Public Confidence in Energy Decision-Making: How is Canada Doing? - April 2018

This major conference was the final conference marking the first three years of the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy initiative. It reflected on lessons learned, progress made and the challenges that still remain when it comes to strengthening public confidence in Canadian energy decision-making. This cutting-edge discussion featured political, corporate, ENGO, Indigenous and public sector leaders as keynote speakers and panelists.

Session themes featured a mix of the completed research streams of the first three years of Positive Energy (The Role of Public Authorities in Energy Decision-Making; The Role of Communities in Energy Decision-Making) as well as big-picture reflection on Canada’s progress towards resolving public confidence challenges. The conference also looked to what’s next for Positive Energy as we turn attention to the low-emission energy transition file. Analysis of the potential for new federal energy policy and regulatory measures to address public confidence and investor confidence challenges were high on the agenda.


Documents

 

The Conference Program (PDF file)
 

 

 

Who Decides? Balancing and Bridging Local, Indigenous and Broader Societal Interests in Canadian Energy Decision-Making, by Dr. Stewart Fast

 

 

The Policy-Regulatory Nexus in Canada's Energy Decision-Making: From Best Practices to Next Practices, by Dr. Stephen Bird


 

 

How to Decide – Engagement: Information and Capacity by Dr. Louis Simard

 

 

 

Durable Balance: Informed Reform of Energy Decision-Making in Canada by Mike Cleland and Monica Gattinger, with Rafael Aguirre and Marisa Beck

 


Links

The Official Videos of the event (Youtube link)

The Official Videos of the event (Facebook link)

Event photos (Facebook album)


Welcome remarks

 

Dr. Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy
 

 

 

Sylvain Charbonneau, Vice-President, Research, University of Ottawa

 

 


Keynote Speakers

 

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources (PDF file)

 

 

Corrina Leween, Chief, Cheslatta Carrier Nation, Vice-Chair of the First Nations Major Projects Coalition (FNMPC)

 

 

The Honourable Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta (Youtube video link)

 


Session 1: Armchair In Energy Decision-Making – How Far Have We Come? What Still Needs to Be Done? Discussion: Public Confidence

Moderator

 

Dr. Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy


 

Speakers

 

Kim Baird, Senior Advisor, Hill & Knowlton Strategies

 

 

Bruce Cameron, former Executive Director, Nova Scotia Dept of Energy



 

 

Louis Legault, Chair, CAMPUT, Canada’s Energy and Utility Regulators

 

 

Nik Nanos, Chair and CEO, Nanos Research

 

 

 

David Runnalls, Board President, Pembina Institute 

 


 

 

Doug Suttles, CEO, Encana 

 


Session 2: Canadians' Attitudes and Confidence In Energy Decision-Making

Speaker

 

Stephen Bird, Positive Energy, Associate Professor, Clarkson University (PDF file)
 

 


Session 3: The Role Of Public Authorities In Energy Decision-Making – Is Canada Getting The Balance Right?

Moderator

 

Dave Collyer, Advisory Council Positive Energy

 

 

Opening speaker

 

Dr. Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy

 


Speakers

 

Chris Bloomer, President and CEO, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association


 

 

Michael Cleland, Senior Fellow, Positive Energy

 

 

 

Elisabeth DeMarco, Senior Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP

 

 

Ralph Torrie, Senior Associate, Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research initiative (CESAR), University of Calgary

 

 

Stéphanie Trudeau, Senior Vice-President, Regulatory, Customers and Communities, Énergir

 

 

Bob Watts, Vice President, Indigenous Relations, Nuclear Waste Management Organization


Session 4: Armchair Discussion with Positive Energy Donors

 

Dr. Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy


 

Speakers

 

Chris Bloomer, President and CEO, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association


 

 

Richard Dunn, Vice-President, Government Relations Canada, Encana



 

 

Jeff Gaulin, Vice-President, Communications, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

 

 

Ian Jarvis, Chief Operating Officer, British Columbia Utilities Commission

 

 

Yiota Kokkinos, Director General, International Energy Division, Energy Branch, Natural Resources Canada

 

 

 

Barbra Korol, Executive Director, Strategic Policy Branch, Alberta Department of Energy

 

 

James Cameron, Vice-President and Chief Communications Officer, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

 

 


Session 5: The Role Of Communities in Energy Decision-Making: Are We Getting the Balance Right?

Moderator

 

Stephen Bird, Positive Energy, Associate Professor, Clarkson University

 


Opening speaker

 

Michael Cleland, Senior Fellow, Positive Energy (PDF file)


 

Speakers

 

Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network

 

 

Roxanna Benoit, Vice-President, Public Affairs and Communications, Enbridge

 

 

Ted Gruetzner, Vice-President, Corporate Relations and Communications, Ontario Power Generation

 

 

Guy Lonechild, CEO, First Nations Power Authority

 

 

Louis Simard, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Positive Energy

 

 


Session 5: On The Horizon: Trust in Energy Transition Decision-Making

Moderator

 

Bryson Robertson, Positive Energy, Professor, University of Victoria

 


Opening Speaker

 

Allan Fogwill, President and CEO, Canadian Energy Research Institute (PDF file)

 

Speakers

 

Meredith Adler, Executive Director, Student Energy


 

 

Chris Henderson, President, Lumos Energy


 

 

Robert Hornung, President, CanWEA

 

 

Ian Jarvis, Chief Operation Officer, British Columbia Utilities Commission

 

 

Vicky Sharpe, former CEO of SDTC, Board Member, QUEST, Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow
 

 


Concluding Remarks and Next Steps

 

Dr. Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy

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