On March 20 and 21st 2017, I was pleased to attend the University of Ottawa’s, Positive Energy Ottawa Workshop titled, “Who Decides? Balancing and Bridging Local and Higher-Order Interests in Canadian Energy Decision Making”. I was impressed with the diverse range of attendees including stakeholders, regulators, First Nations representatives and environmental non-governmental organizations around the table. The format also allowed participants to share frank opinions. Hearing the views of others allowed me to think more deeply about the role of municipalities in energy projects.
Associate Professor of Political Science
What can we learn from Ontario’s attempts to upgrade and change the electricity system over the last decade? Ontario is still embroiled in the aftermath of several major changes: electricity deregulation, how to do nuclear, challenges in wind energy and the rise and fall of the feed-in tariff program, and a “fast track” to a clean energy economy. The governance of energy is never easy!
"Many of the assumptions we have about the resistance to energy infrastructure projects in Canada today are not correct—it’s not just about pipelines, oil sands, and climate change—there are many issues with the engagement process..."
Steven Pacifico examines four key factors that are critical to redesigning the community engagement process.
Chair, Positive Energy
Director, Institute for Science, Society and Policy
The author surveys the challenges associated with developing energy resources in a democracy and how western industrialized democracies like Canada with large resource bases need to 'do energy’ differently.
From Monday, May 31 to Thursday, June 3, 2021, Positive Energy will host a virtual conference exploring the roles and responsibilities between and among public authorities making decisions about Canada's energy future in an age of climate change. The conference will convene senior leaders from business, government, Indigenous communities, civil society and the academy for a series of online, interactive, 1-hour sessions.
Featuring Keynote Speaker Mark Carney, Vice Chair of Brookfield Asset Management and Head of ESG, and Chief Terry Paul, Membertou First Nation, the two-day virtual event will bring together Indigenous communities from across Canada with government and project finance sectors for focused expert discussions.
On Wednesday, October 28 2020, Positive Energy hosted a virtual workshop to examine regulatory independence and effectiveness in Canada. The workshop convened over 25 senior and emerging energy leaders to discuss how various actors and decision-makers in the Canadian energy system understand regulatory independence and its evolution over time.
How has COVID-19 affected Canadians' attitudes towards climate action? The sense of urgency appears to be trending up. Nik Nanos returns to the podcast to discuss results from the latest Positive Energy/Nanos quarterly tracking survey, including the appetite for climate ambition and levels of public trust in different information sources.
Positive Energy Chair Monica Gattinger was moderator/rapporteur for the workshop Net Zero 2050: Assessing the Challenge and Opportunity for Regulators and the Natural Gas Delivery Industry organized by the Canadian Gas Association, April 13 2021.