2017 BC Regional Member Forum

Energy | About the Energy Council of Canada

ABOUT the Energy Council of Canada

The energy sector plays an important and far-reaching role within Canada’s society, environment and economy. The Energy Council of Canada strives to shape an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy sector for the benefit of all Canadians.  As a professional, knowledgeable and collaborative organization with broad membership at the executive level, it advances current energy issues through objective energy dialogue and direct engagement with the World Energy Council, the world’s leading energy association.

The Energy Council of Canada is a not-for-profit organization established in 1923 as one of the founding members of the World Energy Council (WEC).  The Energy Council is the Canadian member committee of the WEC.

The WEC is the UN-accredited global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum, with more than 3000 member organizations located in over 95 countries. WEC members represent governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs and energy-related stakeholders. It informs global, regional and national energy strategies by hosting high-level events, publishing authoritative studies, and working through its extensive member network to facilitate the world’s energy policy dialogue.
The Energy Council of Canada brings together senior energy executives from industry and government engaged in national, continental and global energy activities and issues to share in strategic thinking, dialogue, collaboration and actions around energy matters in Canada and abroad.  Members come from energy corporations, energy industry associations, Canadian federal and provincial government departments and agencies, academic organizations, professional services firms, as well as crown corporations.
The Energy Council is a uniquely positioned in three important dimensions.   
  • The Energy Council covers all sectors involved in energy in Canada, including oil and gas, electricity, energy end-use in the industrial, residential and commercial sectors, and sectors, which make use of energy commodities as inputs to their industrial processes (e.g., the petro-chemical sector).
  • The Energy Council ensures that Canada’s interests are represented in the activities of the World Energy Council.  It coordinates participation in World Energy Council activities by Canadian leaders and experts.  It contributes Canadian content and insights to WEC research and development of policy perspectives, and provides a link to the WEC’s global expert knowledge, events, energy information, and global policy perspectives.  
  • As a consequence of its comprehensive coverage of energy forms, its multi-sector membership, and its inclusive combination of membership from the private and public sectors, the Energy Council is uniquely positioned as the lead organization for informed policy dialogue on broad energy issues.

Organizational Tenets – Vision, Mission, Values

The Energy Council of Canada adopts a vision statement to depict its aspirations for the long-range energy sector in Canada

Vision: An affordable, stable and environmentally-sound energy system providing for the greatest benefit for all Canadians.

Mission: The Energy Council of Canada acts to bring its Members and energy stakeholders together to forge a better understanding of Canada’s energy opportunities and issues with the aim to optimally shape an affordable, stable and environmentally-sound energy sector for the benefit of all Canadians.

Guiding Themes:  As a general theme, the Energy Council of Canada and its members believe that the use of energy to produce goods and services and the production and delivery of energy for those purposes must be managed sustainably. The Energy Council adopts a set of guiding themes for delivering on its vision and mission.  The first three are set out by the World Energy Council and adopted by its members across the globe.  The fourth relates to the long-term competitiveness of the Canadian energy sector in particular.

  • Energy security: management of energy supply, reliability of energy infrastructure, and meeting current and future demand.
  • Energy equity: accessibility and affordability of energy supply.
  • Environmental sustainability: supply and demand-side energy efficiencies, development of energy supply from renewable and low-carbon sources.
  • National competitiveness: innovative, robust, and flexible value chain for Canadian energy commodities and products destined for local, regional and global markets as key contributors to Canada’s prosperity.
The Energy Council’s strategic goals for 2016 to 2018 developed by its Board of Directors define its approach to fulfilling its long-term vision and mission.  The Energy Council has four strategic goals: 
The Energy Council has unique strengths based on its diverse membership from the private sector and also from governments: its multi-sectoral coverage spanning the entire energy system; its international connections with the World Energy Council and partners in North America; the results from its academic research initiatives; and, its convening power. Opportunities for the Energy Council in today’s energy environment arise from its capacity to address high-level, cross-sectoral energy issues. This positions the Energy Council to inform policy-makers with objective, balanced energy perspectives and insights.

At the same time, the Energy Council faces increasing competition from non-energy organizations which are now engaging on energy issues. The Energy Council’s four strategic goals for 2016 to 2018 have been developed by the Board of Directors to define its approach to fulfilling its long-term vision and mission. 

