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The Enbridge Research-in-Action Seminar Series Held at least four times each year, the Enbridge Research-in-Action Seminar Series brings together influential researchers, practitioners and industry experts to discuss and disseminate leading-edge sustainability research in Canada and abroad. The timing of these seminars will coincide with the academic year at the University of Calgary, with seminars occurring in the autumn and winter terms.

Upcoming seminar series

Seminar series to resume in Fall 2017


Past seminar series

Safety in Operations: There are always lessons to be learned

Pipeline safety has dominated headlines in recent years but has this overshadowed other safety-sensitive parts of the oil supply chain in Canada?

Although Canada’s oil refineries continue to face economic challenges, the sector remains profitable with new capacity being added in various provinces. With additional expansion, maintaining a high commitment to refinery process safety is critical for preventing leaks, fires, and explosions. Recent events at the Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC) in Regina, Saskatchewan, demonstrate the significant occupational safety, reputational, and legal consequences of inadequate attention to managing process safety.

This Enbridge Research in Action seminar shed light on the importance of operational safety and social license in the oil refining sector using the CRC as a case study.

About the speaker:

Sean Tucker, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Hill School of Business at the University of Regina. He completed his PhD from the Queen’s School of Business in 2010 with a focus on occupational safety. His research focuses on CEO influences on safety culture and employee well being.

Tucker provides consulting support to the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board, Injury Prevention department, and he engages on safety-related consulting projects with public and private sector organizations. 

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Energy vs. Environment: Do we have to choose?

Energy vs. Environment: Do we have to choose?

As Western Canada and the oil and gas resource sector look forward to what could be a turnaround after two years of fiscal restraint, a much heated debate is occurring over whether we can develop our resources in an acceptable manner for all. 
The Alberta provincial government and Canada’s federal governing party have both promised changes that consider environmental improvements. Upcoming mandates on the reduction in methane emissions from oil and gas wells could cost the industry millions of dollars over the next several years. 
Can these environmental objectives be met and still ensure a strong and viable energy industry that is so vital to our province and country? 
At this upcoming Enbridge Research in Action seminar we will provide a perspective and showcase a Cleantech solution provider growing its presence and business over the past two years within the oil and gas sector while providing emissions control, social permission, regulatory support; all while offering its customers innovation at a lower price so that all stakeholders succeed. 

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Have we reached the bottom yet?

As the province struggles through its second year of recession, this latest Enbridge Research in Action seminar will address urgent questions on many Albertan’s minds such as: is how long will this last? Have we seen the worst of it, and if so, when can we expect recovery?

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Economic and Environmental Impacts of Electrification of Canadian Energy Consumption

An economy-wide transition from current energy end use fuel mix to one dominated by electricity is seen as one option to satisfy future energy demands, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Such a transition requires changing the existing fleet of end use devises – such as vehicles, space heaters, etc. – across all sectors of the economy. Furthermore, it requires much larger electricity generation and transmission infrastructure than today that would inevitably have significant economic impacts resulting from new investments, stranded assets, and changes to oil, gas and electricity markets.

This latest Enbridge Research in Action seminar will provide a perspective as to the Canadian Energy Research Institute’s (CERI) study where the objective is to assess economic and environmental impacts of electrifying energy end use services in Canada. The assessment will be done using spatially explicit (i.e., provincial specificities will be taken into account) scenario modelling and make use of CERI's existing macroeconomic assessment models.

About the speaker:
Allan Fogwill joined the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) in November 2014 as President and CEO. An energy sector executive with over 25 years’ experience in both the public and private sector, his background has focused on economic and market analysis of energy sector issues along with policy development related to energy regulation and efficiency issues.

Fogwill has previously worked for natural gas distribution companies in BC and Ontario and for the Ontario Energy Board dealing with market analysis and the analysis of distribution costs. Prior to assuming his role at CERI, Fogwill provided regulatory consulting services to local distribution companies in Ontario.

