This release was issued under a previous government.

As part of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, the Government of Alberta will make historic investments in research and innovation that will reduce emissions. To help guide these investments, the government has appointed an independent task force to engage with Albertans.

“Alberta, along with every jurisdiction in the world, is in a race for technology and innovation. Our advantage as an energy leader, and the government’s action on the Climate Leadership Plan, means that we are uniquely positioned to lead on clean energy and technology – creating jobs and a more resilient, diversified economy for generations. This task force will help us do just that.”

Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade

“Innovation and technology are key to achieving our climate leadership goals. These engagements will help guide and drive the research and innovation we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote healthy communities for future generations.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office

The task force consists of a chair and four members with significant experience and knowledge in research, development and deployment of climate change-related technology:

  • Gordon Lambert, Chair
  • Dr. W.L. (Vic) Adamowicz
  • Shelly Vermillion
  • Suzanne West
  • Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon

Gord Lambert, the chair of the task force, brings his learnings and experience as part of Alberta’s Climate Change Advisory Panel, and board member of Alberta Innovates. His participation in the task force will help ensure Alberta’s research and innovation system as a whole is taken into consideration.

“I look forward to bringing together world class input through engaging with research and innovation leaders and to discuss how we can focus our investments to meet the province’s climate change aspirations.”

Gord Lambert, Task Force Chair

These engagements will bring together a cross-section of academic, business, government, and not-for-profit representatives in climate change-related technology research and development through targeted sessions in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Lethbridge this October. In addition, Albertans are invited to provide their views on how the province can invest in innovation and technology that will shift Alberta to a low-carbon economy by emailing: [email protected]