2018 Alberta Climate SummitBringing Albertans together to lead the energy evolution

Sep. 26, 2018 8:30am MDT BMO Centre, Calgary, Alberta conference - Public event

Bringing Albertans together to lead the energy evolution. 

The Alberta Climate Summit brings 500+ thought leaders from industry, government, environmental NGOs, and Indigenous and rural communities together to learn about global trends with implications in Alberta, hear diverse local success stories and explore the potential in Alberta’s energy evolution. The full-day event showcases a range of perspectives, opportunities for Alberta, informs and connects decision makers, and inspires participants to play an active role in the province’s energy future.


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Note: Prices as listed do not include GST 

*Early Bird pricing is valid until August 15, 2018. After this date, regular pricing will take effect.

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Pembina Institute accepts the following payment types:

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Changes to Registration
Once you have registered, you can make changes to your registration record until September 17, 2018. 

Child Care
Child care services are available during the summit at a cost of $100 per child. If you are interested in this service, please select it as an add-on when you register. Payment will be collected separately. Food is the responsibility of the parent(s) and is not included in the cost of the child care. The deadline to sign up for child care is August 15, 2018.

Cancellation Policy
Pembina Institute will issue full refunds for summit registrations, less a $50 administration fee, for all written cancellation requests received before September 5, 2018. Pembina Institute regrets that refunds will not be considered after this date. Substitutions are allowed at no cost provided the name of the individual substituting is recorded prior to September 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM MDT. 


Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Program schedule coming soon!

The one-day symposium begins with international perspectives and local leaders, followed by a variety of panel discussions, lectures and breakout sessions throughout the day.

Indigenous energy: stories of economic success and opportunity

Learn from the front lines of clean energy development being led by Indigenous Peoples, where a sustainable lens is applied to economic development.

The business of energy

Business leaders and investors share how climate action is shifting the way corporations and the investment sector are doing business

Richness in perspectives

A discussion on our carbon-constrained world from a conservative worldview.

Harnessing narrative for change

An exploration of Albertans’ collective vision for the province’s future. Climate Outreach founder George Marshall reports back on the year-long Alberta Narratives Project, launched at last year’s Alberta Climate Summit.

Youth: Inspiring change makers in Alberta

The leaders of tomorrow, local youth highlight the innovative projects they’re undertaking for a sustainable future.

Stories of rural energy transition

An open, frank discussion of the prospects and challenges rural communities face while meeting emission reduction targets and adjusting to changes to traditional jobs and the economy.

How renewables may transform electricity in Alberta

An exploration of the role renewables can play in the province’s electricity system.

Opportunities in carbon capture and utilization

An exploration of the economic and policy possibilities for the emerging industry of carbon capture and utilization.

The role for natural gas in a decarbonizing world

A debate on what role natural gas can play given our global commitments under the Paris Agreement to keep climate change less than two degrees.

Experiential energy transition

Experience firsthand how an energy system evolves in this hands on, fast paced and fun exercise – don’t plan on sitting through this.




Additional speaker biographies coming soon!


Paresh Chari

Paresh Chari is an Vice President – Senior Analyst with Moody’s Canada Inc. based in Toronto. He has lead analytical responsibilities in Moody’s Oil & Gas Team and covers a portfolio of exploration and production, midstream, refining, and oilfield services companies based in Canada. Prior to joining Moody’s, Paresh worked in the oil & gas industry as a drilling fluids engineer for a subsidiary of Schlumberger in Alberta for three years, and then for Halliburton in Saudi Arabia for two years. Paresh has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary and an MBA from Queen’s University.


Monica Curtis

Monica Curtis was appointed CEO of Energy Efficiency Alberta in April 2017. Under her leadership, the agency has implemented five popular residential, commercial, non-profit and institutional programs, showing that Albertans are embracing energy efficiency and renewable energy. Through the agency’s programs, Albertans are already saving an impressive $300 million in energy costs, over the lifetime of installed products. Monica has championed cutting-edge programs ranging from energy advocate services and manufactured homes programs, to on-bill recovery for energy efficiency financing, and Property Assessed Clean Energy financing. She has also led numerous energy-saving pilot programs to test new technologies and program designs.


Kathryn Chisholm

Kathryn (Kate) Chisholm, Q.C., has been a member of the senior executive team at Capital Power since July 2009 and played an instrumental role in the restructuring and Initial Public Offering that led to the company’s creation. Kate leads Capital Power’s legal, regulatory and compliance, environmental policy, government relations and external affairs teams, risk management and internal audit, and sustainability efforts. She has personally led significant and successful commercial negotiations, managed high stakes litigation and overseen important public policy influence strategies for Capital Power.


Brian Vaasjo

Brian Vaasjo is the President and CEO of Capital Power and has been since the company’s initial public offering in July 2009. Under his leadership, Capital Power has become Alberta’s leading developer of new power generation and has successfully acquired and developed new renewable power projects in B.C., Ontario, and the United States.


