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Reshaping Energy 2018: Today and Tomorrow

Monday May 28 - Tuesday May 29 2018 Shaw Centre Ottawa, Ontario

Conference Overview

Canada’s Greenhouse Gas emissions profile is changing because Canada’s commitment to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has triggered substantive policy initiatives by Canada and various provinces aimed at drastic reductions in GHG emissions. This will have profound impacts on Canada’s economy, provinces, industries, and citizens.

Governments at all levels are taking the first steps to implement carbon management strategies, including carbon pricing. Canada will be imposing a carbon price across the country in 2018 with a backstop-pricing scheme applicable to provinces that do not have carbon-pricing rules or where those rules are deemed to be insufficient. British Columbia has adopted a revenue-neutral carbon tax approach and Alberta is combining a carbon levy with an output based allocation system. Ontario and Quebec are setting caps on carbon emissions and letting carbon be priced by a competitive auction trading system.

How do these systems compare and how will they impact companies operating in different parts of the country and therefore facing different and possibly conflicting carbon-pricing rules and regulations? Further, how will Canadian businesses fare when competing in export markets that have no, much less stringent or much different carbon-pricing strategies in place?

Government actions to date have been long on goals and policy statements while coming up short on underlying analysis of the costs of the measures being taken and the impacts on regional and local economies and on commercial operations and investment. What’s more, carbon-pricing and government program initiatives designed to meet the GHG emission reduction targets in the various sectors alone may well be insufficient. Not only will they need to rely on technologies that are still under development or early in the implementation stages, but on major behavioural changes on the part of consumers.

What are the next steps in this process? And how can we, as a nation, ensure that the decisions made now will be the right ones for the future?

This conference will ask and address some of the most pressing questions around this important issue:

  • How do the carbon-pricing mechanisms that Canada’s governments have put (or are about to put) in play compare and, where they have already been in place for a while, what impacts are they having on emissions, business operations and investment and consumer spending patterns?
  • How are the carbon-pricing rules affecting the competitiveness of Canadian businesses? Canada’s economic and trade opportunities?
  • What programs have governments adopted to reduce GHG emissions in the various sectors and what are the early results?
  • What behavioural changes will be required to ensure that emissions reductions are met in the transportation, building and other sectors and how will they be realized?
  • How will such changes affect Canadians’ lifestyle and choices?
  • Are additional measures needed to ensure that Canadian business remains competitive at home and abroad?

Gain practical insights from national and international experts and leaders

Join us to hear experts from across Canada and internationally share their insights on how to proactively manage the transition to a low carbon growth path. You will learn about Canada’s main policy priorities and the actions being taken to reduce carbon emissions while also de-linking them from economic growth.

You will have an opportunity to learn from, and network with, industry experts, government leaders and strategic thinkers with expertise on carbon management and reduction as they relate to planning, policy and practice. By attending this event, you will gain a variety of insights as to what Canada’s low-carbon growth path means and what the initial impacts have been, and have the opportunity to learn about the implications for industry, all levels of government and the Canadian public at large.

Meet, work and explore the issues with your peers and colleagues from both the public and private sectors at this timely and important event. You will learn about the most recent developments in policies, emissions targets, technology and strategies that are being advanced as we navigate this new future.

Topics for discussion at the conference will include:

  • Federal and provincial carbon-pricing approaches
  • Implications of the emerging carbon-pricing frameworks for business operations, investment, and trade
  • Government programs designed to reduce GHG emissions
  • Actions being taken to reduce GHG emissions in transportation
  • Approaches to reducing the carbon intensity of buildings
  • The role of cities, urban planning, and transportation planning in reducing GHG emissions
  • The essential role that behavioural change will need to play and strategies for fostering such change in consumer attitudes regarding transportation and housing
  • How workers, Indigenous communities, small business, and low-income households are likely to be impacted by carbon-pricing and other measures to reduce GHG emissions
  • How technological advances are poised to significantly lower emissions in oil and gas production

If you have a strategic interest in better understanding Canada's growth path to a low carbon future and how to manage this transition, then this event is a must-attend!

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