The Energy Future Forum (EFF), a new pan-Canadian initiative to develop policy answers that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and strengthen the economy, was officially launched on December 16, 2019 in Toronto. The forum includes senior representatives of Canada’s business, government, academic, environmental and Indigenous communities, comprising participants from five regions.

The foundational partners – Royal Bank of Canada, Suncor Energy, Hydro-Québec and the Ivey Foundation – are determined to see this collaborative effort map out an ambitious set of policy solutions that are environmentally sound, economically beneficial and publicly acceptable.

“The Energy Future Forum brings together a diverse group of thinkers, doers and policymakers in an unprecedented effort to find common cause in addressing Canada’s climate and energy challenges,” said Edward Greenspon, president and CEO of the Public Policy Forum, which is leading the process.

“The recent federal election confirmed Canadians are increasingly concerned about climate change while accepting an energy transition will unfold over time,” Greenspon said. “We are incredibly optimistic that the pieces are falling into place to address these issues decisively, efficiently and equitably and we are heartened by early indicators of progress, such as Canada and Alberta’s agreement on large carbon emitters.”

EFF’s inaugural gathering was hosted by RBC and included more than 30 participants from the federal and Alberta governments, energy companies, environmental groups, the finance industry, Indigenous groups, universities and research specialists. EFF is designed as a multi-year, multi-sector initiative to facilitate the innovative thinking needed to bridge the long-standing energy-environment divide and move Canada into a leadership position internationally.

“Canada must be a leader in both energy and the environment.  The Energy Future Forum is designed to try to get past the polarized voices and find real solutions”, said Mark Little, president and CEO of Suncor Energy.

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Initial planning will focus on possible early policy initiatives as well as a longer-term process to understand the trade-offs associated with a range of potential initiatives. These insights will inform EFF’s subsequent discussions about policy choices as it seeks to develop ideas and approaches that can make a difference and gain broad support.

This process will draw on the expertise of EFF participants and the input of outside specialists and policy decision-makers at all levels of government, complementing research and consultations already carried out by groups such as the Economic Strategy Tables, the Joint Oil and Gas Working Group, and Generation Energy. It hopes to steer the national conversation toward a common understanding between policymakers and stakeholders on policy opportunities worth pursuing and provide concrete, arms-length recommendations.

The EFF will meet at least three times a year over the next three years in locations across the country.

For further information about the Energy Future Forum, click here.

Inaugural Meeting Participants

Michelle Adams
Director
Dalhousie University – School for Resource and Environmental Studies

Janet Annesley
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Human Resources
Husky Energy

Eric Axford
Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
Suncor Energy Inc.

Kathy Bardswick
President and CEO
Canadian Institute for Climate Choices

Peter Boag
President and CEO
Canadian Fuels Association

Brian Bohunicky
Vice President, Policy
Public Policy Forum

Julie Boucher
Senior Director, Communications, Public and
Government Affairs
Hydro-Québec

Chris Breen
Vice President, Public Affairs
TC Energy

Tabatha Bull
Chief Operating Officer
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Mark Cameron
Deputy Minister, Policy Coordination Office
Government of Alberta

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Valerie Chort
Vice-President, Corporate Citizenship
RBC

Bill Clapperton
Vice President, Regulatory, Stakeholder &
Environmental Affairs
Canadian Natural Resources

Bryan Cox
President and CEO
BC LNG Alliance

Janet De Silva
President & CEO
Toronto Region Board of Trade

Andrew Craig
Senior Director, Sustainability
RBC

Peter Dinsdale
President and CEO
YMCA Canada

Annie Donolo
Policy Lead
Public Policy Forum

Roman Dubczak
Managing Director and Head of Global Investment Banking
CIBC

Dale Eisler
Senior Advisor on Government Relations
University of Regina

Stewart Elgie
Professor and Director of the University’s Interdisciplinary Environment Institute
University of Ottawa

Derek Evans
President and CEO
MEG Energy

Richard Florizone
Senior Executive Fellow
Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy

Mike Gladstone
Director External Affairs Canada
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.

Edward Greenspon
President and CEO
Public Policy Forum

Keith Halliday
Director
Boston Consulting Group

Christine Healy
President and CEO
Total E&P

Mollie Johnson
Assistant Deputy Minister – Low Carbon Energy Sector
Natural Resources Canada

Robert Johnston
Managing Director, Global Energy and Natural Resources
Eurasia Group

Kent Kaufield
Managing Partner, Energy
Ernst & Young

Masha Kennedy
Director of Partnerships
Public Policy Forum

Jay Khosla
Assistant Deputy Minister, Energy Sector
Natural Resources Canada

Leah Lawrence
President and CEO
Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Megan Leslie
President and CEO
WWF

Mark Little
President and CEO
Suncor Energy Inc.

Bruce Lourie
President
Ivey Foundation

Jane McDonald
Interim President and CEO
International Institute for Sustainable Development

David McKay
President and CEO
RBC

Ross Middleton
Managing Director & Partner
Boston Consulting Group

Jatin Nathwani
Executive Director
University of Waterloo – Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy

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Jeanette Patell
Vice-President, Government Affairs & Policy
GE Canada

Simon Paradis
Canada Energy Transition Program Manager
Shell Canada Ltd.

Theresa Redburn
Senior Vice President, Commercial and Corporate Development
Imperial Oil

Marty Reed
CEO
Evok Innovations

John Stackhouse
Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO
RBC

Peter Tertzakian
Executive Director
ARC Energy Research Institute

Christyne Tremblay
Deputy Minister
Natural Resources Canada

Bruce Wallace
President and CEO
Nuclear Innovation Institute

Mac Van Wielingen
Founder and Chair
Viewpoint Group

Ed Whittingham
Co-Founder and Senior Advisor
Academy for Sustainable Innovation

EFF membership is still growing, and we expect additional partners will contribute to our efforts in the coming months.

Featured image sources: EFF Public Policy Forum.

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