Conversation and collaboration
Listening, learning and connecting were the order of the day at this year’s GLOBE event, held March 2-4 in Vancouver.
“We saw and felt a new level of collaboration and commitment at this year’s GLOBE event - from government, thought leaders, environmental organizations, and industry. It underscored for me how vital it is for Suncor to continue to be a part of key conversations with diverse partners,” reflects Arlene Strom, vice president, sustainability and communications, Suncor. “We are under more pressure than ever before to address challenges that are common for all of us. We're undergoing a culture shift in Alberta and Canada, and it’s signaling that we’ll all have to work together differently than we have in the past.”
GLOBE is North America’s largest and longest-running conference series dedicated to building environmental leadership and business innovation. This year’s conference, which opened with an address from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, included Suncor CEO Steve Williams participating on a panel entitled Accelerating the Energy Transition with Michael Porter, one of Harvard University’s pre-eminent scholars on business strategy, Tzeporah Berman, a well-known Canadian environmental activist, Enbridge CEO Al Monaco, and Diane Regas, executive director of the Environmental Defense Fund.
Walrus Talks event
Suncor also sponsored a well-attended Walrus Talks event, part of a Suncor Energy Foundation commitment to The Walrus Foundation made in 2013. It focused on the new energy economy and finding paths to a sustainable energy future. Seven thought leaders brought diverse perspectives on everything from energy pricing to the role of renewables.
Other Suncor partners also had a presence at GLOBE, including Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), Student Energy, and The Natural Step (TNS), creators of the Energy Future Lab. TNS hosted their popular energy game on two of the conference days, helping to highlight the complexities and challenges of the energy industry.
Evok cleantech pitch session
With support from Cenovus and Suncor, Evok Innovations, a new clean technology fund, hosted a pitch session for entrepreneurs to pitch their early-stage technologies for the industry. It was a full crowd that watched the five entrepreneurs present to an expert panel of judges. The winner of the pitch session was FREDsense Technologies, a Calgary-based company whose “Field Ready Electrochemical Detector” conducts on-site water analysis with hand-held and autonomous detection systems for use in oil and gas, groundwater monitoring, wastewater treatment, and other markets.
“With open ears, engaged minds and hopeful hearts we can find solutions to the challenges of our day,” says Arlene. “And events like GLOBE provide one forum to connect with others to do this.”