EVENT ITEMS

Events

YEPN HOLDS Ist WEBINAR OF 2024

On May 8 the Young Energy Professionals Network held a successful first webinar of the year. The event was well-attended, with almost 80 participants online to hear the discussion.

Colin Turner (CGA) of the YEPN hosted the conversation. Panelists Chief Billy Morin (Axxcelus Capital Advisory), Graham Clodge (Metergy Solutions), and Alex Stoiko (Creative Energy) discussed their organizations’ participation in an evolving energy sector.

You can find the entire discussion by clicking the link below.

THIRD ANNUAL CANADA ENERGY UPDATE TAKES PLACE IN OTTAWA ON 31 JANUARY

The Energy Council of Canada held its third annual Canada Energy Update on Wednesday, 31 January at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. This year, for the first time, the Update combined an online event with an in-person gathering. Of the 12 invited speakers, three couldn’t come to Ottawa. They spoke to the audience via a livestream Zoom call. The audience in Ottawa comprised industry representatives, government officials, members of the legal community, consultants, and others with a strong interest in energy issues. Close to 300 people registered to follow the discussion on line.

Speakers combined a brief review of the recent history in their respective fields with a view of the future. The presentations covered the United States Energy Association, key Canadian energy industry associations, as well as a university energy research institute, a major supplier of goods and services to the sector, and two major industrial energy consumers.

Below, you will find buttons linking to a Trailer, with brief excerpts from the conference, and the complete Event Video.

Presenters

  • Mark Menezes, United States Energy Association
  • Monica Gattinger, Institute for Science, Society, and Policy (University of Ottawa)
  • Ivette Vera-Perez, Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
  • Francis Bradley, Electricity Canada
  • Johanne Senécal, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Christopher Gully, Canadian Nuclear Association
  • Michelle Branigan, Electricity Human Resources Canada
  • Paul Cheliak, Canadian Gas Association
  • Guy Lonechild, First Nations Power Authority
  • Jamie Dinsmore, Microsoft
  • Chris Smillie, Siemens Energy Canada
  • Scott MacKenzie, Toyota Canada

Event Sponsors

CAPP LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE FEATURING AUTHORITATIVE INDUSTRY DATA CENTRE

Energy Council of Canada member CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) has launched a new website. In addition to the features on its original site, the new version includes a significant addition to the information base on Canada’s oil and gas industry. Called the CAPP Data Centreit is a comprehensive and authoritative source of information on the oil and gas industry in Canada.

The data are organized into 9 subject areas:

  • production
  • economic impact
  • export infrastructure
  • GHG emissions
  • refining
  • natural gas markets
  • oil markets
  • domestic consumption
  • oil and natural gas exports

 

CAPP states that this means their website is now poised to be the go-to online resource for verified data and information regarding Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas sector. This reflects their commitment to transparency, education, and the provision to Canadians of solid, fact-based information about the industry.

3rd ANNUAL CANADA ENERGY UPDATE 31 JANUARY - OTTAWA

Howard Shearer, Chair, Energy Council of Canada

On Wednesday, 31 January, the Energy Council of Canada held the 2024 version of Canada Energy Update at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. This year the conference brought together not only the leaders of national energy industry associations, but also speakers from academic energy research, energy utilities, the service and supply industry, major energy consumers, and manufacturers. A featured speaker was Mark Menezes, the newly appointed President & CEO of the United States Energy Association. In addition to the in person audience, the proceedings were followed on line. Over 300 people registered for the live feed.

A number of organizations helped make the event possible through their sponsorships:

  • Toyota (Gold Sponsor)
  • Electricity Canada (Silver Sponsor)
  • Siemens Energy (Silver Sponsor)
  • First Nation Power Authority (Bronze Sponsor)
  • 360Energy (Bronze Sponsor)

 

To view the entire afternoon session, click the button below.

JACOB IRVING DELIVERS CLOSING ADDRESS AT USEA ANNUAL EVENT

On 31 January 2024, ECC President Jacob Irving spoke at the United States Energy Association’s annual State of the Energy Industry Forum in Washington DC. He had been invited by the USEA’s new president Mark Menezes to provide the closing address. The Forum brings together the heads of the major energy industry associations in the US to discuss the recent developments in their industries and to offer their thoughts on issues they will face in the future. 

