Canada has a unique opportunity to take advantage of a global economic transformation that will increase the demand for many of our commodities, among them energy. Global energy demand is heading towards 112.2 million barrels per day in 2035, compared to current consumption of 89 million barrels per day. While Canada is well-positioned to take advantage of this trend, we are missing some vital components: a diversified market, the right infrastructure in the right places, and evidence to convince customers that we are a clean energy producer with a ‘social licence’ to operate. Unless we tackle these challenges immediately, we risk losing the most significant economic opportunity in a generation.
Jean-Sebastien Rioux is a professor at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy since October 2012. He received his PhD in Political Science from Florida State University and taught at McGill and Concordia Universities before being awarded a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the Political Science Department at Université Laval, where he worked on conflict analysis, comparative foreign policy, and Canadian foreign and defence policy. From February 2006 to August 2008 he was Chief of Staff to Canada’s Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and then the Minister of Industry Canada. In 2008 he became the lead for Government Relations & Issues Management at Imperial Oil.