On March 5, Suncor CEO Steve Williams delivered a keynote address at the inaugural Positive Energy Conference in Ottawa, an event that brought together over 100 senior leaders from various sectors to focus on how we can all better come together to work on energy issues for lasting, positive, change.
“Many of us are concerned about a lot of things: climate change; the legacy we’re leaving our kids and grandchildren; how we’re going to transform to a low carbon economy; and, what role oil, and other energy sources, need to play in that transformation,” reflected Steve in his address. “These energy challenges cannot be tackled in isolation, by one company, government, or industry. It will take all of us, including academics, NGOs and our critics.”
The Positive Energy conference, a joint initiative of the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Ottawa, brought together representatives from the energy industry, government, academia, aboriginal communities, NGOs, and the non-profit sector for two days of dialogue.
Suncor’s involvement with the Positive Energy conference is just one example of how we’re participating in conversations and collaborative initiatives to contribute to the energy future we’ll all share. Other initiatives include:
- our partnership in COSIA, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, a collaborative hub of 13 companies who have come together to develop technology, innovate and rapidly deploy environmental solutions;
- our participation in Canada’s EcoFiscal Commission, a group of experts and leaders from across provincial, partisan and sector boundaries who are working to align Canada’s economic and environmental aspirations and apply ingenuity to solve tough, systems-based challenges; and
- the Energy Futures Lab, which is being led by The Natural Step and convened by the Pembina Institute, The Banff Centre and the Suncor Energy Foundation. It will involve a diverse group of people from government, Aboriginal communities, business, and academia coming together regularly over the next few years to have solutions-focused conversations about our shared future.
“Building the bridge to a better energy future is an incredibly complex challenge, and the solutions will require us all to think and act in new ways. We’re all in this together and we need to work together towards solutions,” sums up Steve.
The Ivey School of Business is one of the Suncor Energy Foundation’s key partners. In 2012, SEF invested $1.125 million in Ivey to establish the Suncor Chair in Energy Policy. This five-year initiative includes support to develop a comprehensive program around energy policy and exploring how governments, industry, and other stakeholders can help foster a globally successful and environmentally sustainable energy sector.