ECC President Irving Appears before House Standing Committee on
Foreign Affairs and International Development

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) invited the Energy Council of Canada to provide a witness for its session on Monday, 20 November 2023. President Jacob Irving appeared before the Committee.

The topic under discussion was the Situation at the Russia-Ukraine Border and Implications for Peace and Security. In this session, the Committee was interested in gathering expert views on food security and energy security. Mr. Irving provided an introduction to the ECC and spent some time outlining the North American and International Outreach (NAIO) program. He explained that its purpose is to inform and raise awareness among other nations of Canada’s energy resources and expertise in the sector. When asked about the limited natural gas exports to counter the restrictions on Russian exports to Ukraine, he explained that Canadian gas is exported to the US at the moment and finds its way to Ukraine through the US. He noted that a major LNG export facility was being developed in British Columbia (LNG Canada) and that it will provide useful information to assess the viability of potential future projects.

ECC Joins Panel at Ottawa Conference of the 3 Seas Initiative

At the invitation of the Polish Embassy, President Irving appeared on a panel on 21 November 2023 to discuss opportunities for Canada through eastern Europe’s 3 Seas Initiative (the 3 Seas refer to the Baltic, Black, and Adriatic seas). The project is designed to improve links among 12 countries of eastern Europe. These include digital, energy, and transportation connections.

The countries comprising the Initiative describe their mission this way:

The Three Seas initiative aims to promote cooperation, first and foremost, for the development of infrastructure in the energy, transport, and digital sectors. It targets new investments, economic growth, and energy security.

The Initiative began in 2015. Now, with the invasion of Ukraine, the countries involved in the program are also working to provide support to that country to assist in reconstruction.

The title of the Conference was The Three Seas Initiative: An Opportunity for Canada. Mr. Irving was on the energy panel and discussed Canada’s situation with respect to exporting natural gas to Europe, which would re-build a degree of energy security for the countries involved in the 3 Seas Initiative.

ECC President Irving Gives Keynote Address at US-Canada Executive Energy Conference

Each year the New England – Canada Business Council (NECBC) holds an Executive Energy Conference. The Council’s mandate is to advance business, political, and cultural relationships between Canada and the United States and to help members grow their cross-border professional networks.

Given the importance of energy trade between Canada and the northeast United States, the NECBC has sponsored an energy conference each year since 1981 in Boston. This year’s (November 1 -2, 2023) conference was supplemented by an Electrification Showcase by companies from Quebec. They displayed the variety of electrification technologies that they are developing in the province.

The conference concluded with a keynote address by ECC President Jacob Irving.

ECC PARTICIPATES IN MUNICIPAL ENERGY SYMPOSIUM

November Jacob Irving was invited to participate on behalf of the Energy Council of Canada in a Municipal Energy Symposium. The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (OMA) and its related organization, Local Authority Services (LAS), sponsored the event in Toronto. The gathering gives municipalities in the province the opportunity to showcase and share the ways in which they are dealing with issues of energy generation, consumption and demand.

ELECTRICITY HUMAN RESOURCES CANADA RELEASES INDUSTRY SURVEY REPORT

On 25 October 2023 Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) released Electricity in Demand: Labour Market Insights. The report presents the results of an industry survey conducted over the summer.

Some highlights of the report:

  • Employment growth in the electricity industry since 2018 has been 12% versus 7% in Canada as a whole.
  • There has been a 579% increase in the demand for wind turbine technologists, 259% in photovoltaic professionals, and 249% growth in electric vehicle employment demand.
  • 87% of those who responded to the question of what they expected in the future considered the outlook “good” or “very strong”.
  • Up to 2028 the cumulative demand for labour is expected to be roughly 27,000 employees, made up of 12,000 new positions and 15,000 to replace retirees.
  • EHRC recommends the development and execution of a comprehensive human resources strategy and action plan.

