2023 Alberta Climate Summit

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2023 Alberta Climate Summit Bringing Albertans together to lead the energy transformation

Oct. 26, 2023  8:00am - 6:00pm MDT Hudson Event Complex, 200 8 Ave SW, 6th floor,, Calgary, AB conference - Public event


The Alberta Climate Summit brings thought leaders from industry, government, civil society groups, Indigenous governments and rural communities together to learn from success stories, identify opportunities and challenges, and explore solutions related to Alberta’s clean energy future. The full-day event showcases innovation already underway in Alberta, informs and connects decision makers, and inspires participants to play an active role in the province’s energy transition.

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Registration includes all sessions taking place on Thursday, October 26, 2023, lunch, and refreshment breaks.

Corporate & Government: $600
Non-Profit & Academia: $400*

*see note about fees and refund policy at bottom of page


Media availability upon request


Welcome from host for the day Dave Kelly
Dave Kelly

Dave Kelly is an award-winning host, writer, and interviewer. From his beginnings as a TV Host, Dave has spent decades leading conversations with business and political leaders across North America and beyond. Ellen Degeneres selected Dave as the moderator and interviewer for her multi-city tour across Canada, he hosted a conversation with President Barack Obama in Calgary and sat down for a conversation with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in Montreal.

Dave is the co- founder of Kelly Brothers Productions, a video and entertainment company. 

Welcome to the Territory “Casey Eagle Speaker”
Casey Eagle Speaker

Casey Eagle Speaker, also known as Sorrel Horse, is a respected Blackfoot Elder from Kainai Nation / Blood Tribe. Casey was taken from his family at just four years of age and placed in a residential school until the age of 14. Casey is now the lead Elder for a number of organizations including AUArts, he is the Indigenous Resource Coordinator for Hull Services, and he is also the Chair of the Wisdom Council for Alberta Health Services. He provides traditional counseling, supports, guidance, and ceremony for students, staff, families, and individuals, he is passionate about equality for all people, and he believes artists are valuable story tellers.


Land Acknowledgement and Welcome on behalf of the Pembina Institute

John Van Ham

John Van Ham

John Van Ham is the senior director of the Pembina Institute's industrial decarbonization group. He has held executive director, environment and executive director, business sector alignment and business relations roles at Alberta Innovates and Alberta Innotech, and major leadership roles in environment and public policy with ConocoPhillips Canada. He also worked at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and has extensive experience in cleantech and carbon technologies across many sectors including oil and gas, refining and upgrading, hydrogen, electricity and renewables, agriculture, and mining. 


9:00am (EPCOR)
Session: “How we get to net-zero in Alberta”
If renewables are the new Alberta advantage, it’s essential to scale them out responsibly to meet net-zero targets and deliver lasting benefits to Albertans.
Moderated by Dave Kelly

Chris Severson-Baker

Chris Severson-Baker

Chris Severson-Baker is the executive director of the Pembina Institute. He worked with the Institute from 1996 to 2016, then spent three years at the Alberta Energy Regulator before returning in 2020, most recently serving as senior director of the industrial decarbonization group before becoming executive director in 2022. He is a leading expert on responsible energy development, with specific expertise in oil and gas, oilsands and electricity. Chris holds a B.Sc. in environmental and conservation science from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts in environment and management from Royal Roads.

Mihskakwan James Harper
Mihskakwan James Harper

Mihskakwan James Harper joined the Pembina Institute board in 2023. He is a proud member of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 8, Alberta and is currently the Business Development Manager at NRStor Inc., where he champions developing large-scale energy storage and clean microgrid projects in a way that empowers communities and contributes to meaningful climate action. He holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Science in Renewable Energy from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Ecole Polytechnique, with entrepreneurial training from ESADE Business School. He is a part of the SevenGen council, an organization that develops and leads programs for Indigenous youth to lead in clean energy and climate action.



Keren Tang

Keren Tang

Keren Tang is City Councillor for Ward Karhiio in Edmonton and a Board Member at the Climate Caucus and at Alberta Municipalities. She is a public health advocate, community organizer, city builder, and a mom. Prior to being elected, Keren worked with private, public, and civil society on urban wellness, civic participation and engagement, and health promotion. Having lived in various communities around the world both large and small, Keren has made her home in Edmonton with her husband and young daughter because it is a city where everyday Edmontonians have a voice in shaping its present and future.   




Panel session: 'A clean, affordable electricity grid for Alberta'
Alberta has an opportunity to reshape the energy landscape and emerge as a leader in the clean energy sector.