He has a Master’s degree from Simon Fraser University in Natural Resources Management and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Geography. He has also served as the Chair and CEO of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Canadian Gas Research Institute.

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Creating a "Burning Platform" for sustainability risks in business

Traditionally, sustainability champions have used four carrots of emerging business opportunities to encourage corporations to reduce their negative environmental and social footprints. These carrots consist of propositions around values-alignment, employee-engagement, profit-improvement, and market-performance. It can be argued that these approaches are not having a timely impact on company executives to promote tangible actions. More than ever before, we need to get their attention and stress a business-relevant “burning platform” on sustainability risks.

In order to identify what a tangible “burning platform” could be, two methods can be leveraged; the first being Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), using gap analysis to manage priority risks, the second being a Future-Fit Business Benchmark (F2B2) tool to quantify goals through science-based research. These two tools effectively give sustainability the “stick” it needs to get executives attention and move sustainability implementation into operations quicker.

This latest Enbridge Research in Action seminar will provide a perspective as to how to:

  • Understand the four carrots of emerging business opportunities and why they are not working.
  • Define what a “Burning Platform” for sustainability risk is.
  • Give an in-depth understanding of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) as a methodology to establish a “Burning Platform”.
  • Give an in-depth understanding of a Future-Fit Business Benchmark (F2B2) tool as a methodology to establish a “Burning Platform”.

About the speaker:
Bob Willard is a leading expert on quantifying the business value of sustainability strategies. He has given over a thousand presentations, has authored four books, and provides extensive resources for sustainability champions. He serves on the boards of Forum for the Future U.S. and the Future-Fit Foundation. He was one of the first five inductees into the International Society of Sustainability Professionals’ Hall of Fame in 2011 and received a Clean50 award in 2015. He is an award-winning B Corp and has a PhD in sustainability from the University of Toronto.
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What are acceptable risks? The role of traditional and social media in resource conversations

Technological risks that were once considered acceptable - such as pipelining petroleum, coal fired power plants, or oil sands development – have become increasingly criticized on moral and emotional bases, actively opposed by those who do not seem directly affected, and rejected by regulators for political reasons.

As people reconsider risks as unacceptable, this can lead to host community mutinies, regulatory refusals, and share price volatilities. The term “bitumen bubble” is often used to describe the growing discount on “dirty” oil sands products, being denied access to American markets and resulting in billions in lost revenues. How then, can we quantify stakeholders’ evolving risk appetite and proactively address their concerns?

The latest Enbridge Research in Action will highlight research supported by the Alberta Chamber of Resources to measure the publics’ beliefs, values, and emotions associated with resource development risks.

This Enbridge Research in Action seminar will provide perspective on:

  • Measures of public beliefs, values, and emotions and how they related to risk perception, acceptability, and related concepts like social license to operate.
  • How companies can better recognize and quantify how risk evaluations evolve, to proactively address underlying concerns.
  • How metrics enrich policy discussions regarding sustainable resource development in Alberta.
  • How leveraging media analysis can predict industry sentiment and related stock indices.

About the speaker:

Lianne Lefsrud, PhD, P.Eng. is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Safety and Risk Management in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. Just prior, she was with the Erb Institute of Global Sustainable Enterprise, Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment, at the University of Michigan. Besides doing internationally award winning research, she also provides policy and strategy advice to government and industry.

Professionally, Lefsrud’s career spans two decades with senior roles in industry, consulting, and regulation. Prior to returning to academia, she was the Assistant Director Professional Practice with APEGA, Assistant Director in operations with Canadian National Railway, and worked in environmental consulting, construction, and oil and gas.

She has her PhD in Strategic Management and Organization, MSc in Environmental Engineering and Sociology, and BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta.

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The road to Paris goes through Calgary.

Climate change is a hot topic on a provincial, national and global scale. On November 23, 2015, the province of Alberta unveiled the Climate Leadership Plan which was the result of an extensive review of provincial climate policy that set into motion key developments that will affect businesses, municipalities and individuals in Alberta.

