EU – CANADA Energy Conference 2016: Finding answers to the energy challenges of tomorrow

Date: 22 September 2016
Time: 9:00 – 17:00
Location: Victoria Hall, John G. Diefenbaker Building, 111 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 5A1
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Forty years after the conclusion of the Framework Agreement with Canada and the opening of the

Delegation in Ottawa, the EU’s bilateral relations with Canada cover a wide area far beyond trade. A true Strategic Partnership has evolved and is being implemented.

 

Energy and climate change issues are foundational pillars of this Strategic Partnership. The EU – Canada High Level Dialogues on Energy and Climate have advanced cooperation on these matters, but further progress is required to strengthen transatlantic collaboration, as emerging resources and technologies reshape the economic landscape and climate change continues to have regional and global impacts.

 

The EU-Canada Energy Conference is an opportunity to support the promotion of best policies and regulatory practices for efficient, sustainable and environmentally-friendly energy production and use. In addition, it will be an occasion to discuss energy as it relates to research and innovation, demonstrate concrete evidence of the economic benefits of tackling climate change and encourage investment in low carbon technologies and infrastructure. The conference will focus on such topics as unconventional gas and LNG, smart grids, and renewable energy, as well as COP21 implementation.

 

To enhance the dialogue between the EU and Canada, there will be plenary sessions focusing on:

1. Energy Policy in Canada and the EU – differences, similarities and common interests.
2. Economic growth, energy security and climate policy – a contradiction? The industry view.

 

The morning plenaries will be followed by break-out sessions examining the following:

1. The role and potential of natural gas – Canadian and European Union perspectives.
2. How to be ready for the energy needs of tomorrow: clean, competitive and efficient – The role of innovation, research and smart infrastructure.
3. How to translate COP21 into energy policy in Canada and the EU

 

Speeches and presentations
Opening remarks by H.E. Marie-Anne Coninsx
Presentation of Tim McMillan
Presentation of Rocco Delvecchio
Presentation of John Rathbone
Presentation of Jeffery Piper
Presentation of Ahto Oja

Documents and links
EU-Canada Energy Conference Proceedings
Conference programme with biographies
Delegation of the European Union to Canada

Photo gallery of the conference
Photos

Video gallery of the conference
Videos

 

TimeEvent
9:00- 9:30Registration
9:30-9:50Conference Moderator: Graham Campbell, President, Energy Council of Canada

Opening/Welcoming Address

H.E. Marie-Anne Coninsx, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada
9:50-10:45Plenary session (I)

Energy Policy in Canada and the EU – differences, similarities and common interests

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

Christopher Jones, Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission

Q&A Session
10:45-11:15Coffee break
11:15-12:15Plenary session (II)

Economic growth, energy security and climate policy - a contradiction? - The industry view.

Rocco Delvecchio, Vice President, Government Affairs, Siemens Canada

Tim McMillan, President and CEO, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

John Rathbone, Senior Consultant – North America, Energy Systems Division, North America, Ramboll

Q&A Session
12:15-14:15Luncheon – Armchair discussion: Shawn McCarthy, National Business Correspondent, The Globe and Mail, and William Powell, Editor in Chief, Natural Gas Europe
14:30-16:003 parallel break-out sessions

1. The role and potential of natural gas – The Canadian and EU perspectives

Panellists:
Terence Hubbard, Director General, Petroleum Resources Branch, Natural Resources Canada
Jeffery Piper, Senior Expert, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
Alfred Sorensen, President and CEO, Pieridae Energy (Canada) Ltd

Moderator: William Powell, Editor in Chief, Natural Gas Europe

2. How to be ready for the energy needs of tomorrow: clean, competitive and efficient – The role of innovation, research and smart infrastructure

Panellists:
Geoffrey Murphy, Director of Partnerships and Outreach, Policy and Planning Branch, Natural Resources Canada
Alex Bettencourt, Director, SmartGrid Canada
David Hickey, Vice-President, Wind Power and Renewables, Siemens Canada
Ahto Oja, Renewable Energy, Energy Saving and Audit, Biomethane and Energy Cooperative expert

Moderator: Gaëtan Thomas, President and CEO, New Brunswick Power

3. How to translate COP21 into energy policy in Canada and the EU

Panellists:
William Amos, Member of Parliament, Liberal Party of Canada
Matt Horne,Associate British Columbia Director, Pembina Institute
Jean-Arnold Vinois, Energy Adviser, Jacques Delors Institute
Sigurd Schmidt, Special Adviser, Energy security, Economic and Global Issues Division, European External Action Service (EEAS)

Moderator: Douglas MacDonald, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor, University of Toronto, School of Environment


16:00-16:30Coffee break
16:30-17:00Concluding plenary session

Brief summary of the break-out group discussions by the three panel moderators

Short concluding remarks by Graham Campbell, President, Energy Council of Canada
17:00-19:00Networking reception