On May 14, 2020, the brightest minds of Alberta's next economy will gather online to explore our collective future. We cordially invite you to join the discussion.
"If you can't get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance." - George Bernard Shaw
Calgary, the historical heart of the Canadian oil and gas industry, is at a once-in-an-epoch inflection point that will determine our destiny for this next millennium and beyond. Traditional energy sources and technologies that have powered the creation of wealth and opportunity in Canada for multiple generations are now caught in an existential struggle between the past and the future. New energy alternatives promise a road to a utopian future but provide limited answers for the present. Transformational solutions brought to market by leading advocates are often not grounded in the reality of present-day economies, geopolitics or communities.
Perhaps the solution to this challenge lies in the same energy and pioneer spirit that hewed boreal forests into the world’s breadbasket and carved the Canadian energy economy out of the frozen tundra; the spirit of Calgary. When purposefully applied to solve this next challenge, this spirit of innovation can lead to a future that is both prosperous and equitable, and where economics and the environment are complementary objectives and not contradictory impulses as presented in popular politics and media folklore.
For us to compete, indeed, to survive, in the 21st century, all of us – oil and gas enterprises, governments, civic society organizations; must come together in a common purpose to define our universal future.