Sara Hastings-Simon
Sara Hastings-Simon

Sara Hastings-Simon serves on the Pembina Institute's board of directors. She is a professor in the department of physics and astronomy and school of public policy at the University of Calgary where she directs the Masters of Science in Sustainable Energy Development. She is a macro energy system researcher and her work is focused on understanding how low-carbon energy transitions happen at the intersection of technology, business, and policy, and how policy responses can improve outcomes.

Sara is co-founder and co-host of Energy vs Climate, a webinar and podcast that explores the energy transition in Alberta, Canada, and beyond. She is also an expert member of the panel for Clean Growth with the Canadian Climate Institute, and a member of the board of directors of Emissions Reduction Alberta and the Pembina Institute.

Her previous roles include Director of Clean Economy at the Pembina Institute, founder of Business Renewable Centre Canada, and practice manager for Clean Technologies at McKinsey & Company. She holds a PhD in physics from the University of Geneva.

Evan Wilson

Evan Wilson

Evan Wilson is CanREA’s Vice President of Policy—Western Canada and National Affairs, and leads on policy files with both the federal government and governments in Western Canada.

He previously served as CanREA’s Senior Director, Policy & Government Affairs and as Senior Director of Western Canada for CanREA, and as Regional Director, Prairies for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). Prior to joining CanWEA, he worked with the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and with Global Public Affairs on transportation and energy files. Evan has an MA in Political Science from the University of Calgary. He is based in Calgary.



Paul McLauchlin
Paul McLauchlin

Paul McLauchlin was elected President of Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) in November 2020. He the Reeve of Ponoka County, currently serving in his fifth term on council.

Paul McLauchlin’s professional background is multi-faceted. He is a field biologist, environmental scientist, works in public consultation and communications, and is also a resource/conservation management specialist. His consulting business is in the area of project management, multi-stakeholder programs, ecological, indigenous, and socio-economic, predevelopment assessment, and public consultations for resource and energy projects.

He holds an MBA in Finance with the University of Leicester, where he researched the barriers and motives of renewable investment of households in rural Alberta.

Daniel Jurijew

Daniel Jurijew 

Daniel Jurijew is currently Vice-President, Government Relations, Regulatory & Environmental Policy for Capital Power. Prior to his appointment to this role in August 2020, Daniel served for three years as Vice-President, Government & External Relations, and prior to which he served as Vice-President, Regulatory & Environmental Policy. Daniel has been with Capital Power since its inception in 2009 and has over 20 years of experience in electricity markets.

Daniel is accountable and responsible for Capital Power’s government relations, regulatory and environmental policy advocacy and engagement activities in all of the Canadian and US jurisdictions in which Capital Power has assets in operation or development. He has participated on behalf of Capital Power in numerous working group and stakeholder processes undertaken by the Government of Alberta, AESO and other market agencies regarding a range of issues, including reviews relating to Alberta’s climate change policies and electricity market design. Daniel currently represents Capital Power on the Board of Directors of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta (“IPPSA”) and served as Chair of IPPSA for a two-year term from 2018 - 2020.




10:45am (UPS)

Panel session: 'Preparing Alberta’s workforce to lead in diversifying energy sectors' 
We’ll discuss the major trends facing work and the policy tools required to put workers at the forefront of economic development and climate action plans.

Bea Bruske

Bea Bruske

Bea Bruske was re-elected for a second term as President of the Canadian Labour Congress at the CLC’s 30th Constitutional Convention, held in Montreal in May of 2023. She was first elected to the position at the 29th Constitutional Convention, which was held virtually in 2021. She is only the second woman to hold the position.

For more than three decades, Bea has served workers and their families as an activist, workers’ advocate, negotiator, community organizer and labour leader. Her experience has served her well as President of CLC in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before her election as President, Bea served as Vice-President of the UFCW Canada National Council, which sets the strategic direction for the national union and its more than 250,000 members across the country. She had previously served as Secretary-Treasurer for UFCW Local 832, where she was responsible for the largest private-sector union local in Manitoba.

Bea’s passion for the rights of working people was ignited in 1987 when she and her UFCW Local 832 co-workers held the line for 125 days to achieve a fair contract at the Westfair grocery chain in Manitoba. Over the next seven years, Bea took on roles as a shop steward, health and safety committee member, and was elected by her fellow members as a vice-president of the Local’s executive board. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Labour Studies program.

Janet Annesley

Janet Annesley

Janet Annesley brings a breadth of government and private sector communications, stakeholder engagement, policy, regulatory, and sustainability experience to her role at Kiwetinohk.

