The other side of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)

Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies can play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and addressing climate change. In April 2019, CMC Research Institutes and Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) published a constructive primer on the potential of CCUS technologies. Read more here.

In collaboration with Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance (ACTia), Capital Power, and CMC Research Institutes, the Energy Futures Lab (EFL) will bring together CCUS innovators and stakeholders with EFL Fellows and Partners to explore the social factors influencing the uptake of CCUS, and to generate ideas for solutions to be advanced collaboratively at a future EFL Accelerator.

Understanding the Problem

As a social innovation lab, the EFL will approach this highly technical subject from a social innovation perspective. We are looking at barriers such as regulatory uncertainty, policy innovation, funding challenges, public acceptance, job creation, and in general, explore how to increase momentum and political will.

The intention of this workshop is to inspire engagement and establish a shared understanding of the barriers to the broad uptake of CCUS among diverse actors capable of helping advance CCUS as part of the solutions mix for reducing GHG emissions and achieving the EFL vision. The ultimate goal is to generate ideas or “problem statements” to advance solutions at a future EFL Accelerator.

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop is primarily for energy professionals, policy makers, and other stakeholders interested in helping advance carbon technologies to reduce emissions.

Date & Location

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
8:00am to 4:30pm
Markin MacPhail Centre, 2nd Floor
WinSport, 88 Canada Olympic Road Southwest


Light breakfast
Overview and taking stock:
  • Jason Switzer, Executive Director, Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance
  • Sandra Odendahl, President & CEO, CMC Research Institutes
  • Brian Vaasjo, President and CEO at Capital Power
Factors Influencing Success – working session, presented by CMC Research Institutes
Idea Generation – working session
Report Backs
Evaluation and Close

A detailed agenda will be sent to participants ahead of the workshop.


This is an invitation-only workshop. If you have any questions or interested in attending, please contact Kelley at as soon as possible.

Participating Organizations

Alberta Innovates
Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance (ACTia)
ATB Financial
Borealis GeoPower
Canadian Natural Resources Limited
Capital Power
Cenovus Energy
CMC Research Institutes
Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)

Emissions Reduction Alberta
Enhance Energy Inc.
Evok Innovations
Global CCS Institute
Government of Alberta
GP Joule
Industrial Climate Solutions Inc
InnoTech Alberta
JWN Energy

National Research Council Canada
Nutana Power
Pure Enertech Research Inc
Shell Canada
Suncor Energy Foundation
Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre
The Natural Step Canada
Western Economic Diversification
ZoraMat Solutions



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