Media Advisory - Three Western Energy Ministers to Share Stage at Regina Event

OTTAWA, May 5, 2017 /CNW/ - Energy ministers from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will take part in a panel discussion in Regina next Tuesday, as part of a broader event involving senior decision makers and corporate and other executives from across the energy sector. "Multiple Pathways to Clean Energy" is the 2017 edition of the Energy Council of Canada's annual Western Canadian regional conference.

The event will highlight and explore the highly distinct approaches being taken across the region to green the energy generation mix and reduce carbon emissions. Track records to date and impacts on energy prices will be among the implications the ministers and other participants will address. The emerging opportunity to improve east-west electricity trading within the region will also be explored.

In addition to the unique opportunity to hear dialogue among the three provincial energy ministers, Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, will participate. She will offer a perspective from Ottawa at a time when the interplay between federal and provincial policies has taken on central importance. A range of corporate, industry association and think tank executives round out the speaking line-up.

Date:                    Tuesday, May 9 (opening remarks at 8:20 a.m. sharp)
Location:              Regency Ballroom, Hotel Saskatchewan, 2125 Victoria Avenue, Regina

Energy Ministers' Panel, 8:30-9:30 a.m. The Honourable Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Minister of Energy, Alberta; The Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Energy and Resources, Saskatchewan; and The Honourable Cliff Cullen, Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Manitoba. Chaired by Calgary Herald Business Columnist Deborah Yedlin.

Energy Transformation Panel, 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Greening energy generation and managing more diverse generation fleets with Dr. John Barrett, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Association; Allan Fogwill, President and CEO, Canadian Energy Research Institute; and Siegfried Kiefer, Chief Strategy Officer, ATCO Ltd. & Canadian Utilities Limited and President, Canadian Utilities Limited. Chaired by SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh.

Climate Policy Panel, 10:45-12:00 noon – Impacts to date and outlooks for divergent emissions-reduction efforts with Paul Kariya, Executive Director, Clean Energy BC; Jack Mintz, Director, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary; Leah Nelson-Guay, CEO, First Nations Power Authority of Saskatchewan; and Dave Sawyer, Economist, EnviroEconomics. Chaired by Canada West Foundation President and CEO Martha Hall Findlay.

Luncheon Keynote, 12:00-1:30 p.m.Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources. (The Parliamentary Secretary will begin her remarks at approximately 12:45 p.m.)

Regional Electricity Grid Panel, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. – Benefits and feasibility of increased regional electricity trade with David Boyd, Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, MISO (U.S.-based Midcontinent Independent System Operator); Keith Cronkhite, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Planning, NB Power; Jerry Mossing, Vice President, Transmission, Alberta Electricity System Operator; Niall O'Dea, Director General, Electricity Resources Branch, Natural Resources Canada; and Douglas Opseth, Director, Supply Planning and Integration, SaskPower. Chaired by Manitoba Hydro President and CEO Kelvin Shepherd.

An Energy Conversation, 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Hear closing insights from Calgary Herald Business Columnist Deborah Yedlin and Canada West Foundation President and CEO Martha Hall Findlay. Moderated by Graham Campbell, President, Energy Council of Canada.

Full program at www.energy.ca

With 77 members from across Canada's energy sector, the Energy Council of Canada is a non-profit organization dedicated achieving an affordable, stable and environmentally sound energy system providing the greatest benefit for all Canadians. The Energy Council of Canada is the Canadian Member Committee of the World Energy Council.

SOURCE Energy Council of Canada

For further information: Max Arsenault, max.arsenault@energy.ca, 613-232-8239 ext. 604

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