Most Canadians expect that we all will eventually transition from carbon-based to low carbon energy. Given that the transition will take years, how can we best manage it?


  • Official start and welcome by Toby Heaps, Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Knights
  • Opening remarks from moderator Evan Solomon
  • Panelist presentations
  • Moderated discussion on panelists’ ideas with audience participation
  • Wrap up with Evan Solomon
  • Official close and thanks from co-chair Patrick Daniel, CEO, Enbridge Inc.


Marlo Raynolds
Dr. Marlo Raynolds is the Executive Director at the Pembina Institute. He has worked with the Institute since 1995 in the development and practical application of triple-bottom-line decision-making tools, strategies for sustainability, and policy research and advocacy. Marlo has worked with a wide range of clients including many of the large Canadian energy companies.

Roger Gibbins
Dr. Roger Gibbins is President and CEO of Canada West Foundation. Prior to assuming the leadership of the Canada West Foundation in 1998, Roger was a professor of political science at the University of Calgary, where he started his academic career in 1973 and served as department head from 1987 to 1996. An ongoing appointment as a Faculty Professor of Political Science continues his association with the University of Calgary. Roger has authored, co-authored or edited 22 books and more than 140 articles and book chapters, most dealing with western Canadian themes and issues.

David Keith
David Keith is the Director of the ISEEE Energy and Environmental Systems Group at the University of Calgary. Professor Keith has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology and public policy for twenty years. His work in technology and policy assessment has centered on the capture and storage of CO2, the technology and implications of global climate engineering, the economics and climatic impacts of large-scale wind power and, most recently, the land footprint of energy technologies. As a technology developer and innovator, David has built a high-accuracy infrared spectrometer for NASA’s ER-2 and developed new methods for reservoir engineering to increase the safety of stored CO2. Since 2009 David has led Carbon Engineering Ltd., a start-up company developing technology to capture CO2 from ambient air at an industrial scale.

Preston Manning
Preston Manning is one of Canada’s great political visionaries who has tirelessly championed the cause of democratic and political reform. He founded two political parties – the Reform Party and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance – both of which became the official Opposition on the Canadian Parliament. Mr. Manning served as the Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2000.Since retirement from Parliament in 2002, Mr. Manning has released a book entitled “Think Big,” served as a Senior Fellow of the Canada West Foundation, and as a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Calgary and University of Toronto. Mr. Manning is currently a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute.As founder, President and CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, Mr. Manning continues his lifelong commitment to improving Canada’s democracy.

Eric Axford
Eric Axford was appointed senior vice president, Operations Support at Suncor in July 2009 with accountability for the company’s Environment, Health and Safety and Sustainable Development functions, as well as various central technical and business process support services.Prior to assuming this role, Eric served as vice president, Extraction Operations in Suncor’s oil sands business. Since joining Suncor in 1996, he has held a number of senior strategic planning, commercial and operational leadership roles in the company’s upstream and downstream businesses and corporate head office. Before joining Suncor, he held senior policy roles with the government of the Province of Alberta. Eric is an active supporter of the United Way, is on the Board of Directors of Woods Homes in Calgary and is Chair of the Engineering Career Centre Advisory Board at the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. Eric has a Bachelors of Arts degree in economics from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Alberta.

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