The former Premier of Alberta, Jim Prentice, is now a Visiting Global Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute. He’s writing a book with the working title, “Canada, Energy, and the Environment.”  Prentice says that when it comes to energy resources, “Canadian governments play checkers, while others play chess.” His thoughts on what Canada needs to do to reach its global energy potential provide the focus for this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.



Jim Prentice, a Visiting Global Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute, served as the 16th Premier of Alberta and leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta before retiring from government in 2015. He also served as a Federal Cabinet minister and is a lawyer with a background in Aboriginal land claims. Mr. Prentice served in Stephen Harper’s Cabinet, with portfolios in Indian Affairs and Northern Development; Industry; and Environment. From 2011 to 2014, he held a senior position with CIBC, before returning to politics to become Premier of Alberta.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.