As structural global energy shortages, sanctions on Russia, and commodity market turmoil threaten political, economic and social stability around the world, the need for Canadian leadership in maintaining a secure and reliable energy supply to our allies and partners has never been more urgent. As a major exporter of oil, natural gas, uranium, hydroelectricity, and many of the critical minerals needed to develop low carbon energy infrastructure, how successfully Canada develops its energy and natural resources will impact global security not only in 2022 but in the coming decades. This will require first having a plan and then gaining political support and will to implement it. We’ve been hoping for the best; it’s time to prepare for the worst.
Energy security is about ensuring stable, affordable and sustainable supplies of energy. Maintaining a resilient energy system is of paramount concern to countries that are highly dependent on international markets for the energy resources and critical materials needed to sustain their economies. The Indo-Pacific region is expected to have the strongest demand for energy over the next three decades as continued economic growth and growing numbers of people enter middle-class status and increase their energy consumption.
The conversation surrounding the energy crisis and energy affordability is being discussed all around the world. We were joined this week by Heather to discuss how accessibility and affordability of energy will impact Canadians
In the wake of COP26, this MLI event looks at the nuances of both Canadian and global energy production and demand, what an energy transformation will look like in practice, and what the consequences are for getting it wrong.
While Canada has a well-deserved reputation as a leading mining nation, it does not yet have a strong presence in the strategic mineral sector. These commodities, which include critical minerals like lithium and also a group of hard-to-find rare earth elements, play a vital role in the development of 21st century commercial and industrial products, including many in the high-technology sector.
MLI brings together an online panel of the top experts to discuss how Canada can protect its interests and build its economy with a critical minerals strategy.
This panel looks at the context of each case and what victory means for each of the respective First Nations, before assessing the implications for Canada’s challenging regulatory environment going forward.
On August 12, iAffairs hosted a virtual panel discussion to explore Canada’s foreign policy in a shifting global order. The panel featured Drs. Robert W. Murray, Heather Exner-Pirot, Jane Boulden, and Paul Gecelovsky. Hadi Wess, Associate Editor of Media and Public Relations at iAffairs Canada, moderated the discussion.
The building of pipelines has become a lightning rod issue in Canada, often centred around whether Indigenous peoples support them on or near their territories. While the media has mainly focused on groups that oppose pipelines, in the past ten years there has been a remarkable shift in how Indigenous communities are involved in and benefit from these major projects.
This panel shared the experiences and perspectives of Indigenous leaders who have chosen to engage in pipeline projects in order to provide economic opportunities to their communities, for each of TMX, Line 3, CGL and KXL.
Indigenous peoples in Canada, and all Canadians, expect the federal government to uphold the admirable principles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). But with the government invoking closure on Bill C-15, which would implement UNDRIP in Canadian law, many questions remain unanswered about the government's approach.
That is why MLI has gathered some of the top experts on Indigenous affairs and natural resources policy, as well as Indigenous leaders whose perspectives need to be heard, for an online panel discussion on the issues.
Procurement policies that promote Indigenous businesses have been an important part of the economic growth many Indigenous communities are currently experiencing. Mining, oil & gas, and infrastructure projects have led the way, spending billions of dollars on Indigenous procurement every year. This panel looks at the process and impacts of Indigenous procurement spending from an Indigenous business perspective and examines how procurement spending has evolved over the past ten years. Panelists share best practices and lessons learned based on real-world examples and identify opportunities for Indigenous business growth going forward.
Wilson Center scholars and colleagues hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on the impacts and implications of the 2020 US election in the Arctic region.
A dialogue with the Arctic Circle Mission Council on the GlobalArctic, discussing geopolitical stability & power politics, fossil economy, focus on science, and the urgency of climate change mitigation
The GlobalArctic Mission Council hosted this first Arctic Circle Webcast Session to discuss the role of international, functional cooperation as means to increase security of the Arctic region. This discussion is particularly important in these unprecedented times of world politics to analyze the process and benefits of functional Arctic cooperation, and uphold the dialogue among academics.