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The Energy Council of Canada is a vehicle for strategic thinking, collaboration and action by senior energy executives in the private and public sectors with an interest in national, continental and global energy issues. 

The Energy Council’s mission is to forge a better understanding of energy issues in order to optimally shape the energy sector for the benefit of all Canadians.

Energy corporations, energy industry associations, Canadian federal and provincial government departments and agencies, academic organizations, professional services firms, as well as Crown corporations are members of the Council.  Their energy interests cover all forms of energy. The Energy Council holds public policy forums, various member activities, and hosts the annual Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award.


The Energy Council is a founding member of the World Energy Council (1923). We represent Canada and coordinate participation in WEC activities, contributing to development of global expert knowledge, energy information and policy perspectives.



The Energy Council of Canada and its members believe that the use of energy to produce goods and services, and the production and delivery of energy for those purposes must be managed sustainably, with attention to:


  • Energy security - management of primary energy supply, reliability of energy infrastructure, and meeting current and future demand;
  • Energy equity – accessibility and affordability of energy supply;
  • Environmental sustainability – supply and demand-side energy efficiencies, development of energy supply from renewable and low-carbon sources; and,
  • National competitiveness – innovative, robust, and flexible value chain for Canadian energy products destined for both regional and global markets.


We fulfill our mission by encouraging and facilitating collaborative, nationwide dialogue to inform effective public policy. We engage members and stakeholders to develop consensus and positive ways forward on energy issues.  We support research in partnership with WEC and with universities and research institutions in Canada.


2014 Priorities


The Energy Council will focus on four priorities in 2014:


1.       Advancing the energy dialogue in Canada


2.       Engage key stakeholders and find points of consensus


3.       Facilitating informed public policy discussion


4.       Recognizing outstanding achievements in the energy industry and globally through our WEC membership




Energy Council Events 2014

Regional Member Forums - March/September/November       

Breakfast Roundtables - March/April/May/November

Launch of the Canadian Network for Energy Policy Research and Analysis - March

ECC Summit – June             

 WEC NA Region Forum - June

Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award – October

Other Key Engagements

Energy Mines and Ministers Conference – Sudbury- August 24-26



The following activities will fulfill the 2014 priorities of the Energy Council:

·       Increased Visibility and Public Presence in the Canadian Energy Dialogue

The President of the Energy Council is assuming an increasingly active role in enhancing the Council’s visibility and profile by engaging with stakeholders through speaking and media opportunities, as well as direct discussions with interested parties.  This includes dissemination of the results of Energy Council’s activities, together with relevant World Energy Council materials into the public arena.  Initiatives that support this include presentations at conferences across Canada, closer engagement with the media, and issuance of thought leadership articles.

·       2014 Canadian Energy Summit

Bringing together decision-makers, policy influencers and energy industry leaders, the annual Canadian Energy Summit addresses a broad range of issues that touch upon all sectors making up Canada’s energy industry. Most recent Summits were held in Vancouver in 2012 and in Toronto in 2013 and both focused on development of Canada’s Energy Strategy. The non-partisan positioning of the Energy Council, and its reach across multiple energy sectors, are the basis for excellent forums for well-informed expert discussions among a broad group of stakeholders, including energy ministers and industry executives. The annual Summit builds upon the outcomes from regional member meetings.

·       WEC North America Region Energy Forum

2014 will also see Canada host the North America Region Energy Forum of the World Energy Council, a role that alternates between the Canadian, the American and the Mexican WEC Member Committees. To be held back-to-back in June 2014, the WEC North America Region Energy Forum and the 2014 Energy Council Canadian Energy Summit will have particular focus on Canada – U.S.A. – Mexico business opportunities and the latest developments in technology and policy in the energy industry.

·       Energy Council Regional Member Meetings (Regional Forums and Breakfast Roundtables)

The Energy Council hosts Regional Member Forums and Breakfast Roundtables, often in conjunction with regular scheduled Board meetings, to provide a forum for addressing the interests of its members across the country.

The regional sessions focus on the current needs and topics important to our membership across the country, bringing together senior executives from our membership with public officials.  Meetings may also include a Board dinner with a special keynote speaker (e.g. Provincial Minister or industry leader) followed the next morning by a member meeting focusing on regional issues.  These sessions offer an excellent forum to build consensus on a way forward for a particular issue.  They are also an occasion for regional members to introduce their colleagues and partners to the work of the Energy Council. Regional Forums help to raise awareness of the Energy Council “brand” giving additional visibility and continuity across all regions of Canada. In 2014, three Regional Member Forums will be held throughout the year, starting with a meeting in Ottawa.  