MS. NANCY C. SOUTHERN - CANADIAN ENERGY PERSON OF THE YEAR 2023

Thursday evening, 28 September, industry and government leaders came together to honour Nancy C. Southern, Chair and CEO of ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Ltd. She received the Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award (CEPY) for 2023, sponsored by the Energy Council of Canada.

The dinner and award ceremony, held at the Calgary Petroleum Club, brought together over 200 members of the energy sector to acknowledge Ms. Southern’s distinguished career leading a major Canadian energy company. The Premier of Alberta, Ms. Danielle Smith, spoke of Ms. Southern’s contribution to industry, to Alberta, and to the welfare of Indigenous peoples, as well her support for the expansion of opportunities for women in the sector.

ECC Invited to Celebration of 50 years of Diplomatic Relations between Canada and Vietnam

To mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Vietnam, the Consulate General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam hosted a celebratory event at Vietnam’s Independence Palace in the evening of Monday, August 21st, 2023. The Energy Council of Canada President Jacob Irving attended the event as an invited speaker at the request of the Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service in Vietnam.

Vietnam is currently re-orienting its energy sector. The government foresees strong GDP growth – in the range of 6.5% to 7.5% per year – to 2050. At the same time, Vietnam is aiming for a low-GHG emissions sector. Officials are looking to Canada for advice, support, and services, given our strong, diversified sector. CCUS, SMRs, electricity transmission systems are only a few of the areas where Canada and Vietnam can work together.

ECC HOSTS MEETING OF SENIOR CANADIAN OFFICIALS AND PRIME MINISTER OF POLAND

His Excellency Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland

The full list of distinguished guests: Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Premier Doug Ford, Mr. Waldemar Buda (Polish Minister for Development and Technology), Minister Wilkinson,  Mayor Foster, Mr. John Henry (Durham Regional Chair and CEO), Ms. Natalia Kusendova (MPP for Mississauga Centre).

On Friday, 2 June the ECC hosted a meeting with senior officials from the federal government, government of Ontario, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Mateusz Morawiecki, and Mr. Waldemar Buda, Poland’s Minister for Development and Technology. The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, and the Right Honourable Jon Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, and Mayor Adrian Foster of Clarington, the host municipality, participated in the event, held at Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Nuclear Generating facility.

ECC President, Jacob Irving, welcomed the distinguished guests. He was followed by the Prime Minister, the Premier, and Minister Wilkinson. Mr. Irving then led a roundtable discussion on energy among the senior officials and invited guests from the various parts of the energy sector.

Participants in the discussion were drawn from across the energy sector. In addition to Canada’s nuclear capabilities and its groundbreaking work in small modular nuclear reactors, the country’s strengths in oil, natural gas, energy infrastructure, wind, and other renewables were touched on. All parties agreed on the opportunities and the value of cooperation between the two countries to advance energy security and to reduce GHG emissions. ECC Chair Howard Shearer thanked the participants and closed the proceedings.

NOTE: Following an election in October 2023, the Polish Parliament chose a new government, to be led by Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

 

JACOB IRVING CHAIRS PANEL ON GREEN HYDROGEN AT IEFA MONTREAL CONFERENCE

Jacob Irving hosted a panel entitled Unlocking the Potential of Green Hydrogen at the conference of the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) in Montreal. The conference is an annual event that attracts decision makers from around the world. These include political leaders, academics, economists, and executives from industry.

ECC PRESIDENT ADDRESSES GLOBAL AFFAIRS CANADA HEADS OF MISSION

On 8 June, ECC President Jacob Irving addressed Global Affairs Canada’s Heads of Mission (HOM). The event was part of a preparation conference for new and current HOM prior to their return to their external postings. HOM for Canadian embassies, high commissions, and permanent missions include ambassadors and high commissioners. For Canadian consulates overseas the HOM is the consul general.

