Innovation in the Canadian Energy Sector

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Research and innovation is at the heart of the Canadian energy sector.
Whether in oil and gas, power generation or our rapidly expanding renewable sector – research and development and the deployment of new technologies are resulting in greater efficiencies, lower emissions and accelerating the pace of environmental performance.
Much has been done, but we need more – always more – through funding R&D, financing early-stage innovative products, and even breaking down cultural barriers.
This panel will talk about what has been accomplished, what is in the pipeline, and what more can be done – from the perspective of government and the private sector – to achieve continuous improvement, greater and faster results – not to mention promoting our success.

Panelists include:

Elyse Allan, President & CEO, GE Canada

• Rick Whittaker, Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Tom Rand, Senior Advisor, MaRS and author ofWaking the Frog

Dan Wicklum, CEO, Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)

• Moderated by Paul Waldie, Editor, Report on Business (The Globe & Mail)

Questions we are asking:

• What is currently driving our energy sector to innovate? Competitive edge? Government regulation? Can public policy accelerate innovation?

• Who’s story is it to tell? when telling the energy innovation story, who is the best messenger?

• I.T. companies in Silicon Valley are some of the most innovative companies in the world. But they also guard their I.P. jealously, making patent wars a regular part of doing business. Canadian energy companies – particularly in the oil and gas sector – need to be just as innovative, if not more. How do we avoid sliding into an I.P. stalemate? What more needs to be done to increase collaboration?

• What’s the next game changing technology you see on the horizon that – if you had your way – would be given the runway it needed to succeed?

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