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On March 4-5 the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre, and the University of Ottawa’s Collaboratory on Energy Research and Policy will host a ‘Positive Energy’ Conference in Ottawa, Ontario. This special event will bring together approximately 100 invited senior leaders in industry, government, academia, NGOs, and Aboriginal groups. Click for the conference program.

Energy sector evolution or revolution? On February 24 the Ivey Business Review and Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre hosted a special guest lecture and Q&A with Steve Baker, President at Union Gas, and Mel Ydreos, Executive Director at EnergyVantage.
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Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, spoke at Western University on February 6. The title of the presentation was “Resource Development and Aboriginal Engagement in Canada: A historical overview, challenges and opportunities, and projects for the future.” More here.


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Bob Hamilton, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada, visited the Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre on January 21 to discuss research and outreach. Prior to joining NRCan, Mr. Hamilton served as Deputy Minister of the Environment. Highlights of his tenure include the launch of the Oil Sands Monitoring online data portal, the National Conservation Plan, and a new Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

The Ivey Business Review has published an interview with Deborah Gullaher, Vice President Marketing at Suncor Energy, about the company’s focus on sustainability and how alternative fuels will affect the oil and gas industry. More here.



During a recent panel event in Toronto titled “Balancing Economic and Social Pressures in Canada’s Energy Sector” six energy-sector leaders weighed-in on distinct challenges such as building stakeholder trust (Francois Poirier, TransCanada); making a public case for the future of energy (Gordon Lambert, Suncor); and the competitive energy sector landscape (John McManus, Borealis). Videos here.

Many projects in extractive and infrastructure industries such as electricity, oil, gas, mining and pipelines are situated on lands used by Aboriginal peoples. The Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre has published a new policy brief, titled “The Duty to Consult and Accommodate Aboriginal Groups in Canada” which addresses the legislation and landmark court cases surrounding this issue. More here.

Over the last three decades Canada has achieved a leading position in the global oil and gas industry, becoming the world’s fifth largest producer of both commodities. The Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre has published a new policy brief, titled “Developing Global Market Access for Canada’s Oil and Gas Industry” which addresses the opportunities, as well as economic risk, that Canada faces. More here.

The Energy Centre’s latest Annual Report reviews the many guest speakers and events hosted over the past year, as well as the exciting research being undertaken by Centre faculty, fellows and researchers. More here.

The Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis McConaghy as Visiting Fellow. Mr. McConaghy is the former Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development at TransCanada Corporation, and has more than 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector. More here.