Annual Forum

Energy Forum 2023 Presented by Bennett Jones

Thursday, November 16, 2023
7:30 AM
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Schedule:Registration and Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. PT
Program: 8:00 - 12:00 p.m. PT

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Bennett Jones has been at the forefront of major power and renewable energy development projects in Canada for decades—representing project proponents, investors, government agencies and other stakeholders. We assist a broad range of clients operating within such frameworks, including large greenhouse gas emitters looking to access carbon credits as a part of their compliance strategy, entities which may not have legislated compliance requirements but who are looking to access voluntary credits as a part of their ESG strategy and renewable energy/clean fuel project proponents looking to maximize opportunities to create and monetize carbon credits resulting from their project operations. Learn more

At Petro-Canada, we provide innovative solutions to help Canadian businesses move toward a more sustainable future. We recently introduced Petro-Canada EcoDiesel, an innovative drop-in renewable diesel product that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by up to 80% relative to conventional diesel.* Learn more on our website.

As one of the world's leading professional services firms, WSP exists to future-proof our cities and environment. We provide strategic advisory, engineering, and design services to clients in the transportation, infrastructure, environment, building, power, energy, water, mining, and resources sectors. At WSP, we empower our clients to capitalize on emerging opportunities in the face of increasing global demand for energy, maintain secure and reliable energy supplies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize risk, and deliver future energy schemes to help create a sustainable world. With a focus on innovation, efficiency, and environmental consciousness, we pave the way for a harmonious energy future. To find out more, visit

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents companies large and small that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and oil throughout Canada. Learn more:

Connecting lower-carbon Canadian LNG to global markets. Spanning 670 km, Coastal GasLink will safely deliver natural gas from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada facility in Kitimat, B.C. From there, LNG Canada will prepare it for export to global markets by converting the gas to a liquefied state. Coastal GasLink's role is to ensure the safe transportation of natural gas from producers to LNG Canada's facility. The pipeline will deliver 2.1 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) of natural gas with the potential to deliver up to 5 bcf/d, through additional compression along the route.

Woodfibre LNG is a privately held Canadian company that is constructing a 2.1 mtpa liquefied natural gas export facility about 7 kilometres southwest of Squamish, B.C.The Woodfibre LNG Project has regulatory approvals from the federal and provincial governments and is the first industrial project in Canada to recognize a non-Treaty Indigenous government, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), as a full project regulator.

In March this year, Woodfibre LNG announced its Roadmap to Net Zero, making the export facility the first in the world to commit to achieving net zero emissions. The roadmap includes commitments to be net zero both through the construction stage of the Project and during operations.



British Columbia generates dependable and environmentally friendly energy, while also exporting its valuable resources to international markets. The province is gaining recognition as a frontrunner in clean technologies. In a world marked by increased geopolitical uncertainties and a pressing drive towards achieving net-zero goals, Western Canada has the potential to guide and ensure the sustainability of energy generation, distribution, and usage.

GVBOT’s annual Energy Forum, presented by Bennett Jones, will spotlight Western Canada's position in the worldwide clean tech and energy market.


Josie Osborne

Josie Osborne
Minister of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation
Province of British Columbia

Panel 1

Our International Opportunity

B.C. stands on the verge of emerging as a worldwide energy frontrunner in a time when the demand for reliable, sustainable sources of responsibly produced, low-carbon intensive energy is resounding across the globe against a context of geopolitical tensions. As the world seeks sustainable energy solutions, this panel will explore B.C. and Western’s Canada’s potential for export leadership.

Paul Austin  Bryan Cox  Jeff Kucharski  Daniel Matthews  Jessica Kennedy

Paul Austin, Partner, Industrial and Climate Technology, Fort Capital Partners
Bryan Cox, Director, External Affairs and Policy, PETRONAS Canada
Jeff Kucharski, Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute
Daniel Matthews, Vice-President of Business Development & Strategic Growth – Western Canada and Territories, WSP Canada.
Moderator: Jessica Kennedy, Partner, Bennett Jones


Maureen Daschuk  Al Leonard  Sharon G.K. Singh

Maureen Daschuk, Executive Vice-President, Integrated Planning, BC Hydro
Al Leonard, Executive Vice-President, Capital Infrastructure Project Delivery, BC Hydro
Moderator: Sharon G.K. Singh, Partner - Co-Head of Aboriginal Law Practice, Bennett Jones

Panel 2

Harnessing Indigenous Partnerships, Local Innovation, and Decarbonization for a Resilient Future

The success of B.C.'s energy sector is driven by the leadership of private sector partnerships, Indigenous leadership and local innovation. As B.C.'s demand for clean energy will increase, against a backdrop of the urgent need to address the climate crisis, this panel will explore how these partnerships and innovations are crucial components of our collective efforts to build for an energy resilient future for our province.

Dale Harry  David Jimmie  Grace Quan  Andrew Robinson  Martin Ignasiak KC

Dale Harry (Pekultn Siyam), Hereditary Chief, Squamish Nation (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw)
David Jimmie, Chief and CEO, Squiala First Nation
Grace Quan, President & CEO, Hydrogen In Motion Inc. (H2M)
Andrew Robinson, CEO, Nisga’a Lisims Government
Moderator: Martin Ignasiak KC, Partner - Head of Energy Regulatory Practice, Bennett Jones

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