Mix and Match: Technology and Policy for Canada’s Energy Future

Monday, September 16, 2019 17:30to19:00
Omni Hotel Mont-Royal, Salon Saison A, 1050 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, H3A 2R6, CA

Shifting and complex, Canada’s energy sector occupies a critical role in the economy and politics of the country.

In this panel event the Max Bell School brought together leading industry and policy experts from hydroelectricity, oil, nuclear, and renewables to discuss how changing technology and public policy are shaping Canada’s energy landscape.


Patrick Bateman, Vice President of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, WaterPower Canada

Patrick D. Bateman is a renewable electricity professional who has worked for more than a decade in federal- and provincial-level government and regulatory affairs. As the Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs with WaterPower Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Hydropower Association), Patrick is responsible for leading and shaping the Association’s involvement in national policy and regulatory initiatives that are pertinent to the hydropower industry, such as the Fisheries Act, the Impact Assessment Act and the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change & Clean Growth.Patrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology from University College Dublin’s School of Biology and Environmental Science, and a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy from the University of Reading's School of Construction Management and Engineering. Prior to joining WaterPower Canada, Patrick led solar energy, energy storage and smart-grid advocacy initiatives in Canada and supported public and private organizations with energy and environmental initiatives in England

Allison Christie, Director, Clean Growth Hub

Allison Christie is the Director of the Clean Growth Hub, part of the Innovation and Energy Technology Sector at Natural Resources Canada. In this role she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Hub, which has a mandate to support clean technology stakeholders, enhance coordination among federal government departments, and improve tracking and reporting on clean technology outcomes. She co-leads an interdepartmental team of sixteen federal departments and agencies.

Prior to joining the Hub, Allison spent eight years at the Treasury Board Secretariat, working in Priorities and Planning and the Office of the Comptroller General, and ten years at Natural Resources Canada advancing strategic policy and sustainable development issues.

Allison has a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from UBC.

Kevin Stashin, President & Chief Executive Officer, NAL Resources

Kevin joined NAL Resources in August 2012 and is currently President and CEO. Kevin has over 35 years of industry experience with junior and major oil and gas companies and previously served as Vice President, Exploitation at Devon Canada Corporation. During his tenure at Devon, Kevin had oversight in areas of capital budget, exploitation, drilling and completions, and acquisitions and divestitures. His career at Devon began in 1992 with predecessor Anderson Exploration Ltd. where he quickly rose within the organization to Vice President, Operations. Prior to that, Kevin enjoyed an 11-year career at Petro-Canada in various operations and engineering roles.

Kevin graduated from McGill University with a B. Eng. and holds an MBA from the University of Calgary. He is a professional member of APEGA, APEGS, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Mr. Stashin currently serves as Chair of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC) and is a member of the Board of Governors with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Previously he was a Director of the Petroleum Society of CIM, was the oil and gas industry representative with the Alberta Water Council and served as Chair of the Board for the Calgary French & International School.

John Stewart, Director of Policy and Research, Canadian Nuclear Association

John leads the development of policy and research products to support the CNA’s mission, and co-chairs the Public Affairs Advisory Committee. He was project manager of the 2018 Small Modular Reactor Roadmap, and has been Canada’s representative to the Washington-based Global Nexus Initiative. John worked with the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa from 1990 to 2010, where he was a member of a Climate Outreach Team that in 2006 received a Superior Honor Award for effectively communicating U.S. foreign policy on the environment and climate change. An advocate for the productive integration of immigrants into Canadian society, he has led two of Ottawa’s immigrant services organizations. John is on the teaching faculty of the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University and is the author of Strangers with Memories: The United States and Canada from Free Trade to Baghdad (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017).


Chris Ragan, Director, Max Bell School of Public Policy

Christopher Ragan is the inaugural Director of McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy and is an Associate Professor in McGill’s Department of Economics. He is the Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, which launched in November 2014 with a 5-year horizon to identify policy options to improve environmental and economic performance in Canada. He is also a member of the federal finance minister’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, which began in early 2016.

Chris Ragan is a Research Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute, from 2010-13 he held the Institute’s David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy, and for many years was a member of its Monetary Policy Council. In 2009-10, he was the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at Finance Canada; in 2004-05 he served as Special Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Canada. In 2010-12 he was the President of the Ottawa Economics Association.

Chris Ragan is an enthusiastic teacher and public communicator. In 2007 Ragan was awarded the Noel Fieldhouse teaching prize at McGill. He is the author of Economics (formerly co-authored with Richard Lipsey), which after fifteen editions is still the most widely used introductory economics textbook in Canada. Ragan also writes frequent columns for newspapers, most often in The Globe and Mail. He teaches in several MBA and Executive MBA programs, including at McGill, EDHEC in France, and in special courses offered by McKinsey & Company.



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