New this year, the Energy Council of Canada will also develop and host several Breakfast Roundtables in partnership with its local members.  These events will target a local energy topic, featuring a panel made up of prominent local energy people and members.

The Energy Council will also look for opportunities to co-host and co-sponsor events with the regional offices of industry associations, Chambers of Commerce, and Boards of Trade.

·       Continued Engagement with the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments

The Energy Council is uniquely positioned to be a strategic forum for developing effective policy solutions working with its government members across Canada.  Government members include the federal energy department, Natural Resources Canada and provincial and territorial governments or provincially owned energy utilities in some cases.  The dialogue is strengthened by the range and depth of knowledge of the Energy Council’s Members, the close affiliation with the World Energy Council, and also our sister Member Committees in the United States and Mexico.


While additional activities with all levels of government will be pursued, recent and current activities underway include:

©  The Council of the Federation: The September 25, 2013 Canadian Energy Summit in Toronto was supported by the Energy Secretariat of the Council of the Federation. The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, 2013 Chair of the Council of the Federation, together with the Energy Secretariat staff and their provincial counterparts facilitated a high-level industry consultation session that will inform the development of Canada’s Energy Strategy.  The Energy Council intends to continue close work with the Council of the Federation in 2014.

©  Energy and Mines Ministers Conferences (EMMC): In the past, the Energy Council has used the EMMC conference as an opportunity to present its findings and thought leadership to the Ministers.

·       Engagement with the World Energy Council: Delivering Value to Canada

The work of the Energy Council Studies Committee and Canada’s continuous engagement with the World Energy Council will deliver value to the Canadian energy sector.  This will be done through both adaptations of WEC studies to Canadian context where appropriate, as well as through domestic studies and initiatives by the Energy Council of Canada. The ECC’s government members and officials and the Energy Council’s non-government members have been engaged to provide Canadian input to the development of the World Energy Council work program and contribute to its research studies.  This engagement ensures that the results will be of the greatest benefit to the development of energy policy across Canada. NRCan has taken the lead role for Canada in the World Energy Council Energy Efficiency Program and the Survey of Energy Resources.  Further engagement is being developed at all levels of government on other World Energy Council Studies and Programmes. Most recently, in May 2013, approximately 15 senior Canadian industry and government representatives participated in the WEC North America Energy Scenarios Workshop in Washington, D.C. Canadian Energy Ministers are also regular speakers and participants of WEC’s Congresses and North America Region Energy Forums.

·       Canadian Energy Person of the Year

The Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award was established by the Energy Council of Canada, supported by the sectoral energy associations of Canada, to recognize and pay tribute to leaders in Canada who have made a significant contribution to Canada’s energy sector both nationally and internationally.


2013 - Chris Huskilson

2013 - Ed Martin

2012 - Thierry Vandal

2011 - Rick George

2010 - Stephen G. Snyder

2009 - Charlie Fischer

2008 - Jacques Lamarre

2007 - Patrick D Daniel

2006 - Roland Priddle

2005 - Duncan Hawthorne

2004 - Nellie Cournoyea

2003 - Eric Newell

2002 - Richard Drouin

2001 - James K. Gray

Through their forward thinking and innovative spirit, these leaders promote the Canadian energy sector and Canada’s role as a major player in the world energy market.  The Canadian Energy Person of the Year is nominated for this prestigious annual award based on their remarkable accomplishments in the energy business or government sectors, as well as the community at large.  One of their foremost characteristics is their strong sense of social responsibility and belief in giving back to the community by focusing on environmental and social issues and economic development. 

The Canadian Energy Person of the Year serves as an ambassador of our nation’s energy sector, demonstrating a clear vision and commitment to fostering the sustainable use and development of energy for the benefit of all.

·       Energy Policy Research

In Canada, the role of the energy sector assumes special importance. Canada has a rich endowment of energy resources. These energy resources are important for driving Canada’s economic growth and development and for providing exports including services related to specific projects or business development opportunities to feed an energy hungry world.

There are enormous changes taking place in the energy sector around the world, in North America and in Canada. These global changes are being driven by three dominant considerations:  

©  The need for more energy to feed continuing economic growth and development around the world;

©  The need to engage society in finding solutions to the energy challenges that we face; and  

©  The need to make real progress in reducing impacts from greenhouse gases, arising predominantly from burning fossil fuels and the associated release of GHGs to the atmosphere.

