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Wednesday, November 9 • 10:30 - 12:00
A Systems-based Approach to Evidence-Based Policy Decision-Making: Skills, Tools & Mindset for Effective Decision Making / Une approche systémique pour la prise de décisions éclairées par des données probantes en matière de politiques : compétences, outil

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Organized by, Thomson Reuters, Daniel Duguay 

There is increasing recognition that complex societal, economic and environmental issues are “systems-based problems”, where a wide variety of interrelated factors need to be simultaneously considered. Furthermore, it could be argued that the historical “piecemeal” approach to policy making is no longer effective, for it may fail to consider, or worse ignore, the systems-based considerations, thereby leading to increasingly complex unforeseen consequences, adverse impacts, and ineffective policies. Consequently, it is becoming necessary to take an effective systems perspective when developing or enhancing evidence-based decision making capacity.

The proposed concurrent panel would share their experiences and insights regarding enhancing decision making by way of a systems approach to evidence-based policy decision-making.  Panelist would speak to the importance of taking a systems perspective to account for the broader complexity of policy decision-making. Under a systems approach, a stronger collaboration among policy decision-makers and diverse stakeholders is warranted, but requires a combination of tools, skills and mindset not readily available in many policy environments. It is precisely within this context that the quality and reliability of evidence becomes greater, including evidence which speaks to the inter-dependency and inter-relatedness of the various policy considerations. This panel will speak to these considerations in the context of the energy sector – a sector which has historically been highly system-dependent, and share how evidence-based policy decision-making is evolving in the area of energy policy.

The panel would be composed of 5 to 6 panelists, including:
  • A senior representative from the Oil and Gas sector (energy stakeholder perspective)• A senior representative from the electricity and/or renewal energy sector (energy stakeholder perspective)
  • A senior representative from Thomson Reuters (broad energy sector perspective)
  • A leading academic and/or think tank representative (policy making perspective)
  • A leading provincial and/or federal government policy representative (policy making perspective)

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Janet E. Halliwell

President,, J.E. Halliwell Associates Inc.
Janet Halliwell is the President of JE Halliwell Associates Inc., a company providing value-added services in policy and management consultancy relating to post-secondary education and science and technology, particularly publicly-funded R&D. Janet has extensive experience in S&T... Read More →

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Graham Campbell

CEO, Energy Council of Canada
Graham Campbell was appointed President of the Energy Council of Canada on December 16, 2013.   After starting in the oil and gas industry with Shell Canada Resources, Graham’s career has progressed through roles in government and regulatory agencies culminating as Director General... Read More →
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Daniel Duguay

Senior Director Business Development, Thomson Reuters
Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dan attended the University of Ottawa, completing his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (Magna Cum Lauda, ‘88), where he also received the faculty Kipling Award.  As an NSERC Scholarship recipient throughout his graduate studies... Read More →
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Sergio Marchi

President and CEO, Canadian Electricity Association
The Honourable Sergio Marchi was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) in February 2015. As President of CEA, Mr. Marchi acts as spokesperson on issues of national concern to the electric utility industry. The Honourable Sergio... Read More →
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Marco Presutti

Over the past fifteen years, Mr. Presutti has held various positions in the federal public service with both Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada. In his current role as the Director General of the Energy Policy Branch at Natural Resources, Mr. Presutti leads government... Read More →
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Oskar Sigvaldason

Founder & President; SCMS Global, Director; Energy Council of Canada and Member; Global Energy Scenarios Committee, World Energy Council
Oskar Sigvaldason has provided leadership in the application of “systems analysis” methods for decision support for deriving optimal solutions for complex problems, especially for integrated energy/ economic/ environmental systems. As examples, these include;• Project Manager... Read More →
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David Watters

President & CEO, Global Advantage
David's 30 year career in the Government of Canada included responsibilities in a variety of Economic Ministries including Industry Canada, Treasury Board and Finance Canada. He was the Assistant Deputy Minister in Finance Canada for Economic Development and Corporate Finance, where... Read More →

Wednesday November 9, 2016 10:30 - 12:00 EST
Room 202