2017 Alberta Climate Summit Seizing innovation and opportunity in a low-carbon economy

Sep. 28, 2017 12:00am Calgary, Alberta conference - Public event

This year is the 3rd annual Alberta Climate Summit — the event for innovative thinking and knowledge sharing on energy and climate in Alberta. This year’s event will showcase the innovation and opportunities around clean energy that are already underway in Alberta. 

The event will bring together 500+ thought leaders from industry, government, environmental NGOs, and community stakeholders to learn from success stories, identify opportunities and challenges, and explore solutions related to Alberta’s clean energy future.

This year, areas of focus will include energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean technology and innovation, methane control, climate finance, and Indigenous energy solutions. Read more about the sessions and focus areas here.

The Climate Summit showcases successes underway in Alberta, informs and connects decision makers, and inspires participants to play an active role in Alberta’s transition to a clean energy future.

If you're registered for the Climate Summit, you can find the attendee package including logistics and an event schedule here

Biographies of the 2017 Climate Summit speakers can be found here

You can find photos from this year's event here, and highlight video here


A detailed agenda can be found here.


7:30-8:30 Registration and networking

Welcome — David Runnalls, Pembina Institute

Presenting sponsor welcome — Capital Power

Ministerial address — the Honourable Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks 

An Indigenous experience of the energy transition in Alberta — Desmond Bull, Chief and Council Member of Louis Bull Tribe

Finance and the global energy transition — Ethan Zindler, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Head of United States Research

Energy changemakers — Youth pitch their ideas for a low-carbon future

Business in the energy transition — Matt Rogers, McKinsey & Company

Media in the energy transition: A discussion with journalists on the realities of reporting on science, climate and energy in Alberta

Gillian Steward, Toronto Star
Nia Williams, Thomson-Reuters
Deborah Jaremko, Oilsands Review


Showcasing Alberta's clean economy: The local experience

Breakout sessions:

1. Clean technology

Diana Cartwright, Natural Resources Canada
Graham Gilchrist, Biological Carbon Canada
Karen Haugen-Kozyra, Viresco Solutions
Mike Dixon, WaterNEXT
Don Sandford, imagineaXL

2. Energy efficiency

Monica Curtis, Energy Efficiency Alberta
Pam Goertzen, Summerhill
Chris Neme, Energy Futures Group
Tom Eckman, Northwest Power & Conservation Council

3. Renewable energy

Gary Hart, AltaLink
Colleen Giroux-Schmidt, Innergex
Tim Boston, ENMAX
Dan Balaban, Greengate Power

4. Just transition: Indigenous and labour perspectives

Andres Filella, Metis Nation of Alberta
Samantha Smith, Just Transition Centre
Heather Milton-Lightening, Indigenous Climate Action Network

5. Methane emissions abatement

Jackson Hegland, Methane Emission Leadership Alliance
Doug Ndegwa, Spartan Controls
Paul Paynter, Saskatchewan Research Council
Laura Chutny, Process Ecology

Conservative case for climate action
Mark Cameron, Canadians for Clean Prosperity
Jean-Sebastien Rioux, University of Calgary, School of Public Policy
Danielle Smith, former MLA, Calgary radio host, NewsTalk 770

Mind the gap: how we can talk with people who disagree with us
George Marshall, Founder of Climate Outreach

4:20 Closing remarks — Glen Murray, Pembina Institute 

4:30- 6:00 Reception 

Please note that the agenda is subject to change.

 You can see photos and learn more about last year's Climate Summit here


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

Platinum sponsor

Calgary Foundation

Gold sponsors

Silver sponsors

silver sponsors

Bronze sponsors

Alberta Real Estate Foundation


EDF EN Canada

Elemental Energy

Enbridge Inc.

Greengate Power

Greenplanet Energy Analytics

Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

Spark Event Management

Youth Leaders Champions

University of Calgary

BluEarth Renewables

Capital Power

Edmonton Community Foundation

Supported by

The Alberta Climate Summit is graciously powered by Bullfrog, and the participants’ carbon emissions for transportation, hotel, and food are offset through Less Emissions.


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