In Canada, there is a need to develop a cohesive and integrated energy policy framework that addresses these changes. Policy objectives include: reducing barriers that impede energy production, promoting energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions; and allowing Canada to achieve its sustainable energy potential. To address this critical need the Energy Council, in 2012, embarked on a new long-term initiative with the intention of positioning itself as the leading facilitator of university-level energy policy research in Canada.

The first project within this initiative is the creation of the Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Research Fellowship in partnership with the University of Waterloo.  The Fellowship provides $500,000 over ten years to graduate students engaged in energy policy research.  Valued at $25,000 for doctoral students and $15,000 for master's students, fellowships will be awarded annually to eligible full-time University of Waterloo students.  The energy policy research conducted will be consistent with energy policy topics defined annually by the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) in conjunction with the Energy Council. In its first year, the fellowship program received 17 applications and two PhD fellowships were awarded. All members of the Energy Council of Canada are encouraged to suggest future research topics of interest to their organizations.

The second element of the Energy Council’s energy policy research framework is an agreement with the University of Calgary which will have the Energy Council of Canada as ‘Founding Sponsor’ supporting the establishment of the Canadian Network for Energy Policy Research and Analysis (CNEPRA). Over the next 5 years, the Energy Council will fund CNEPRA with $500,000. The Network will act as a catalyst and forum for statistical and physical research and be designed to develop analytic papers and opinion and policy evaluation in the complex field surrounding energy systems.  The Network will build on collaborative partnerships in academia, industry, government and energy focused NGOs, and both public and private data collection resources.  Members of the Energy Council of Canada can fully participate in the Network and will have the opportunity to provide ‘energy policy analysts’ to support the Network – people from their organizations with knowledge and interest in the selected energy policy research topics.

The Energy Council will ensure close integration of these energy policy research initiatives into the programming of its annual Canadian Energy Summits and other activities. A third research initiative will be considered in the future.

·     Communications, Outreach and Education

Integral to all the activities above is an active and regular communications program to the Energy Council Members and Stakeholders:


©  President’s Report to the Members and Stakeholders (monthly), including the “WEC Inside” – a member-only electronic publication of the World Energy Council;

©  Updates on the Energy Policy Research and integration of this research into Energy Council’s activities;

©  Industry & Government Energy News Roundup;

©  Regularly updated website;

©  Communications “launches” of studies and programmes; and,

©  Active participation in the World Energy Council committees and programmes.

The Energy Council supports energy education by working with education focused organizations, including the Canadian Centre for Energy Information and Electricity Human Resources Canada.


World Energy Council (WEC)

The World Energy Council is the foremost multi-energy organization in the world today. Its mission is to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all.


Established in 1923, the World Energy Council is the leading global representative body of the energy industry with 3,000 member organizations in more than 90 countries, including most of the largest energy producing and energy consuming countries. The organization covers all types of energy, including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydro and renewables. The Energy Council of Canada is a founding member of the World Energy Council.


Fundamental to the achievement of the World Energy Council Business Plan and Goals is relevant and strong fact-based and independent energy policy research program, a series of global and regional Forums, and convening the World Energy Congress every three years.


The World Energy Congress is the premier international, multi-energy forum for participants to better understand energy issues and solutions from a global perspective. It brings together more than 2,500 top world leaders in the field of energy, coming from industry, governments, and international organizations, as well as the media, universities and energy industry associations. The most recent Congress was held in Daegu, South Korea in October 2013. The 23rd World Energy Congress will be held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2016.



World Energy Strategic Study Groups


World Energy Resources

The World Energy Resources report covers 12 major fossil fuel and renewable sources, with national assessment for all of the WEC's member countries. For over 80 years this highly regarded publication has been a reference tool for governments, industry, investors, IGOs, NGOs and academia.


World Energy Trilemma

Delivering policies which address energy security, universal access to affordable energy services, and environmentally sensitive production and use of energy is one of the most formidable challenges facing government and industry. The World Energy Trilemma work programme supports an evolving dialogue to develop knowledge and understanding of effective strategies and policies, and thus deliver the necessary transformation of the energy system.


