PHOTOS & VIDEO - North American Energy Independence Conference

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Foreign Policy Association
Government of Alberta

Event Details

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
The St. Regis Hotel
2 E 55th Street at 5th Ave
New York City, NY
Event type

Event Transcripts and Video

The FPA's North American Energy Independence Conference took place at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City on June 19th. 

The conference featured panels on the implications of the development of the Alberta oil sands for national security and economic growth; energy infrastructure and investment/financing opportunities; and the state of technology and environmental assessment. Premier of Alberta Alison Redford and panelists also discussed recent revelations that North America could be energy independent in little more than a decade.



Opening Remarks at the North American Energy Independence Conference

Alison Redford 

Protecting the Future: Innovation, the Environment, and Climate Change






Event Speakers

    • Alison Redford - Keynote Speaker
      Premier, Government of Alberta, Canada

      Alison Redford was elected leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party on October 1, 2011 and sworn-in as Alberta's 14th premier on October 7, 2011.  As Premier, Alison Redford seeks to improve quality of life for all Albertans, while working to build a province that is prosperous, fair and inclusive.

      Alison has been actively involved in both provincial and national politics since the 1980s. She served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Right Honourable Joe Clark when he was Secretary of State for External Affairs, and later worked in the Prime Minister's Office. In this capacity, she organized a series of national consultations facilitating public input on federal white papers concerned with foreign affairs and defense. In Parliament, she was also the Principal Legislative Advisor to the Secretary of State for External Affairs.

    • Alison Redford
    • John F. Prato
      Consul General of Canada in New York

      John F. Prato, CFA (MPA, Queen’s University, 1989; MBA, Queen’s University, 1991) assumed his responsibilities as Consul General of Canada in New York in March 2011. Prior he worked as a Managing Director in the Equity Capital Markets (ECM) group at TD Securities, the investment banking division of The TD Bank Financial Group. As a member of the ECM group since 1998, he was also responsible for senior client coverage of a wide variety of leading Canadian companies. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Prato worked in merchant banking with TD Capital Group Ltd. with a variety of mandates, including private equity, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs and early-stage investing. Mr. Prato has served on the Board of Trustees of the Royal Ontario Museum, and on the Executive Committee of that Board. He currently sits on the boards of the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and CommunityLend Inc. Mr. Prato succeeds Dan Sullivan.

    • John F. Prato
    • Ken Hughes
      Minister of Energy,Government of Alberta

      Ken Hughes was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Calgary-West on April 23, 2012. He was appointed to cabinet on May 8, 2012, and serves as Minister of Energy. Mr. Hughes is an entrepreneur and the founder of the insurance brokerage firm Alpine Insurance & Financial, Inc., with offices across Alberta. His distinguished public service career includes serving as the founding chair of Alberta Health Services (2008–11), chair of the former Headwaters Health Authority (1994–95) and federal Member of Parliament for the rural riding of Macleod (1988–93), including appointment as Parliamentary Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister. Mr. Hughes holds an undergraduate degree in agriculture from the University of Alberta. He also has an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1981–83) with a focus on public and corporate finance. Mr. Hughes and his wife, Denise, have three children.

    • Ken Hughes
    • Chrystia Freeland
      Global Editor-at-Large, Thomson Reuters

      Chrystia Freeland began her career in journalism as a stringer in the Ukraine writing for the Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Economist. She then worked for the Financial Times in London and more recently served as the U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times. Chrystia Freeland is now global editor-at-large, Reuters. She serves as a key figure on Reuters Insider, and as Reuters principal on-air pundit for other external broadcast partners. Ms. Freeland is the author of two books—Sale of a Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution (2000), which details Russia’s journey from communism to capitalism; and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012). Chrystia Freeland was born in Peace River, Alberta, in 1968, and attended the United World College of the Adriatic before studying at Harvard University, from which she received a B.A. in History and Literature. She was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to continue her studies at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University, where she earned a Master’s degree. A Canadian citizen, Freeland currently lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

    • Chrystia Freeland

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