Sessions and Speakers

Presenting the line up of idea generators that are gearing up to join Generate 2017 to inspire ideas, discussion and action on energy and climate change topics!

Friday March 10

Welcome to Generate 2017!

Your energetic hosts from Inside Education will be your guide for this interactive overview of energy and climate in Alberta.  Together we will set the stage for the next three days by provide the information and tools needed to get the most out of Generate 2017! Meet our Team

Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan – Government of Alberta 


Michael Fulsom, Climate Change Office

Energy and Climate Roundtables:

There is so much to cover when it comes to energy in Alberta that we wanted to tailor our programming to allow you to have the conversations that matter most to you. We will bring in a wide variety of experts to cover a myriad of topics – careers, oil sands, net-zero homes, in-situ oil production, pipelines, stewardship and more . These informal sessions will ensure you get to ask the right questions to the right people.

  • Kelvin Hirsch – Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
  • David Dodge – Green Energy Futures / Chair of Energy Efficiency Alberta
  • David Zimmerman – Enerkem Biofuels Alberta
  • Mike Nemeth – Alberta WaterSMART / Bow River Basin Council
  • Alison Ronson – Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Northern Alberta
  • Tanya Doran – Stantec, Net-Zero Schools
  • Evan Wilson – Canadian Wind Energy Association
  • David Huggill  – AltaLink
  • Amit Saxena – Devon Canada
  • Alex Sarmiento – Canadian Geothermal Energy Association
  • Ana Medina – Decentralised Energy Canada
  • David Kelly – SkyFire Energy
  • Erin Cripps – Baytex Energy
  • Steve Rennick – Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Erin Stromquist – Repsol Oil and Gas Canada Inc.
  • Jason Toner – Government of Alberta
  • Gary Redmond – Alberta Airshed Council

Emissions Innovations in Alberta 

  • Candice Paton, Alberta Innovates – Clean Energy
  • Matt McCulloch, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance
  • Simon O’Brien, Shell Canada – Quest Project

INNOV8 –  Build -it, Think-it, Create-it, Generate-it!

Get ready to Generate-it! It’s time to generate some energy and excitement with the other summit delegates in an interactive activity that get us moving! Special guests/activities include:

  • Telus Spark
  • Canadian Geographic Energy Map
  • Shell virtual reality googles
  • Green Calgary
  • UofC Solar Car Team
  • Solar Lanterns

Especially for teachers

Alberta Tomorrow

A+ for Energy
ConocoPhillips School Environmental Quest
Inside Education

Gala Dinner with Keynote Sean Aiken

Saturday March 11

Morning Keynote – Inspiring Indigenous Connections


Walter White Bear MacDonald

Electricity and Energy Efficiency Panel Discussion

  • Julia-Maria Becker, Pembina Institute
  • David Dodge, Energy Efficiency Alberta
  • Shantel Kennett, ENMAX
  • Rosyln McMann, BluEarth Renewables

Young Energy and Climate Leaders

Hear from this panel of talented young people who have made significant contributions to energy and climate change. Through the discussion you will learn what it takes to make a difference. By sharing their inspirational projects and stories, the paths they pursued and where they are now, you will be empowered to pursue your own projects and contribute to raising awareness and developing knowledge in others.

  • Jasveen Brar, Student, UN Climate Delegation, Top 30 under 30 & Generate 2013 participant
  • Alex Villaneueve, Student at Old College
  • Olivia Reshetylo, Student Energy

Projects in Motion

After two days of content-based sessions and developing our understanding of Alberta’s energy landscape, the focus of the Summit turns toward your team’s energy education projects. We will explore everything from do-it-yourself energy projects to energy audits and eco-clubs! 

Special guests/activities include:

  • Green Architecture and Urban Agriculture – Lynn Moore, Rockyview Schools
  • Interactive Story Telling – Nakoda AV Club
  • Biodigester in a Bottle – Elizabeth Romo-Rabago, Nature’s Ride
  • Youth Inspired Energy Programs – Aaron Dublenko, Innovate Program – Queen Elizabeth High School/Argyll School
  • Activating Your Environmental Project – Michael Grey, City of Calgary

Sunday March 12

So What? Sessions & Final Summit Workshop

An opportunity for teams to bring their thoughts about the sessions together and build on their energy and climate education projects. The final workshop will help you transform your learning from the Summit into a meaningful project that shares your knowledge and experiences with your school and communities.


Are you an Idea Generator that wants to join the fun and inspire schools across Alberta? Give us a call 403-263-7720 to discuss opportunities to share your expertise on any of the summit themes.

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