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Reshaping Energy 2018: Today and TomorrowMay 28–29, 2018 Ottawa

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Monday, May 28, 2018

8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcoming Remarks from the Co-Chair

In his opening remarks, the Co-Chairman will refer to findings of the Conference Board's study "The Cost of a Cleaner Future: Examining the Economic Impacts of Reducing GHG Emissions", and highlight the important role that behavioral changes by business and consumers regarding energy production and use will need to play in meeting Canada's emission reduction objectives.

Hodgson <br />  
Canada's Ecofiscal Commission
8:45 AM Keynote Opening Address
The IEA's Perspective on Canadian Climate Change Policy

In its recent report, "Real-world Policy Packages for Sustainable Energy Transition", the IEA addressed the challenges that countries face in shaping energy transition policies to fit national low-carbon emission objectives and constraints. Ms. Lee, who led the case study on Canada provided in the report, will present highlights from the study as well as the policy implications and recommendations.

Lee <br />  
Energy Policy Analyst, Environment and Climate Change Unit
International Energy Agency
9:30 AM Refreshment Break
10:00 AM Plenary Session 1
Carbon-Pricing Mechanisms and Related Programs and Initiatives

This panel will examine the various approaches to carbon pricing in Canada, and whether and to what extent to which their economic impacts were considered and assessed in their design. It will also discuss other programs and initiatives that have been promulgated to reduce GHG emissions, how the behaviour of major GHG emitters is being impacted by carbon pricing and other measures, and progress to date.

The moderator will provide a brief overview of the carbon-pricing mechanisms and related programs that are in play, and facilitate an interactive discussion among the panellists and the audience.

Jaccard <br />  
Professor, Sustainable Energy, School of Resource and Environmental Management
Simon Fraser University
Beugin <br />  
Executive Director
Ecofiscal Commission
Legros <br />  
Coordinator, Carbon Market, Directorate General for Carbon Regulation and Emissions Data
Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development, the Environment, and the Fight against Climate Change
Lesiuk <br />  
Executive Director and Chief Negotiator
BC Climate Change Action Secretariat
Meltzer <br />  
Director General, Carbon Pricing Bureau
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Sawyer <br />  
Environmental Economics
11:30 AM Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan

Over the last three years this energy-oriented province has implemented an economy-wide carbon price, procured the lowest-cost renewable electricity in the country, and introduced a system of output-based allocations that will drive innovation and reduce emissions. In this presentation, the audience will learn how Alberta is finding a balance between the environment and the economy—and why both will prosper going forward.

Denhoff <br />  
Deputy Minister
Alberta Environment, Parks and Climate Change
12:00 PM Luncheon and Keynote Presentation
The Potential Contribution of Scalable Nuclear Power Plants: A National Roadmap

The Canadian Government is developing a roadmap for small modular reactors (SMRs) as part of its long-term climate and energy strategy. This follows the recommendation made by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources in June that the government support the research and development of SMRs-reactors much smaller (typically much less than 300 MW) and much cheaper than conventional designs. Among other possible applications, SMRs could provide clean and reliable power to remote and northern communities.

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Cameron <br />  
Director, Nuclear Energy Division
Natural Resources Canada
1:30 PM Plenary Session 2
Industry Perspectives on Carbon-Pricing and Related Programs and Initiatives

This session will provide an opportunity for industry representatives to provide feedback on the challenge of meeting different carbon pricing rules and requirements in different parts of Canada. They will also comment on how their approaches to energy use are being impacted by the carbon-pricing initiatives and related programs, as well as on the implications of there being either no or different carbon-pricing strategies in place in key export markets.

Whitelaw <br />  
Chief Executive Officer, June Warren-Nickle's Energy Group
Managing Director of Evaluate Energy
Auer <br />  
Vice-President, Environment and Sustainability
Cement Association of Canada
Lagacé <br />  
Vice-President, Environment, Energy and Innovation
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)
Maycher <br />  
Director, Climate Change, Energy Policy & Strategy
Suncor Energy Inc.
Murillo <br />  
Senior Research Associate, Energy and Environment Policy
The Conference Board of Canada
Syer <br />  
Director, Government Affairs
Teck Resources Limited
3:30 PM Refreshment Break
3:45 PM Plenary Session 3
Greening Hydrocarbon Production

Because of their need to make drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and faced with sharply increasing carbon prices, Canada's crude oil and natural gas producers have accelerated the search for cost-effective technologies that could make a significant difference. Innovative breakthroughs in this regard are already being made and their early adaptation will make this sector much greener by 2030 or even sooner than many thought would have been possible.

This panel will provide an opportunity for experts engaged on the leading edge of exciting new emission-reduction developments in the oil patch to report on progress.