Tom Dalzell

Tom Dalzell was initiated into Local 1245 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, ALF-CIO in 1981. He joined the Staff of Local 1245 as a Staff Attorney and was promoted to Senior Assistant Business Manager in 2001. Tom was elected Business Manager of Local 1245 in 2007 and re-elected in 2010, 2013 and 2016.


Morgan Bazilian

Morgan Bazilian is the Executive Director of the Payne Institute and a Research Professor of Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines. Previously, he was Lead Energy Specialist at the World Bank. He has over two decades of experience in the energy sector and is regarded as a leading expert in international affairs, policy and investment. His work has ranged from fiscal policy, to systems analysis, to infrastructure investment, to market regulation and governance in all areas of energy policy from upstream oil and gas to power systems.


Troy Jerome

After discussions with Chiefs regarding title rights and nation-building strategies, Troy Jerome was asked to serve as Executive Director for the Mi'gmaq of Gespe'gewa'gi's political lobbying office (MMS). Seeing the vision of the Quebec government to install 50% of the 4,000 MW of wind energy projects in the territory of his people, he pushed to have Chiefs demand that Quebec discuss energy with the Mi'gmaq. His team secured a 150 MW 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with estimated profits of $200 million. He retired from the MMS in 2016 and formed a consultancy named after his great-grandfather - ‘SEN’TI’ Environmental & Indigenous Services.


Amanda Levin

Amanda Levin serves as a policy analyst for the Climate & Clean Energy program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). She was co-author of America’s Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate Future, which explored how the U.S. could cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, mainly thorough clean and efficient technologies. She also serves as the lead technical analyst for NRDC’s energy-related advocacy across the East Coast and Southwestern U.S. In this role, she provides modeling and other technical support for NRDC’s clean energy initiatives at the state and regional levels.


Chris Warwick

Chris is a 3rd generation hardware store owner in Hanna, AB. Chris is currently serving his second term as Mayor. Since the announcement of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan in the fall of 2015 Chris has worked tirelessly with the Government’s of Alberta and Canada to initiate a transition plan for Hanna and the Special Areas. Chris is considered to be an expert on Municipal Coal Affected Community Transition. He was humbled to have received Alberta Urban Municipalities Association’s Award of Excellence for his work toward a solution for his region in 2017.


Ernie Daniels

Member of the Salt River First Nation, NWT, Ernie Daniels is a Certified General Accountant and a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager. Prior to coming to the FNFA, Ernie was President/COO of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada for 7 years and the Director of Assessment and Finance Operations at the Aboriginal Healing Foundation for 5 years. He has worked at a number of Aboriginal non-for-profit organizations in leadership and management positions. He was a member of the CICA Research Study Group looking at financial reporting by First Nations and has served as Chair of the NWT Legislative Assembly Society, Chair of the NWT Development Corporation and is a former Board member of the First Nations Financial Management Board (FNFMB). As President and CEO of the First Nations Finance Authority, he has been delegated authority by the FNFA Board of Directors to manage the business affairs of the organization.


Mark Ahlstrom

Mark Ahlstrom is Vice President of Renewable Energy Policy for NextEra Energy Resources and WindLogics, NextEra’s subsidiary known for meteorology, energy analytics and renewable energy integration. Mark is actively involved at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and many activities across North America to support the economic and reliable use of higher levels of clean energy. He serves as President of the Energy Systems Integration Group (formerly known as the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group, UVIG), the non-profit educational association that provides resources and education to the engineers, researchers, technologists and policymakers for our evolving electricity and integrated energy systems.


Dale Ross

City of Georgetown Texas Mayor Dale Ross was re-elected with 72% of the vote in 2017. Ross is a conservative Republican in a politically conservative city, county and state. He has demonstrated his fierce independence from partisan politics by leading his city to being the first city in Texas and the largest in the U.S. powered by 100% renewable energy. Ross has been a strong supporter and voice in promoting renewable energy around the world and has appeared in four documentaries including Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel”. Mayor Ross is married to Mickie, his best friend and wife.


Twitter impressionsThe Alberta Climate Summit has grown each year since it started in 2015, with sold-out crowds, international interest and an ever-increasing social media presence.

To explore sponsorship opportunities or opportunities to collaborate with the Pembina Institute, please contact Sabrina Grobler, Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships: sabrinag@pembina.org.

Presenting Sponsor

Capital Power

Plenary & Breakout Session Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor 


Bronze Sponsor

Youth Leader Sponsor

Enbridge Inc.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

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The Alberta Climate Summit will return to the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta. This spacious venue offers a state of the art facility south of downtown Calgary.

Bike parking is available at the entrance to the building.

Car2Go offers free parking at the Saddledome Drop Zone which can be found at 620 13 Ave SE (East of 5th Street). Click here to view the map.

BMO Centre
20 Roundup Way SW
Calgary, Alberta
T2G 2W1

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Toll-Free: 1-800-281-0697
Email: events@pembina.org

Mailing Address:
Alberta Climate Summit
c/o Spark Event Management
#72148 – 1600 90 Ave SW
Calgary, AB, Canada T2V 5H9


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