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Aberta Premier Rachel Notley to speak at SPARK

Alberta Innovates and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) are pleased to announce that Premier Rachel Notley is scheduled to speak at SPARK 2017, the clean technology conference being co-hosted by the two provincial organizations next month.  

Rachel Notley WebPremier Notley will address the gathering during a plenary session on Tuesday, Nov. 7. In addition, all SPARK attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, and Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks and the Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office. The ministers are scheduled to speak during plenaries on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8, respectively.

With more than 80 speakers now confirmed, the SPARK 2017 program is designed to spur research and innovation at the intersection where energy, the environment and economic development meet.  

ERA and Alberta Innovates have joined forces to accelerate scale-up of technologies and products that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The conference is also aimed advancing research, development and commercialization of technologies and bioproducts (advanced materials, biochemicals and bioenergy) using forest and agricultural biomass available in Alberta.  

When Social Innovation Meets Technology Innovation:SPARK 2017 and the Energy Futures Lab

Alberta is poised for a big leap forward in energy innovation.This will be on display in early November at SPARK 2017, a two-day conference in Edmonton co-hosted by Emissions Reductions Alberta (ERA) and Alberta Innovates (AI). Many EFL partners and Fellows will be taking part in the event.

In preparation for SPARK 2017, Energy Futures Lab Director and Chief Innovation Officer of The Natural Step Canada, Chad Park sat down with Steve Macdonald, ERA’s Chief Executive Officer and EFL Steering Committee Member, and Elizabeth Shirt, ERA’s Executive Director of Policy and Strategy and an EFL Fellow.

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Energy, industry and agriculture sectors get together to discuss innovations to curb climate change.

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Noted author and global thinker to headline SPARK 2017

Emissions Reduction Alberta and Alberta Innovates are pleased to present best-selling Canadian author and professor Thomas Homer-Dixon, PhD, as the keynote speaker at SPARK 2017.

Homer-Dixon will explore how complexities facing today’s world will shape the technological breakthroughs of the next decade. As he sees it, large-scale stresses are linked – climate change, the energy transition, rapid urbanization, chronic low growth and political instability. But he suggests they will create “perhaps surprising” opportunities for innovation.

Homer-Dixon holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems in the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. He is a frequent commentator in the Globe and Mail and the author of the thought-provoking book, The Ingenuity Gap: Can We Solve the Problems of the Future?, published to widespread acclaim in 2000. The book was described by Pulitzer Prize winner E.O. Wilson as “the most persuasive forecast of the 21st century I have seen.”

Homer-Dixon will set the tone for SPARK 2017, a clean-technology conference all about innovation. SPARK takes place Nov. 6-8 in Edmonton. ERA and Alberta Innovates are co-hosting this event to support game-changing solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance the bioindustrial sector.

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