Whitelaw <br />  
Chief Executive Officer, June Warren-Nickle's Energy Group
Managing Director of Evaluate Energy
Henkel <br />  
Vice-President, Strategic Accounts and Government Affairs
Inventys Inc.
Odendahl <br />  
President and Chief Executive Officer
CMC Research Institutes
Romero <br />  
Vice-President, Technology and Innovation
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.
Zhou <br />  
Vice-President, Clean Energy
Alberta Innovates
5:00 PM Networking Reception

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

7:45 AM Continental Breakfast
8:15 AM Opening Remarks from the Co-Chair
Francis <br />  
The Conference Board of Canada
8:30 AM Plenary Session 4
Electric Power Generation Perspectives

Representatives of the electric power generation sector and grid management will discuss how they are adjusting to the challenges that they are beginning to face as a consequence of carbon-pricing.

Friesen <br />  
Vice-President, Indigenous and Government Relations and Sustainability
Arnold <br />  
Manager, External Affairs
TransAlta Corporation
Brouillette <br />  
Principal Consultant
Strategic Policy Economics
Eckel <br />  
Vice-President, Asset Management, Planning and Sustainability
Vandenberg <br />  
Assistant Deputy Minister, Energy
Northwest Territories Department of Public Works Services
10:00 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM Plenary Session 5
Commercial and Residential Building Sector Challenges

This panel will examine the challenge of reducing GHG emissions from both existing and new buildings. Feedback on progress that is being made, obstacles to change, and suggested initiatives and behavioural changes that could make a difference will be the focus of discussion.

Sutic <br />  
General Manager
QuadReal Property Group
Gilmour <br />  
Executive Director
Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST)
Love <br />  
Adjunct Professor, Faculty Environmental Studies
York University
O'Brien <br />  
Associate Professor, Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering
Carleton University
Tremblay <br />  
Deputy Director
Natural Resources Canada
12:00 PM Luncheon Address
Fostering Behavioral Changes to Reduce Energy Requirements

Fostering Behavioral Changes to Reduce Energy Requirements The Conference Board's recent "Cost of a Cleaner Future" study indicates that carbon pricing and related government programs and initiatives will not be sufficient to enable Canada to achieve the desired reduction in GHG emissions. In addition, profound lifestyle and operational changes by individuals and businesses will be required.

This presentation will address mechanisms for fostering behavioural change in relation to the residential sector, including transportation.

Sponsored by:
Ontario Power Generation
Stern <br />  
President and Professor II
Social and Environmental Research Institute (USA), Norwegian University of Science and Technology
1:30 PM Plenary Session 6
Transitioning to Zero- and Low-Carbon-Emissions in the Transportation Sector

This session will review progress being made with respect to transport of both passengers and freight. Panelists will address issues surrounding increased reliance on electric vehicles, implications of advances in internal combustion engine technologies, and the challenges that public transport is facing with the advent of shared mobility alternatives. They will also speak to progress being made in lowering emissions from heavy duty road transport and railway transportation. In addition, the panelists will also comment on notable achievements, apparent obstacles, and new government and industry programs and initiatives, as well as behavioral changes being fostered, with respect to attainment of the sector's carbon emission reduction targets.

Hamberg <br />  
Vice-President, Strategy
Westport Fuel Systems Inc.
DesRosiers <br />  
DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc.
German <br />  
Senior Fellow
International Council for Clean Transportation
Gullo <br />  
Senior Director, Policy and Public Affairs
The Railway Association of Canada (RAC)
Johnston <br />  
Senior Policy Advisor, Transportation and Alternative Fuels Division
Natural Resources Canada
Reuter <br />  
Vice-President, Member Value
Canadian Urban Transit Association
3:00 PM Refreshment Break
3:15 PM Plenary Session 7
Additional Perspectives on the Impacts of Carbon Pricing and Related Programs and Initiatives

This panel will provide an opportunity for groups not directly represented during the preceding discussion to comment on how they view the policies and initiatives that have been introduced, or are being considered, and to suggest alternative approaches or mitigation strategies if appropriate.

Francis <br />  
The Conference Board of Canada
Sadik <br />  
Director, Environment
Assembly of First Nations (AFN)
Brennan <br />  
Economist, Research Department
Bruce <br />  
Vice-President of Research
Canadian Federation of Independent Business
4:45 PM Closing Remarks from the Co-Chair
Francis <br />  
The Conference Board of Canada
5:00 PM Conference Adjourns

The Conference Board of Canada’s April 2017 “Reshaping Energy to Reduce GHG Emissions” Conference examined the implications and opportunities of the transition to a low-carbon economy that will be required to achieve Canada’s commitment under the December 2015 UN Paris Agreement.

The 2018 Conference will review progress towards reducing GHG emissions to date and consider program and behavioural changes that may be required to ensure success.

Key objectives include:

  • To examine and compare the carbon-pricing mechanisms and related GHG emission reduction policies and programs that Canada’s provincial, territorial and federal governments have put in play and their early impacts.
  • To review the impacts of carbon-pricing and other initiatives on industrial competiveness.
  • To examine government programs and initiatives aimed at reducing emissions in the building and transportation sectors, and early results.
  • To consider behavioural changes needed to ensure that emissions reductions targets are met in the electricity generation, industrial, transportation, and building sectors and how to foster such changes.
  • To consider how workers, First Nations’ communities, small business, and low-income households are likely to be impacted by measures to reduce GHG emissions.
  • To hear how technological advances are poised to significantly lower emissions in oil and gas production.


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