Committee

Energy & Environment Committee

Delivering better for the climate, people, and the future

Climate change is one of the greatest global environmental and economic challenges of all time. 

Canada’s resource sector is a committed partner to help Canada achieve its climate ambitions while ensuring that people—and their livelihoods—are in the transition to a low carbon economy, and that Canada’s resource sector continues to thrive. The Energy & Environment Committee is building a vision and policy recommendations to advance this goal: sustainably developing Canada’s resources in a low-carbon future.

From Outsized Emissions to Outsized Opportunities: Laying Groundwork for a Low-Carbon Industrial Strategy

An exploration of the progress Alberta businesses have made to date in reducing emissions and why Alberta is the best place to invest to achieve our climate goals.

Canada’s resource sector—including energy, mining, forestry, and more—recognizes and is taking action on climate change in order to achieve a sustainable, shared future.

We also recognize that the pathway to reaching our national climate goals, including net zero by 2050, runs through Canada’s resource sector—and through Alberta, in particular. Given Alberta’s industrial composition, it is a disproportionate contributor to Canada’s emissions profile and also presents the best opportunities to drive emissions down.

In short, the only way for Canada to reach our emissions reduction ambitions is with Alberta, and Alberta resources companies as partners.

The great news is that resource companies have already been working hard to reduce emissions, establish net zero plans and collaborations, invest in the technologies and innovations needed for the evolution of our energy sector, and advocate for innovative policy to enable this work.

And they want to—and can—do more.

Sensible public policy can help enable that.

About the Committee

The Energy & Environment Committee exists to develop a sustainable and inclusive vision and pathway for climate action, a thriving resource sector, and future prosperity for all Canadians.

Work and Publications

The Committee’s work builds on recommendations and ideas submitted to the federal government through the Resource Development in a Low-Carbon Future Task Force. The Committee’s first paper—From Outsized Emissions to Outsized Opportunities Part One—explores the progress Alberta has made to date in reducing emissions and why Alberta is the ideal place to invest in achieving our climate goals. The second paper, currently in development, will outline the policy environment necessary to boost Alberta’s contribution to our climate goals while ensuring that the sector—and the people it employs—are thriving.

Recent Work

The Committee’s work is ongoing. Here you will find some of its recent work, including policy papers, podcasts, and commentaries.

Committee Members

  • Al Reid, Executive Vice President, Cenovus Energy (Chair)
  • Allan Bush, Chief Operating Officer, Tourmaline Oil
  • Brian Newmarch, Vice President, Sustainability, ARC Resources
  • Bill Clapperton, Vice President, Regulatory, Stakeholder and Environmental Affairs, CNRL
  • Bob Klager, Head, Corporate Relations Canada, Shell
  • Byron Neiles, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services, Enbridge
  • Chris Grant, Vice President, Regional Development, Suncor
  • Chris Slubicki, former President & CEO, Modern Resources; Corporate Director, Business Council of Alberta
  • Dale Swampy, President, National Coalition of Chiefs
  • David Lye, Sustainability Vice President, Government Relations, Ovintiv
  • Dave Tiley, Director, Fundamental Equities, AIMCo
  • Derek Evans, President & CEO, MEG Energy
  • Hal Kvisle, Chair, Business Council of Alberta
  • Mac Van Wielingen, Founder & Chair, Viewpoint Group; Founder & Partner, ARC Financial
  • Nancy Smith, Director, ARC Financial
  • Patrick Keys, Executive Vice-President, Stakeholder Relations and General Counsel, TC Energy

Contact

For more information on this Committee or its work, please contact:

Mike Holden, VP, Policy & Chief Economist
MHolden@businesscouncilab.com

Media Inquiries: media@businesscouncilab.com

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