Canada is an energy nation. Our past and our future are intertwined with the development of our energy resources. From the oil sands of Northern Alberta, to natural gas deposits off Nova Scotia's coast, to the hydropower of Quebec and uranium in Saskatchewan, our country has unparalleled potential to deliver energy to our citizens and to the world.

One of the reasons I ran for the Senate was to advance a national dialogue on our energy future. Canada urgently needs a shared vision that describes how our energy production and use will evolve in the future. I believe that it is only through a common understanding of our energy challenges and opportunities that Alberta and Canada can ensure our future prosperity.

Why is energy important?

Affordable and reliable energy is the basis of our modern standard of living. We can all agree that energy amenities - making coffee in the morning, driving our children to school, or reading in bed at night – make our lives better. And thanks to population growth and rising incomes in developing countries, these amenities are becoming available to hundreds of millions of people around the world for the first time. Indeed, global energy demand is expected to rise by at least 30 per cent over the next 20 years.

Canada has a role to play in meeting this global demand, as well as continuing to ensure our own energy security. The benefits cannot be underestimated and roll across the country in the form of more jobs and government revenue. Already, the energy sector employs over 500,000 Canadians and generates about 25 per cent of our country's export revenues - $113 billion in 2013.

My Energy Priorities

Market Access

There is a direct connection between being able to sell our energy at the highest price possible throughout the world and maintaining the advanced standard of living that Canadians have come to enjoy and expect. READ MORE

Aboriginal Involvement in Energy Development

Wherever opportunity is found, communities flourish. For many Aboriginal communities across Canada, energy development represents a tremendous opportunity for employment and revenue. READ MORE

Environmental Performance Through Innovation

Albertans and Canadians recognize that although fossil fuels will play an important role in meeting our energy needs for the foreseeable future, we must push for better environmental performance, improved energy efficiency, and shift our consumption toward renewable sources of energy. READ MORE

Energy Literacy

It is essential that educators, governments, environmental organizations, think tanks and industry work together to improve Canadians' understanding of how energy is produced and consumed, and how that affects our economy, society and environment. This dialogue has to be based on the facts, with the goal of creating energy-literate citizens. READ MORE

My Work

Throughout my career as an energy lawyer, I was a proponent for responsible energy development and an advocate for diversifying Canada's energy markets. Most notably, I served as founding president of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the development of a Canadian energy framework.

I am currently a member of the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources. This committee does important work to advance an informed energy agenda in Canada, including studies of complex policy challenges and the review of energy-related legislation.

I also encourage you to read my blog, found at I regularly update my website with new and important information on energy issues.

Learn More About Energy

  • Pollution Probe's Energy Systems Primer is an excellent resource that uses graphics and simple language to explain how energy is produced and consumed in Canada. It's a must read for every Canadian interested in energy and its impacts on our economy, society and environment.
  • The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge is an initiative of Canadian Geographic. It raises energy awareness and offers information on Canadian energy through fun and engaging activities for kids from kindergarten to grade 12.

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