Gathering forces hope to form a unified pro-LNG front

Group’s focus is on what LNG means to the Canadian economy and to the overarching national interest

Gathering forces hope to form a unified pro-LNG frontIt may seem like an impossible challenge to crowdsource a narrative about building a better future for Canadians and their energy sector. A diverse group has set out to create a compelling and co-ordinated narrative around Canada’s global liquefied natural gas (LNG) opportunities. At a recent Calgary meeting, a diverse group of stakeholders agreed it’s critical to…

New coalition seeks to create a compelling LNG narrative for Canada

The group is hosting a session on Jan. 15 in Calgary to gauge interest. So far, nearly two dozen organizations plan to attend

New coalition seeks to create a compelling LNG narrative for CanadaCanada's oil and gas industry long ago lost control over the narratives that shaped the worldview of its oil sands sector. Sadly, that perspective includes much of Canada. The sector is constantly reacting to competing narratives expertly controlled by outside forces much more proficient at storytelling than we’ve been. As a result, Canada's global reputation as…

Whistler mayor’s bid for energy industry cash just whistling in the wind

Consumers – including tourists visiting Whistler – and petroleum producers are co-conspirators in the emissions game

Whistler mayor’s bid for energy industry cash just whistling in the windA common T-shirt reads: “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” Whistler, B.C., Mayor Jack Crompton is wearing a neon version these days. Recently, Crompton infamously asked leading energy companies, including Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., to ante up a chunk of change to help mitigate impact that Whistler is ostensibly experiencing as a…

A hurtin’ song for Albertans – and a wakeup call to the nation

If the rest of Canada won’t listen to other forms of conversation about the importance of the energy sector, how about a song?

A hurtin’ song for Albertans – and a wakeup call to the nationThings have devolved into such a state of ridiculous zaniness on Canada's energy scape that perhaps it's time to express our travails through that time-proven panacea for all forms of hurt: the country and western song. Such songs can timelessly and eloquently express a range of sentiments and emotions. They’re anthems to spirit, grittiness and…

Killing the energy industry cripples the tech sector

Federal inaction on the petroleum file damages corporate balance sheets, which in turn stalls investments in tech

Killing the energy industry cripples the tech sectorSomeone is planning to slowly kill Silicon Valley – to scrub from existence the companies and their employees making so much difference in the tech space. Who in their right mind would countenance such a thing? Who would even suggest killing initiatives like artificial intelligence and machine learning, and blockchain innovations. We know those cool buzzwords…

Will Canadians pay attention if we turn the pumps off?

National No-Hydrocarbon Days would hit both anti-energy and complacent Canadians where it hurts: their energy-entitled lives

Will Canadians pay attention if we turn the pumps off?Maybe the oil and gas sector should take a page from the postal workers’ playbook and implement rotating strikes. Look how fast Ottawa jumped to the pump on the postal file. Screw with timely arrival of Canadian gifts at Christmas? No sir. But Canadians’ gas tanks? A whole other matter entirely. That's why the sector…

The feds’ astonishing capacity for being tone-deaf

Turning the natural-gas-fired Eternal Flame on Parliament Hill into an LED version belittles our past and misunderstands our future

The feds’ astonishing capacity for being tone-deafAs there’s a spectrum in politics, so too is there one in moronics. Moronics is, of course, the parallel dimension of politics – except that on the moronics spectrum, position is not measured by degrees of left or right perspectives but rather from thinking that ranges from benignly foolish to flabbergastingly stupid. Politicians and bureaucracy…

Talking the talk, walking the walk of disruptive innovation

Canada's oil and gas sector needs to move forward in brave new ways, and that requires a new level of sharing and communication

Talking the talk, walking the walk of disruptive innovation(This is the fifth in an occasional series profiling organizations committed to more productive energy talk.)  Innovation talk may well be the one force capable of putting Canada's energy sector – particularly upstream oil and gas – back on its feet. But we have to get it right. That means creating – through talk –…

Constructive dialogue central to navigating future energy challenges

Energy Futures Network seeks to help navigate Canada’s challenges through open sharing of perspectives and processes

Constructive dialogue central to navigating future energy challenges(This is the fourth in an occasional series profiling organizations committed to more productive energy talk.)  Monologue versus dialogue. Anyone trapped by the former truly appreciates the latter. In Canada's energy sector, we have a general penchant for monologue; that is, for more telling than listening. True dialogue is more the exception than the rule. That…

Turning Alberta’s inactive wells back into assets

Part 3 of a six-part series: ReGenerate Alberta wants to seize a business opportunity and answer a social challenge all at once

Turning Alberta’s inactive wells back into assetsAlberta has a skeleton in its closet no one really wants to talk about. Even when we do, the bone rattling isn’t necessarily good talk. The problem is Alberta’s steadily-growing ranks of aging oil and gas assets that haven't been properly readied for (permanent) retirement. The liability those aging assets represent has burgeoned steadily over recent…

Building bridges of trust to energy decision-making

Part 2 of a six-part series: Positive Energy is one of the key entities capable of constructively shaping the way Canadians understand and discuss energy issues

Building bridges of trust to energy decision-makingCanada's energy scene desperately needs a pracademy: a place where theory meets practice; where dialogue is robust and respectful; where ideas become reality and find purpose in everyday life. It’s a place where practitioners and academics put their heads together in a powerful ‘four-D’ combination of idea development, discussion, decisions and deployment. So what would an…

Wells-to-wheels meets farm-to-fork

A supercluster project is pairing the once-disparate oilsands and oilseeds industries. The benefits could impact all Canadians

Wells-to-wheels meets farm-to-forkCan two acronyms help position Canada as a global economic and environmental leader? Or, what do oilsands companies and oilseeds producers have in common? (Here's a hint: air, water and land.) Just ask SASC and CRIN. The first is the Smart Agri-Food Supercluster, the latter is the Clean Resource Innovation Network. One is obviously a product of…

Protein providing muscle to the Smart Agri-Food Supercluster initiative

Four beef-sector case studies illustrate how SASC can magnify and amplify their impact

Protein providing muscle to the Smart Agri-Food Supercluster initiativeThe Smart Agri-Food Supercluster is one of nine groups awaiting word from the federal government on whether it will share in the $950-million innovation supercluster fund established earlier this year. It’s conducting innovation community meetings across Canada to help the sector understand its economic, environmental,  job creation and innovation impact.) How big is your innovation…

Agri-food supercluster could super-charge Canada’s economy

Nine groups await word from Ottawa on which gets to tap the $950-million supercluster innovation fund

Agri-food supercluster could super-charge Canada’s economyThe supercluster effect is one of the intriguing outcomes of dangling dollars in front of sectors hungry for innovation investment. Nine groups await word from the federal government on which gets to tap the $950-million supercluster innovation coffer. Ottawa established the fund last year to help reshape the Canadian economy and set it up for future…

Shaping a positive, profound vision of energy in Canada

Energy Futures Lab works to resolve the issues that handicap the industry and may become one of the most important voices in Canada’s energy future

Shaping a positive, profound vision of energy in CanadaIn terms of Canadian energy narratives, 2017 was a mess. Instead of moving forward one step, Canada took five backward steps. Most narratives were destructive when they could have – and should have – been constructive. It didn’t matter if the subject was pipelines and regulation or carbon emissions and technology, most dialogues failed to move forward.…