12:15 – 12:30
Plenary: Maximizing Canada’s Energy Advantage
Global tectonic shifts are taking place in the energy sector. The dramatic decline in the cost of renewables – especially solar – is creating an irreversible momentum toward cleaner energy as we transition to a low-carbon future. With its energy resources, technologies and expertise, Canada is ready and in a great position to play a leadership role in guiding this transition. Though Generation Energy, Canadians have told the government they want a thriving, low-carbon economy with affordable and reliable energy systems. In this context, Mr. Jay Khosla, Assistant Deputy Minister, Energy Sector, Natural Resources Canada, will present the Government of Canada’s strategy for a sustainable energy future, clean economic growth and job creation, and outline the role of the solar industry in this transition.
12:30 – 1:15
Panel Discussion: Climate Leadership In Our Energy Economy: Contradiction or Competitive Advantage?
Balancing economy and environment is arguably the greatest challenge of the 21st Century. While Canada is only responsible for less than 2% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions, Canadians emit the most per capita among all G20 members. While Canada has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030, it is proving difficult to bend the emissions growth curve with a growing population and economy. While Canada’s electricity supply is the cleanest among all G20 members, we are also home to the world’s third largest oil reserves and significant gas deposits. Can these points and counter-points be resolved? This keynote luncheon panel discussion moderated by Mary Moran, President & CEO, Calgary Economic Development and with panelists: Jay Khosla, Assistant Deputy Minister, Energy Sector, Natural Resources Canada; Peter Tertzakian, Executive Director, ARC Energy Research Institute; and Chris Turner, Author of “The Patch: the People, Pipelines & Politics of the Oil Sands will explore whether, how and if, climate leadership in our energy economy is a contradiction or a competitive advantage.