Additionally, on December 12, 2015 the countries that produce more than 90 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, including Canada, adopted the Paris Agreement, the world’s first universal climate agreement, to provide a framework for international cooperation on new global climate goals.

Please join Linda Coady and Ted Ferguson for a deep dive conversation into how these recent events connect and to explore the question: If this changes everything, then who has the plan and what should it include from an Alberta perspective?

This latest Enbridge Research in Action seminar will provide perspective in regards to:

  • The implications of Alberta’s new Climate Leadership Plan.
  • The implications of the Paris Agreement on Alberta.
  • What the future of the province could look like balancing new global and provincial climate policy frameworks.

About the speakers:

Linda Coady is Chief Sustainability Officer for Enbridge, a leading North American energy delivery and infrastructure company. Prior to joining Enbridge in 2013, Linda was Vice President of Sustainability for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, a former Vice President of World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada), and a former Vice President of Weyerhaeuser Canada. In 2015, Linda was a member of the Climate Advisory Panel to the Government of Alberta.

Ted Ferguson is Senior Vice President of The Delphi Group, providing strategic advice and guidance on sustainability and carbon issues and oversees Delphi’s benchmarking services. Delphi, a certified BCorp, works in partnership across sectors with over 30 of Canada’s top 100 companies on sustainability. Ted has over 20 years of experience working with leading-edge companies, government initiatives and non-government organizations. Prior to Delphi, Ted worked For BC Hydro, at Foreign Affairs Canada and for the David Suzuki Foundation.

A Plague on Both Your Houses: Hydraulic fracturing as a symptom of low trust in industry and governments in Atlantic Canada

In the last twelve months, the governments of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick both introduced legislated bans on the practice of hydraulic fracturing. Meanwhile – like Nova Scotia – the governments of New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador have established independent panels to further examine the evidence for and against hydraulic fracturing in order to inform public policy-making in those jurisdictions.

Public attitudes towards hydraulic fracturing in Atlantic Canada are part of a deeper questioning of how - and even if - some natural resources should be developed at all. This phenomenon must be understood within a context of low trust in industry and governments in the region.

This latest Enbridge Research in Action seminar will provide insights into how the issue of hydraulic fracturing has been addressed in Atlantic Canada and how an attempt to deliver a genuinely independent assessment of risks and benefits, informed by stakeholder opinion, was made by a panel of ten experts in Nova Scotia in 2014.
About the speaker:
David Wheeler, PhD is President and Vice-Chancellor of Cape Breton University.  He is an internationally experienced academic and business person with more than two decades of senior executive level involvement in change management and sustainable business practice, research and teaching.  He has published widely in the business, scientific and medical literatures. Wheeler has been active in energy policy issues for more than a decade and he chaired the Nova Scotia Hydraulic Fracturing Independent Review and Public Consultation process.

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Prices and policies: are there lessons learned from the past?

The link between the price of oil and Canada’s economic prospects has recently hit close to home—in layoffs in the oil and gas sector, in government budgets and in a weaker Canadian dollar.

This is not Canada’s first oil price crash, but when we say, ‘We’ve been here before’, are we certain? If so, we know how to adjust and wait out the pain. If not, we need to think about how to thrive in a very different future.

A review of past price crashes and policy responses provides some lessons for today.
The latest Enbridge Research in Action Seminar will discuss:

  • A brief history of energy prices and policies
  • Lessons for governments and industry
  • Today’s policy risks

About the speaker:

Bob Skinner is an Executive Fellow at The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. His energy career spans more than four decades in government, industry and academia, including Assistant Deputy Minister of Energy Commodities in the federal government, Director of the Policy Office of the International Energy Agency at the OECD, Advisor to TOTAL S.A. to establish their Canadian office to gain entry to the oil sands, Director of the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies in England and finally Sr. VP of Statoil Canada Ltd.