The Energy Council of Canada will become a more substantive, influential and high-profile organization operating on five channels of engagement – global, national, federal, provincial and municipal.  The Energy Council aims to advance the three broad goals of the World Energy Council – energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability – and to contribute to Canada’s competitiveness and prosperity arising from development and use of Canada’s rich and diverse energy resources. This goal focuses on strengthening the Energy Council’s presence as the “go to” organization to address broad energy issues, and on positioning the Energy Council as the lead organization to bring diverse views together towards building a consensus on the energy matter at hand.
The Energy Council is ideally suited to addressing today’s complex energy matters but needs to increase its presence and influence in order to have significant impact.  It recognizes that today’s energy matters can only be addressed by its horizontal approach built on deep energy knowledge, inclusive coverage of all energy technologies and the complete energy system, participation by federal and provincial governments, industry and impacted groups, and a genuine commitment to fact-based, objective and open dialogue. 
The Energy Council injects itself into the energy discussion, carve out its space, and use its convening power to bring parties together.
The Energy Council will take a leading role in informing policy-making.    
The Energy Council will play a leadership role in shaping Canada’s energy future by informing policy making.  Its coverage of all sectors of energy in Canada gives the Energy Council a unique perspective to inform policy-makers engaged in addressing issues spanning oil and gas, electricity, renewables, and energy end-use sectors, and also horizontal issues such as innovation and climate policy.
Policy-makers in provincial governments and the federal government are bombarded by niche interest groups which tend to advocate solutions narrowly focussed on their individual interests.  In contrast, the Energy Council offers insights and sound suggestions for energy policy actions that address broader government interests and incorporate a balanced package of considerations. 
The divided jurisdictional responsibilities for energy between provincial and territorial governments and the federal government add complexity to resolving energy issues and seizing energy opportunities in Canada.  The Energy Council is uniquely positioned to play a leading role as a consequence of having representatives of both provincial governments and the federal government among its members.  This dialogue with governments is done through two channels: with senior officials involved in events and activities, and with their Ministers. The Energy Council brings focus to the most important current and emerging issues, opportunities, and challenges in the Canadian energy sector and brings together divergent points of view.  Attention will be directed to matters of a horizontal nature which span the energy sector.  Examples of such matters are the implications of the transformations underway across the energy sector and discussion of alternative approaches to climate change policy.  Niche issues, such as advocating for incentives for a particular energy technology or sector, are left to other organizations. 
The Energy Council will improve the understanding and appreciation of energy and energy systems and foster a balanced discussion of competing ideas.  It will seed the dialogue with relevant information, such as the World Energy Council’s reports and policy perspectives, and reports arising from the Energy Council’s program of energy policy research to make the content more readily consumable.
The Energy Council funds targeted energy research at leading Canadian universities as a means to shine light on important energy issues.  Academic research leads to a more thorough understanding of complex energy issues.  New research insights will contribute to informing the energy dialogue fostered by the Energy Council.  Topics will be proposed which directly address issues of interest to Energy Council members.
The Energy Council will raise the awareness and disseminate the World Energy Council’s policy reports, technical reports, and periodic energy industry updates in order to increase the sharing and use of this informative material, and injects Canadian information and insights into their studies. This goal centres on optimizing the benefits to Canada from the Energy Council’s close engagement with the World Energy Council.  The two-way engagement involves injection of Canadian information, insights and perspectives into the WEC’s global studies, and second, making the best use of the WEC’s reports and information to inform energy dialogue in Canada.
The World Energy Council is the largest global energy organization, representing members from more than 95 countries. 
Three channels of activity are associated with fulfilling this goal. As Canada’s representative on the World Energy Council, the Energy Council of Canada plays a proactive role to distill important messages relevant to Canadian issues from the World Energy Council outputs and activities on global and continental issues. Second, the Energy Council also plays the important reciprocal role of injecting accurate and up-to-date Canadian information and insights into the World Energy Council studies on global issues and opportunities. Third, the Energy Council drives the dialogue on North American energy issues by working closely with its counterparts in the United States and Mexico through the World Energy Council North American Region Energy Forum and other trilateral initiatives.
The Energy Council will serve its members by enhancing the ‘’value added” they receive. 
Providing members with value from their membership is at the heart of the Energy Council’s strategy.   There are two dimensions to the Energy Council’s value equation: for individual members and for the member’s organization.
The Energy Council’s membership encompasses all energy sectors, including oil and gas, renewables, electricity generation from fossil fuels, renewables and nuclear technologies, transportation and transmission, and energy end-use. This multi-sectoral membership provides individual members with value by bringing them together leaders from across the energy sector.  While sectoral associations focus on engaging with and representing the interests of their particular sectors, the Energy Council engages leaders from all segments of the energy sector.  Members value this opportunity to become acquainted with leaders from other sectors and engage with them in a multi-sectoral dialogue.
This exposure to views and issues from the perspective of other sectors enriches their understanding of the energy ‘’big picture” and enables them to identify opportunities for collaboration or business ideas through conversations with people from other sectors.
Member organizations benefit from being part of an organization that aims to optimally shape the energy sector for the benefit of all Canadians.  They are seen as contributing to a broader goal rather than being focused solely on their own sector.
Member organizations have first access to speaking opportunities at Energy Council events and activities. These opportunities add to the organization’s corporate profile and they associate the organization with well-informed energy dialogue on issues facing the energy sector.
The Energy Council contributes to developing the knowledge, insights and connections of members’ professional staff as they take advantage of opportunities to participate in World Energy Council studies, and build their networks by attending Energy Council events and activities
Through its direct engagement with energy leaders in Canada, the Energy Council has access to members’ knowledge, experience and connections across the energy sector in Canada.  The Energy Council serves its members by soliciting their views on issues of interest and then designs events and activities which advance corporate strategies and needs.  Every aspect of the Energy Council’s strategy, planning, programming, and outreach is based on the engagement, ideas and support from its members. Ideas and suggestions are provided by Members during the quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors, monthly meetings of the Executive Committee, and ongoing work of the Standing Committees.  Members have these opportunities to ensure that their goals are advanced through the Energy Council’s events and activities.