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Reshaping Energy 2017: Opportunities and Impacts of Reducing Canadian GHG Emissions

Tuesday April 11 - Wednesday April 12 2017 Fairmont Château Laurier Ottawa, ON

Featured Keynote Speaker

            Dr. Hoesung Lee

Dr. Hoesung Lee
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Hoesung Lee, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Endowed Chair Professor at Korea University Graduate School of Energy and Environment, Seoul, Korea. 

Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Profile is About to Change

What does this mean for Canada’s economy, provinces, industries, and citizens?

Canada is beginning to step up its game in addressing GHG emissions. Alberta has announced a broadly based carbon tax as well as an action plan to reduce emissions from both electricity production and oil and gas production. British Columbia and Alberta already have carbon levies, and Ontario and Quebec are proceeding with cap and trade. With a federal price on carbon and additional actions and targets at the provincial level, the momentum for a lower carbon future will continue to build. Progress is accelerating and action plans proliferating.

However, definitive action to date has been long on goals and policy statements while coming up short on underlying analysis of the costs of the measures and the impacts on regional and local economies. What’s more, many of these initiatives will rely on technologies that are still in development or early in the implementation stage.

So what are the next steps in this process? And how can we, as a nation, ensure that the decisions made now will be the right ones for the future?

The Conference Board of Canada has undertaken a major study on how to de-carbonize Canada's economy over the next 35 years. This study will introduce more evidenced-based work into what has largely been, until now, high-level commentary. It will add detailed economic analysis to a range of technical pathways identified by the Canadian Academy of Engineering as part of the Trottier Energy Futures Project. The results of this work will be released for the first time at this event forming a key part of the agenda and discussion.

This conference will ask and address some of the most pressing questions around this important issue:

  • What will the economic and social impacts of reducing GHG emissions be according to the Conference Board of Canada study?
  • How will emerging GHG policies and targets impact your business?
  • How will they reshape Canada’s economy and trade opportunities?
  • What will be their impact on competitiveness?
  • Who will pay and how much will it cost?
  • Are there winner and loser industries or technologies?
  • What can and cannot be achieved in the key sectors in the short-to-medium and longer term time frames?
  • How will this affect Canadians’ lifestyle and choices?
  • What will tomorrow’s green economy look like?
  • How can Canadian economic growth be facilitated during the transition to a low-carbon economy?
  • What policy actions are needed?
  • What inputs are governments looking for from the industrial sector?
  • What is the role of the general public?

Gain Practical Insights from National and International Experts and Leaders

Join us to hear experts from across Canada and internationally share their insights on how to proactively manage the transition to a low carbon growth path. You will learn about Canada’s main policy priorities and the options that are being explored to reduce carbon emissions while also de-linking them from economic growth.

You will have an opportunity to learn from, and network with, industry experts, government leaders and strategic thinkers with expertise on carbon management and reduction as they relate to planning, policy and practice. By attending this inaugural event, you will gain a variety of insights on what Canada’s low carbon growth path might look like and have the opportunity to consider with experts, the implications for industry, all levels of government and the Canadian public at large.

Meet, work and explore the issues with your peers and colleagues from both the public and private sectors at this timely and important event. You will learn about the most recent developments in policies, emissions targets, technology and strategies that can be advanced as we navigate this new future. You will also be among the first to hear the results of the Conference Board’s study on how to de-carbonize Canada’s economy over the next 35 years.

Topics for discussion at the conference will include:

  • Federal and provincial carbon pricing approaches
  • Federal and provincial action plans at the sectoral level
  • Economic implications of emerging carbon policies for industries and companies
  • Actions being taken to reduce GHG emissions in transportation
  • Technologies that can reduce the carbon intensity of energy production
  • Approaches to reducing the carbon intensity of buildings
  • The role of cities, urban planning, and transportation planning in reducing GHG emissions
  • Who will likely be the winners and losers
  • The impacts of carbon pricing on the competitiveness of Canadian exports
  • How Canadian economic growth can be facilitated during the transition to a low-carbon economy

If you have a strategic interest in better understanding Canada’s growth path to a low carbon future and how to manage this transition, then this event is a must-attend!

Building on Success

The Conference Board is Canada’s most respected independent research and conference development organization. The Conference Board has a long-standing reputation for developing and sharing the latest insights on energy, the environment, and the economy. Conference Board events attract the top public and private sector leaders, and provide an insightful and enlightening learning experience for conference participants.


We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.

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Capital Power Corporation logo

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TransCanada Corporation logo

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Canadian Natural logo

Natural Resources Canada logo

Ontario Power Generation logo

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) logo

Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) logo

Air Canada logo

Chemistry Industry Association of Canada logo

Canadian Academy of Engineering logo

Marketing Partners

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Newfoundland & Labrador Environmental Industry Association logo

Ontario Environment Network logo

PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada logo

Sustainability Network logo

Special Contributor

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Travel Partner

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Bruce Power
Capital Power
Lafarge Canada Inc.
TransCanada Corporation
Brookfield Renewable
Canadian Natural
Natural Resources Canada
Ontario Power Generation
Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)
Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA)
Air Canada
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
Canadian Academy of Engineering

Marketing Partners

Manitoba Environmental Industries Association
Newfoundland & Labrador Environmental Industry Association
Ontario Environment Network
PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada
Sustainability Network

Special Contributor


Travel Partner

VIA Rail Canada Inc.