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Canada and the First Nations: cooperation or conflict?

Canada’s economy and tens of thousands of jobs are inseparably linked to the development of our natural resources and to a peaceful and mutually beneficial relationship with the people of the First Nations. Yet, the social legacy of First Nations policies in Canada and their social choices presents to Canadians and the First Nations a looming, self-reinforcing danger of civil conflict.

In these circumstances, to avoid a future Canadian civil conflict, Canadian and First Nations formal and informal leaders must enact policies and employ community-based strategies to defuse the time bomb in our midst.

This latest Enbridge Research in Action seminar will provide a perspective as to:

  • The Canadian environment with regards to First Nations
  • The rise in Aboriginal authority coinciding with the rise of demand for natural resources
  • Impacting the Aboriginal youth of tomorrow

About the speaker:

Douglas L. Bland, is a Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario where from 1996 to 2011 he held the Chair of Defence Studies and researched and taught in the fields of defence policy making and management. Prior to 1996, Bland spent 30 years in the Canadian Armed Forces retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel and was then engaged in several civilian/governmental consultancy positions.

He is the author of several publications and books including Uprising, Canada and The First Nations: Conflict or Cooperation and Time Bomb.

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Canadian oil and gas in a global context

The Canadian upstream oil and gas sector is material on a global scale. However, it is currently facing challenges that will either yield new opportunities for the industry or potentially impact its continued growth. Decisions taken in the near term will have a significant impact on Canada's future energy and economic outlook.

The opportunities and barriers cover a broad spectrum, from the global competitiveness of the industry, to public confidence in industry, governments and regulators.

This latest Enbridge Research in Action seminar will provide a perspective as to how these opportunities and challenges are evolving in a global and societal context. It will address what has been done and what is being done to enable natural gas and crude oil development, transportation and exports, considering both competitiveness and public confidence. Finally, the seminar will address what more needs to be done to overcome barriers and drive future Canadian oil and gas exports.

About the speaker:

David Collyer, former president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), for 6 years lead CAPP’s activities in education, communications and policy/regulatory advocacy.

Prior to CAPP, Collyer spent 30 years at Shell in various positions. His experience includes conventional oil and gas, oil sands, marketing and transportation and downstream commercial marketing, as well as cross-business roles such as strategy and planning, communications and sustainable development.

He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGA) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and has held a number of not-for-profit board positions.

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The social license to govern

The idea of a social licence to build and operate has become familiar to people in the energy and resource sectors. By and large this notion implies that a company who is proposing to build or operate a project must secure the support of affected local communities as part of the process of securing formal permits issued by public authorities.

Local communities should be engaged, they should share in the benefits of the project while being able to ensure the downsides are mitigated. However, Canada is built on the notion of the rule of law, law administered by authorized public authorities. When the law is applied, a person or company has the right to expect that they can proceed without interference. Yet, increasingly the need to secure a social licence implies that approval is not approval at all. In other words, the public authorities have seemingly lost their social licence to govern and to regulate.

There is growing evidence that the Canadian populace increasingly distrusts public authorities or has lost faith in their competence. This phenomenon is common throughout the developed world and it is clear that we have a problem and that it is growing.

Join us for the latest Research in Action seminar where Michael Cleland will explore the forces driving the loss of social licence to govern and will outline ideas for how those interested in securing resource based prosperity in the future can work to rebuild public confidence and trust in policy and regulatory processes.

About the speaker:

F. Michael Cleland is a private consultant with extensive experience in energy and environment policy, and is currently the Nexen Executive in Residence at the Canada West Foundation. Formerly the President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association, Cleland has also held senior positions at the Canadian Electricity Association, the Department of Natural Resources Canada and the Department of Finance. Cleland was also principal in the firm of Cleland, Dunsmuir Consulting Ltd., a lecturer in business/government relations at the school of Public Administration at Dalhousie University and academic editor of Plan Canada, the journal of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

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