National Energy Roundtable conference

March 3 & 4, 2021
Virtual event

The inaugural virtual National Energy Roundtable conference will build on the outcomes from The Energy Roundtable’s 2020 virtual event series and will examine Canadian energy in the context of two key themes: Competitiveness and Sustainability

According to recent polls, the state of the country’s economy is the biggest issue of the day for Canadians. When it comes to strategic direction, nearly two-thirds of Canadians say that oil and gas need to be a part of Canada’s recovery and more than half believe that supporting jobs in this area is necessary to kick start the economy.

This sentiment takes place against the backdrop of a global economy that is decarbonizing, including by deploying variations of Green Recovery in response to the Covid 19 pandemic in a number of countries, including Canada. So what does a low-carbon future look like for Canada and how will it affect the country’s energy sector and overall economic competitiveness?

Economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions are decoupling. However, this is happening unevenly across Canada and for some regions and industries, the future is uncertain. Energy transition is expected to take decades and opinions vary on what the government’s role should be and the impact a so-called green recovery could have, especially when it’s unrealistic to expect a transition to a 100 per cent knowledge economy when the bulk of Canada’s wealth has been — and continues to be — driven by resources.

In March 2021, the virtual National Energy Roundtable conference will gather a high-powered line-up of speakers from across Canada to share their insights on:


  • The energy outlook – what does the energy company of 2025 look like?
  • Consolidation and competitiveness for Canadian energy


  • How does Canada hit net-zero emissions by 2050?
  • Best Practices for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)

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Jason Langrish

Jason Langrish

President, The Energy Roundtable
Bruce Lourie

Bruce Lourie

President, The Ivey Foundation
Hari Suthan

Hari Suthan

Chief Strategic Growth & Policy Officer, Opus One Solutions
Michael Crothers

Michael Crothers

Country Chair and Vice President, Integrated Gas, Shell Canada
David Knight Legg

David Knight Legg

CEO, Invest Alberta

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MC Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable
9:00 am Welcome
9:05 am The energy outlook – what does the energy company of 2025 look like? Canadian oil and gas producers are accustomed to ups and downs, but the situation they face now is uncharted since just about every aspect of the business is under severe financial strain. The Canadian Energy Centre calculates that over the past 18 years the direct contributions Canada’s energy sector made to federal and provincial revenues is conservatively estimated at $360 billion — more than any other sector by far. But events over the past years have made evident the widening divide in Canada over what the country’s energy future should look like. Major players are taking a hard look at the state of the energy industry and placing large bets on wind and solar instead of oil and gas. BP Energy outlined plans for a faster shift towards increasingly competitive renewable energy, based on its forecast that demand for oil may have already peaked. Norwegian consultancy Rystad Energy recently forecast that Alberta is set for a boom in large-scale renewable energy projects and, by 2025, will lead all provinces in wind and solar capacity. The panel will provide perspectives on energy development in Canada going forward and what we can expect the company of 2025 to look like.

  • Michael Crothers, Country Chair, Shell Canada
  • Additional speakers tbc

Discussion led by: tbc

10:30 am Consolidation and competitiveness for Canadian energy. If industry can consolidate and weather the current storm, Canada’s energy sector could recover in a big way – as a longer-term value play. Many Canadian oil producers have already reinvented themselves from growth-oriented explorers to dividend-payers. Large-cap companies are suited to survive and if smaller producers can consolidate they can weather the storm and profit down the road. Larger firms are also speeding up their own adaptations by focusing on power renewables as Canada mulls a national electrification strategy. All energy companies are facing an unprecedented convergence of technological, social, and regulatory forces. As artificial intelligence, automation, Internet of Things, blockchain, and 5G become pervasive, their combined impact will reshape standard business architectures. These technologies are also creating unprecedented levels of industry dislocation, with new entrants fundamentally changing the economics of the business. The panel will examine how Canadian energy companies can adapt and thrive in these volatile times.

  • Speakers tbc

Discussion led by: tbc

12:00 pm Interview: speaker tbc
9:00 am Interview: How does Canada hit net zero emissions by 2050? Over 60 countries, including Canada, have pledged to achieve net-zero emissions within the next thirty years. Now that the government will be legislating Canada’s commitment to achieve this goal by 2050 opinions vary on what the government’s role should be, especially when it’s unrealistic to expect a transition to a 100 per cent knowledge economy when the bulk of Canada’s wealth has been — and continues to be — driven by resources. Energy transition is expected to take decades and will come with growing pains, especially for regions who rely on oil and gas. This interview will examine what net zero means for Canada and how we get there.

  • Speakers tbc

Session chair: Bruce Lourie, President, Ivey Foundation

9:30 am Energy system optimization. Electricity provides a tremendous potential competitive advantage in a world focused on carbon reduction. Canada has abundant capacity to create and distribute electricity, but remains a patchwork of systems improvised over time with disparate outcomes. A pan-Canadian electricity strategy could turn vulnerability into a competitive advantage and address transport, heating and cooling processes in buildings and the electrification of Canada’s industrial and manufacturing sectors. The evolution of energy systems and integration of high tech solutions is creating rapidly growing markets for new products. Given this tension between legacy assets and disruptive technologies how do you ensure you the system at a whole provides value? The panel will examine what a holistic approach to electrification and energy system optimization looks like, including how we can best utilize existing assets and determine what is missing to ensure meaningful transformation in the Canadian energy sector.

  • Speakers tbc

Discussion led by: tbc

11:00 am Best practices in Environment, Social and Governance (ESG). For many, the term “ESG” brings to mind environmental issues like climate change and resource scarcity. These form an important element of ESG but the term means much more. It covers social issues like a company’s labor practices, talent management, product safety and data security. It covers governance matters like board diversity, executive pay and business ethics. Investors are increasingly aligned through a desire to understand a company’s long-term value creation plan and receive credible, standardized information to support long-term risk assessments. But many corporates, even when they have a good story to tell and robust processes to manage ESG risk, are not giving investors the right information in the right format. The panel will provide straightforward steps that can bring the two sides together.

  • David Knight Legg, CEO, Invest Alberta
  • Additional speakers tbc

Discussion led by: tbc

12:30 pm Close by Jason Langrish, President, The Energy Roundtable

Programme is subject to change

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