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Alberta Student Energy Summit

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There has never been a point in history with more change and transition in both our provincial and global energy systems. Alberta's recent Climate Leadership plan will fundamentally change Alberta's energy systems, and make responding to climate change a major provincial focus. At the same time, our provincial economy is in a significant downturn as a result of low oil prices globally. 

On a global scale, COP21 led to the creation of the Paris Agreement, representing the world's most ambitious attempt to respond to the threat of global climate change. 

The 2016 Alberta Student Energy Summit is a first of its kind collaboration by university students from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and Mount Royal University. The summit will bring together students from around the province to learn about key issues facing our energy systems, and will allow students to meet the province's top energy leaders in government, industry, and non-profits - including Alberta Minister of Environment, Shannon Phillips! 

Join us in Calgary on April 9th, 2016 to learn from your fellow students and make connections that will last a lifetime. 

register here


9:30-10:00am - Registration 

10:00-10:15am - Opening Ceremony

10:15 - 11:30am - Cities, Climate Change, and Energy

Energy is what makes bustling cities tick, but, in the future, the way cities use energy may be very different as we look to address climate change and adapt to new technologies. This panel will take a deep-dive into the City of Calgary, looking at who is acting on energy and climate currently, what visions people have for the future of the city, and what energy action plans are in place for various sectors. 


Dick Ebersohn, Program Manager Climate Change, City of Calgary

Justin Smith, Director of Policy, Research & Government Relations, Calgary Chamber of Commerce

Kimberly Nelson, Vice President, Bike Calgary and Co-Chair, Canada Bikes

Matt Grace, President, Mission Green Buildings

11:30-12:15pm - Lunch

12:15-1:25pm - Climate Negotiations in Action: A COP21 Simulation

Climate change negotiations are complex, and difficult with an incredible amount of constantly shifting factors. To give delegates a taste of these high-stakes meetings, they will get the chance to participate in a climate negotiation simulation with each team representing a country looking for the best deal for themselves and, hopefully, the world. 

1:25-1:45 - COP21: Inside the Negotiations


Amin Asadollahi, Director, Oilsands, Pembina Institute 

1:45 - 2:00 - Coffee Break

2:00 - 3:15 - A System in Transition

In the past year, Alberta has experienced an incredible amount of change in its energy market and sector, and it's clear that an energy transition is now well underway. Since Alberta is a major energy-producer and consumer, this transition has major implications for every sector in the province. This panel will dive into the multiple perspectives at play in deciphering what the transition means for citizens, businesses, and the environment.


Shannon Phillips, Alberta Minister of the Environment

Linda Coady,  Chief Sustainability Officer at Enbridge; Member, Alberta Climate Change Advisory Panel

David Dodge, Producer, Green Energy Futures

Mike Hudema, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace

3:15-3:45pm - Design Thinking by TELUS Spark

3:45-5:30 - Student Energy Innovation Jam

Want to know what this is all about? Check out the video! 

5:30-6:30 - Closing Reception

6:30-8:00 pm - Free Time

8:00pm - Late - Social Event at Barcelona Tavern - 501, 8th Ave SW, Calgary

Dress Code: Business Casual

Please note that if you are driving to the event, parking costs $5 for all day access, but we strongly encourage participants to take the CTrain to the Calgary Zoo stop, a short walk away from TELUS Spark. There will be a charter bus from Edmonton provided for delegates from the University of Alberta. 

About TELUS Spark:

Spark aims to become an active partner and leader in the effort to engage Calgary and Southern Alberta in key discussions surrounding Energy Sustainability in our community. 

It all starts with a spark! TELUS Spark envisions a community that transforms itself through curiosity, risk-taking and problem solving.  By valuing diverse perspectives and constructive partnerships; always seeking to ask questions and learn; taking risks and embracing change; and passionately pursuing our mission in everything we do, Spark is a role model and force for innovation and positive change.