Trust in Transition – Public Panel and Planning Workshop – January 2018

This two-day event was composed of a public panel and a workshop. The public session focused on exploring opportunities and challenges in four areas that affect public confidence and trust in energy transition decision-making: the information base for long-term evidence based policy making; expanded roles for municipal and Indigenous communities; uneven social acceptance of technology; and the role of the conventional resource sector (oil and gas, nuclear) in energy transition.

The planning workshop focused on identifying promising areas of research and engagement for the second three-year phase of Positive Energy to start fall 2018. Positive Energy – Trust in Transition focuse on trust and public confidence in low-carbon energy transition decision-making. Transitioning Canada’s energy systems to lower carbon configurations will entail, in the relatively brief span of 30 years, a transformation of a nature and scale approximating that last seen at the beginning of the twentieth century, when power grids and petroleum-based transportation came to dominate energy systems.  Public confidence and trust in energy transition decision-making will be an essential driver of the speed and effectiveness with which Canada can transform its energy systems.

Financial support for the panel and workshop came from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator and the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences.


Documents

 

The Conference Agenda (PDF file)

 

 

 

The Discussant paper for the workshop (PDF file)

 

 

 

Public Session Speakers' bios (PDF file)

 

 

 

Workshop Speakers' bios (PDF file)

 

 


Links

Public session photos (Facebook album)

The Official Videos of the public session (Youtube link)

The Official Videos of the public session (Facebook link)

Workshop photos (Facebook album)


Public Session - Energy Transition Decision-Making: Is Canada Up To The Task?

Moderator 

 

Dr. Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy

 

 


Opening remarks 

 

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

 

 


Keynote Speakers

 

Michael Cleland, Senior Fellow, Positive Energy

 

 

 

Chris Henderson, President, Lumos Energy


 

 

Brenda Kenny, Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary

 

 

 

David Runnalls, Visiting Professor, Institute for the Environment, University of Ottawa

 

 


Planning Workshop - Positive Energy - Trust in Transition

Session 1

Gaps in The Energy Transition Decision-Making System And Proposed Research Priorities? (Discussion Paper) And Key Concepts

Moderator

 

David Morton, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, British Columbia Utilities Commission

 

Presentation of Discussion Paper

 

Dr. Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy (PDF file)

 

 

Discussant

 

Brenda Kenny, Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary

 

 

Key Concepts

 

Trust, motivated reasoning and public confidence: Stewart Fast, Senior Research Associate, Positive Energy (PDF file)

 

 

 

Policy learning: Louis Simard, Associate Professor, Political Studies, University of Ottawa (Positive Energy Research Team) (PDF file)

 

 

 

Clean innovation: Geoff McCarney, Research Director, Smart Prosperity, Assistant Professor of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa (PDF file)

 


Session 2

Role for Municipal And Indigenous Authorities

Moderator

 

Stewart Fast, Senior Research Associate, Positive Energy

 

 

Discussant

 

Richard Carlson, Director, Energy Policy and Energy Exchange Program, Pollution Probe

 

 

 

Indigenous Clean Energy: Chris Henderson, President, Lumos Energy (PDF file)

 

 

 

Smart Energy Communities and transition: Tonja Leach, Managing Director, Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) (PDF file)
 

 

 

Conflicts over the roles and responsibilities of municipal authorities in Canada’s federation: Xavier Deschênes-Philion, PhD candidate, Political Science, University of British Columbia (Visiting researcher, Positive Energy) (PDF file)


Luncheon Speaker 

 

Cameron Cross, Visual artist and Education Consultant (PDF file)

 

 


Session 3

How Do Oil, Gas and Nuclear Energy Contribute To Energy Transition?

Moderator

 

Bryson Robertson, Program Manager, Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, University of Victoria

 

 

Discussant

 

Warren Mabee, Associate Professor Geography, Queen’s University, Canada Research Chair, Renewable Energy Development and Implementation

 

 

 

Past and future global and Canadian trends in energy supply and demand: Ralph Torrie, President, Torrie Smith Associates

 

 

Reducing the carbon footprint of Ontario electricity production: Chuck Farmer, Director, Stakeholder and Public Affairs, Independent Electricity System Operator (PDF file)

 

 

Role of nuclear sector in low carbon energy transition: Ahmed Abdullah, Post-doctoral fellow, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California San Diego Deep Decarbonization Initiative (PDF file)

 


Session 4

Social Acceptance of Evolving Technologies and Transition

Moderator

 

Dr. Monica Gattinger, Chair, Positive Energy

 

 

Discussant

 

Tracy Walden, Director of Media and Communications, Canadian Wind Energy Association, CanWEA (PDF file)

 

 

 

Re-imagining Energy Futures in Canada: John Parkins, Professor, Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta (PDF file)
 

 

Regulation and the policy-regulatory nexus: Stephen Bird, Associate Professor of Political Science, Clarkson University (Positive Energy Research Team) (PDF file)

 

 

Policy responses and public resistance to hydraulic fracturing and wind energy: Heather Millar, PhD candidate, Political Science, University of Toronto (incoming postdoctoral fellow, Positive Energy) (PDF file)

 

 


Session 5

Getting the Right Information for Transition

Moderator

 

Michael Cleland, Senior Fellow, Positive Energy

 

 

Discussant

 

Chuck Farmer, Director, Stakeholder and Public Affairs, Independent Electricity System Operator

 

 

 

Techno-Economic Modelling and Public Confidence in Energy Transition: Bryson Robertson, Program Manager, Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, University of Victoria (PDF file)

 

 

 

Policy foresight and energy transition: Jesse Toor, Manager, Technology Innovation and Foresight, Alberta Energy CoLab (PDF file)

 

 

Mediated Modelling: Taking Stakeholders inside the Black Box: Brett Dolter, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Ottawa (PDF file)

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