Carbon Capture and Storage: some count on it as a pathway to a net-zero world, while others say it’s an empty promise. While CCS has been in use and development for more than 20 years and its potential as a technology is considerable, its expense, technological difficulties and limited efficiency are often cited as barriers to its widespread adoption. Nonetheless, with the urgent need to decarbonize, the potential of CCS as a critical mitigation tool for reaching environmental targets continues to garner its champions in industry, government and academia.
Join us for a big-picture discussion about the role of CCS on the road to a net zero future. Moderated by energy transition expert Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon, this event brings together leading thinkers from academia and industry, including Bonnie Drozdowski (Innotech Alberta), Dr. Christina Hoicka (University of Victoria), Dr. Emily Eaton (University of Regina) and James Millar
Bonnie Drozdowski is the Director of Environmental Services at InnoTech Alberta. She has a decade of experience in managing and participating in multifaceted projects including integrating business and science to generate creative practical solutions and opportunities in the environmental industry in Canada, including the industries of upstream oil and gas, mineable and in-situ oil sands, coal mining, sand and gravel, diamond mining, forestry, pulp and paper, and waste management.
Emily Eaton is a Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Regina, in Treaty Four. She is a white settler doing research, teaching, and service devoted to addressing the climate and inequality crises at local and national scales and mapping pathways to transition that rectify the unjust colonial relationship that Canada has with Indigenous Peoples and marginalized communities.
Dr. Christina Hoicka holds the Canada Research Chair in Urban Planning for Climate Change and is an Associate Professor in Geography and in Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria. She studies the diffusion of low-carbon innovations and renewable energy and the justice and socio-economic benefits of a renewable energy transition.
A seasoned leader who inspires and empowers others to achieve great things, James has more than 30 years of experience in senior management positions in both the private and public sectors. He is currently President & CEO of the International CCS Knowledge Centre. James has also worked as a senior advisor for two Saskatchewan Premiers, was Director of Public Affairs for the 25,000-employee Calgary Health Region, worked closely with TC Energy’s CEO leading the Public Affairs function, served as senior advisor to both the CEO and Board Chair during Calgary’s Olympic Winter Games bid, and navigated public affairs for Pieridae Energy’s $10 billion LNG project off Canada’s East Coast.
Moderator: Sara Hastings-Simon
Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon is an assistant professor in the department of physics and astronomy and school of public policy at the University of Calgary where she directs the Masters of Science in Sustainable Energy Development. She is a macro energy system researcher and her work is focused on understanding how low-carbon energy transitions happen within different sectors of the economy, and how policy responses can improve outcomes. Sara is also co-founder and co-host of Energy vs Climate a webinar and podcast that explores the energy transition in Canada, and beyond. She is the chair of the panel for Clean Growth with the Canadian Climate Choices Institute and a member of the board of directors of Emissions Reduction Alberta and the Pembina Institute.