Event summary produced by The Globe and Mail Events team. The Globe’s editorial department was not involved.
Canada’s energy infrastructure is in the midst of significant change, from the expansion of renewable power to the advent of electric vehicles, to preparing for climate change. Indigenous communities are also embarking on new infrastructure projects aimed at shifting to cleaner power and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. What do all these changes mean for the future of the energy grid?
The Globe and Mail hosted a webcast on April 1 to bring energy stakeholders together to discuss strategies, investments and policies to support a flexible and reliable energy system.
If you missed the live event or would like to view it again please scroll down to the video player, below.
- Mark Poweska, president and CEO of Hydro One
- Tanna Pirie, chief administrative officer with Neqotkuk Maliseet Nation (Tobique First Nation)
- Robert Hornung, president and CEO of CanREA
- Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices
The panel, moderated by Matthew McClearn, data journalist with The Globe and Mail, discussed grid resiliency in view of severe weather incidents, comparing the risks of outages in Canada to other jurisdictions such as Texas.
They also shared perspectives on how energy infrastructure and frameworks vary across the country, leading to divergent approaches between B.C. and Alberta, for example.
Success strategies for partnerships in Indigenous communities and the expansion of energy literacy were also prominent themes, along with how the grid will need to evolve to accommodate growth in renewable energy generation and distributed power.
Watch the full event (60 minutes) below.
The Globe and Mail presented the event with support from Hydro One.