The Board of Directors of CanGEA is proud to announce the selection of Alison Thompson to the Energy Futures Lab Fellowship: a cohort of 40 influencers representing government, NGOs, industry, academia, First Nations and community groups. The Lab is designed and facilitated by The Natural Step Canada in collaboration with Suncor Energy Foundation, the Banff Centre, and Pembina Institute. The Fellows have been brought together to initiate a shift in Alberta towards an energy system characterized by sustainability, resilience, and innovation.
Having held several positions at Suncor, Nexen, and Magma Energy and now as the Managing Director of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA), Alison has stood on both sides of what sometimes seems like a deep divide between renewable and non-renewable energy production. As an engineer, she understands the technology behind energy production. Through her diversity of experience, she has developed an intimate understanding of the political landscape and business culture of energy in Alberta and beyond.
“Energy's not just oil. It’s not just gas. It's not just coal. This province, Alberta, has really redefined energy to mean those three things while the rest of the world, of course, doesn't see energy as only hydrocarbons...” Alison believes that “The EFL opportunity affords the chance for rich and meaningful discussion and evaluation of the energy alternatives. Too often, emerging energy choices have been shut down by an out of context sound byte about the cost of the alternative.”
The EFL intention is to forge new relationships between diverse stakeholders from across Alberta’s energy system and through these new relationships develop new solutions. The Fellows have diverse opinions but what they do agree on is to move beyond divisive rhetoric, and towards the energy system that the future requires.
To keep up to date with our chair's journey as an EFL fellow, please visit their website.