Time to turn the tide against anti-petroleum politicians

Ordinary Canadians need to protect their investment in the resource sector - and the quality of life we enjoy because of it - from the duplicity of politicians

Time to turn the tide against anti-petroleum politiciansCanada has millions of passive oil and gas investors who just don't know how their dollars are working for them. They have no clear idea how their investments are performing – keeping things like health-care and tuition payments, and roads and culture costs in check. And, in Alberta, keeping sales taxes at bay. These investors are actually…

Bhag(ing) economic/environmental consensus a big hairy deal

Nothing concrete is happening that is remotely likely to produce a solution Canadians could get behind

Bhag(ing) economic/environmental consensus a big hairy dealMaybe Canada needs Jim Collins to help us get a grip on energy policy. Most folks who have been to a corporate retreat know these four letters: BHAG. They stand for Big Hairy Audacious Goal. Collins, a business consultant, author and lecturer, says BHAGs are intended to help companies and organizations set stretch goals that may…

Energy debate stuck in a rut – and what we can do about it

It’s increasingly clear we need to step outside the echo chambers that shape Canada’s polarizing energy narratives

Energy debate stuck in a rut – and what we can do about itCan families help get Canada out of its energy policy rut? If oil and gas companies and governments funded family reunions, it might help. Sound crazy? Family gatherings could accomplish something that’s eluded Canadians by using an established social space to have the frank and balanced discussions about energy that lead to policies more broadly…

Energy’s uphill battle even tougher in era of willful ignorance

Being energy-ignorant is almost fashionable in certain circles

Energy’s uphill battle even tougher in era of willful ignoranceMost of us have heard of Sisyphus and his struggles. He’s the mythical Greek king doomed for eternity to push a boulder uphill – only to see it roll back down again. To the top. And down again. Kind of like oil-and-gas communications and outreach efforts. There’s never an end in sight; just relentless toil…

That sound you hear is the Canadian economy imploding

Canada has a growing global reputation as a place where nothing happens unless it suits a small and clamorous minority

That sound you hear is the Canadian economy implodingHere's a lesson on how to tank an initiative. The head teacher: federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. The initiative: Generation Energy, a conference this week in Carr's hometown of Winnipeg to which his ministry invited individuals and organizations interested in constructive dialogue about Canada's energy future. It’s a sound idea. Tensions around energy are dividing…

Driving the next wave of clean resource innovation

If Ottawa is serious about clean energy, the bureaucrats and politicians pulling the levers would do well to learn about CRIN and its potential

Driving the next wave of clean resource innovationThe energy industry loves its acronyms. It’s only partially a joke that if you don’t hear a new acronym by 10 a.m., make one up and get it into circulation before lunch. But there’s an important new acronym: CRIN, or Clean Resource Innovation Network. It has no executive director, president or staff. It has no address or…

How the energy industry can reimagine itself

Blockchain could influence the way the energy sector does things, from extraction and production processes to financing and transactions

How the energy industry can reimagine itselfAlberta’s innovation landscape is pretty crowded. Companies, entrepreneurs, non-profits, post-secondary institutions and governments are bumping into each other all over the place. That’s a very good thing. It means that the innovation system is working. Some parts are focused on evolving the oil and gas sector, others on diversifying Alberta’s economy. For the most part, there…

Mourning an Alberta publishing icon

Ruth Kelly understood she had a unique responsibility: to cheerlead and promote but also to criticize constructively and objectively

Mourning an Alberta publishing iconWhen the world loses a good publisher, we're all the poorer for it. The recent passing of Alberta's Ruth Kelly is a case in point. Kelly was the publisher's publisher. And her commitment to the public she served went far beyond mere ink on paper and pixels on screens. As president and CEO of Venture…

Staking out the moral high ground in the energy debate

Othering can help understand energy discourse in Canada – and its tension and polarization – in a sector where natural sciences sensibilities ought to prevail

Staking out the moral high ground in the energy debateUnderstanding “othering,” a theoretical notion studied in the social sciences, could help the petroleum sector connect with Canadians. Othering is about declaring something or someone to be the ‘other’ and, in so doing, reduce that other’s ability to enjoy the same virtues to which you have laid claim. “Othering is the process of casting a…

It’s time for a cross-country, face-to-face energy conversation

Canadians will be surprised to discover how far the sector has progressed

It’s time for a cross-country, face-to-face energy conversationIt’s time for an Energy Exposed Trust Tour. Load a bus in Vancouver with energy sector leaders: Steve Williams (Suncor), Brian Ferguson (Cenovus), Suzanne West (Imaginea), Pat Carlson (Seven Generations) and Bryan Gould (Aspenleaf). Also invite Ian Anderson (Kinder Morgan), Russ Girling (TransCanada), Mark Taylor (Alberta Energy Regulator) and Joy Romero (Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.). Put Peter…