Ambition: Working collaboratively to forge pathways for community resilience and energy innovation in Alberta.

Economic pressures, combined with regional and global developments in energy and climate, have many community leaders asking how they can respond to and shape these changes to help their communities thrive.

The Energy Futures Roadshow harnesses the combined knowledge, skills and networks of the Energy Futures Lab Fellows to focus them on supporting Albertan communities to explore their unique opportunities and challenges arising from energy transition.

Each Energy Futures Roadshow is designed and delivered in collaboration with the host community, and is tailored to the community’s needs and capacities. The engagement will typically include a series of workshops over a few days with a diversity of community members, including businesses, governments, schools, economic and community developers and the public followed by support from the Energy Futures Lab team to enable action. This is capped with a second workshop a few months thereafter where communities take stock of action, reflect on learning and prepare to take further steps.

The Energy Futures Roadshow typically follows this format:

Session 1 (full-day): Energy Transition Simulation
Through a fun role-playing simulation, this session will provide an opportunity for participants to experience decades of energy transition in one day. This session is always a highlight.

Session #2 (full-day): Energy Futures Workshop #1
This workshop will be a place for participants to explore the implications and opportunities of local energy-related issues with each other. The workshop will offer guest speakers and provide other activities that will help participants better understand the opportunities and risks of local energy-related issues, showcase existing local initiatives, and explore what near-term initiatives (existing or new) are most important and needed to take action on. Participants will be asked to lead conversations and commit to taking action on these items. The workshop will likely feature one or more EFL Fellows to hear a brief presentation on a topic relevant to the community.

Session #3 (full day): Energy Futures Workshop #2
This workshop will be an opportunity for participants to come together to discuss how collaboration and action has been undertaken since Workshop #1, review what action is underway in the community and look more closely to where collaborative opportunities lie. The workshop will likely feature one or more EFL Fellows to hear a brief presentation on a topic relevant to the community.

Participants will, ideally, attend all workshops (though not mandatory). They will be asked to take collaborative action with other participants and community members with support from the Energy Futures Lab team following each workshop.

Upcoming Roadshows

The Energy Futures Lab (EFL) is seeking expressions of interest from community leaders in Alberta to have the Energy Futures Roadshow come to your community and support you in sparking a collaborative forum for the “radical-middle” while exploring the unique opportunities and challenges of your community’s energy future.

Whitecourt (September – December 2020)

  • Workshop 1: September 3
  • Workshop 2: October 6
  • Workshop 3: November 5
  • Workshop 4: December 3

Athabasca (October – December 2020)

  • Workshop 1: October 15
  • Workshop 2: October 22
  • Workshop 3: November 18
  • Workshop 4: December 10

All sessions will be online. For more information and to register, please contact Natalie Ethier at natalie@areteinitiative.ca.

Completed and In-Process Roadshows:

  • Crowsnest Pass (October 2018)
  • Hinton (November 2018 – November 2019)
  • Devon (March – June 2019)
  • Grande Prairie (April – May 2019)
  • Drayton Valley (September – October 2019)
  • Red Deer (September 2019)

If you are interested in hosting an Energy Futures Roadshow in your community or know of a good community to offer one to, please contact info@energyfutureslab.com.