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The Canadian Energy Debate – Leadership, Culture Wars and Sustainability

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950 West 41 Avenue, Vancouver
Vancouver, BC

Join an interactive panel discussion and screening as we bring together thought leaders, industry pioneers and academics to challenge the Canadian conversation about energy, explore it’s impact on our future and collaborate to move it forward.

Topics will be introduced through short screenings of never-before-seen interviews from the forthcoming Energyconvo documentary, followed by an open-ended, no-holds-barred discussion, including a Q&A with the audience.

Space is limited. First come / first serve.

Where: Norman Rothstein Theatre – 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver


Dr. Hadi Dowlatabadi, University of British Columbia

Dr. Dowlatabadi studies socio-economic aspects of technology and its impacts on the environment & health. He has published hundreds of papers and helped 35 students complete their PhDs. He is co-founder of Offsetters and co-founder/CTO of Green-Erg Technologies Inc. He is Canada Research Chair & Prof in Applied Mathematics and Global Change at the University of British Columbia, Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, and University Fellow at Resources for the Future, a think tank in Washington DC. Dr. Dowlatabadi has also been a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.He received his PhD in Physics from University of Cambridge (1984).

David Helliwell, CEO of Pulse Energy

David Helliwell’s career has spanned 3 continents and has been focused on the energy sector since 1994. Before starting Pulse Energy in 2006, David was an exploration geophysicist, professional windsurfer, a Paris-based management consultant to large multinational organizations and director of policy for a cabinet minister in the Canadian federal government. While with the Canadian government, David was responsible for reducing costs and improving environmental performance of 700 million square feet of office space across the country. David is a director of the Vancouver Board of Trade, an Action Canada Fellow, a member of the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, and is on the Imagine BC advisory board.

Lori Stewart, Energy Technology Advocate & Strategic Advisor, Innovate Calgary

Lori Stewart worked for 15 years in the software development world before leaving for Silicon Valley to build and launch eBay Canada and eBay International. She is the founder of the Awesome Foundation (Calgary Chapter) where they micro-finance for micro-brilliance by providing $1000 micro-grants for innovative ideas in the areas of arts, science, technology and community. Stewart has been a part of various boards, associations, committees and more, including the editorial board for Oil & Gas Magazine (The OGM), A100 – Alberta’s Tech Entrepreneurs, Global Leaders Summit (EO), and Place2Give, an online donor/charity decision platform. This past October she was also appointed to “Expert Panel on the Future of Research and Commercialization in Alberta” and is passionate about helping young entrepreneurs grow their ideas and realize their market opportunities. Currently, Stewart is focused on helping Alberta become the Energy Technology Capital of the world.

Moderator: Jonthan Fowlie, H+K Strategies

Jonathan Fowlie has more than 10 years of reporting experience for newspapers including the Vancouver Sun and The Globe and Mail in Toronto. Fowlie worked for the Vancouver Sun for nine years, including six as legislative bureau chief in Victoria. In this role, he worked alongside the province’s leading journalists, providing lead coverage of provincial affairs, forming key relationships and breaking stories that helped drive the political dialogue in B.C. He has covered stories ranging from an Asian provincial trade mission to the war in Afghanistan to the Tour de France. Fowlie has also served as a political commentator on CBC Radio and on CTV’s national politics show, Power Play with Don Martin. He now works at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, the No. 1-rated strategic communications firm in Canada and the only one to have earned the Order of Excellence from Excellence Canada.