Future of Energy Conference

September 21-22, 2017

TELUS Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

In celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary, the German Embassy partnered with Future Energy Systems at the University of Alberta to host a special conference examining the future of energy.

This event brought together leading researchers, government representatives, and industry stakeholders from Canada and Germany to address a series of topics related to the future of energy technology, and the current state of energy research.

Program

Thursday, September 21, 2017

16:30

Welcome Remarks
Dr. David Turpin, President, University of Alberta

16:35

Welcome Remarks
Marcus Stadthaus, First Secretary, German Embassy

16:40

Introduction by Moderator
Dr. Robert Skinner, University of Calgary

16:50

Keynote: An international perspective - what does a global energy transformation strategy look like?

Dr. Eicke Weber, Director Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore and former Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems

17:20

Panel: The energy transition from an international perspective

Panelists:

  • Dr. Larry Kostiuk, Director, Future Energy Systems, University of Alberta
  • Coleen Volk, Deputy Minister of Energy, Government of Alberta
  • Graham Campbell, President, Energy Council of Canada
  • Dr. Dan Wicklum, CEO, Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Association (COSIA)

18:20

Closing remarks by moderator

18:30

Networking reception


Friday, September 22, 2017

08:30

Session 1: Low Carbon Energy

Moderator: Dr. Lori Thorlakson, Professor, University of Alberta

Keynote speaker: Dr. Joerg Sauer, Head of Institute, Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology, KIT

Panelists:

  • Dr. Jillian Buriak, Professor, University of Alberta
  • Dr. Eicke Weber, Director Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore and former Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems

09:45

Coffee Break

10:00

Session 2: Integrated Energy Systems

Moderator: Dr. Robert Skinner, University of Calgary

Keynote speaker: Faisal Kazi, President & CEO and Senior Vice-President Energy Management, Siemens, Canada

Panelists:

  • Dr. Amit Kumar, Professor, University of Alberta
  • Dr. Walter Merida, Professor, University of British Columbia

11:15

Coffee Break

11:30

Session 3: Energy/Environmental policies

Moderator: Dr. Mishka Lysack, Professor, University of Calgary

Keynote speaker: Dr. Kurt Hübner, Professor, University of British Columbia

Panelists:

  • Max Grünig, President, Ecologic Institute, US
  • John Storey-Bishoff, Director, Climate Change Compliance, Ministry of the Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta
  • Dr. Lori Thorlakson, Professor, University of Alberta

12:45

Closing Remarks

13:00

Lunch

14:00

DAAD Funding opportunities presentation
(MITACs & Humboldt Foundation participation)

15:30

Adjourn