Roles and Responsibilities and Canada’s Energy Future in An Age of Climate Change

About the Conference

Clearly articulating and strengthening roles and responsibilities between and among public authorities is one of the most pivotal but understudied factors shaping Canada’s energy future in an age of climate change. Confidence of the public, investors and communities in government decision-makers – be they policymakers, regulators, courts, Indigenous governments or municipalities – is a critical success factor in Canada’s ability to successfully chart its energy and emissions future.

This is the second conference featuring original research from Positive Energy’s second three-year project. It will convene senior leaders from business, government, Indigenous communities, civil society and the academy for a series of interactive virtual sessions. At the conference, Positive Energy will release new public opinion research on roles and responsibilities (survey work with Nanos Research, our official pollster), along with cutting-edge research that seeks to articulate and clarify the roles and responsibilities of public authorities.

Day 1 - Public Opinion on Energy and Climate Issues

Do Canadians think that the country’s energy and climate policies reflect their views and values? Do they trust the courts to settle energy and climate disputes? What do they think of intergovernmental cooperation on these files? In his opening keynote, Nik Nanos delved into brand new polling, which will explore these and other issues related to roles and responsibilities.


Welcome Remarks and Moderator


Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy, uOttawa
 

 

 

 

 


Keynote Speaker

Nik Nanos

Nik Nanos, Chair and CEO, Nanos Research

 

 

 

 

Day 2 - Policymakers, regulators, and the courts—who decides what, when, and how?

The policy-regulatory nexus in Canadian energy decision-making has grown increasingly complex. Navigating the tensions between regulatory independence and democratic accountability through policymakers is no small task. The speakers discussed the past, present and future of these tensions, illustrated through multiple case studies.


Welcome Remarks and Moderator


Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy, uOttawa
 

 

 

 

 


Speakers

Michael Cleland

Mike Cleland, Senior Fellow, Positive Energy, uOttawa

 

 

 


 


Rowland Harrison, Research Affiliate, Positive Energy, uOttawa and Former Permanent Member, National Energy Board

 

 

 

 


Discussant

Tabatha Bull

Tabatha Bull, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Day 3 - Federal-provincial relations, energy policy, and investment

There have been major battles between the federal government and provinces, or between provinces, on energy and environment policy in Canadian history. These conflicts have had significant political, economic, and environmental costs. The speakers examined the roots of these conflicts, and discuss how they may affect major investment decisions moving forward, with a focus on LNG. This session also showcased a public art project entitled Ears of the Earth.


Welcome Remarks and Moderator


Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy, uOttawa
 

 

 

 

 


Speakers


Andrew Pickford, Research Affiliate, Positive Energy, uOttawa and Executive Director, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation

 

 

 

 

Duane Bratt

Duane Bratt, Faculty Affiliate, Positive Energy, uOttawa and Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies, Mount Royal University

 

 

 

 

Cameron Cross

Cameron Cross, Art Consultant, Positive Energy, uOttawa and Public Artist

 

 

 

 


Discussant

Shannon Joseph

Shannon Joseph, Vice President of Government Relations, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

Day 4 - New imperatives in energy decision-making

Regulators’ responsibilities are changing and adjusting in response to emerging imperatives. How could new and emerging energy technologies change the roles of public authorities and the public’s interaction with them, and how is it changing the way regulators innovate and interact with policymakers? The speakers discussed these issues and more, based on new survey work, case studies, and energy modelling.


Welcome Remarks and Moderator


Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy, uOttawa
 

 

 

 

 


Speakers


Patricia Larkin, Senior Research Associate, Positive Energy, uOttawa

 

 

 

 

James Donald
 
James Donald, Doctoral Candidate, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria
 

 

 

 


Discussant

Robert Hornung

Robert Hornung, President and CEO, Canadian Renewable Energy Association




 

 

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