From Best Practices to Next Practices: Policy-Regulatory Relations in Energy Decision-Making - June 2017

This workshop focused on the relationship between policymakers and regulators, investigating how to strengthen and clarify relationships and roles between them. The event’s main emphasis was on exchange and dialogue between participants with the goal of identifying feasible and desirable solutions for effective relationships between energy policy and regulation in Canada.

To frame the debate, a discussion paper produced by Positive Energy research team member Dr. Stephen Bird was presented at the workshop and circulated in the days prior to the event. This paper outlines current issues in the relationship between policy and regulation in Canada’s energy decision-making system, along with potential means of strengthening the relationship. It argues in part that in addition to implementing best practices in regulation, the country should go a step further and develop new, innovative ‘next practices’ tailored to the Canadian context.



The Conference agenda (PDF file)




From Best Practices to Next Practices: Policy-Regulatory Relations in Energy Decision-Making, Dr. Stephen Bird (PDF file)



What We Heard report from the event (PDF file)




Event Photos (Facebook album)

Opening remarks


Dr. Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy



Opening words of welcome (dinner)


Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources


Keynote speakers


Bryne Purchase, Adjunct Professor, Queen’s University, former Chief Economist of Ontario and Deputy Minister in the Ontario government



George Vegh, Counsel, McCarthy Tétrault LLP (Head of the Toronto Energy Regulation Practice); Adjunct
Professor of Law, University of Toronto


From Best Practices to Next Practices: Policy-Regulatory Relations In Energy Decision-Making (Discussion Paper)



Stephen Bird, Positive Energy Research Team, Professor of Political Science, Clarkson University




Dave Collyer, Corporate Director and former President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers



Panel 1: Establishing Policy Coherence in Energy



Michael Cleland, Senior Fellow, Positive Energy




Marco Presutti - Director General, Energy Policy Branch, Energy Sector, Natural Resources Canada



Doug Lammie, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Alberta Energy (PDF presentation)



Stewart Muir, Executive Director, Resource Works



Kim Scott, Senior Advisor, Climate Action and Renewable Energy, Assembly of First Nations


Breakout Session: Policy Gaps and Comprehensiveness



Stewart Fast, Senior Research Associate, Positive Energy


Panel 2: Regulatory Independence and Efficacy: Best Practices, Next Practices



Dr. Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy





Louis Legault, General Counsel, Régie de l’énergie, Québec, and Vice Chair, CAMPUT: Canada’s Energy and
Utility Regulators



Dave Lye, Vice-President, External Relations, Encana




Andrew Pickford, Director, Indo-Pacific Energy Security Program, Perth USAsia Centre and University of
Western Australia




Andrew Beynon, Lawmaking and Enforcement Advisor, First Nations Land Management Resource Centre


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