With the November 3, 2020 US election resulting in Joe Biden being elected President and the Democrats gaining control of both houses of Congress, what are the likely implications for Alberta’s Energy Sector? The new President and Administration has signaled we can expect changes to US Environmental policy and to the approval process of Keystone XL Pipeline, but what does that mean for energy rich Alberta?

The speaker will analyze the questions and argue that a more collaborative approach will return on issues of mutual concern, continuing the strong Canada US relationship benefits that Alberta’s Energy sector rely on.

Speaker: Gary G. Mar, Q.C. President and CEO. Canada West Foundation (CWF)

Gary Mar was named President & CEO of CWF in April 2020. An accomplished & respected leader, Gary brings deep experience in government & business, & established expertise in CWF’s key policy areas in natural resources, trade & investment & human capital. Prior to joining the CWF, Gary served as President & CEO of the Petroleum Services Assoc of Canada (PSAC), the national trade association representing the service, supply & manufacturing sectors within the upstream petroleum industry.

Gary has broad experience in government having served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Alberta from 1993-2007. As an elected official, Gary held several Cabinet portfolios: Community Development; Health and Wellness; Education; Environment; & International & Intergovernmental Relations. Gary then served as the Official Representative of Alberta at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C., from 2007 – 2011, & worked extensively with the Alberta energy sector on advocacy issues in Washington DC & many U.S. States.

Gary next served as Alberta’s Representative in Asia from 2011 to 2015. He led the province’s strategic outreach efforts from his post in Hong Kong & worked with Alberta’s offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, & Taipei. Following his government service, Gary was an independent consultant working for both Chinese & Canadian companies seeking assistance with Trans Pacific trade & investment. In 2016, he co-founded Canadian Advantage Petroleum Corporation which has successfully purchased heavy oil in Alberta & sold it directly to refineries in China.

Gary has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta School of Business in Marketing, Business Economics & Law beginning July 1, 2020. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne Business School & is a public speaker at energy related conferences. Gary completed a Law degree at the University of Alberta & practiced criminal, civil, corporate, commercial and real estate law in Calgary prior to entering politics.

Date and time: Thursday January 28, 2021 – 10 AM (MST)

YouTube Live link: https://youtu.be/S6B_BJaiQV8

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