2013 Past Events: The Year of Energy and the Environment

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Energy in Atlantic Canada: Present and Future

By Chris Huskilson

President & CEO of Emera Inc.

Monday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m., Wu Conference Centre, 6 Duffie Drive, UNB Fredericton

HuskilsonChris began his career with Nova Scotia Power in 1980. He was made Chief Operating Officer of Emera and Nova Scotia Power in July 2003 and President and Chief Executive Officer of Emera in 2004.

Chris is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia. Chris serves on the Board of Directors for Innovacorp, and on many other for-profit and not-for-profit Boards of Directors. He is Past-Chair of the Canadian Electricity Association, the Greater Halifax Partnership and the Energy Council of Canada.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

Chris Huskilson’s talk on December 9 concludes the Year of Energy and the Environment.  Watch for new program details early in the new year.

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Working together: Creating a shared energy future

By Michael MacSween

Executive Vice-President, Major Projects, Suncor Energy Inc. 

As Canada’s leading integrated energy company, Suncor is focused on developing valuable natural resources. Mike MacSween, executive vice president, major projects, will lend his knowledge of the energy industry and share his experience at Suncor, illustrating how companies in the oil sands industry are using technology to enhance production and collaborating to accelerate environmental performance improvements.

Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m., Wu Conference Centre, 6 Duffie Drive, UNB Fredericton
Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m, K.C. Irving Hall, Room 107, 100 Tucker Park Road, UNB Saint John

MacSweenMike MacSween was appointed Suncor’s executive vice president, Major Projects, in early 2012. He leads engineering, procurement and construction for growth projects across the company in the upstream, downstream and renewable energy portfolios.

Since joining Suncor in 1996, Mike has held a variety of leadership roles including vice president, Upgrading, and vice president, Strategy and Development. Mike most recently served as senior vice president, In Situ.

Prior to joining Suncor he held positions at Betz Process Chemicals Inc. and Shell Canada Inc.
Mike serves on the board of directors of the Canadian Welding Bureau and of Productivity Alberta.

Mike holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of New Brunswick and a master of business administration from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

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No Limits Course: Energy and the Environment: Designing the Future

Four Sessions on Thursdays, September 26,  October 3, October 10, and October 17, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Wu Conference Centre, 6 Duffie Drive, UNB Fredericton

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Shale gas exploration and development, nuclear power generation, conventional and combined cycle combustion plants, wind power or tidal power generation? Each form of electricity production is accompanied by advantages and disadvantages ranging from the logistics of resource extraction through management of plant effluents and their environmental impacts. Which form is best? Ultimately that decision is based upon the needs of the economy and balanced by the desires of the local stakeholders and is usually a compromise to find a suitable mix of generating technologies. Complicating the equation is the desire to provide a sustainable energy resource in an environmentally acceptable manner while not impeding potential economic growth.

“Energy and the Environment: Designing the Future” is a course exploring the current state-of-the-art of power production technologies while keeping in mind the needs and values of the impacted communities and the environment. The course structure intermixes lectures with group breakout sessions. Dr. William Cook (Department of Chemical Engineering) will lead the sessions with valuable input from other members of the Faculty of Engineering and the University community.

Topics include:

  • Week 1: Global Energy Issues and Trends for Power Production
  • Week 2: Values of Individual Stakeholders (public, government, industry)
  • Week 3: Constraints to Implementation of Energy Projects
  • Week 4: Course Wrap-up – Group Discussion

Registration opens May 21 at //www.unb.ca/cel/programs/creative/nolimits/index.html

Making the Leap

by Chris Turner

Author of The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy.

Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m., Wu Conference Centre, 6 Duffie Drive, UNB Fredericton

TurnerRather than lending his voice to the chorus of recriminations heard in recent environmental tracts, acclaimed author and journalist Chris Turner traveled the globe in search of hope for a sustainable future and now points to the bright light at the end of the very dark tunnel.

Turner chronicles his findings in his best-selling book and popular speaking topic: The Geography Of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need, a result of year-long travels with his family criss-crossing the globe in search of people living sustainably and lessons to be learned.

He asks: "Would this - this place, this machine, this social system or way of life - be capable of continuing on its present course for the foreseeable future without exhausting the planet's ability to sustain human life at something like the current population and quality of life?"

