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Reshaping Energy 2018: Today and Tomorrow

May 29 - May 28, 2018

Shaw Centre • Ottawa, Ontario

Conference Overview

Canada’s Greenhouse Gas emissions profile is changing because Canada’s commitment to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has triggered substantive policy initiatives by Canada and various provinces aimed at drastic reductions in GHG emissions. This will have profound impacts on Canada’s economy, provinces, industries, and citizens.

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Governments at all levels are taking the first steps to implement carbon management strategies, including carbon pricing. Canada will be imposing a carbon price across the country this year with a backstop-pricing scheme applicable to provinces that do not have carbon-pricing rules or where those rules are deemed to be insufficient. British Columbia has adopted a revenue-neutral carbon tax approach and Alberta is combining a carbon levy with an output based allocation system. Ontario and Quebec are setting caps on carbon emissions and letting carbon be priced by a competitive auction trading system.

How do these systems compare and how will they impact companies operating in different parts of the country and therefore facing different and possibly conflicting carbon-pricing rules and regulations? Further, how will Canadian businesses fare when competing in export markets that have no, much less stringent or much different carbon-pricing strategies in place?

Government actions to date have been long on goals and policy statements while coming up short on underlying analysis of the costs of the measures being taken and the impacts on regional and local economies and on commercial operations and investment. What’s more, indications are that carbon-pricing and government program initiatives designed to meet the GHG emission reduction targets in the various sectors alone will be insufficient. Not only will they need to rely on technologies that are still under development or early in the implementation stages, but major behavioural changes on the part of businesses and households will be required.

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 actions being taken 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. Further, you will gain insight as to what Canada’s low-carbon growth path means and what the initial impacts have been, and have the opportunity to learn about the implications for industry, all levels of government and the Canadian public at large. Clearly, 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!

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Federal and provincial carbon-pricing policies, programs, and initiatives, and how they compare.
  • Implications of the emerging carbon-pricing frameworks for industrial competitiveness, investment, and trade.
  • Progress and challenges in reducing to reduce GHG emissions in the industrial, electricity generation, transportation and building sectors.
  • The essential role that behavioural change will need to play and strategies for fostering such change in consumer attitudes regarding transportation and housing.
  • How workers, Indigenous communities, small business, and low-income households are likely to be impacted by carbon-pricing and other measures to reduce GHG emissions.
  • How technological advances are poised to significantly lower emissions in oil and gas production.

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