ENGAGE: Canadian Communities and Energy Decision-Making - October 2016

This conference brought together energy leaders from the public, private, academic, Indigenous and NGO sectors to address the question of local community satisfaction with energy project decision-making processes. It featured premiere speakers and the results of cutting-edge research undertaken by Positive Energy in collaboration with the Canada West Foundation. 

Energy development has become increasingly contested at the local level. While opposition to pipelines is top of mind, energy projects of all stripes – from wind farms and other renewable energy sources like hydropower, to gas plants, transmission infrastructure, nuclear waste storage, and fracking – have confronted powerful local opposition in various communities. What is driving these energy conflicts and how do we fix it?



The Conference Agenda (PDF file)




The Conference paper (PDF file)




The Literature Review




The Fair Enough report (PDF file)



Case study Reports 


Case Study: Eckville and Rimbey, Alberta (PDF file)




Case Study: Kent County and Elsipogtog Nation, New Brunswick (PDF file)




Case Study: Kitimat and Haisla Nation ,British Columbia (PDF file)




Case Study: Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, Manitoba (PDF file)




Case Study: Oakville and King Township, Ontario (PDF file)




Case Study: St-Valentin, Québec (PDF file)




Event Photos (Facebook album)

Opening remarks


Dr. Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy




Martha Hall Findlay, President and CEO, Canada West Foundation



Keynote speakers


The Hon. James Carr, Minister of Natural Resources



Perry Bellegarde, National Chief, Assembly of First Nations


Panel 1: Community Confidence in National/Global Context



Dr. Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy





Michael Cleland, Senior Fellow, Positive Energy



Timothy Egan, President, Canadian Gas Association




Dean Manywounds, Councillor, Tsuut’ina Nation; Chair, Indian Resource Council



Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada



Panel 2: What we Found – Key Research Findings and Recommendations



Michael Cleland, Senior Fellow, Positive Energy




Stephen Bird, Professor, Clarkson University




Stewart Fast, Senior Associate Research, Positive Energy



Shafak Sajid, Canada West Foundation



Louis Simard, Professor, University of Ottawa



Panel 3: The Role of Local


Trevor McLeod, Director, Centre for Natural Resources Policy, Canada West Foundation




Manon Abud, Vice-President, Engagement, Hill+Knowlton




Marc Henrie, former Chair of the Kent County Regional Service Commission, Kent County, New Brunswick



The Honorable Sergio Marchi, President and CEO, Canadian Electricity Association


Sheldon Wuttunee, Saskatchewan First Nations Natural Resource Centre of Excellence



Panel 4: The Way Forward



Martha Hall Findlay, President and CEO, Canada West Foundation




Rob Burton, Mayor, Town of Oakville, Ontario




Dave Collyer, former President, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers



Jay Khosla, Assistant Deputy Minister, Energy Sector, Natural Resources Canada


Steven Pacifico, Energy Exchange


Bob Watts, Vice-President and Partner, Government & Corporate Relations, First Peoples Group

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