His result is a global survey of the state of the art in sustainable living and he shares his findings in his entertaining and eye-opening multimedia presentations.

Turner has also written a monthly feature series on sustainability for The Globe and Mail. He is the author of the international bestseller Planet Simpson: How A Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation (2004), and his latest book The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy, sheds light on the global sustainability movement.

His magazine writing - mostly for the late, great Shift Magazine - has earned him four Canadian National Magazine Awards, including the 2001 President's Medal for General Excellence (the highest honour in Canadian magazine writing). His writing and reporting on culture, technology and the environment have also appeared in The Independent (UK),  Time Magazine, Maclean's, Canadian Geographic, The Walrus, Azure and Utne Reader. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife, the photographer Ashley Bristowe, and their daughter, Sloane.

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Green Means Go! Jobs, Skills, and Resilience in a 21st-Century Economy

A talk by Sarah White, Senior Associate with the Center on Wisconsin Strategy.

Thursday, May 9 at the UNB Saint John Grand Hall, 40 Charlotte Street, Saint John. Reception and Cash Bar @ 5:00 p.m., Lecture @ 6:00 p.m. 

What policy and practice are currently supporting cities and regions across North America in building a greener future.

In partnership with Sustainable Saint John.

  • How to add value to local economies through innovative combinations of skill development, green technology, and efficiencies in energy, waste, and water management.
  • Why “greening” an economy takes place across all sectors, and is part of the key to building resilient communities — those best able to adapt to economic and climate disruption.
  • Where the jobs are — and could be: Challenges, opportunities, success stories.

sarahSarah L. White is a Senior Associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS), a national policy center at the University of Wisconsin dedicated to high-road economic development. Her work focuses on the intersection of labor, education, and energy policy at state and federal levels, and she is a national expert on jobs and training in the emerging green economy. White has written widely on education for sustainability and social change, including, most recently, Greener Reality: Resilience, Equity, and Skill Formation in a Cleaner U.S. Economy. She sits on the Leadership Council of the National Skills Coalition, chairs the National Working Group on Solar Career Pathways for the US Department of Energy, and served as the Secretary’s policy advisor for federal employment and training programs at Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development. In a past life she ran a USAID Development Education Program in New York City, working to integrate academic and NGO efforts addressing poverty, food security and sustainable development. A labour historian and Fulbright Scholar, Dr. White holds a PhD from Columbia University and a  BA from Wellesley College.

Energy Efficiency: Engine of Economic Growth

A lecture by Leslie Malone, Canada Program Director for Environment Northeast.

Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m., Wu Conference Centre, 6 Duffie Drive, UNB Fredericton

Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m., Oland Hall, Room 104, UNB Saint John

“Energy efficiency can improve energy security, spur economic growth and mitigate pollution, but current and planned efforts fall well short of tapping its full economic potential.”

 – International Energy Agency, World Energy Outlook 2012

Energy efficiency is an abundant, low cost, and clean energy resource; yet we continue to under-invest in efficiency even when saving energy is cheaper than supplying additional kilowatt-hours of electricity or liters of oil.  New Brunswick businesses and consumers alone could save $6 billion in energy costs over the next 30 years by investing in cost-effective energy efficiency.This talk will explore the concept of energy efficiency as a reliable energy resource; the significant consumer, economic, and environmental benefits from expanded investment in efficiency alongside other clean energy resources; the barriers; and, the policies and programs that drive investment in leading North American jurisdictions.  ENE’s 2012 study – “Energy Efficiency: Engine of Economic Growth in Eastern Canada” – will be presented with a focus on the results for New Brunswick.  

MaloneLeslie Malone is the Canada Program Director with ENE, a leading non-profit organization that researches and advocates innovative policies that tackle our environmental challenges while promoting sustainable economies. Leslie has represented ENE at House of Commons and Senate Committee hearings, annual meetings of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, and various other forums in Canada and the United States. She is on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Climate Action Network Canada.  

Currently based in Ottawa, Leslie was born and raised on Prince Edward Island, and holds a M.Sc. from the Imperial College, University of London and a B.Sc. from Mount Allison University.

