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Canada’s energy future: Delimiting Alberta’s potential for clean technologies

Trillions of dollars are being committed by world investors and governments in the next decade to decarbonize the energy sector, to navigate looming environmental constraints driven by the rising footprint of industrial development and to adapt Alberta’s agricultural systems and infrastructure to a changing climate.

Countries as diverse as China and Germany, and states as diverse as Texas and Colorado, are embracing clean technology – innovative technologies, products and service models that reduce environmental footprint – not solely for their environmental benefits but because they enhance competitiveness in incumbent industries and enable reindustrialization and growth of employment.

While Alberta has several ingredients that could position it as a global hub for clean technology—including host industries, increasingly-progressive environmental policy and a diverse ecosystem—several obstacles need to be overcome. These include but are not limited to market readiness, technology readiness level, and federal and provincial policies.

In a fireside chat format, this latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will cover:

  • A definition for CleanTech
  • Why Alberta should embrace CleanTech
  • The current status of the CleanTech sector in Alberta, including gaps
  • The role of government in growing a successful CleanTech industry
  • The role of other sectors in growing a successful CleanTech industry
  • The implications of a fully developed CleanTech industry for the energy future of Canada

About the speakers:

Jason Switzer is the Executive Director at Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance. Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, Jason has over a decade of experience including time with the Pembina Institute, Cenovus Energy Inc. and Shell Canada.  Jason holds master's degrees in environmental engineering and in public policy from MIT and is a Harvard-trained environmental mediator, an alumnus of Leadership Calgary, and a fellow at the World Commission on Dams. 

Adam Goehner is a Director at The Delphi Group where he leads the technical and sustainability services in Western Canada. At Delphi, Adam develops and executes projects focused on the adoption of novel technology and business practices in the energy sector. Adam has 10 years of experience in the energy sector including working for the Pembina Institute, Cenovus Energy Inc., Encana and Apache. Adam holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, environmental option, from the University of British Columbia.

Sara Hastings-Simon is Associate Regional Director of the Pembina Institute’s clean economy program in Alberta. Sara’s background also includes managing the cleantech practice at McKinsey&Company. Sarah holds BA in Physics from Pomona College, a MSc. in Physics from the University of California and a PhD in Physics from the University of Geneva. 

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The ConocoPhillips IRIS Seminar Series is proudly supported by ConocoPhillips and administered by the Centre for Corporate Sustainability at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.


March 15, 2017


4:30 pm to 5:30 pm


BMO Financial Group Forum, Third Floor, Haskayne School of Business

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