Continental Drift: Energy, Climate Change and our Bi-national Economy
APR 5, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Most agree, the future of Canada-US relations will be defined by energy. But the exact terms of that definition are hotly debated. At the heart of this debate are a whirlwind of issues concerning the environment, economic opportunity, foreign direct investment, infrastructure,and even the strength of bi-national trade relationship. The 2014 CUSLI Conference will examine how our nations can come together to solve these difficult questions and create a new vision for North American energy.
This Conference will address two parts of the energy-climate change "coin": supply and demand. On the supply side, speakers will address what's needed to develop new energy sources (i.e. natural gas, wind,solar, and hydro) in an economical, yet environmentally responsible, way. To that end, the Conference will also analyze the increasing role that Asian markets (e.g. China, India, and Japan) are playing in North American energy projects, not only as energy buyers but as infrastructure investors. Lastly,the Conference will examine the various attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions legislatively, whether through a carbon tax or clean energy standards.
On the demand side, the Conference will focus on two of the largest sources of greenhouse emissions: building construction, regional planning, and transportation. First, speakers will analyze how existing laws hinder our abilities to design new and retrofit existing communities that could dramatically increase our energy efficiency. Panelists will address both building construction standards, and also city community planning including transportation.Finally, speakers will turn to the automotive sector to ask why advances in innovative technology (i.e. electric, natural gas, etc.) have outpaced their adoption.
Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
J. Robinson West
Senior Adviser, CSIS Energy and National Security Program
Alexis Abramson, PhD
Faculty Director, Great Lakes Energy Institute
Jonathan H. Adler
Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation
Hon. James Blanchard
former Governor of Michigan and former US Ambassador to Canada
VP Regulatory Affairs and Assoc. Gen. Counsel, Tesla Motors
Professor of Law at Western Law
Richard O. Cunningham
Partner, Steptoe and Johnson, LLP
Laura Dawson, PhD
Managing Director, Canada-US Law Institute and Visiting Ass't Prof. of Law, CWRU Law
VP, Government Affairs and Policy, GE Canada
Co-Owner of Nat G CNGSolutions
Vice President, Policy, Innovation, and Competitiveness, Canadian Council of Chief Executives
Hon. James Peterson PC
former Minister of International Trade
Arica N. Young
Int'l Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce
Christopher Sands, PhD
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Mark S. Winfield
Assoc. Prof. and Co-Chair, Sustainable Energy Initiative, York University