INTERNATIONAL HYDROGEN AND FUEL CELL EVENT | JOINT MEETING OF ECC AND CHFCA BOARDS

The International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell conference and exhibition (@hy_fcell) was held in Vancouver from 5 June to 7 June. ECC Board members were in Vancouver for the Council’s Spring Board Meeting (7 June). They had the opportunity, thanks to the Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA), to visit the event. Subsequently, the members of both boards held a joint session prior to each organization’s board meeting.

hy-fcell Canada 2024 will also be held in Vancouver in mid-June of next year.

YEPN HOLDS FIRST NETWORKING EVENT FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

The YEPN held an informal meet and greet event in Toronto on Tuesday, June 6th. The intention was to give YEPN members in the Greater Toronto Area an opportunity to meet in person, given that most communication has been online in the past. It was also open to prospective members of YEPN.
 
YEPN executive will consideration to holding more events like this.

ECC President speaks at Enlit Africa energy conference in Cape Town

As part of Energy Council of Canada’s international outreach program (NAIO) President Jacob Irving participated in the Enlit Africa conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The event brought together energy industry representatives, government regulators and policy makers, utilities, the finance community, service and supply companies, and many others who have an interest in energy in Africa. 

The Canadian High Commissioner in South Africa, through the Trade Commissioner Service at Global Affairs Canada, asked ECC to participate in the event.

ECC sponsored the Women in Energy breakfast on 17 May. Mr. Irving delivered introductory remarks about Canadian energy and recognized several Canadian companies with operations in Africa whose representatives attended.

The following day he moderated a panel on coal generation of electricity, where he outlined the efforts by Canadian governments and members of the industry to withdraw coal-fired facilities and replace them with lower, or zero, emission forms of generation.

South Africa’s public broadcaster, SABC, featured a story on the breakfast event, as did ESI Africa, the continent’s leading power and energy journal.

SENIOR ECC EXECUTIVES HELP DELIVER ENERGY MASTERCLASS IN JAMAICA

Thursday, 30 March 2023

ECC Chair Howard Shearer and CEO Jacob Irving took part in a Policy and Regulatory Masterclass entitled The Climate Smart Approach. The event was held in Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday, 30 March 2023.

The event was the first in-person meeting in the North American and International Outreach (NAIO) program to be held outside continental North America and was arranged and supported by the Canadian High Commission in Jamaica.

The presentation combined introductory elements with a  focus on energy regulation, particularly in the electricity sector.

Watch a recording of the discussion by clicking the button below.

YEPN HOSTS WEBINAR ON CANADIAN HYDROGEN

HYDROGEN CHAT POSTER

Thursday, 30 March 2023

The Young Energy Professionals Network presented the latest in its series of panel discussions on Thursday, 30 March 2023. Three speakers from leading players in the hydrogen field spoke about the current state of hydrogen research and development as an emission-free energy source in Canada.

EVENT ITEMS

Webinar

ENERGY & ESPRESSO

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 12:30 PM EST

Join Matthew and YEPN’s Kevin Tsang as they discuss the business, career pathways, and emerging trends in the nuclear energy industry over an interactive 30-min virtual coffee chat

Webinar

2023 CANADA ENERGY UPDATE

Friday, January 27, 2023 - 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Canada’s national energy industry associations assemble to look ahead at 2023. A year in which energy markets were affected by events in Europe and global economic developments.

Webinar

2022 CANADA ENERGY UPDATE

Friday, January 21, 2022 - 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST​

Canada’s national energy industry associations assemble to look ahead at 2022. Don’t miss a high-powered overview of energy policy and priorities for this year. Held in coordination with the United States Energy Association (USEA) State of the Energy Industry Forum.

Webinar

2022 STATE OF THE ENERGY INDUSTRY FORUM​

Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST​

Join us for one of the most highly anticipated events of the industry! Chief executives from nearly every major energy trade associations will convene to share public policy objectives and priorities for the year.

Webinar

What's Working: The Canadian-American Energy Relationship

November 17, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm EST

In this special joint webinar from the United States Energy Association (USEA) and the Energy Council of Canada (ECC), two contemporary energy projects that feature American and Canadian collaboration will be highlighted. Featuring guest speakers from both countries, this webinar will give an overview of the Canadian-American energy relationship and help illustrate that the long-standing partnership is mutually beneficial and positive.