Justin Smith to represent the perspectives of Calgary businesses as a Fellow in the Energy Futures Lab
November 16, 2015
Our energy industry and energy systems are in the midst of fundamental changes. Now is the time when we must envision both Canada and Alberta’s energy future. We need new ideas, more collaboration, and more engagement to develop a new energy future for Alberta.
“If Alberta proves unable or unwilling to respond to a fundamental sea change in the way the world conceives of and evaluates how we produce and consume energy, our relevance on the global stage will decline” says Calgary Chamber Director of Policy, Research & Government Relations, Justin Smith.
To help embrace this shift, the Calgary Chamber and Energy Futures Lab are proud to announce the selection of Justin Smith, to the Energy Futures Lab Fellowship.
“As a province, it is critical that we show genuine concern and progressive thinking on issues ranging from climate change and aboriginal consultation, to workforce development and innovation, helping to shed our reputation of recalcitrance and demonstrating a commitment as a global energy leader to being a force for positive change.”
The Energy Futures Lab, convened by The Natural Step Canada in collaboration with Suncor Foundation, Pembina Institute, and the Banff Centre, is leveraging the expertise of Justin Smith and 39 other fellows from government, the energy sector, First Nations groups, and ENGOs to envision, develop, and act on ideas that will contribute to an economically and environmentally sustainable future. The Fellows’ success will be measured by tangible, breakthrough outcomes that support the transition towards a more resilient energy system.
Justin’s demonstrated history of successful policy innovation, ability to bridge the gap between government and business, and the strength of his ideas made him a unanimous choice of the Energy Futures Lab Selection Committee.
He will join Energy Futures Lab Fellows that have different, often contradictory positions and ideas. Chad Park, ED of the Natural Step Canada welcomes Justin and his new, innovative approach to collaboration and his deep desire to move beyond what has been, until now, a polarizing conversation.
On the conversation moving forward, Justin says, “The boldness of our solutions will need to match the magnitude of our challenges. Designing the energy system of the future will require tolerance for discomfort on everyone’s part.”
As a Fellow, Justin will work to explore new business models, concrete policy adjustments and the power of an alternative narrative to shift the province towards the energy system that our future requires.
If you are interested in following Justin’s leadership journey at the Energy Futures Lab, head to EnergyFuturesLab.com.