New digital innovations in areas such as artificial intelligence and machine learning have great potential to help address today’s energy challenges.

With the support of the RBC Foundation, InceptionU, AIRIA, Google Developer Group, JWN Energy, Spartan Controls and SAIT, the Energy Futures Lab is hosting its second invitation-only workshop Energy.AI2 to explore the following question:

How can artificial intelligence and machine learning enable

Alberta to thrive in a competitive, low-carbon world?

Understanding the Problem

The upcoming Energy.AI2 workshop is inspired by Albert Einstein’s quote about spending “55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions.” This hands-on workshop focuses on “digital upskilling” to build capacity for energy stakeholders to harness the potential of new digital innovations. It will apply best practices in design-thinking for two important outcomes:

  • To build awareness and capacity amongst energy industry stakeholders of how exciting developments in digital innovations such as machine learning can be applied to solve today’s energy and climate challenges. This will include hands-on technology applications and training.
  • To work together to craft a set of compelling “problem statements” related to energy, climate and digital innovation. These problem statements will form the basis of a fall 2019 EFL Accelerator to engage technology innovators and related experts in co-creating solutions.

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop is primarily for energy professionals within the oil and gas and power industries. Participants must be keen to explore or work towards applying digital innovations to solve energy and climate challenges. Participants are expected to complete pre-work in order to fully engage with the content and applications. EFL workshops are not your typical conference. Participants are not expected to sit passively while people talk at them; rather, participants are invited with the expectation to “roll up their sleeves” contribute to the development of ideas and initiatives.

Date & Location

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Calgary New Central Library
800 3 St SE, Calgary, Alberta

Agenda (more details to follow)

Start at 8:00am
Digital Upskilling (hands-on)
  • Understanding the technology’s foundations, principles and limitations
  • Learning about use cases and identifying principles from use cases
  • How can exciting developments in digital innovations help solve today’s challenging problems?
  • What makes a good “problem statement”?
Crafting Problem Statement Workshop
  • Identifying potential Problems in Energy, Climate and AI
  • Drafting problem statements
  • Next Steps leading to the EFL Accelerator (fall 2019)
  • Evaluation and Close
End at 5:00

Participating Organizations

Alberta Economic Development, Trade, and Tourism
Alberta Energy Regulator
Alberta Innovates
ATB Financial
Borealis GeoPower
Canada West Foundation

Capital Power
Cenovus Energy
Decentralized Energy Canada
Emissions Reduction Alberta
Energy Efficiency Alberta
JWN Energy
Nutana Power
Pembina Institute
QUEST Canada

Royal Bank of Canada
Shell Canada
Suncor Energy
The Delphi Group
Ventus Development Services Inc.
WindRiver Power Corporation

Energy.AI2 Workshop Partners


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