FACTS Edmonton - Climate Change & Energy Transition

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Building up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be hosted by France in December 2015 (COP 21 - Paris Climate 2015), the Embassies of France in both Canada and the United States have been organizing the FACTS (French Ameri-Can Climate Talks)conference series since 2014 (http://facts.france-science.org/) .

Since 2014, FACTS series gathered more than 150 renowned panelists and captured the attention of several thousand people across the continents – including students, NGOs representatives, political figures, journalists and entrepreneurs. In 2015, FACTS conference series has been expanded and engaged with 12 cities in the United States and Canada.

In Edmonton, the conference involved renowned scientists, civil society representatives, policy-makers, energy companies, innovative businesses and entrepreneurs with a special focus on climate change and energy transition.

Audience at the University of Alberta
Audience at the University of Alberta
Eddy Isaacs interviewed by Global News Alberta
Eddy Isaacs interviewed by Global News Alberta
Keynote speaker Simon Dyer from the Pembina Institute
Keynote speaker Simon Dyer from the Pembina Institute
Media event at Hotel Chateau Lacombe, Edmonton
Media event at Hotel Chateau Lacombe, Edmonton
Special guests at the opening session
Special guests at the opening session
Laurent Maurel, CEO of Total E&P Canada
Laurent Maurel, CEO of Total E&P Canada
Marie-Anne Coninsx, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada
Marie-Anne Coninsx, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada
The five panelists. From left to right: Eddy Issacs, Laurent Maurel, Zoë Caron, Emilson Silva, Jean-Christophe Fleury
The five panelists. From left to right: Eddy Issacs, Laurent Maurel, Zoë Caron, Emilson Silva, Jean-Christophe Fleury
From left to right: Ed McCauley, University of Calgary VP (research); Mathieu Leporini, Scientific attaché at the French consulate in Vancouver; Steven Dew, University of Albert Provost and VP (Academic)
From left to right: Ed McCauley, University of Calgary VP (research); Mathieu Leporini, Scientific attaché at the French consulate in Vancouver; Steven Dew, University of Albert Provost and VP (Academic)
Kate White, president & CEO of UNA-Canada for some closing remarks
Kate White, president & CEO of UNA-Canada for some closing remarks

In partnership with the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, the Consulate General of France in Vancouver co-organized this free public conference on October, 29th 2015 to discuss how energy transition can contribute to solving the climate change challenge. It was a major milestone on the road to the COP21.

The entire discussions have been live webcasted and can be viewed online:

Program

6.30 pm – 8.00 pm: FACTS Conference “Climate Change and Energy Transition”
Opening session:
Moderation Mathieu Leporini, Consulate general of France
Steve MacDONALD, Advisor to the Premier on Climate Change
Marie-Anne CONINSX, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada
Steven DEW, University of Alberta Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
Ed McCAULEY, University of Calgary Vice-President (Research)

Keynote lecture by Simon DYER, Director, Alberta, Pembina Institute

Panel discussion

  • Emilson SILVA, Professor and CAIP Chair, University of Alberta -Business Economics-NREE (Natural Resources, Energy and Environment)
  • Laurent MAUREL, President and CEO, TOTAL E&P Canada
  • Jean-Christophe FLEURY, Consul General of France in Vancouver
  • Eddy ISAACS, Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Innovates-Energy Environment Solutions
  • Zoë CARON, Senior Policy Advisor, Clean Energy Canada

Moderation was ensured by Prof. Robert SKINNER, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. After the panel discussion, opportunity for questions was given to the audience.

Closing remarks by Kate WHITE, President & CEO, UNA-Canada

Media coverage

Dernière modification : 14/01/2016

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