World Energy Issues Monitor

The annual World Energy Issues Monitor assesses the degree of impact and uncertainty for over 30 key issues in the energy sector across four categories: Macroeconomic risks; Geopolitics and Regional Issues; Business Environment; Energy Vision and Technologies. The Monitor highlights the regional variations across 90 countries to better understand differing priorities, and its national deep-dives showcase specific areas of concern for national energy policy. The Issues Monitor also shows trends relating to specific technology solutions.


World Energy Scenarios

WEC has initiated an open, inclusive and transparent process to derive a set of energy scenarios to 2050. These scenarios will enable policymakers and leaders to gain a better understanding of the developments likely to be shaping the energy transformation to 2050. Using WEC's distinctive approach and building on the in-depth knowledge of its extensive member network, two realistic scenario stories have been developed using an explorative, rather than the more commonly used normative, methodology: a market-facilitated scenario - consumer-drive with focus on achieving growth through low-cost energy - and a government-led scenario - voter-driven with focus on energy security and national and regional measures to increase share of renewables in energy mix.


WEC Energy Perspectives Study Groups


© Cleaner Fossil Fuels Systems

©Cost of Energy Technologies

©Energy Access and Village Inventory

© Energy Efficiency Policies and Technologies

©Global Electricity Initiative

©Performance of Generating Plants

©Rules of Trade


WEC Global and Regional Agenda 

As the UN-accredited global energy body, the World Energy Council acts in partnership with other organizations to promote an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all. Regional programmes are in place for each of the five global World Energy Council Regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America/the Caribbean, and North America.



Governance of the Energy Council of Canada


The Energy Council of Canada is committed to a culture of strong corporate governance. The Bylaws fully define the corporate governance structure of the Energy Council, summarized as follows:


  • Members:  The Energy Council is made up of representatives from all facets of Canada's energy sector - energy producers, energy users, equipment manufacturers, engineering firms, sectoral energy associations, financial organizations, human resource organizations, legal firms, educational institutions, and equally important, federal/provincial/territorial government departments.
  • Board of DirectorsThe Board is responsible for governing and managing the affairs of the Energy Council. The Directors are elected from representatives of the Energy Council Members for a three year term. The Board includes representatives from energy sectoral associations to broaden the perspectives of the Board as well as members with significant positions with the World Energy Council to maximize the communications between the Energy Council of Canada and the World Energy Council. The guiding principle of the Energy Council is for Directors to be active participants in the affairs of the Energy Council.
  • Executive Committee:  Manages the affairs of the Energy Council between Board Meetings, and provides an opportunity for Members to become more engaged in the Energy Council.
  • President and Energy Council Secretariat:  The President and Ottawa Headquarters Secretariat provide the day-to-day management of the Energy Council.
  • Permanent/Standing Committees:  There are a number of Committees that, with the strong engagement of its Members, allow the Energy Council to achieve its objectives through a wide range of noted activities. The composition of the Committees reflects the pan-Canadian and pan-sectoral nature of the Energy Council.
    • Programme Committee:  Prime responsibility for the Canadian Energy Summits, the North America Region Energy Forums, Regional Member Forums, Breakfast Roundtables and co-sponsored events, ensuring the content is most appropriate for the occasion.
    • Studies Committee:  Through active participation  in the selection of research studies, and direct participation in executing the studies, Canada has the dual role of focusing on studies lead by the ECC and directly applicable to Canadian stakeholders and policy makers, and contributing to studies with a global focus and lead by WEC.
    • Energy Policy Research Committee:  Mandate of the Committee is to generate new and applicable research on Canadian energy policy. It does this with several Canadian universities and through an Energy Policy Research Plan that coordinates, integrates, stewards and communicates the resulting energy policy research.
    • Membership Committee:  Prime responsibility is to plan and implement the actions required to ensure a strong and growing Energy Council of Canada membership by advancing the value proposition of the Energy Council throughout Canada's energy sector.
    • Nominating Committee:  Responsible for recommending a slate of Directors and Honourary Members.
    • Canadian Energy Person of the Year Committee:  Provides overall oversight on the Canadian Energy Person of the Year process and "branding". This includes reviewing the call-for-nominations package, promoting and soliciting nominations, reviewing the submitted nominations, recommending the Canadian Energy Person of the Year to the Board, and supporting the marketing of the event.




Contact Information

Canadian energy industry stakeholders interested in further information or becoming a member are invited to contact the Energy Council of Canada to obtain additional information on membership:


Graham Campbell


Energy Council of Canada