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?


Documents

 

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)

 

 


Links

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

Moderator

 

Dr. Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy

 

 

Speakers

 

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

Moderator

 

Michael Cleland, Senior Fellow, Positive Energy
 

 

Speakers

 

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

Moderator


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

 

 

Speakers


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

Moderator

 

Martha Hall Findlay, President and CEO, Canada West Foundation



 

Speakers

 

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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