Climate Technology Task Force

Led stakeholder engagement to guide Alberta’s investments in innovation and technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Consultation status: Concluded in Dec 2016
Ministry responsible: Economic Development and Trade

Overview

As part of the Climate Leadership Plan, Alberta is investing in innovation and technology to:

  • create new jobs
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • encourage a more diversified economy and energy industry
  • improve opportunities to get energy products to new markets

To help guide Alberta’s investments, a task force was created to lead stakeholder engagement and make recommendations on a Climate Change Innovation and Technology Framework.

Engagement activities

The Climate Technology Task Force:

  • conducted targeted, regionally dispersed, invitation-only engagement sessions with knowledgeable innovation and technology stakeholders in Alberta
  • focused on the innovations and technologies that can contribute to a global low carbon economy
  • provided recommendations on specific outcomes for a Climate Change Technology Framework
  • delivered advice on how Alberta’s research and innovation system could support provincial climate change technology objectives
  • provided recommendations for how to effectively demonstrate value (economic, environmental and social) derived from long-term clean/green technology within the short and long term
  • collected submissions from Albertans through a dedicated email until Nov 30, 2016

Thank you to everyone who took the time to send in their opinions, advice and recommendations.

Outcomes

The task force submitted their written report in Dec 2016. It summarized the findings of the engagement and provided a recommended approach for a provincial Climate Change Innovation and Technology Framework.

Task force members

Gordon Lambert, Chair

Mr. Gordon Lambert retired from Suncor Energy on January 1, 2015. He is currently the Suncor Sustainability Executive in Residence at the Ivey School of Business and has established GRL Collaboration for Sustainability as a consulting practice.

He is an advisor and frequent speaker on energy, the environment and innovation. He was instrumental in the creation of Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and in 2014, was a speaker on Innovation and Collaboration at the World Economic Forum in Tianjin China. In 2015/16 he has been a member of the WEF Global Council which helps shape the future agenda of the organization including its work on the future of oil and gas.

With Suncor Energy Mr. Lambert served as the VP Sustainability and in 2013, he was appointed Executive Advisor Sustainability and Innovation where he supported the CEO, senior executive team and the Board of Directors. He has 36 years’ experience in the energy sector including 17 years with Suncor, two years with TransAlta and 15 years with Imperial Oil. He was a recent member of the Alberta Climate Leadership Advisory Panel to the Environment Minister and the Premier.

Dr. Vic Adamowicz

Dr. Vic Adamowicz is Vice Dean in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, and a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta. He obtained his BSc and MSc from the University of Alberta and his PhD from the University of Minnesota.

His research has focused on the economic valuation of environmental amenities and ecosystem services and the incorporation of environmental values into economic analysis, with applications to forestry, water quality, air quality, endangered species and agriculture. His research involves the analysis of choice behavior with applications to food demand, recreation, and environmental quality.

Dr. Adamowicz is the Research Director of the Alberta Land Institute. He was the Scientific Director of the Sustainable Forest Management Network of Centres of Excellence, from 1998 to 2004. He was a Canada Research Chair (Tier I) from 2001 to 2008 and was an Associate Dean (Research) from 2007 to 2009.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy II – Social Sciences (awarded in 2007). He became a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in 2011. He was awarded the Canadian Institute of Forestry’s Canadian Forestry Scientific Achievement Award in October, 2004.

Shelly Vermillion

Ms. Shelly Vermillion has several years of experience working with a wide variety of small to medium enterprises – predominantly in the Indigenous entrepreneur marketplace. She has spent much of her career working with First Nation communities and the citizens from communities struggling to launch and grow their businesses.

Ms. Vermillion has been actively involved with many not-for-profit organizations. Her latest community involvement includes the launching of Aspiring Women in Leadership and Legacy. Ms. Vermillion is the Chairperson for Apeetogosan Métis Development Inc. and former Chair for the National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NAACA). Ms. Vermillion is the recipient of the 2015 Aboriginal Women Entrepreneur Award of Distinction from the Alberta Chamber of Commerce.

Suzanne West

Ms. Suzanne West is the President and CEO of Imaginea Energy. Imaginea is her latest venture and one of five companies that, over the past 15 years, she has built from scratch. With Imaginea, Ms. West wants to discover a better way of developing energy resources and creating solutions and new possibilities to transform the energy industry.

Ms. West has an engineering degree from the University of Calgary, and spent the first 11 years of her career as a reservoir engineer and in various leadership positions in large corporations. She has also been a fitness instructor for 21 years and participates in philanthropic projects that are very near to her heart; those that involve children, animals and homelessness.

Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon

Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon is the Director of the Pembina Institute’s Clean Economy program in Alberta. She has deep experience in clean technology, renewables, and energy efficiency, through the lenses of policy, business and technology. Her work has included research and presentations on success factors in the clean technology industry, international and domestic policy for climate change and emissions reduction, consulting work on key business issues in the clean technology sector with utilities, solar developers, venture capital firms and governments, and development of a detailed model of the North American power sector.

Prior to joining the Pembina Institute, Dr. Hastings-Simon was the Manager of the Cleantech Practice at McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm. She holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Geneva.