Wondering what’s in store for wind energy in Canada?


As we move forward in making the shift to clean power, it’s always wise to keep our heads up and our eyes on the future.

That’s the theme of the CanWEA Spring Forum—a two-day event coming up the first week of April in Gatineau, Quebec that brings together professionals and influencers in wind energy from far and wide.

Concerns about energy security and climate change have made their way into mainstream consciousness. Meeting the challenges presented by these 21st century issues have decision-makers and policy-shapers from all levels of government and industry involved in ground-breaking work, both behind-the-scenes and in the public spotlight.

There’s no better place than CanWEA’s spring forum to get ahead of the curve.

Our first-day luncheon keynote speaker is Peter Kelley, vice-president of public affairs for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA.) He’ll be sharing insights on how issues south of the border impact what happens up here. He will be speaking about AWEA’s involvement in the ongoing energy conversation in the United States, particularly after the recent presidential election.

Expanding on the future of renewables under a Donald Trump presidency is the topic of day one’s afternoon session, offering perspective on initiatives and anticipated policy within the new administration. Moderated by esteemed former Globe and Mail business writer Richard Blackwell, the high-power panel of business leaders will build on and add context to issues raised during the luncheon.

Day two’s agenda features another exciting roster of speakers and panelists. We’re extremely honoured to host federal Natural Resources Minister, The Honourable James Gordon Carr, as our luncheon keynote speaker on April 5. He is uniquely positioned to talk about how Canada is an important market for climate solutions, and how the demand for clean power will grow over time.

As Canada continues to put in place new clean energy policy, we have a lot to look forward to – Canada has one of the cleanest grids in the world today and lots more non-emitting renewable energy, like wind energy, ready to power other carbon emitting sectors that need to reduce their carbon intensity. Making it happen gives us lots to talk about!

Now is the time to be involved in the conversation about solutions to the challenges and opportunities that lay before us —decisions made now will set the tone for what can be achieved in the future.

I hope you’ll join us at this year’s CanWEA Spring Forum April 4-5 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel in Gatineau, Quebec, just across the river from Ottawa, Ontario. There’s still time to register, but time (and space) is running out.

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