Canada’s energy conversation continues to be polarized, particularly with respect to Alberta’s economy in relation to the rest of Canada. We have a unique opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to this conversation with the diverse voices and perspectives at the Energy Futures Lab and with our strong presence in Alberta. If not us, then who?

The theme of the the upcoming Nov 7 & 8 EFL Fellowship workshop will focus on the following question:

How should the EFL show leadership in the
national conversation on Canada’s energy future?

The purpose and intention of the workshop will be to explore our personal and collective leadership as well as the role we can play as individuals and as a group. This workshop will feature inspiring guests, dynamic interactive exercises, deep reflection and tough conversations. This workshop will also mark an important milestone in the EFL Fellowship, as we introduce coming adjustments to the Fellowship design and patterns of engagement for EFL 2.0.

Please note that we will be joined on Nov 7th by Ian MacGregor, Chairman and President of North West Refining Inc., and one of the leading pioneers in Alberta’s energy sector who is looking to reinvent Alberta’s place in the future.

Given the nature of this workshop, its timeliness and the importance of having diverse perspectives, we highly encourage all Fellows to make the time to attend.

Location and Date:
Kananaskis Mountain Lodge
November 7th (afternoon) and 8th (all-day), 2018
You should have now received an email from Kelley Thompson outlining your accommodation booking instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Kelley at

Workshop Objectives

  • Deepen our sense of connectedness as a network
  • Share insights on our experiences as leaders and change agents
  • Assess the Generation Energy Council’s report and its alignment with the EFL vision
  • Surface messages that have the potential to bridge polarities in the energy conservation.
  • Discuss EFL 2.0 in 2019, i.e. what’s coming, what’s different, and where can I play a role?


Workshop Agenda

(times are approximate / agenda is subject to change)

Wednesday, November 7
Session Design
Optional: Tour of Museum of Making
Join us for a tour of the Museum of Making. If you are interested in joining us, please email Kelley ( Watch this space for more information.The Museum is located approximately 20 minutes west of Cochrane off Highway 1A en route from both Calgary and Edmonton to the workshop venue (detailed driving directions to come).
Transit to Kananaskis and Hotel Check-in
Welcome and Check-in
An opportunity to connect, share updates from across our network, and re-enter the Lab space.
Break / Networking
Dinner: “Leadership in Times of Change”
During the dinner, there will be some light facilitated discussion as well as a talk by Mr. MacGregor sharing his experience and perspectives.
Thursday November 8
Session Design
Check-in & Reflections on Day 1 & Intro Day 2
 “Moving Conversation” on Alberta’s Role in the National Energy Conservation
A dynamic interactive exercise to explore viewpoints on timely energy issues and surface EFL positions. Output will be used to shape the EFL’s contribution to a national energy series being led by the Canada West Foundation and to create a communications piece.
Break / Networking
Assessing EFL and Generation Energy Synergies
Review the Generation Energy report and explore the alignment between it and the EFL
Walk in the Woods
An opportunity to get outdoors to connect with nature and with each other, reflecting on the leadership the future requires of us.
EFL 2.0 in 2019: What is Coming?
A preview of what is coming in 2019 for discussion and for Fellows to consider how they would like to participate and contribute.
Evaluation and Close
End of Workshop


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