A former executive at Shell Canada and Husky Energy Inc., and a former chief of staff to Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Janet has developed and implemented corporate and government policies and programs on stakeholder engagement, climate change, Indigenous reconciliation, and diversity and inclusion. Janet worked as part of several leadership teams to deliver major projects and establish bold sustainability goals.

Janet holds an MBA from Queen’s University. She was named to The Hill Times Top 100 in Power and Influence List in 2017 and is a Public Policy Forum Fellow. An award-winning, accredited business communicator, she sits on the advisory board for Clean Prosperity and on the boards of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and the City of Calgary Green Line LRT Project. She is a frequent energy industry and public policy commentator and guest lecturer.



Kim Carter

Kim Carter

Kim is responsible for delivering BluEarth’s HR strategy, policy, and programs, and for providing functional leadership and guidance to BluEarth’s corporate and operations management teams. Kim has over 20 years of Human Resources experience.
Prior to joining BluEarth in 2018, Kim was a member of the human resources team at Repsol where she was responsible for ensuring the successful integration of Talisman Energy with Repsol, to form one of the world’s largest global energy groups. Kim has provided strategic human resources support and delivery for diverse organizations from start-up organizations as well as large global companies in the oil and gas, chemicals and manufacturing industries, including Calfrac Well Services, Devon Energy, Talisman Energy and Repsol.
Kim studied Sociology at the University of Calgary and at the University of Lethbridge and has a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University. Kim is a member of Chartered Professionals in Human Resources – Alberta (CPHR), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and World at Work.



Carolyn Kim

 Carolyn Kim

Carolyn Kim is the senior director of the Pembina Institute's communities and decarbonization group. She brings 15 years of policy and planning experience from the public, private and non-government sectors to the role. Carolyn is a skilled collaborator, bringing organizations together to accelerate low-carbon solutions in Canadian cities and communities. In 2019, Carolyn initiated Pembina’s Urban Delivery Solutions Initiative to tackle freight emissions.

Carolyn is a registered planner with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Toronto and a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from Toronto Metropolitan University. She currently serves on Blue Green Canada’s board of directors.


11:45pm | Lunch 


12:30pm - 12:50pm 
Welcome and introduction to Premier Danielle Smith: Chris Severson-Baker

Fireside Chat, Premier Smith with Dave Kelly

Premier Danielle Smith

Premier Danielle Smith



1:00pm - 1:30pm | Break
Dessert and Coffee


1:00pm - 1:15pm | Media availability
Media availability with Premier in 6th floor Hudson lobby



Welcome and Introduction of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources: Simon Dyer, Deputy Executive Director, Pembina Institute

Fireside Chat, Minister Wilkinson and Dave Kelly

Minister Wilkinson

Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Federal Minister of Energy and Natural Resources

Jonathan Wilkinson was re-elected for a third term as Member of Parliament for North Vancouver on September 20, 2019. Jonathan has served as MP since 2015 and was previously the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard from 2018 to 2019 and Minister of Environment and Climate Change from 2019-2021. Prior to joining the Cabinet, Jonathan served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. He is currently Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, a portfolio he has held since November 2021.

Prior to entering politics he spent more than 20 successful years in the private sector, having held leadership positions with a number of companies dedicated to the development of green technologies. His time as CEO of both QuestAir Technologies and BioteQ Environmental Technologies, in addition to his time as senior Vice President of Business Development with Nexterra, has provided him with extensive experience in the energy and environmental technology sectors. Jonathan also previously worked at Bain and Company, a leading global management consultancy.

A Rhodes Scholar, Jonathan made use of his educational background in public policy when he worked as a constitutional negotiator and a federal-provincial relations specialist. He has served on several industry and charitable boards, including the United Way of the Lower Mainland and the B.C. Technology Industries Association. He has also formerly served as a board member and treasurer of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation. Jonathan has deep roots in North Vancouver, where he has spent the last two decades raising his family alongside his wife, Tara. An avid runner and outdoorsman, Jonathan also served as a coach for the North Shore Girls Soccer Association.



2:00pm - 2:15pm
Media availability with Minister Wilkinson



International Keynote Speaker

Jennifer Mergy

Jennifer Mergy, Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs, US Embassy Ottawa

Jennifer Mergy provides economic policy direction for U.S. Mission Canada and leads the economic section at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa. A career member of the U.S. Department of State’s Senior Foreign Service, she most recently served as International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Director at U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Jennifer’s prior assignments include Director and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Resilience at the U.S. National Security Council in the Executive Office of the President and Senior Advisor in the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources. She had multiple postings in the Middle East and Africa covering a range of economic issues such as development, economic security, commercial diplomacy, and counterterrorism programing. Jennifer was also a Department of State Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellow to France, covering migration, labor, and health affairs.

