public sector and operated his own business in partnership with his brothers through the lean 1990s.
He is active in golf, soccer and basketball. Ellis has a passion for seeing Haisla succeed in athletics, school and life. For the past 12 years, he has coached and assisted Haisla basketball teams. He also coached the MESS Senior girls basketball team to a zone championship.
Chairman of the Board
Carbon Management Canada (CMC)
Mr. Gordon Lambert retired from Suncor Energy on Jan 1 2015. He is currently the Suncor Sustainability Executive in Residence at the Ivey School of Business and has established GRL Collaboration for Sustainability as a consulting practice. He is a frequent speaker on energy, the environment and innovation and recently was a speaker on Innovation and Collaboration at the World Economic Forum in Tianjin China.
His most recent role at Suncor was Executive Advisor Sustainability and Innovation where he supported the CEO, Board and Executive team and served as the Suncor representative for Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). Previously he served as Vice-President, Sustainable Development and Environment Health and Safety since joining Suncor in 1997.
He began his career with Imperial Oil Limited in 1980 where he served for 15 years in Environment, Health and Safety, Planning and business development roles. He then spent two years as Director, Sustainable Development for TransAlta Corporation.
He is currently the Chair of the Board of Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes. He also serves on the Board of the Climate Change Forum. He is a member of the Advisory Board to the Network for Business Sustainability, a global network of researchers. He was previously involved with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Suncor Energy Foundation and Learning for a Sustainable Future. He is a former Canadian representative on the Joint Public Advisory Committee to the US, Canadian and Mexican Environment Ministers under NAFTA.
Mr. Lambert graduated in 1980 from the University of Guelph in Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Marine Biology. He completed the Ivey Executive Program in 1996.
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.