McGill University, in partnership with Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, and IEFA announce 'Future-charged: the renewable energy revolution’

Fall 2023 conference will examine the development of next-generation batteries to power a sustainable future
Published: 13 June 2023

Today McGill University, in partnership with Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) and the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) announced the launch of ‘Future-Charged: the Renewable Energy Revolution,’ this fall in Montreal.

Quebec is a powerhouse when it comes to generating clean electricity – but storing and transporting that energy remains a challenge. McGill will present a one-day conference in association with the UQTR and IEFA, which will explore how Quebec can leverage its abundant mineral resources alongside its research, innovation, and manufacturing strengths to develop the batteries needed to power a sustainable future.

The upcoming conference was announced today by Martha Crago (Vice-Principal of Research and Innovation, McGill University) and Nicholas Rémillard (Chief Executive Officer, IEFA) on day two of the 29th edition of the Conference of Montreal, an internationally recognised economic conference organised by the IEFA.

“As a nexus of innovation in sustainability, Quebec is the ideal place to develop clean energy storage solutions. By bringing together world-leading experts from industry, academia, and government, we will be able to power a more sustainable future for Quebec and the world,” said Martha Crago.

Nicholas Rémillard added: “We are delighted to partner with McGill and UQTR on a conference which aims to address such a critical part of our transition to a more sustainable society. The research and development taking place within batteries and renewable energy right now is astounding, and we look forward to showcasing this work while exploring how Quebec can be at the forefront of this innovation.”

“With the recent announcement of a third Innovation Zone in Quebec focused on the theme of energy transition, Quebec positions itself as a key actor in renewable energies, both industrially and scientifically. With the parallel creation of a research consortium within the Zone, of which UQTR is the main contractor and McGill University a partner of choice, this panel will make it possible to further structure scientific collaborations and to showcase our researchers’ expertise in the field of renewable energies," said Sébastien Charles, Vice-rector for Research and Development at the UQTR.

‘Future-Charged: The Renewable Energy Revolution’ will be held at McGill University in Montreal in the fall of 2023. More details including the date and full program will be announced in the coming weeks.

About McGill University

Founded in 1821, McGill University is home to exceptional students, faculty, and staff from across Canada and around the world. It is consistently ranked as one of the top universities, both nationally and internationally. It is a world-renowned institution of higher learning with research activities spanning three campuses, 12 faculties, 14 professional schools, 300 programs of study and over 39,000 students, including more than 10,400 graduate students. McGill’s commitment to sustainability reaches back several decades and spans scales from local to global. The sustainability declarations that we have signed affirm our role in helping to shape a future where people and the planet can flourish.

About Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Founded in 1969, the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR) distinguishes itself by its well-defined personality. Accessible and lively, it opens its doors to a world of knowledge as one of the 30 best-funded Canadian research universities. The UQTR has 15,000 students across 371 programs and is mainly deployed in four campuses located in Trois-Rivières, Drummondville, Quebec and L'Assomption.

About The IEFA

The International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) was created in 1994 to encourage connection, collaboration and innovation in order to address the world’s major challenges. The organization leverages its extensive network to convene a series of annual events across the globe where heads of state and government, business leaders, academics and leading experts can meet and discuss their common objectives and ways to achieve them.

The IEFA hosts multiple standalone events as well as six annual conferences: the Conference of Montreal; Toronto Global Forum; World Strategic Forum (held in Miami, Florida); the Conference of Paris; the IEFA LatAm Forum (held in Buenos Aires, Argentina); and Phoenix Global Forum (held in Arizona, USA).

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