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This conference took place February 23-24, 2022

Transforming Canada's Energy Economy

Thursday afternoon panel • Feb 24, 1:00 PM MST

Transforming Canada's Energy Economy

The Canadian economy — particularly in Alberta — has been strongly connected to the fossil fuel industry for decades, so our transition to a net-zero carbon model is bound to be complex and resisted by powerful corporations and a considerable portion of the public opinion. To understand the challenges and opportunities involved, the energy transition needs to be discussed against the background of the shrinking job market in the Canadian oil and gas industry, which since 2014 has shed 18% of its workforce due to structural changes and increasing automation.

Featured Panelists
Ian Hussey

Ian Hussey began his work as a research manager at the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute in 2014 and earned a career appointment in 2019. He is a steering committee member of the Corporate Mapping Project, a seven-year SSHRC grant project on the oil, gas, and coal industries in Western Canada (2015-2022). Ian has conducted a wide range of research for Parkland, including on corporate restructuring and automation in the oilsands industry, Alberta’s coal phase-out, just transition, climate policy, minimum wage, and Alberta fiscal matters. Read more

Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood

Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood is a senior researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a charitable non-partisan public policy think tank. His work focuses on the social and economic dimensions of Canada's shift toward a zero-carbon economy, including the necessity of a just transition for vulnerable workers and communities across the country. Read more

Lori Thorlakson

Lori Thorlakson is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. With Dr. Melanee Thomas, she is the co-PI of the Future Energy Systems project, Assessing Political Pathways of Energy Transition, which examines decarbonization backlash. Read more

Ian Hussey

Shannon Daub is the director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) BC Office, a public policy research institute focused on issues of social, economic, and environmental justice. She co-directs the Corporate Mapping Project, which investigates the power and influence of the fossil fuel industry and is jointly led by the University of Victoria, CCPA, and Parkland Institute. Read more

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