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On October 11-12, Federal Minister of Natural Resources Canada, the Honourable Jim Carr, hosted a stakeholder forum in Winnipeg that involved energy policy experts, industry representatives, leaders from traditional (oil and gas, electricity) and emerging (renewable) energy sectors, as well as Indigenous and community leaders from across the country and around the globe.

The event was billed as the “Conversation of a Generation” on how Canada is preparing for the reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy economy of the future.  It capped a six-month engagement that involved more than 350,000 people through online participation, as well as in-person panels and workshops across the country.

HRAI Director of Programs and Relations Martin Luymes participated as a speaker on a panel entitled “Pathways to an Affordable, Low Carbon Energy Future” which focused specifically on the role of energy efficiency as the lowest cost, highest yield energy investment available.  A key part of his message was the importance of including thoughtful conversation with the HVACR industry, because of its critical role in providing energy-efficient and sustainable technical solutions for Canadians on the path to a low carbon economy.

Keynote speakers at the event included: Jeremy Rifkin, President, Foundation on Economic Trends and Advisor to the European Union; Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA); Eldar Saetre, Chief Executive Officer, Statoil Global; Annette Verschuren, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, NRStor; Elyse Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer, GE Canada; and five provincial Ministers of Energy.

Participants in the forum heard clearly that global energy markets are rapidly changing, that the energy transition is already underway and that the energy mix will change dramatically over the next few decades. However, the pace and scope of change remain uncertain, so long-term, predictable, inclusive policy direction will be integral to the transition.

For more information, contact Martin Luymes at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 235 or email mluymes@hrai.ca