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The Coming Energy Transition: Shock, Innovation, and Resilience

Thomas Homer-Dixon, Award-Winning Author and Public Intellectual

TuesdayMarch 19 at 7:30 p.m., Wu Conference Centre, 6 Duffie Drive, UNB Fredericton

Free Admission. 

Thomas Homer-Dixon holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada, and is a Professor in the Centre for Environment and Business in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. A native of British Columbia, he received a BA in political science from Carleton University in 1980 and a PhD from MIT in international relations and defence and arms control policy in 1989. He then moved to the University of Toronto to lead several research projects studying the links between environmental stress and violence in developing countries. 


Recently, his research has focused on threats to global security in the 21st century and on how societies adapt to complex economic, ecological, and technological change. His books include The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization (Knopf, Island Press, 2006), which won the 2006 National Business Book Award and was listed as one of the Financial Times best books in Politics and Religion for 2007. He also authored The Ingenuity Gap (Knopf, 2000), which won the 2001 Governor General's Non-fiction Award, and Environment, Scarcity, and Violence (Princeton University Press, 1999), which won the Caldwell Prize of the American Political Science Association. 

His latest book is Carbon Shift: How the Twin Crises of Oil Depletion and Climate Change Will Define the Future on which his Year of Energy and the Environment talk will be based. 

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Film: Our Heritage Our Future: the Kapuskasing River Waterpower Project

Monday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m., Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, UNB Fredericton

Presented in Partnership with the DOC TALKS Festival

See the film Our Heritage Our Future: the Kapuskasing River Waterpower Project (27 minutes) Co-Directed by Miriam Fischer and Lloyd Salomone, New Brunswick filmmaker and a member of DOC Atlantic.

The film explores natural resource extraction on Crown land, in particular waterpower generation, and how First Nations communities can participate in government policy making, selection of business partners, and control of economic and social development activities on their territorial lands. The documentary film was produced in cooperation with the Wabun Tribal Council and the Ontario Waterpower Association.

Followed by a panel discussion moderated by Elizabeth Weir, Fellow of the UNB Urban & Community Studies Institute and Chair of the Year of Energy and the Environment Planning Committee.


  • Imelda Perley, Elder-in-Residence, Mi’kmaq-Maliseet Institute, UNB
  • David Perley, Co-Founder and Educator, Wolastoq Language and Culture Centres
  • Tom Beckley, Professor of Forestry & Environmental Management

Admission: $5 or free will offering for students & seniors; reception.

Canada: Winning as a Sustainable Energy Superpower

The 33rd Dineen Memorial Lecture Featuring Richard J. Marceau, President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Provost of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Tuesday, February 19 at 4:00 p.m., Dineen Auditorium, Head Hall, 15 Dineen Drive, UNB Fredericton

Wednesday, February 20 at 3:00 p.m., Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre, UNB Saint John

The Faculty of Engineering, in partnership with the Andrews Initiative, proudly presents the 33rd Dineen Memorial Lecture, presented by Dr. Richard J. Marceau, President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Provost of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Richard J. Marceau

Dr. Marceau’s talk, Canada: Winning as a Sustainable Energy Superpower, is based on a major study of the same name conducted by the Canadian Academy of Engineering published in 2012.  Edited by Dr. Marceau and Clement W. Bowman, Chair of the Energy Pathways Task Force, the study takes a comprehensive look at all forms of energy generation from hydro to nuclear and evaluates their future sustainability and impact on the environment.

A graduate of McGill University and an expert in electric power generation, Dr. Marceau has had extensive experience in the private sector, having worked with MONECO and Hydro-Quebec.  His academic career began in 1993 at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal.  He was appointed Dean of Engineering at Université de Sherbrooke. Since January 2005, he has led the academic community of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) as Provost and VP Academic. On June 1, Dr. Marceau will relocate to Atlantic Canada to take up the position of VP Research at Memorial University.

A widely published author, prolific researcher and respected teacher, Dr. Marceau is much sought after as a speaker and an advisor.

The Dineen Memorial Lecture commemorates the life of James Owen Dineen (1920-75), a celebrated UNB electrical engineering graduate, scholar and professor, who served with great distinction as Dean of Engineering and as President from 1969 to 1972.  His life was cut tragically short by terminal illness. 

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