Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute's Annual Conference

October 29, 2007 // 7:30am5:00pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
Canada Institute

The Canada Institute co-sponsored the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute's 2007 annual conference. This year's conference on Canadian foreign policy examined the proposition of Canada as an energy superpower. Audio coverage of the conference is available online.

The results of a national public opinion poll on how Canadians see the use of their energy resources was also released. According to the new survey, a majority of Canadians believe that the concept of Canada as an emerging energy superpower is a good one and will bring positive economic impact and increase Canada's international clout. The online survey, conducted by the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, also looked at arctic sovereignty, energy wealth, Canada-U.S. energy relations, the Kyoto protocol, and the Canadian political landscape. See poll results here.

Two media articles detailing conference results are also available from the Embassy and Calgary Herald.

Conference agenda follows:

Welcoming Remarks
Colin Robertson, President, Historica Foundation of Canada

Poll Results
Greg Lyle, Managing Director, Innovative Research Group

Keynote Address
The Hon. Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, Government of Canada

Panel 1: Life as an Energy Superpower
Chair: David Pratt, Advisor and Special Ambassador to the Canadian Red Cross, former Minister of National Defence
Annette Hester, Senior Associate, Office of the Simon Chair in Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies (Background Paper)
Mike Cleland, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Gas Association (Presentation)
Albert Legault, Canada Research Chair in International Relations, Université du Québec à Montréal

Panel 2: Implications for U.S.-Canada Relations
Chairs: David Biette, Director, Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Mark Entwistle, Fellow, Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute
Deborah Yedlin, Business Columnist, Calgary Herald
Dave Pumphrey, Deputy Director, Energy Program, and Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Matthew T. McManus, Acting Director, Office of International Energy and Commodity Policy, U.S. Department of State.

Keynote Address
The Hon. Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, Government of Canada

Panel 3: Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection
Chair: Bob Booth, Partner, Corporate, Bennett Jones LLP; Director, Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute
Dave Redman, Consultant, former Director of Emergency Management, Alberta
Felix Kwamena, Director, Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection Division, Natural Resources Canada (Presentation)
James Young, Special Advisor to the Minister, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada (Presentation)

Panel 4: Energy, Environment and the Arctic
Chair: Stéphane Roussel, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Université du Québec à Montréal; Canada Research Chair in Canadian Foreign and Defence Policy; and Fellow, Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute
Rob Huebert, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Calgary
Samantha Arnold, Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, University of Winnipeg
Frédéric Lasserre, Associate Professor, Department of Geography; Director, Observatoire de recherches internationales sur l'eau, Université Laval. (Presentation)

Closing Remarks and Summation
Charles Pentland, Professor, Department of Political Studies and Director, Queen's Centre for International Relations, Queen's University

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