Jennifer holds bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Davis, a master’s degree from the University of London, and a PhD summa cum laude from the University of Paris. Her languages are French and Arabic. She hails from San Francisco.


2:15pm - 2:30pm | Break


2:30pm (Capital Power)
Panel session: 'The future of energy in changing markets' 
Alberta has the imperative and the opportunity to pursue the decarbonization of its existing oil and gas sector and attract investment to take advantage of the rapidly changing clean energy economy.  

Danny Cullenward
Danny Cullenward

Danny Cullenward is a climate economist and lawyer focused on the design and implementation of scientifically grounded climate policy. He is a Senior Fellow with the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, a Research Fellow with the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy at American University, and the co-author of Making Climate Policy Work (with David G. Victor). He holds a JD and PhD from Stanford University.

Jennifer Livingstone
Jennifer Livingstone 

Jennifer Livingstone is the Vice President of Enterprise Climate Strategy at RBC, responsible for accelerating the execution of RBC’s climate strategy and actions, coordinating across bank, leading on climate disclosure, and ensuring that the strategy is meeting evolving stakeholder expectations for this strategic priority. Jennifer brings over 15 years of experience in Climate, Finance, and ESG to RBC. In her prior role at a leading financial institution, she advised the CEO on key climate initiatives, including coordination across leading European and American banks. She holds a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University, a Bachelor’s of Commerce from Queens University, as well as a CMA designation. 


Peter Tertzakian

Peter Tertzakian 

Peter Tertzakian is an economist, investment strategist, author, podcaster, and dynamic public speaker. Using entertaining stories, he has a unique ability to distil, clarify, and communicate complicated issues surrounding energy, economics, and the environment. His presentations inspire, guide, and spark discussion on some of the most important topics of today.

A respected industry leader, Tertzakian is frequently called on to share his knowledge of strategic business issues with investors, corporate leaders, policy makers, and educators. His Energyphile project, including his latest book, The Investor Visit, and Other Stories: Disruption, Denial, and Transition in the Energy Business, embodies his unique approach to analyzing today’s challenges. Tertzakian’s previous books — A Thousand Barrels a Second and The End of Energy Obesity — were both international bestsellers.

Janetta McKenzie

Janetta McKenzie 

Janetta McKenzie is a senior analyst with the oil and gas program at the Pembina Institute. She works on energy policy development, natural gas certification, and industrial decarbonization in Canada.

Prior to joining the Institute, Janetta completed a Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo, analyzing the socio-political impacts of pipeline regulation in Canada and the United States. She also holds master’s degrees from the University of Sydney and London School of Economics. Previously, Janetta has also worked on regulatory compliance for TC Energy and contributed to a variety of research projects on international climate governance.



Panel session: 'The role of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) on Canada's path to net-zero'
We will explore the potential of CDR development in Canada and will also point to lessons that can be learned from developments elsewhere.

Na'im Merchant
Na'im Merchant

Na'im Merchant is the Executive Director of Carbon Removal Canada. He is passionate about the potential for carbon removal to meet climate goals while driving positive economic and social change. He previously founded Carbon Curve, a consulting practice focused on scaling up carbon removal working with start-ups and non-profits in North America and Europe. He is a Policy Fellow with Elemental Excelerator and hosts the Carbon Curve podcast on scaling carbon removal. Na'im brings 10+ years of leadership experience in non-profits that expanded access to health innovations around the world. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

Andy Lam
Andy Lam

Andy Lam is the senior manager of climate programs at MaRS Discovery District and leads Mission from MaRS, a series of initiatives that aims to tackle the climate crisis by accelerating the adoption of innovations. With Mission from MaRS, Andy is focused on several important topics including unlocking public sector procurement of cleantech, supporting the development of the Canadian carbon markets, and embedding climate innovation within the real estate sector. In 2022, Andy was recognized by Corporate Knights for its Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders. 


