12:15 – 12:30
Plenary: Electricity & the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change
Jay Khosla, Assistant Deputy Minister, Energy Sector, Natural Resources Canada leads the stewardship of NRCan’s energy sector in advancing Canada’s international and domestic energy policy agenda. In this position, Jay actively promotes the responsible development of Canada’s vast energy resources by collaborating with international, subnational, aboriginal, industry, non-governmental and intergovernmental partners and agencies. A central focus of his efforts is to maximize Canada’s energy advantage by fostering and implementing a sustainable pan-Canadian approach to the development, production and distribution of Canada’s diverse energy mix in areas such as oil and gas, hydro and renewable power, nuclear technology, and energy innovation and efficiency. Jay holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Dalhousie University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Ottawa. He is also a graduate of the Government of Canada’s Accelerated Executive Development Program (AEXDP). Mr. Khosla is actively involved as a leadership mentor, champion of the Young Professionals Network and active community volunteer.
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.