IN THE HOUSE ~ Podcast from 1st National Forum on Clean Energy and Industry

Along with his colleagues, Anne Minh-Thu Quach, MP (Beauharnois-Salaberry) and Deputy Critic for the Official Opposition NDP on Industry and François Choquette, MP (Drummond) and Deputy Critic for the Official Opposition NDP on the Environment, Peter Julian organized the 1st National Forum on Clean Energy and Industry at the House of Commons. Nearly 150 participants gathered, experts, economists, environmentalists, labour activists, entrepreneurs, civil society actors, MPs and the general public. The discussions revolved around developing renewable energies and clean technologies, as well as their role in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable growth. Canada can take part in the worldwide growing market for clean energy, which will top 3 trillion dollars per year by 2020. The NDP understands that developing Canada’s clean energy sector will stimulate the economy, create jobs and reduce greenhouse gases.

“Canada must commit to an approach based on sustainable development. Not only is it the right thing to do but it will also help ensure our long-term prosperity as a nation in a competitive modern global economy. We must start working with the world and stop working against the planet,â€� said NDP leader Tom Mulcair in his speech kicked off the forum.

After almost a decade of Conservative government, Canada’s international reputation has suffered as a result of an ideological refusal to adapt to a clean energy economy. The vast majority Canadians have clearly called for the federal government to take a leading role in the fight against climate change and developing renewable energies.

“Clean, renewable energies promote innovation, help create jobs and protect the environment in Canada. Canadians can count on the NDP to lead the way,� added Mr. Mulcair.

*Opening remarks by Thomas Mulcair, the Leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party and Leader of the Official Opposition, introduced by Official Opposition House Leader, Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster)

*First Panel: Renewable Energies

Moderator: Mark Rowlinson, Blue Green Canada


Merran Smith, Clean Energy Canada

Michel Letellier, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

Céline Bak, Canadian Clean Technology Coalition

Dr. Tim Weis, Canadian Wind Energy Association (via teleconference)

Ben Thibault, Pembina Institute (via teleconference)

*Second Panel: Energy Efficiency

Moderator: François Choquette, MP (Drummond) and Official Opposition Deputy Critic for Environment


Brent Gilmour, QUEST

Elizabeth A. McDonald, Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance

Eleanor McAteer, Tower Renewal

Jacob Irving, Canadian Hydropower Association

Ed Wojczynski, Manitoba Hydro

*Luncheon Speech by our Keynote Speaker Romeo Saganash, MP (Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou) and Official Opposition Deputy Critic on Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs

*Third Panel: Sustainable Industries and Urban Centres

Moderator: Anne Minh-Thu Quach, MP (Beauharnois-Salaberry) and Official Opposition Deputy Critic for Industry


René Drolet, Environmental and Sustainable Development Consultant

Peter Denton, Red River College (UNEP civil society representative)

Renée Gratton, RG Integration and Associates

Tim Gray, Environmental Defense

*Fourth Panel: International Models

Moderator: Linda Duncan, MP (Edmonton—Strathcona) and Official Opposition Critic for Western Economic Diversification


Dr. Sabrina Schulz, Head of E3G’s Berlin Office

Peter Christensen, Samsoe Energy Academy, Denmark (via teleconference),

Wes Johnston, Canadian Solar Industries Association


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