Join us at Innovating Alberta’s Energy Future

What’s percolating for Alberta’s energy future?

As the ‘black or white’ polarized debate about energy continues, more people are joining us here in the very colourful middle ground and working to find ways to help Alberta play a leadership role in the transition to a low carbon future.

It is time for Alberta to learn what the Energy Futures Lab Fellowship has been up to, and attendees of the Innovating Alberta’s Energy Future Showcase on April 19 in Calgary are not going to be disappointed.

After working with a major oil company mapping reservoirs and implementing business strategy, Juli Rohl co-founded the Alberta ReGeneration Project with a vision of repurposing old oil and gas infrastructure. She and other EFL Fellows are developing initiatives like turning old well sites into solar farms and sources of geothermal energy.

As a Councillor of the Louis Bull Tribe, Desmond Bull has championed solar energy projects in his community and served as a role model for other Indigenous leaders in Alberta. He’s working with other EFL Fellows to bring innovative ideas to Louis Bull with a vision to help his Tribe find new economic opportunity and to contribute to strengthening ties between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Apoorv Sinha is VP of Research for oilfield services company ZeroCor. His startup, Carbon Upcycling, is developing technology to turn what would have been waste carbon dioxide into useful carbon nanofibres with potential applications in strengthening concrete, water filtration membranes and even pharmaceuticals for fighting cancer. Apoorv’s work is one among a number of initiatives by EFL Fellows that aim to ensure long-term value and economic prosperity from Alberta’s hydrocarbon resources in a low-carbon future.

These are only a few of the stories that you’ll hear about at the Showcase. Our EFL Fellows—an impressive group of innovators and influencers from industry, government, non-profit, First Nations and others—will take the stage in a TEDx-style format to provide snapshots of their groundbreaking work toward a low carbon future.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi will speak at the event, and we will also hear from former NHLer Andrew Ference and Nicholas Parker, the pioneering investor who first coined and defined the term “clean tech.” We will set up the Newtonian Shift simulation to show how it condenses decades of energy transition into one action-packed day of role playing. And we will have brief cultural performances too.

I hope you will join me and hundreds of other engaged Albertans, innovators, officials and investors for this lively and inspiring afternoon.

As the ‘black or white’ polarized debate about energy continues, more people are joining us here in the very colourful middle ground and working to find ways to help Alberta play a leadership role in the transition to a low carbon future.

The EFL Showcase promises to be very colourful indeed. I hope to see you there!

EFL Showcase
Date: Wednesday, April 19
Venue: Jack Singer concert hall
Afternoon event 1- 5 pm
Reception: 5:15 pm
Early bird price $42.75 (+ fees) ended March 19th
Regular price $57.75 (+ fees)

energyfutureslab.com/energy-futures-lab-showcase/

Chad Park is the Chief Innovation Officer at The Natural Step and Director of the Energy Futures Lab