March 22, 2012
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Special Panel: Canadian Energy Policy, Oil Sands and Climate Change

March 19, 2012

March 22, 2012
12:30 pmto2:30 pm
12:30 pmto2:30 pm

Canadian Energy Policy, Oil Sands and Climate Change

**NEW** You can find the recorded Seminar on the TerreWEB YouTube channel Click Here 

As a follow-up to last week’s special panel on the role of science in the Alberta Oil Sands developments, TerreWEB is hosting a panel session that will cover a broader discussion of current energy policies and their implications for Canada and beyond. This panel will include perspectives from academics, NGOs, think-tanks, and more. Moderated by Marlene Cummings.

Thursday March 22nd, 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Forest Sciences Centre 1003

Open to the public


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Panel Members:


George Hoberg

George Hoberg is a Professor in the Department of Forest Resources Management at UBC where he teaches courses on sustainable energy and forest policy. He has a PhD in Political Science from MIT. His current research is focused on BC electricity policy and environmental governance of the oil sands. He is co-author of the recent book Policies for Sustainably Managing Canada’s Forests. He has also edited two books on comparative Canada-US policies and the US influence on Canada, and written books on BC forest policy, environmental policy in the US, and toxic substances regulation. He’s had a recent turn from analyst to advocate and has helped to found UBCC350.


James Glave

James Glave is the Conversations Manager for the Energy Initiative at Tides Canada. As a seasoned communications professional, James has worked on some of North America’s leading media brands. His 20-year media career in Canada and the United States included staff editor positions at Wired.com and Outside magazine. He is the author of the critically acclaimed comic memoir Almost Green: How I Saved 1/6th of a Billionth of the Planet, and a former director of the BC Sustainable Energy Association. James has helped support a variety of green-economy companies, organizations, and campaigns including the TckTckTck.org alliance that in late 2009 united more than 15.5 million people for action on climate change. In 2010, he won a Western Magazine Award for his profile of ecological footprint co-creator and TerreWEB member, William Rees.


Jacob Fox

Jacob Fox is a graduate student and transportation specialist in the Energy and Materials Research Group at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. Since 1986, the Research Group has been directed by Dr. Mark Jaccard, who has served on both the International Panel on Climate Change and the Global Energy Assessment, among many other significant collaborations. The Energy and Materials Research Group analyses greenhouse gas reduction and other policies to move Canada towards a more sustainable energy system.  The group’s research using the CIMS energy-economy simulation model has served a prominent role in the development of Canadian climate change policy, including the implementation of British Columbia’s carbon tax. Jacob holds a Socials Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Graduate Scholarship as well as as a Pacific Century Graduate Scholarship from the Government of British Columbia.


Greg Stringham

Greg Stringham is the Vice President of Markets and Oil Sands for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). He holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration and is also a professional engineer.

Greg has had a broad exposure to the energy industry in his career thus far. He joined CAPP in 1995 and in his current role as Vice President of Markets and Oil Sands, his responsibilities include oil and gas markets, pipelines and oil sands issues in Canada, the US and the oil sands issues in Europe and Asia. Greg is an active spokesperson for the industry; providing industry and public presentations, appearing before government committees and regulators in Canada and the US, and working frequently with the media. This role at CAPP builds on several years’ experience with the Alberta Department of Energy where he dealt with a broad spectrum of energy policy in natural gas, oil and oil sands from royalties to megaprojects. Prior to government, Greg held several positions at Syncrude Canada Ltd. in areas ranging from research to project development.


Matt Horne

Matt Horne has been with the Pembina Institute since 2003 and is currently the acting director of the Climate Change program and director of the B.C. Energy Solutions program. His focus is on policy change that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in British Columbia and provide replicable models for the rest of Canada. In pursuit of this goal, he has worked on initiatives with the province, municipalities and First Nations. Prior to joining Pembina, Matt worked extensively with energy-economy models on projects attempting to estimate the costs and benefits of climate change policy in Canada. Matt holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Master of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University.


Moderator: Marlene Cummings

Marlene has been working with ForestEthics, an environmental non-profit organization, since 2008 as their BC Forest Campaigner. ForestEthics’ campaigns, such as implementing ecosystem-based management in the Great Bear Rainforest, and work to stop the Northern Gateway Pipeline and Alberta Tar Sands, consider all of the issues that affect wild places and the wildlife and people that depend on them—from biodiversity to air and water quality to climate change. Marlene sits on the Advisory Committee of the TerreWEB program.

Marlene has an MSc in Environmental and Natural Resources Planning from UBC’s SCARP program, with a focus on building resilience on our land base to conserve biodiversity. She brings a wealth of knowledge, relationships, and experience to ForestEthics’ conservation and climate work through her involvement in campaigns for the protection of Canada’s old growth forests since 1993 – most notably in BC’s coastal temperate rainforests of Clayoquot Sound and the ancient pines of northern Ontario. With her passion for forests, nature and wildlife, and expertise in climate change adaptation, Marlene is leading ForestEthics’ work to expand and connect conservation on BC’s land base as an important part of climate action and healthy communities.

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