Calgary Enterprise Forum

October 18, 2010 12:00 ET

Calgary Enterprise Forum: Experts Debate China's Role in the Future of Canada's Energy Industry

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2010) -

For its annual debate on October 20th, the Calgary Enterprise Forum ("CEF") has organized a public exchange of ideas amongst leading energy industry commentators entitled "China is Key to a Sustainable Future for Canada's Energy Sector".

CEF President Greg Shannon felt the topic responded to real societal concern about the energy industry's long-term viability: "The 'dirty-oil campaigns south of the border have confused Canadians about American support for Canadian petroleum production. At the same time we have seen record M&A activity driven by Asian petroleum corporations. There is a pattern emerging here that we felt needed a public airing."

Currently, Canada's hydrocarbon exports are essentially landlocked within a North America market; current export infrastructure only serves the USA. Even the Alberta government has recognized the hazards of relying in this way on a single market, especially a market that has seen energy demand growth stagnate over the past few years.

Professor Wenran Jiang, founding director of the University of Alberta's China Institute was invited to participate in his capacity as internationally-recognized expert on Chinese energy politics. Robert Johnston, PhD of Washington-based Eurasia Group's Global Energy & Natural Resources practice is known for his grasp of Canada's role within global energy geopolitics. Ezra Levant is well-known across the country for his journalistic work; his most recent book, Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oilsands, points out the ethical advantages of Alberta's oil vis-à-vis that being produced by unsavoury regimes in other parts of the world.

The debate will be moderated by Dr. Roger Gibbins, President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation, who will also field questions from the audience.

CDN$90.00 per dinner seat or CDN$700.00 per dinner table of eight. Networking: 5:00-5:30 p.m; Dinner: 5:30- 6:15; Debate: 6:15-7:30. Online registration at

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