Sean McCoy
Sean McCoy

Sean McCoy is an expert at technical and environmental assessment of climate mitigation technologies. He is an Assistant Professor in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary. He was formerly a staff scientist at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2016-2018) and an energy analyst at the International Energy Agency (2011-2016). He leads the CanCO2Re initiative, a multidisciplinary research project that aims to assess the role for sustainable, equitable, cost-effective and rapidly deployable carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies in meeting Canada’s net-zero targets. In his past roles, has developed tools for life cycle and techno-economic assessment of energy and emissions reduction technologies. He was awarded the US Secretary of Energy Achievement Honor Award for work as a member of the “Getting to Neutral Carbon Emissions” team, and supported development of government policy on CCS in multiple countries and regions, including the Province of Alberta.

Navjot Sandhu
Navjot Sandhu

Navjot Sandhu is a Senior Analyst at Carbon Engineering, a Canadian direct air capture (DAC) technology development company. She focusses on the development of carbon removal methodologies and more recently on carbon removal and climate policy in Canada. Over the 5+ years at CE, her previous work has spanned techno-economic and lifecycle analysis, conceptual engineering for commercial projects, and IP development and management. She was formerly a researcher at the University of Alberta and National Energy Technology Lab, focused on the development of carbon emission reduction technologies.

Carson Fong

Carson Fong

Carson Fong is a senior analyst at the Pembina Institute, focused on carbon dioxide removal and corporate renewable energy procurement through Business Renewables Centre-Canada. Earlier this year, he co-authored the report "Engineered Carbon Dioxide Removal in a Net-Zero Canada". His previous experience spans across sustainable finance, oil and gas, and process optimization. Carson holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Engineering in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto. He is based in Edmonton. 



Closing Remarks  

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Networking Reception 


For media

To attend the Summit and listen to the panel discussions or fireside chats, please confirm your attendance by October 25, 5pm Eastern time, by emailing laurencem@pembina.org. We will register you as a journalist for the event. Note that you won't be able to ask questions inside the main conference room as it would disrupt the order of proceedings.

For asking questions of Summit speakers, note there are media availabilities outside the main conference room at 8am, 12:15pm and 2:30pm (Mountain Time). Pembina Institute staff will direct journalists to the areas allocated for the media availabilities. If you are only coming for the media availabilities, you do not need to email ahead of time

Note: Program details subject to change. 


Sponsorship ProspectusThe 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 Cheryl De Paoli, Director, Strategic Partnerships: cheryld@pembina.org or Sabrina Grobler, Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships: sabrinag@pembina.org 

Reception Sponsor

RBC logo

Net Zero Champions

Capital Power  EPCOR logo

Climate Crusader



Sustainability Supporter

 Bullfrog Power


The 2023 Alberta Climate Summit will take place at the Hudson Event Complex, located on the 6th floor of the Hudson's Bay heritage building in downtown Calgary, Alberta. The open concept venue boasts impressive design and spectacular views. Chosen for its convenient access to public transportation in the heart of downtown Calgary, bike parking is available at the entrance to the building.

Hudson Event Complex
200 8 Ave SW, 6th floor
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 1B5

Did you know?

The Alberta Climate Summit is one of three climate events in Calgary in late October!

The City of Calgary's Climate Symposium, October 23-27, continues the conversation about climate change, shares how it affects Calgarians, what we can do together, and why we need to talk about it.

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association hosts its annual summit, October 23-25, at BMO Center, and will focus on the strategic connections needed to participate and invest in Canada's electrical transformation.

Community Sharing Table

Do you have a report, recent publication or message you would like to share with other participants at the 2023 Alberta Climate Summit? A ‘Community Sharing Table’ will be available for registrants to facilitate the sharing of important and relevant messaging with Summit attendees. Examples of appropriate materials include ‘hard copies’ of recent reports, campaigns or other publications and business cards. Space is limited so please keep the size of your item to 11”x14” and smaller. The Community Sharing Table will be self serve and located in a high traffic area near the registration desk. Please bring your hard copies with you. No printing services are available at the event venue. If you have questions, please email abclimatesummit@pembina.org.


Do you have registration or event enquiries? Please contact :
Kazia Ekelund, CMP, She/Her
Event Manager, Spark Event Collective
2023 Alberta Climate Summit
587.880.2922 ext 709

Fees and Refund Policy

If you would like to participate in the 2023 Alberta Climate Summit and cost is a barrier for you, please email us at abclimatesummit@pembina.org to enquire about registration grants. 

Refund Policy

Registration purchases for the 2023 Alberta Climate Summit are non-refundable. You may transfer a ticket to another participant up until Friday, October 20, 2023. Alternatively, if you cancel and do not transfer your registration, your payment will go towards funding a student or other participant who may be experiencing financial barriers to participate.


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