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Wednesday, November 9 • 08:30 - 10:00
Plenary Presentation - Collaboration and Cooperation on the Challenge of Clean Energy: An International Perspective / Séance plénière

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Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. Solutions will require collaboration and new policy approaches that work across traditional geographic, sectoral, and disciplinary boundaries. International agreements, such as the one reached in the climate change conference in Paris, are signals of the importance of the challenge, as are fiscal reforms and taxation instruments that encourage energy efficiency and the shift to renewables. However, significant scientific and technological barriers remain that require the best minds in the global S&T community to work together along with full government support. 

The international community needs to agree on a single mission: to accelerate the pace of clean energy science and innovation to achieve the breakthroughs required to revolutionize energy systems throughout the world. To achieve that mission, international scientific collaboration, strategic and bold thinking, and engaging the world’s best scientists and engineers, will all be essential to achieve the scale and rate of clean energy innovation required to meet and hopefully exceed the targets set in Paris last November.
Advances in solar energy research are a case in point. It is estimated that enough solar energy reaches the earth’s surface in ten minutes to meet the planet’s current energy demand for one year. However, to fully realize the potential of solar power, we require transformative advances in the underlying science of harvesting, storing and transmitting energy. 

To accelerate the bold thinking and the formation of interdisciplinary and international teams of the world’s top scientists and engineers, and to catalyze industry and government to play their part, new international mechanisms are required.

This panel brings together perspectives from global leaders in academia, government (Canadian and foreign), and industry to propose policies and pathways forward. The panel will discuss potential innovative intergovernmental mechanisms that will enable governments, the scientific community, and industry to work together to bring about a transformation in clean energy S&T. An important goal of this panel is to stimulate the necessary dialogue to ensure international efforts are aligned; that the pace of funding, discovery and innovation are commensurate with this grand challenge, and the potential consequences of the failure, to act; and, that new governance models are explored to the extent that it enables nations to effectively collaborate viable and realistic solutions.

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Gordon Lambert

President and Chief Collaboration Officer, GRL Collaboration for Sustainability
Gordon Lambert retired from Suncor Energy on Jan 1 2015. He is currently the Suncor Sustainability Executive in Residence at the Ivey School of Business and has established GRL Collaboration for Sustainability as a consulting practice. He is an advisor and frequent speaker on energy... Read More →

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Alan Bernstein

President and CEO, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
Alan Bernstein is the President and CEO of CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) a global research organization that brings together some of the world’s preeminent researchers to address questions of importance to the world.  Dr. Bernstein received the AAAS James Loudon... Read More →
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Jane Kearns

Senior Advisor, MaRS Cleantech
Jane Kearns is a senior advisor with MaRS Cleantech.  She is a recognized leader in sustainable innovation, and has extensive experience growing companies at the intersection of business and sustainability. She co-founded, grew and profitably sold a full-service renewable energy... Read More →
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Gabriel Marquette

General Manager, EUROGIA2020
Gabriel Marquette is the General Manager at EUROGIA, and the Deputy Director for Industry Relations at CNRS – INSU Institute for Earth and Universe Sciences. He holds an Engineer degree in Mechanics (UTC, France), an M.Sc. in Acoustic and Vibration (ISVR, UK) and a Ph.D. degree... Read More →

Carlos Ortiz

Director General of Research,Technological Development and Human Resources Formation,, Secretariat of Energy, Mexico
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Frank Des Rosiers

Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation and Energy Technology, Natural Resources Canada
Frank Des Rosiers was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Innovation and Energy Technology in May 2013. Prior to his appointment, Frank served as General Director, Tax Policy at Finance Canada and as Assistant Secretary, Priorities and Planning at the Treasury Board Secretariat... Read More →
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Gregory Scholes

CIFAR Senior Fellow and Professor of Chemistry, Princeton University
Gregory Scholes is the William S. Tod Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he later undertook postdoctoral training at Imperial College London and University of California Berkeley. He started his independent career at the University... Read More →

Wednesday November 9, 2016 08:30 - 10:00 EST
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