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Listed below are some of our upcoming and past webinars. You will need an e-Library account to access them.

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Rural and Remote Power Generation: A Case Study of Energy Systems Integration in Xeni Gwet’in Community

Up to 300 remote communities spread across Canada have no connection to the North American electrical grid or its natural gas distribution pipelines. For the 200,000 persons living in these off-grid communities, obtaining access to affordable electricity is a constant challenge. These communities include indigenous settlements, villages or cities, as well as commercial outposts and camps for mining, fishing, and forestry activities. These communities rely mostly on locally generated electricity, usually supplied by expensive fossil-fuel generators. The situation inhibits the economic growth of these communities and can lead to adverse environmental impacts, leaving them vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In the context of identifying unique cross-cutting solutions that can enable a clean energy growth economy in Canada’s rural and remote communities, this webinar will highlight the example of Xeni Gwet’in. This indigenous community in south-central British Columbia, has developed leading-edge solar, hydrocarbon fuels, and battery storage energy systems integration technology that is delivering cleaner, affordable and reliable electricity to inhabitants.

Live Webinar | February 2019 | The Conference Board of Canada

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Past Webinars

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Catalyzing energy efficiency in Canada

Since the early 1970s, energy efficiency (EE) has been recognized as the most relevant mechanism to optimize the way we meet our energy needs. For the last 25 years, EE has also been identified as a favoured approach to fighting climate change. The introduction of EE building codes, standards and labels, and energy performance contracting schemes are but a few initiatives developed in Canada over the past 40 years. Canada’s energy sector is overseen by provincial or territorial regulators, which means there are as many distinct legal and regulatory frameworks as there are provinces and territories. This 60 minute webinar will take a close look at the history and current state of the EE sector across Canada. A quick overview of each province’s or territory’s history related to the EE sector and how legal and institutional frameworks have evolved will enable participants to understand the key success factors supporting the development of the EE field. A number of case studies will be discussed featuring utilities, non-profits and private associations highlighting key success factors and innovative initiatives. Major players featured in the case studies include: Energy Efficiency Alberta (which has contributed to the fastest CDM market growth in Canada over the past year), Efficiency One (the first electric-utility-operated EE firm in Canada); the Atmospheric Fund (innovative financing mechanism to invest in urban solutions to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution), and the IESO (which has put capacity-building at the core of its CDM initiatives).

Recorded Webinar | November 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

A Code of Ethics for Automated Vehicles (AVs)

Automated vehicles are a near-term reality. Our ability to successfully navigate a driverless future comes down to how we manage the transition period - that mixed system comprising traditional vehicles and those at different levels of automation. Governments around the world are creating tools that can help us navigate this transition. A Code of Ethics is one such tool.In 2017, a consortium of scholars created a Code of Ethical Principles for the German Ministry of Transportation and Digital Infrastructure. The Code has since garnered interest from many nations within the EU and around the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect directly with one of the Code’s creators for an important and timely discussion about the ethics of AVs.

Recorded Webinar | August 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Driving to the Breadline: The Auto Motives of Low Income Households

Research conducted over the last few decades in many western countries confirms that there is a mutually reinforcing relationship between transport poverty (i.e. lack of access to both private and public mobility resources) and social exclusion (inability to fully participate in life-enhancing activities). In these contexts, households that do not own cars are overwhelmingly concentrated in the lowest income quintiles, where approximately only half of households own cars. For low income households with cars, mobility is still reduced -- they make significantly fewer trips and travel much shorter distances than their higher-income, car-owning counterparts. The experience of reduced mobility often means that low income households are unable to fully participate in key activities, such as employment, education, health care and food shopping. It is perhaps for these reasons that car ownership among low-income households in the UK has increased more rapidly year on year than for other income brackets. Yet this statistical trend tells us very little about the actual motivations behind why people living on or near ‘the breadline’ (i.e. in poverty) are willing to commit so much of their limited financial resources to owning and running a private vehicle. They do so even when they find it difficult to afford other basic necessities, such as food, warmth, shelter and clothing. Much of transportation policy is based on the idea that low-income people do not own cars. Yet a growing body of evidence suggests that this is no longer the case. What does the experience of low-income car ownership mean for our work in transportation, and what lessons learned from other western countries can help guide our efforts here in Canada? Join transportation expert Karen Lucas as she explores these issues and discusses the ‘auto motives’ of low-income populations, by drawing on case study evidence from different geographical and social contexts over the last 20 yrs.

Recorded Webinar | January 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Cost of a Cleaner Future: Examining the Economics of Pricing Carbon and Making Deep GHG Emission Reductions

This webinar will be presented by Alicia Macdonald and Douglas Ruth.Governments across Canada have committed to moving towards a low carbon future. Despite the recent decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Accord, Canada remains keen to significantly reduce its GHG emissions. Achieving deep emission reductions will require a multifaceted approach and the Canadian plan includes pricing carbon and eliminating coal-fired electricity. To get a sense of the economic impact of these types of policies, The Conference Board of Canada, building on research from the Canadian Academy of Engineering, analyzed the economic impact of taxing carbon and moving away from fossil fuels for electricity generation. In the analysis, the economic impacts of a carbon tax starting at $10 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent is discussed as well as the impact of shifting our electricity generation mix.While pricing carbon and shifting the electricity generation mix towards renewables are important components of the emission reductions strategy, a broader approach is necessary to achieve our targets. The Trottier Energy Futures Project (TEFP) examined several possible pathways for Canada to make deep emission reductions. The work done in the TEFP has shown us that it is indeed technically feasible to transition Canada to a low carbon society but doing so will require significant spending commitments. In our study, we aggregated the investment spending required under some of the TEFP scenarios and assessed the economic impact of that investment.Join Alicia Macdonald and Douglas Ruth for a detailed description of the methodology and a presentation of the results of this analysis.

Recorded Webinar | September 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Beyond Physical Condition Ratings: A New Framework for Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure

Municipalities across Canada are facing significant challenges to their infrastructure because of resource limitations, impacts from climate change, and the uncertainties associated with them. This webinar will outline the major challenges faced by infrastructure systems, and demonstrate how a Functionality-Survivability-Sustainability (FSS) Framework can comprehensively incorporate physical and other challenges in a single framework. Examples of the application of this framework to assess a stormwater infrastructure system in a medium size city in Ontario will be provided. Opportunities to extend this framework to other forms of infrastructure will also be considered.

Recorded Webinar | June 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

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Learn More

To learn more about our expertise in Energy, Environment and Transportation Policy, please contact:


Roger Francis
Director, Energy, Environment and Transportation
403-221-3040
Email imagefrancis@conferenceboard.ca