Collaboratively addressing complex energy challenges

The energy transition requires more than just technological advancement. It involves a multi-faceted approach that recognizes the complexities and interconnectedness between our social systems and our energy system.

To better understand these connections, innovators and influencers from across Alberta join the Energy Futures Lab as Fellows and Partners to collectively address current and future energy challenges.

Role and Value of the Energy Futures Lab

As a trusted convenor, connector, storyteller and catalyzer of innovative energy system initiatives and solutions, the Energy Futures Lab supports change-makers as they collaboratively explore the following question:

How can we leverage Canada’s assets and innovation capacity to accelerate an inclusive and equitable transition to a prosperous net-zero future?

Our Brand Manifesto

We know that the differences shaping our personal and collective histories are a source of knowledge and zest that inspire resilience, giving us the confidence to solve problems along the way. 

This knowledge compels us to reimagine the rules by which we navigate. And thus we say: let us approach our shared challenge with boldness and curiosity, let us acknowledge that our actions have consequences today and in the future, and most importantly, let us leave no one behind.

Innovation Challenges

To realize our vision and mission, we focus our attention and resources on complex challenges that require collaboration and innovation beyond the constraints of single organizations, disciplines, and perspectives.

The Energy Futures Lab currently has four active Innovation Challenges:

Financing the Transition to Future Fit Hydrocarbons

“How can public policy help attract greater investment into the innovation and infrastructure for “future-fit hydrocarbons”, in light of global investors’ increasing concern with climate change and growing appetite for low-emissions/transition oriented opportunities?”

Digital Innovation For Communities in Transition

“How might we accelerate collaboration in Alberta’s digital innovation ecosystem to support communities in energy transition?”

Rural Community Resilience in a Low Carbon Future 

“How can we build near and long-term resilience in Alberta’s rural communities as the world transitions towards a low carbon future?” 

Leveraging Energy Transition to Overcome Barriers for Marginalized Communities

“How can we leverage today’s energy transition to overcome barriers for entrepreneurs who identify as or work in service of marginalized communities to succeed as the Canadian economy recovers?”

Fresh from the Blog

Alberta’s future: turning nonsense to common sense

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Innovators. Entrepreneurial. Ambitious. This is how Albertans have long described themselves, a story often centred around our successful development of the oil sands, Alberta’s most consequential bet.

Harnessing possible futures for better policy outcomes

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To carve out a successful path using policy, we try to imagine and understand what pitfalls and opportunities might be just over the horizon.

A just transition must reflect the voices of those who will be impacted most’

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A just transition to net-zero won’t be easy and anyone who claims it will be is either kidding themselves or ignoring the complexities of this challenge. The truth is, net-zero by 2050 is a tall order.

Join our growing community

We’re working to build a sustainable, resilient and innovative energy system for Alberta. Add your voice to the conversation!





Aatif Baskanderi

Chief Executive Officer, The Northpine Foundation

Our energy future requires empathetic connections to work together to solve issues for all of us.