Canadian Gas Association Launches Bid for Presidency of International Gas Union and to Host the 2024 World Gas Conference

OTTAWA, July 14, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Gas Association launched its bid campaign for Canada to hold the Presidency of the International Gas Union (IGU) from 2021 to 2024 and to host the 2024 World Gas Conference.

If successful, the 29th World Gas Conference (WGC) will take place in June 2024 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Charter and Premium Associate Members of the IGU will vote to determine the Presidency and the conference host at the IGU Council meeting in Tokyo, Japan in October 2017.

The World Gas Conference has been held every three years since its initial session in 1931. The event has grown over the decades and now is a major global industry activity attracting several thousand delegates and exhibitors.  Owned by the IGU, the WGC continues to take place every three years in the country holding the office of the Presidency (elected every three years by IGU members).

"If we have the privilege of being awarded the IGU Presidency, we commit to build on the leadership and successes of the previous and upcoming Korean Presidency, and on our collective efforts to position IGU as the most effective and influential international energy industry association."

Mel Ydreos
Executive Director, Energy Vantage Inc.
Candidate for President, IGU

"Canada has been an active member of the IGU since 1933. We support its vision to be the global voice for natural gas and its commitment to improve the quality of life for people around the world by making affordable sustainable energy available to all. Canada's natural gas industry sees great value in the IGU's efforts to bring together current and next generation energy leaders from across the globe to consider the role of natural gas and our industry in the world's energy future. 

Timothy M. Egan
President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association
Candidate for Chair, National Organizing Committee

"I am honoured to join Canada's bid team.  In my experience with the IGU, the strength of the organization is its membership and its joint interest to exchange best practices and advocate for political, technical, and economic progress of the global gas industry.  I look forward to working with all members on this collective objective."

Pål Rasmussen
Honorary IGU Secretary General
Nominee for Chair, Coordination Committee

"Our entire team of experienced and friendly professionals stands ready to welcome IGU delegates to our spectacular, award winning Vancouver Convention Centre. Located in the heart of one of Canada's most beautiful cities, we are confident that IGU delegates will have an exceptional and inspiring experience at our facility."

Ken Cretney
President & CEO
BC Pavilion Corporation/Vancouver Convention Centre

"Vancouver's spectacular natural beauty; coupled with our first class hotels and conference facilities, North America's top-rated international airport, and a multicultural community that makes people feel welcome and safe; are Vancouver's magic formula for a stimulating conference environment and inspiring delegate experience. We hope to share this experience with members of the IGU during their 2024 conference."

Ty Speer
President and CEO
Tourism Vancouver

Associated Links
Canada's Bid Web Site 
International Gas Union 
Canadian Gas Association 
Tourism Vancouver 
Vancouver Convention Centre

About CGA
The Canadian Gas Association is the voice of Canada's natural gas distribution industry and its members are distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers.  Natural gas has a central place in Canada's energy mix meeting 36 per cent of the country's energy needs.  Today 6.8 million customers representing well over 20 million Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, businesses, hospitals and schools.


SOURCE Canadian Gas Association

For further information: Paula Dunlop, Vice President, Corporate and Strategic Affairs, Canadian Gas Association, (613)748-0057 ext. 341,


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